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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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Mel Johnson

Director
Edmonton, AB

Mel Johnson
#Director# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Mel Johnson is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the engineering design, construction, contract administration, and project management of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects in the greater Edmonton area. He is involved in managing the civil engineering department which includes over 40 full-time engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Mel is experienced in working with numerous private/municipal land developers and licensing/approving authorities through all elements of the land development process.

#North America#
Marcus Wilshere

Studio Associate Director
London, UK

Marcus Wilshere
#Studio Associate Director# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Architecture# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Healthy New Towns# #Healthcare# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Innovation Districts# #Smart Cities# ## #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Smart Cities# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Marcus leads IBI’s masterplanning team in the South-East of England, bringing over 30 years’ experience in mixed-use development for both public and private sector clients.

Marcus works across IBI’s sectors, combining our expertise in health, education and technology into a distinctive approach to place-making, providing advice to NHS England for their Healthy New Town programme; and leading on projects that link place quality with innovation, including the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus.

Marcus’s regeneration plan for Barnsley won the 2016 Masterplanner of the Year Award and he is currently advising Southend Council on procurement of a development partner for a major regeneration project.

International projects include a master plan for Orléans, a university campus in Qijianga, China and a new township in Pune, India. Marcus is currently working on a series of pilot projects for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

#Europe#
Lisa D’Abbondanza

Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Lisa D’Abbondanza
#Director - Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Education# #School# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lisa D’Abbondanza LEED AP is a Registered Architect in the Toronto office Transit Architecture studio. With over 20 years of experience, her ability to understand and implement rigorous design, management and construction standards has allowed her to successfully serve major institutional clients and municipalities and develop her skills as both a Design Architect and Project Manager. Lisa?s specialization in Transit Architecture began with the award-winning modernization of the TTC Victoria Park Station and Bus Terminal. Lisa played an integral role on the recently completed western segment of the Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Line consisting of eight transit stations. She is currently the system-wide Architectural Lead for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Line consisting of 15 transit stations and ten surface stops. Lisa is a member of Ontario Association of Architects, Canada Green Building Council, Toronto Society of Architecture, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Women in Transportation Society.

#North America#
Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Donald Verbanac
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/donald-verbanac-677b06a0

Don Verbanac is an interdisciplinary Project Manager specializing in transit facilities. Don has 20 years of combined experience in architecture, urban planning, transportation, retail and industrial design from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Netherlands. For the past decade, Don has primarily worked on BRT, LRT and subway (metro) stations as well as bus terminals and on-street transit facilities. His multidisciplinary background along with his acumen for complex engineering projects have been applied to Waterloo?s King-Victoria Transit Hub, Mississauga BRT, and the successful bid for two large P3 LRT projects in Canada.

Don has professional degrees in urban planning (BAA) from Ryerson University and an architecture degree (M.Arch) from the University of Manitoba. Don is registered as an architect (Bureau Architectenregister-SBA) in the Netherlands, as an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as a registered professional planner (RPP) with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Don is currently the Segment (Design) Manager on Science Centre and Kennedy Stations where he is managing interdisciplinary design works in parallel with construction as part of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Jonathan Berg

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jonathan Berg
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels# #Commercial# #Hospitality# #Hotels & Resorts# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Berg has over 20 years of experience specializing in high-rise residential and hospitality projects. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects such as The Four Seasons Hotel and Residence, The Shores at Bronte Harbour and the award-winning Toronto Delta Hotel, has enabled him to develop his management skills. Jonathan also works closely with IBI Group’s Legal Counsel related to matters in Loss Prevention & Liability Claims Applications for Pro-Demnity.

Heidi Rose

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Heidi Rose
#Associate | Manager, Interior Design# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels# #Commercial# #Hospitality# #Hotels & Resorts# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Residential# #Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# #Hotels & Resorts# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity.

Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated.

Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

Jannis Nassoulis

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Systems Engineering
Athens, Greece

Jannis Nassoulis
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Systems Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #TravelIQ# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Athens, Greece, Europe

Jannis Nassoulis has more then 18 years of experience in the infrastructure construction and transportation industry. After he successfully managed the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the first large scale ITS project in Greece, he was involved in motorway operations undertaking the role of the Tunnel Safety Officer of the Athens ring road. He coordinated large scale exercises and fire tests in tunnels.

In 2007, Jannis organized the operation and maintenance of the 230km long motorway concession project, Aegean Motorway, as Chief Operations Officer. Holding the position of the COO for nine years, he managed a major operational crisis involving a dramatic rockfall incident, resulting to longlasting international arbitration procedures, legal disputes and claims. He also actively participated in a successful project restructuring process, necessary to mitigate severe problems resulting from the Greek financial crisis, earning serious experience in PPP project financing, contractual arrangements and negotiation practices.

#Europe#
Keith Sallaway

Director, Architect
Calgary, AB

Keith Sallaway
#Director, Architect# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Open mindedness, communication, and collaboration are key pillars in the design, management, and success of a project.

Keith Sallaway leads the architectural practice in the Calgary office, including all areas of southern Alberta, western British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. His creative ability to design and his leadership capabilities result in well-managed projects that meet or exceed client expectations.

#North America#
Ryan Gulick

Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems
Seattle, WA

Ryan Gulick
#Associate | Manager, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Design Build# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #TravelIQ# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
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.

#North America#
Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, ON

Gianni Ria
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels# #Commercial# #Hospitality# #Hotels & Resorts# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

Rebecca Grant

Principal | Education, Buildings
Portland, OR

Rebecca Grant
#Principal | Education, Buildings# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Based in the Portland office, Rebecca is part of the Learning+ team and has specialized in educational architecture and sustainable design during her 17 years of professional practice. A leader at IBI Group for nearly a decade, she is an astute project manager and effective communicator who ensures that design intent is carried through a project from concept to construction. She deftly balances sustainability, budget, timeline, stakeholder engagement, and innovative, results-oriented design in her service to clients and community.

Rebecca is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and an Architects-in-School Program Member with the Architectural Foundation of Oregon.  She played an integral role in the successful completion of award-winning LEED Gold projects including Parkrose Middle School Replacement, Sandy High School, and Trillium Creek Primary School. Rebecca was also involved in the design of the Snohomish Aquatic Center, a truly unique facility north of Seattle.

Kelly Cobbe

Director | Office Lead
Waterloo, ON

Kelly Cobbe
#Director | Office Lead# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Design Build# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Office Lead# #P3# #Parking# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-cobbe-8917a418/

Kelly Cobbe has provided engineering design, construction administration and project management services to various local municipalities, regional municipalities and provincial and federal government agencies in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario for 30 years. Leveraging a number of IBI’s core strengths, he has undertaken infrastructure and urban streetscape revitalization projects in the downtown cores of a number of municipalities in Waterloo Region. Past efforts have also included leading the civil design efforts during the preparation of the Waterloo LRT Bid and managing a portion of the Viva H3 BRT project.
In addition to his Professional Engineer licensing in Ontario and Manitoba, Kelly was designated as a Consulting Engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. He is a founding member and current past-chair of the Grand River Chapter of Consulting Engineers of Ontario, an active member of the Waterloo Region Homebuilder Association Waterloo Liaison Committee, and a past member of the KW Chamber of Commerce Regional and Municipal Affairs Committee.

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