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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 2,600 difference makers is IBI’s Leadership team, setting out a compelling vision and guiding IBI Group towards the future.

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Ron Stewart

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

Ron Stewart
#Deputy Regional Director, Canada East# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
As Deputy Regional Director for Canada East, Ron Stewart’s primary focus is liaising with the Ontario office leads outside Toronto. Ron is a transportation engineer, and member of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Transportation Association of Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in both the private and public sectors at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels across Canada. His experience includes Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Transportation Planning, Transit Systems, ITS, and Signal System Operations and Maintenance. Ron has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from York University.
#North America#
Salim Kumar Narayanan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Salim Kumar Narayanan
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Salim Narayanan has over 25 years of experience in various capacities ranging from Senior Project Manager to Designer in architecture for projects in Canada, USA, Middle East and India. He is skilled in developing design concepts, construction documentation, contract administration, and liaising with consultants, construction companies, city authorities, and clients. His experience in North America primarily includes mixed-use high-rise residential buildings. His previous experience also includes residential and office towers, commercial complexes, hotel and resort projects, institutional and healthcare facilities, sports/multi-purpose halls, movie theatres, industrial buildings, transit centers, housing complexes, luxury palaces, and grand houses. Salim has a keen interest in integrating technology, detailing, and functional design.
#North America#
Gene Simmons

Associate Principal | Field Services, Buildings
Houston, TX

Gene Simmons
#Associate Principal | Field Services, Buildings# #All# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert#
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.
#North America#
Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

Michael Nobrega
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Nobrega is the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and other key market sectors. He is also the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto. Mr. Nobrega was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS, from 1998 to 2007. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Nobrega was a tax partner of Arthur Andersen. Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Nobrega was appointed by the Ontario provincial government as Chair of the Expert Panels on the financial restructuring of MaRS (Ontario’s innovation hub for medical and related sciences) and on the reconstruction of the Macdonald Block in Toronto. Mr. Nobrega holds an Honours BA (Economics and Mathematics) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Jonathan Steel

Associate Director | Office Lead, Portland
Portland, OR

Jonathan Steel
#Associate Director | Office Lead, Portland# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Jonathan Steel serves as the Operations Director for our Portland office. Jonathan is an educational architect with over 15 years of experience in the design and construction of major K-12 and higher education facilities. He has worked with our global education team for over ten years. Jonathan has designed buildings for some of the most prestigious educational institutions globally, including three projects for Oxford University. He brings strong experience in business and personnel management to our Portland team, having built successful practices on both sides of the Atlantic during his career. He is the current President of the Alberta Chapter of A4LE and has presented at conferences for the past several years.
Pip Burrows

Interior Designer
Brighton, UK

Pip Burrows
#Interior Designer# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Oncology# #Healthcare# ## #Pediatrics# #Healthcare# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Brighton, United Kingdom, Europe
Pip Burrows is an interior designer, tasked with supporting the wider IBI Group interiors team, and working principally in the healthcare, science and education sectors. He consistently strives to create environments that inspire wellbeing across multiple sectors and takes a people focused approach to any scheme. He has taken a keen interest in healthcare design and is continually applying his design skills to aid in the production of high quality schemes. Pip has evolved a skill set well adapted to producing captivating visualisations and accurate technical detailing. He is also familiar with the associated challenges presented throughout a project and is capable of responding to these with innovative solutions.
Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

Audrey Jacob
#Deputy Regional Director, Canada East# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The beauty of IBI Group is that I can easily tap into relevant, top-notch expertise to add value to the work I do for clients.
As Deputy Regional Director of Canada East, Audrey Jacob is responsible for the financial performance of the IBI Group Toronto office and works with her Regional colleagues to ensure effective teaming and collaboration, liaising with the Canada East practice leaders. Audrey is a Registered Professional Planner, a Professional Land Economist with more than 25 years of experience. She leads the firm’s Real Estate Economic & Planning practice specializing in growth management/land needs, market analysis, development/financial feasibility/strategy, economic impact, development charges, and municipal financial impact analysis. Audrey has a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Urban Planning from McGill University, is the Chair of the Executive Committee of Pragma Council at the University of Waterloo (a forum of business, education and government leaders), a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Champion.
#North America#
Roxana Forliti

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Roxana Forliti
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Roxana has 20 years of total experience including 12 years of experience with IBI Group. Her most notable projects include the private residences at Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and 41 East Hastings – a project that was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and achieved this status in February 2018. Roxana is a Registered Architect in Mexico and is currently an intern architect in Vancouver. She received the best innovative feature award in 2012 for her work with the private residences at Hotel Georgia. Her most notable current project is Sun Towers in Burnaby. As the Project Manager, she has worked on the project from the design development stage and has provided coordination to ensure the architectural design met with the consultant requirements.
#North America#
Kate Lambert

Associate - Manager, Planning
Vancouver, BC

Kate Lambert
#Associate - Manager, Planning# #All# #Healthcare# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Kate Lambert is an urban planner with IBI Group’s Vancouver practice. With more than ten years of experience as a planning consultant, Kate has contributed to major community planning and social policy initiatives, managed complex development approvals, and facilitated dynamic public engagement processes for a variety of private and public sector clients in urban and rural communities across BC. As a planner and project manager, Kate has developed exceptional skills in people and resource coordination, communication, and strategic analysis. She values collaboration and believes a strong vision, effective policy and meaningful community engagement are key elements to successful city building. Kate is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a Master’s of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. Kate is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative in BC
#North America#
David Duong

Associate - Manager, Transit Technology
Toronto, ON

David Duong
#Associate - Manager, Transit Technology# #All# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Strategic Planning# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/david-duong-78670440
Great transit is about providing a seamless & smooth customer experience for riders. Transit technology can help realize those positive experiences.
David joined IBI Group in 2012 as a Transit Technology Analyst in the Transit Technology Practice, and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Civil Engineering program. David has been an Associate – Manager, Transit Data and Technology since May 2019. David’s current/past roles/projects include: Project Manager for TTC Wheel-Trans to upgrade their scheduling, dispatching, and customer-facing (e.g. Website, Mobile App) systems to improve mobility for those with disabilities travelling on public transit; Project Manager for the PRESTO project, helping deploy Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) and Add-Value Machines (AVMs) on the TTC network. He has experience in managing cross-office multi-disciplinary teams for all phases of a project, including: needs assessment, concept of operations, system specification development, procurement, and deployment. David has experience in a wide-range of Transportation Systems (ITS) solutions, such as Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL), Rail and Bus Scheduling Systems, Real-time Information Systems (RTIS), and Fare Management Systems.
Henry Burstyn

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Henry Burstyn
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-burstyn-74314794/
Henry Burstyn has over 20 years of experience and has developed a significant portfolio of work in residential, commercial, institutional, master plans and complex urban mixed-use projects leading multidisciplinary teams. His extended experience covers a wide range of building types from multi-unit residential (condominium, rental and townhouses) to institutional schools, retrofits and larger commercial centres. Henry’s contribution to projects has been acknowledged through being a guest lecturer and his projects being awarded a number of prestigious design awards including Pinnacle Awards, Oakville’s LBD Award of Excellence, OAA Award of Excellence, RAIC Award and the Governor General’s Award.
Puneet Kumar

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Puneet Kumar
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Project / Programme Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Let's get it done and done right.
Puneet Kumar joined IBI in 2012. He is an Associate at IBI Group and a professional with over 25 years of experience in various capacities ranging from Design to Project Management for projects in British Columbia (Canada), California and India. He offers outstanding talent in project management, problem solving, consultant coordination, and training team members. He is skilled in developing design concepts; production of construction documentation (working drawings, details, specification coordination, and tender) and liaising with clients, consultants, construction groups and city authorities. His experience in British Columbia and California is primarily in mixed-use high-rise residential buildings. His past experience in India includes design of corporate offices including interior design, Transit centers and various residential projects. Mr. Kumar is familiar with all major aspects of architectural practices from design to site administration. Recent projects include, River Green Parcel 9 and Lot 12 in Richmond BC and two 45 Storey Residential Towers in San Diego, California. Puneet has a keen interest in use of Technology for various aspects of project design and construction documentation.
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