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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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Arthur Briggs

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Arthur Briggs LEED AP has established himself as a team leader over the past ten years with IBI Group. He is highly respected within the industry and has a keen understanding of construction detailing and delivery. He has helped establish IBI Group as a known leader in the design and construction of a wide variety of building types. Arthur presents himself as a resource for all staff and well-respected for his thoroughness.

Shujun Liu

Associate | Manager, Mechanical Engineering
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Mechanical Engineering# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Shujun Liu is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design of mechanical systems for industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings for both private and public sector clients. He has in-depth knowledge of building codes and standards, which he applies to the detailed design of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and fire protection systems. Shujun has recently led a ten-man mechanical team for multiple TTC stations, Metrolinx layovers at Mimico and Lewis Road, Metrolinx James Station in Hamilton, the Metrolinx Stouffville Corridor pursuit and the Honda Alliston Paint Shop.

Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

Cathryn Chopko-Beck

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Data Analytics# #Green# #Landscape Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Research & Development# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Cathryn Chopko Beck areas of expertise include landscape and urban design, land use planning, socio-economic analysis/market research, site planning, recreation and tourism planning, policy development and environmental planning.

Rares Caraba

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Geomatics
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Subject Matter Expert#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Rares Caraba, Alberta Land Surveyor, Canada Land Surveyor, and Engineer, is responsible for acquiring accurate field data, quality control, and applications for land development to the City of Calgary and surrounding Counties and Municipal Districts.

William Monahan

Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Education# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Learning+#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

William Monahan is an Electrical Engineer with 26 years of experience. His area of specialty is electrical system design for buildings and infrastructure projects, including educational facilities, medical facilities, municipal wastewater, and water treatment facilities.

Steven Thesier

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Steven Thesier has more than 26 years of experience with areas of specialty that include project management and project design for new construction and renovations, educational facilities planning, referendum planning for educational facilities, NYSED coordination on school projects, and NYS OGS project development and execution.

Manish Saini

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
New Delhi, India

#english# #Active Transportation# #Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS)# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
New Delhi, India, Asia

Manish joined IBI in 2007 and has 15 years of experience. He has been leading the toll system and traffic system implementation projects in India and has been active on the consulting assignments in transit ITS, smart cites solutions and is trained on world bank procurement processes. Some of the notable projects on which Manish has played a critical role include being a project manager for the Bangalore Elevated Toll System, Bhubaneswar Smart City ICOMC program management, procurement expert on the Shendra Smart City – AURIC, transit lead on Hubli Dharwad BRT system and Indore BRT system, and implementation lead on the Hyderabad ITMS project. He has been instrumental in building the operations and maintenance practice in India for the toll and traffic management systems. He is also actively involved with the IBI Smart City Platform team.

John Ariens

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Planning
Hamilton, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water Resources Management#
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

John Ariens is independently responsible for representing the interests of development clients, both public and private, through the planning and development process for the Hamilton office. He coordinates all aspects of the development process starting at the initial design through municipal approval to engineering design, registration and construction. John is responsible for negotiations and liaison with the various levels of government and technical review agencies as well as coordinating the efforts of professionals, such as lawyers, engineers, and surveyors. This area of practice has brought John before many Municipal and Regional Committees and Councils, Conservation Authorities, Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert witness.

Drummond Hassan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With over 40 years of experience, Drummond Hassan’s portfolio has ranged from residential, office/manufacturing, commercial and urban design projects. He is a Registered Architect that has received a Governor General’s Award for Residential Design, the Mississauga Urban Design Award and the Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award. He is currently leading a number of high-rise residential projects across the GTHA, collaborating with various offices in the Region as well as retail projects including the LCBO program and Holt Renfrew.

Prior to joining IBI Group, Drummond Hassan was affiliated with architectural firms in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. He received a B.Sc (Hon) and a B.Arch from Strathclyde University Department of Architecture and Building Science in Scotland.

Paul Stanton

Transportation Planner
Dubai, UAE

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Roads & Highways# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhstanton1961/

Paul holds charterships in Transport Planning, Computer Science, and Geospatial Science and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has 35 years’ built environment experience, the last 17 as a senior consultant advising numerous high profile public and private sector clients in the UK and Middle East.

His professional portfolio includes national and regional spatial frameworks, multi-modal assessments, citywide public transport systems, major urban extensions, and neighbourhood public realm improvements. Paul’s expertise covers regional and sub-regional spatial models, transport master planning, movement frameworks, travel demand management, and urban design. He has been instrumental in extending the use of geospatial information to exploit emerging large-scale open data sources, to render transport models more cost effective, robust and transparent, and to establish a collaborative project environment to facilitate closer working between built environment disciplines. Paul is currently developing a GIS-based tool to assist in planning urban Autonomous Vehicles corridors.

Matt Colwill

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Engineering# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Rail# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Special Events# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Water Resources Management# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattcolwill/

Matt Colwill, BA.Sc, P.Eng, has 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public sector clients, at all levels of government, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa, York Region, the City of Waterloo, Transport Canada, and a number of private sector clients. These projects have involved safety and operational assessments of freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users.

Matt is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and serves as the Transportation Safety Committee representative to the Sustainability Standing Committee. He is also an active participant in the Road Safety Committee of Ontario.

Matt has also published papers and presented at the Transportation Association of Canada annual meeting, addressing topics that include the safety impacts of freeway HOV lanes, the effectiveness of winter weather collision countermeasures, and designing streets to protect vulnerable road users.

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