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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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Suzette Shiu

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Suzette Shiu
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Suzette is a Project Manager in the Toronto transportation planning group and has been the lead engineer for transportation planning, travel demand modelling and data analysis for a wide range of studies ranging from strategic master plans and environmental assessments to traffic operations.

With 20 years of experience in consulting in Canada and the United States, she has successfully managed numerous large and complex studies involving various government agencies, stakeholders and the public. Her success stems from the strong trust, reliability and integrity she brings to client and staff relationships. Suzette is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and has completed numerous high-profile and challenging studies, including major transportation master plans for York Region, Niagara Region and Durham Region and major rapid transit corridor projects such as the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit.

#North America#
Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, AB

Shahin Abji
#Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Operations# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Shahin Abji has 16 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of transportation systems and is currently working as part of a team specializing in ITS and broadband telecom systems. His experience includes systems planning and design, material requirements and specifications, procurement, material and installation inspections, commissioning, operations, maintenance, construction contract administration, quality control/quality assurance.

#North America#
James Loucks

Associate Director | US Interiors Lead, Buildings
Alexandria, VA

James Loucks
#Associate Director | US Interiors Lead, Buildings# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

Over the past 18 years, James Loucks has been involved in every type of project, from historic offices to technical space and public facilities. As the US Interiors Lead, these skills are leveraged to manage multiple projects. One of his most recent notable projects involved the phased reorganization and renovation of 200,000 sq ft of space for the National Institutes of Health.

#North America#
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.

Jeff Christianson

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Jeff Christianson
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jeff Christianson is a Project Architect with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction administration of multi-family residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects in Vancouver. He has been involved in all aspects of project development with emphasis on design development through project completion. With over 20 towers completed, he is an experienced Project Leader with expertise in design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration. Recent projects include several high-rise developments for Concord Pacific Place.

Grace Gao

Associate | Manager, Urban Design
Toronto, ON

Grace Gao
#Associate | Manager, Urban Design# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Green# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grace Gao has over 16 years of multidisciplinary experience in urban design, planning and architecture. Her approach to urban planning strives to create healthy, meaningful, balanced and connected communities in a sustainable framework. Grace contributes to a broad range of local and global projects including: urban design and place making; mixed use master planning; TOD neighbourhood development; open space and streetscape, and sports events, on behalf of private, public and institutional sector clients.Her architectural and planning background combined with extensive work experience in a landscape architectural firm have strengthened a comprehensive academic knowledge and a keen sense of scales/ coordination for various type developments. Her effective project management skills, team collaborative spirit, multitasking efficiency and creative design capabilities, are a constant asset to her projects and teams.

Paul Whittlestone

Global Director, IBI Healthcare+
London, UK

Paul Whittlestone
#Global Director, IBI Healthcare+# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

As Global Director of IBI Healthcare+, Paul Whittlestone leads a multidisciplinary team of experts in healthcare strategy, the design of healthcare buildings and infrastructure, and the application of intelligent systems to the delivery of healthcare solutions. This expertise is drawn from IBI offices around the globe and provides our clients with innovative solutions to the increasingly challenging problem of delivering high-quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services. Paul has over 30 years of experience working on healthcare projects around the world. During this time he has been involved in several major clinical reconfiguration exercises across both whole healthcare systems and individual hospitals, as well as contributing to and leading on the investment of several billion USD in the redevelopment of healthcare infrastructure, including major new hospital projects in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.

#Europe#
Robert Trabanino

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
Houston, TX

Robert Trabanino
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Robert Trabanino brings over 30 years of experience in architectural, design, planning, production, cost estimating and administration to IBI Group. The majority of Robert’s projects have consisted of institutional, commercial, educational, collegiate and financial institutions. His project management and design experience includes master planning, schematic design, construction documents and specifications writing.

#North America#
Lamberto Smigliani

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, MI

Lamberto Smigliani
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Industrial# #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

As an Architect, Lamberto Smigliani is responsible for design and development including organizing and maintaining administrative controls from inception to completion of the programs. He is also responsible for staffing and implementation of continuing education in the architectural discipline. Lamberto draws from both domestic and international experience in architectural operations and development.

Lamberto serves as chairman of a local planning commission and is active in local governance and community activities.

#North America#
Scott Arbuckle

Director | Office Lead
Hamilton, ON

Scott Arbuckle
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach#
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Scott Arbuckle has 25 years of diverse land development and urban planning experience and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and is a Registered Professional Planner. Scott is recognized by the Ontario Municipal Board (OPPI) as an expert in the area of land use planning. Areas of practice include: Planning Feasibility/ Due Diligence Studies, Community Design Visioning, Official Plans, Official Plan Amendments, District/ Secondary Plans, Block Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Consents, Minor Variances, Site Plans and Open Space Design.

Scott is the principal client liaison and project manager for a full scale of land development projects and is ultimately accountable for achieving client performance expectations including schedule, budget and product delivery. As such, he is responsible for leading an in-house team of planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and design professionals; as well as the management of interdisciplinary teams of sub-consultants including urban design, architectural, environmental, geotechnical, hydro geological, transportation, infrastructure and storm water management consultants.

John Byrne

Director | Office Lead
Edmonton, AB

John Byrne
#Director | Office Lead# #All# #Development Engineering# #Geomatics / Land Surveying# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Spatial Intelligence# #GIS# #Geographic Information System# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/johnbyrne-9956627b
We enjoy the challenge of finding unique solutions to our clients survey and land-tenure needs. We pride ourselves in providing the best solution, whether high-tech or traditional.

John Byrne is a leader in IBI Group?s Geomatics offering, specializing in Land Survey Services. He has been involved with virtually every new technology in surveying over the last 45 years, including first generation Satellite systems (Doppler), Offshore navigation, GPS and continues to be involved with the changes in technology with Drones and Digital scanning systems.John has been involved with the development of digital Cadastral bases across Canada and was involved in both the Parcel (Provincial) mapping of Alberta and the municipal mapping as well.

A key component of his expertise is related to helping develop methods with in the Land Titles system to bringing a project to market both delivery of title and separate financing of various components of a multi-use project. He has also been recognized as an expert witness by the Alberta Court of Queen’s bench as it relates to planning processes.

Randy Stoll

Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering
Westerville, OH

Randy Stoll
#Associate | Manager, Water Resources Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Engineering# #Project / Programme Management# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

Randy Stoll possesses strong project management and engineering skills as they pertain to water and wastewater projects. His structural and hydraulic engineering experience includes complete structural designs of water and wastewater treatment plants, and he has conducted numerous hydraulic studies and designs for urban and rural public water systems. Randy manages water, wastewater, roadway and ground/well water projects for municipalities, counties, and water and sewer districts, also assisting in sourcing funding for projects. In addition to project management and design, he also performs contract administration, overseeing construction projects and preparation of engineering plans, specifications, feasibility studies and preliminary engineering reports.

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