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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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Abhijeet Mankar

Associate Director | Principal, Mixed-Use
Los Angeles, CA

Abhijeet Mankar
#Associate Director | Principal, Mixed-Use# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhijeet-mankar/
The key to a successful project is listening to your client’s expectation and realizing his or her vision.

Mr. Mankar leads our Living+ practice in California and the Western United States. He is responsible for implementing Living+ growth strategies, developing new and existing clients, and will continue to collaborate with his extensive network in the developer, builder and professional communities. His eclectic background includes a diverse range of project experience with a concentration in mixed-use, high-rise and mid-rise projects. He has focused on providing exceptional (World Class) design management delivery and execution services. Abhijeet’s expertise in alternative delivery methods is an asset to IBI.

Mr. Mankar has a passion for the design process and for high level engagement with owners to deliver excellent work.

#North America#
Usha Elyatamby P.Eng

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

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/usha-elyatamby-7275908/

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng has over 20 years of experience working with software systems and technology solutions. She is integral to establishing clients and project in managed lanes, revenue systems, advanced traffic management systems, and control centre operations across the globe. Her project experience in technology solutions include feasibility and research studies, planning, design, cost analysis, implementation, installation inspection, software supply, and operations and maintenance.

As a leader in the solutions practice, Usha has led projects and been a specialty advisor on various technology deployments for public highway authorities and private road concession companies. Coupled with her experience and knowledge on business and system processes, software systems, platforms, communication infrastructure and tools required to increase efficiency in different system environment, she has played a senior advisory role on projects in the US and globally on highway P3 pursuits.

#North America#
Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

Mark Bendix
#Director | Office Lead# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Bridge Engineering# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-bendix-46b55b11/
A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.

Mark Bendix is a Director and Office Lead with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.

#North America#
Wendy Atkinson

Studio Associate Director
Birmingham, UK

Wendy Atkinson
#Studio Associate Director# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ##
Birmingham, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-atkinson-b4729930/

Wendy is a recognised expert in the development and implementation of operational procedures for highway network management. Prior to joining IBI Group, she worked for Gloucestershire Police, supervising two control rooms, and for Highways England’s Traffic Officer Service, managing incidents both on the network and from the Regional Control Centre. She managed Highways England’s National Occupational Standards Programme, which she also developed into a formal Traffic Management Diploma, accredited by City and Guilds.

Since joining IBI Group in 2010, Wendy has advised clients such as Glasgow City Council and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), as well as continuing her role as technical advisor to Highways England. She has provided specialist support to Smart Motorway operations and led projects including the Stationary Vehicle Detection Trial and the development of Smart Motorway Driver Information Requirements. Wendy currently coordinates IBI’s work to enhance Highways England’s signalling policy and capability. She is integral to expanding the firm’s services to other highway network managers across the UK and to the emergency services.

Anita Leonoff

Director | Office Lead, Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

Anita Leonoff
#Director | Office Lead, Vancouver# #All# #Architecture# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Anita Leonoff joined IBI Group shortly after graduating from UBC’s Architecture School and learned quickly. In the mid 1980s, Anita began the renovation work on the Hotel Vancouver, one of her longest running projects and one she continues to work on to this day. In the 1990s, Anita took on the local work for Holt Renfrew which at the time was renovation work. This later turned into a new store for Vancouver, followed by Calgary, and a number in Ontario and Quebec, which is a testament to her work. Anita’s areas of specialty include institutional and hospitality facilities design, retail and office tenant fit-ups, heritage renovations, and the management of the approvals and public consultation processes.

Jay Deshmukh

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Jay Deshmukh
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Strategic Planning#
Toronto, Ontario, North America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayashri-jay-deshmukh-41aa1a4/
At a time when educational institutions are transforming in response to rapid socioeconomic change, design retains the powerful potential to shape campus environments that spark curiosity, enable innovation, build partnerships and foster lifelong learning.

An award-winning architect with over 20 years of experience, Jay is a recognized thought leader and design lead for institutional architecture of varied scales and typologies. She focuses on the design, strategic thinking and planning for higher education projects, and engages meaningfully with clients, stakeholders and consultants to define and implement the project’s vision through place-centric design. She has experience in both design and project management for master planning and urban design, in addition to architecture for new structures, additions and renovations of diverse scales and complexity.

In addition to education projects, Jay’s diverse portfolio includes complex and innovative projects for healthcare, civic and corporate clients in Canada and overseas. Her projects have won local and international design awards and been published extensively. She is an active participant in Toronto’s design community, guest-teaching at local design schools and currently serving on the Board of Trustees at the Textile Museum of Canada.

Levi Patterson

Associate Architect
Portland, OR

Levi Patterson
#Associate Architect # #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ##
Portland, Oregon,

Levi is the Design Lead for our practice. As an architect, designer, and leader, Levi comes to every project with a broad perspective and deep understanding of each stage of design and construction. His ability to focus and prioritize as a project moves forward enables him to lead design concepts from inception to completion while maintaining design intent, and achieving the goals of the client and project teams.

Levi’s work before joining our IBI Group includes award-winning K-12 design such as Kodiak High School in Kodiak, AK, A.G. Bell Elementary in Kirkland, WA, and Scappoose High School, in Scappoose, OR.

#North America#
Steve Shawcross

Director, Planner
Calgary, AB

Steve Shawcross
#Director, Planner# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Data Analytics# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Innovation Districts# #Smart Cities# ## #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Public Outreach# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Calgary, Alberta, North America
At IBI my team and I strive daily to create desirable places to live, work, play, shop, learn and heal, optimizing key social, economic and economic objectives and drawing inspiration from the 'genius loci'.

Stephen Shawcross joined the IBI Group Toronto office in 1979. In 1980 he moved to Calgary and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Shawcross was instrumental in the growth of the practice, which he led along with Architect Ross Hayes for many years. Under his direction the Calgary office added civil engineering, landscape architecture, graphics, and expanded the scope of the planning group to include land valuation, market research, economics and benefit/cost analysis to complement the land use and urban design functions. During his tenure, the planning and landscape groups garnered numerous honours including AACIP and CIP awards. More recently Mr. Shawcross and his team, including the full complement of IBI disciplines, have created state-of-the-art tools for use in Flood Damage Reduction projects. This work has culminated in the authorship of the Canadian Guidelines and Database of Flood Vulnerability Functions for Natural Resources and Public Safety Canada.

#North America#
Elizabeth Vieweg

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

Elizabeth Vieweg
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Landmark Events# #Special Events# ## #Operations# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Elizabeth Vieweg is a passionate, goal-oriented leader with 20 years of experience managing multiple portfolio events in fast-paced national and international Games environments. This is bolstered by additional experience as a senior manager in the sport, arts and health sectors. Elizabeth is also a skilled negotiator, collaborator and integrator with diverse groups of stakeholders, including municipal and provincial levels of government, community leaders, First Nations, facility/venue owners, games host societies, senior management, and volunteers.

#North America#
Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

Steven Kresak
#General Counsel & Corporate Secretary# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #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 and is responsible for the corporation’s legal affairs worldwide. He leads the Legal, Compliance, Insurance and Corporate Governance functions.

Prior to joining IBI Group in 2014, Steven was Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario, where he was accountable for the leadership, management and delivery of major projects and new business initiatives, including the optimization and sale of public assets in the transportation, manufacturing, rail and telecommunications sectors.

Steven practiced law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. He holds 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. Steven was a finalist for 2016 Mid-Market Excellence Award of the Canadian General Counsel Association and has completed the SEALFIT XL program.

Phil Colleran

Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead
Boston, MA

Phil Colleran
#Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead# #All# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Phil Colleran has directed a range of urban mixed-use development projects in the US and abroad. He has significant experience with complex planning projects and large teams in the Far East, the Middle East and North Africa. In his work, he is responsive to environmental and civic concerns and has deployed ground-breaking design strategies suitable to climate and project conditions.

Ray Whitchurch

Associate Director | Principal, Urban Planning
Salt Lake City, UT

Ray Whitchurch
#Associate Director | Principal, Urban Planning# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Ray Whitchurch is a project manager, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Planner, for large-scale federal, state, municipal, institutional, mixed use villages, commercial, and residential projects. With 26 years of experience, his projects have included landscape designs, architectural design, land planning and re-zoning, municipality general plans, subdivision development, public reviews and outreach.

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