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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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Caz Thomson

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom Europe

Caz Thomson has 20 years of commercial experience in systems architecture design and full lifecycle development within many disciplines, ranging from utilities management, through medical insurance to manufacturing and transportation systems. Caz has excellent technical expertise in a number of development platforms and significant experience in requirements analysis, system design and architecture, the management of large development teams and the delivery of mobile, web and system development projects. Caz also architected IBI Group’s Software and System Development processes and procedures in the UK, using the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology. She currently co-manages the UK Systems team, which now numbers some 20 developers and specialists.

Ryan Gulick

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Design Build# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Seattle, Washington United States of America

Ryan Gulick has years of experience in the ITS field. His project experience includes the design of freeway management systems, fiber interconnect communication systems, advanced traveller information systems, toll facilities, and bus rapid transit technology. This includes studies, planning, and design (PS&E) activities. Ryan has also worked on several, large scale, design-build projects in Washington, Arizona, and Colorado.

Jeremy Theodore

Principal | Education Practice Lead
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+#
Seattle, Washington United States of America

Jeremy Theodore leads the Seattle education practice and has shown solid growth in Seattle and beyond. An architect with a Masters degree in engineering and prior construction experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the whole planning and design process, from the vision required to bring a campus or community’s story to life, to smart construction phasing, integrated systems, and refined details. These experiences have given Jeremy a genuine respect for each person’s role in the design process as well as an understanding of the artistic opportunities and technical needs embodied in each issue.

Robyn Brown

Associate | Manager, Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Planning & Urban Design# #Research & Development#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Robyn Brown is a key figure in the Toronto office Real Estate, Economics & Planning team. As a dedicated professional, her project work is geared to giving her clients the best advice possible. Her work transcends a broad spectrum of real estate advice, including highest and best-use studies/disposition strategies; economic development strategies; growth management; market studies; feasibility studies; community services and facilities studies; economic impact analysis; demographic analysis and related skills. She is involved in a wide range of external organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (including their Women’s Leadership Initiative and Mentorship Committee), TCREW, BILD and s. She has proven to be an excellent and effective IBI Group ambassador. Robyn is the ultimate team player, inspiring and pushing s to think creatively and proactively.

Tissa De Silva

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

#english# #Airports# #All# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Ports# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_Transmission Operations Optimizer# #product_Transmission Simulator# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Tissa De Silva leads the Toronto Information Technology and Systems practice at IBI Group. He has over 20 years of experience in state-of-the-art information technology system architecture, system design, system development, integration, and delivery of both software and hardware system applications. Tissa has worked on technology planning, computer and communications restructure design, and advanced software systems, design, and implementation throughout his career, leading multi-million dollar projects in Canada, the USA, and the UK.

Kristin Belz

Marketing Coordinator
Portland, OR

#english# #All# #Learning+#
Portland, Oregon United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-belz-201978b/

Kristin Belz holds her Masters in Architecture and a frequent contributor to the IBI Th!nk Blog. She believes that what and how we build reveals our character as a society. She relishes working in the Portland office, with its portfolio of education projects and focus on Learning+, because she loves telling the stories of the people and innovations behind school buildings that help make the world a better place.

Audrey Jacob

Deputy Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme 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 and a member of Pragma Council (University of Waterloo), Lambda Alpha, and the Urban Land Institute.

Doug McLachlan

Associate, Architect
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Doug McLachlan’s professional experience includes project management, master planning, medical planning, and construction document production for various projects. As Project Manager for several master planning and renovation projects, he leads the coordination and production of indicative design drawings and output specifications, has involvement leading several user group meetings, and overseeing production of a facilities assessment report. Doug is also immersed in managing and producing schematic design drawings, working drawings, and specifications, as well as performing construction administration services.

Daniel Crosthwaite

Associate | Manager, Buildings Projects
Toronto West, ON

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Data Analytics# #Electrical Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Project / Programme Management# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario Canada

Daniel Crosthwaite has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management and business administration. He has extensive experience in project management for complex and multidisciplinary, high-profile design assignments, project costing, project selection and forensic analysis for client projects. Daniel is an electrical engineer with detailed understanding of disciplines, including architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and industrial, which he leverages for advanced project management techniques to plan, execute, monitor and control project portfolios and optimize individual project team performance. He has experience with multiple contract arrangements and has gained this understanding through leading complex, multidisciplinary design projects, which allows him to interface with and coordinate the activities of professionals in these fields.

Jane Juranek

Senior Interior Designer
Toronto, ON

#english# #Interiors# #Office# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Jane is an enthusiastic, self-starter with a passion for design. She recognizes the expectations of a client and the quality of service that is expected by providing solutions in a timely manner. She has strong organizational skills that provide the ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain tight deadlines.

Paul Lavallee

Director | US Sector Lead, Intelligence
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Seattle, Washington United States of America

As the US Sector Lead, Intelligence, Paul Lavallee is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s intelligence practice across the US, working closely with Carl-Henry Piel, James Barbosa, and Ritesh Warade who lead the services, solutions and operations subsectors respectively. Bringing over 30 years of experience as part of IBI Group’s intelligence practice, he has helped organizations at all levels effectively integrate technology into city planning, design and operation, and transform how business is conducted today. He is internationally recognized as a transit technology and revenue collection system specialist with specific expertise in bringing together multi-stakeholder teams and delivering high-profile projects.

Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer currently working with thought leaders to help integrate technology into the daily fabric of people’s lives. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Finley

Global Director, Marketing & Communications
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesfinley/

Charles Finley brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications to IBI Group and is responsible for IBI Group’s brand, communications and digital strategy. Charles is also Co-founder of Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization that brings design and technology together for the public good. He sits on the Steering Committee of Jane’s Walk, a global movement of free, locally-led city walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Accounting) from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts (Communications and Culture) from York University.

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