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Spread across over 60 cities, our team is a global collective of urban experts in design, architecture, engineering, civil, transportation, urban geography, real estate, landscape, communications, software development and so much more. These are the people defining the cities of tomorrow.

Supporting our global team of 2,500 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Sarah Christianson

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sarah Christianson is a registered Architect AIBC and a LEED GA. Her experience includes complex residential and mixed-use projects as well as ageless living communities, which has contributed to her growing role in the Living+.

John Baker

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Raleigh, NC

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Retail / Commercial# #Structural Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

John Baker has 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and whether performing the design himself or supervising a structural engineer from his department, John is closely involved in the design process. He has extensive experience with industrial, institutional, wastewater, commercial, and military projects.

Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kresak-5982591a/

Steven Kresak is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IBI Group Inc. and is responsible for the firm’s legal affairs worldwide. His accountabilities include the legal, compliance, real estate, insurance and corporate governance functions. Steven is based in Toronto, Ontario, IBI Group’s corporate headquarters. From 2006 through 2014 Steven served at Infrastructure Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles including Director, Special Initiatives; Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions; and Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects, where he led a series of transactions to monetize government assets in the transportation, remanufacturing, entertainment, rail and telecommunications sectors. Prior to 2006, he practiced law at Goodmans LLP. Steven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Law degree (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a former Editor of the Alberta Law Review.

Barry Nathan

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Living+# #Office# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-nathan-a73a0015/
Great design nourishes the soul!

Barry Nathan has over 30 years of experience in both architectural and interior design, which has given him an enviable understanding of two areas of practice. His work is comprised of both large scale commercial clients and complex public spaces, including higher education and high-rise residential projects. Alternative design approaches have allowed Barry to provide very unique and creative solutions for progressive thinking clients. His adeptness at problem solving via innovative solutions has helped many clients succeed in their goals. He is always challenging the status quo with an alternative view. Some of Barry’s past awards include the Design Exchange and ARIDO Awards for Pearson Airport, Denton’s Toronto and the Bell Wireless Centre in Mississauga. He is in the process of finalizing his Architectural License with the OAA and has memberships with the TSA and ASID.

Walid Bakhos

Associate | Manager, Planning
Dubai, UAE

#english# #All# #Planning & Urban Design#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
Bernardo Ortiz

Director, Latin America
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Latin America# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Mexico City, Mexico, Central America

Bernardo Ortiz has over 15 years of experience in the planning, design, deployment and supervision of systems and technology. He specializes in the modernization and optimization of operations in the transportation sector. Bernardo’s experience includes the strategic planning, vision, conceptual design and implementation of transportation projects, particularly roads at a national level, including the development of AFP/P3 schemes.

Kim Van Ruskenveld

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Education# #High Rise Residential# #Interiors# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A NCIDQ-Certified Interior Designer with over ten years of design and management experience, Kim is the Regional Interior Design Lead for Canada West. Kim has acted as design lead on a wide range of projects, overseeing the entire project process from programming, design development, through to contract administration. Kim has experience in corporate, commercial, office, healthcare, residential, retail, and institutional projects.

Her current work includes the City of Edmonton Co located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, the Grande Prairie Regional College National Bee Diagnostic Centre, and the Alberta Education – Provincial Marking Centre Relocation. Kim holds memberships with Canada Green Building Council, Interior Designers of Alberta, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Gene Simmons

Associate Principal | Field Services, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Learning+# #Project / Programme Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Gene Simmons initially worked on the contractor?s side, learning hands-on experience in carpentry, surveying, concrete formwork and placement. Moving into management, Gene worked as a project superintendent, estimator, project manager and handled client relations. He shifted to the architectural side almost 30 years ago and has worked as the Director of Field Services since 2000.

His practical experience is vitally important to maintaining communication among project team members and IBI Group’s field staff taking projects seamlessly from design through to construction.

Jonathan Levy

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
San Diego, CA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Engineering# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
San Diego, California, United States of America

Jonathan Levy has 40 years of experience in engineering and public works and known for his ability to produce results working with complex public agencies including the, the City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, CPUC and the City of San Diego.

Jonathan is registered both as a Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, and as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. His various responsibilities over the years included multi-modal transportation planning, traffic engineering, construction management, and public works maintenance.

Calin Caliman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Calin Caliman is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with over 20 years of experience as an architect, and over 15 years of experience specifically in the high-rise residential and commercial sector. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects, such as L’Avenue in Montreal, King Blue Condos and Dundas Square Gardens in Toronto, has honed his skills both in design and contract documentation.

Carl Clayton

Director, Global Infrastructure
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bridges# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Rail# #Roads & Highways# #Senior Management# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-clayton-a198836/

Carl has over 40 years of experience in transportation planning, engineering and construction administration across a range of active transportation, roadway, transit, rail, asset management and transportation economics projects. He has project experience from across North America as well as in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. His experience includes development of a number of widely used industry standard roadway and transit design guidelines as well as agency specific design and construction standards related to active transportation and modern street design.

Todd Hoisington

Director | US Industrial Lead, Buildings
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Automotive# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

As the US Industrial Lead, Todd Hoisington excels at providing robust Project Management leadership for building highly technical projects. He is exceptionally strong at building client focused teams to deliver projects on time and on budget. Skilled in understanding the needs of clients, he guides a team through the development of a project with challenging project environments. He has proven this approach on large-scale projects ranging in construction value from $1 million+ and has been responsible for the management of multi-company partnerships on overlapping projects. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan with over 15 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry.

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