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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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Susan Christensen

Associate Director | Office Lead
Binghamton, NY

#english# #All# #Education# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Susan Christensen has over 15 years of experience in marketing management, e-commerce marketing, marketing communication, business development, and global brand management.

Ola Ferm

Associate Director | Office Lead, Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

#english# #Architecture# #Automotive# #BIM & 3D Visualization# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Education# #Fire Stations# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Maintenance Facilities# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Office# #Operations & Maintenance# #Parks# #Planning & Urban Design#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Ola is the Office Lead for the Raleigh, NC office. As an architect, he is leading the way in growing IBI Group in commercial, transit and educational based projects, and helping grow our footprint in the region, and along the west coast. Ola has been practicing architecture and building client relationships for 25 years.

Charlie Hoang

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.

John O. Reid

Independent Director

#english# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. John O. Reid is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years of experience. He was Audit Leader for KPMG LLP in the Greater Toronto Area from 2008 to 2014 and has extensive experience in auditing as well as the management of professional service organizations, strategic planning, development and growth management in all business sectors. Mr. Reid has served as chair of six hospital boards and two colleges across Canada and is the founding member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

Anna Dybka

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

#english# #All# #Highway / Road Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anna Dybka P.Eng specializes in functional and detail design, implementation and operation of ITS, including Traffic Management Systems, Toll Collection Systems, Traffic Signals, Weather Monitoring Stations and project administration and management. Anna has led an extensive portfolio of system design projects province-wide for MTO, and for clients including 407 ETR, City of Toronto, and Windsor-Detroit Tunnel. She recently led the design of the systems fit-in at the new MTO Central Region COMPASS Traffic Management Centre as implemented in advance of the Pan Am Games.

Calin Caliman

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Calin Caliman is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada with over 20 years of experience as an architect, and over 15 years of experience specifically in the high-rise residential and commercial sector. His involvement on a number of high-profile projects, such as L’Avenue in Montreal, King Blue Condos and Dundas Square Gardens in Toronto, has honed his skills both in design and contract documentation.

Gareth Bower

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Gareth Bower has over ten years of experience and a long track record in delivery of complex system and technology projects. He has a background in system architecture design, software development and technical consultancy and particular expertise in Geographic Information Systems, application development, data modelling, databases and web systems. Gareth is a technical coordinator and systems manager for numerous projects at IBI Group, and has managed development teams on a number of key projects for Transport Scotland, Transport for London and National Roads Authority. Gareth is also jointly responsible for the UK Systems group, managing a team of designers, developers and technology specialists.

Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Information technology is intrinsic to the transportation experience. For the transit traveler paying by smartcard, the truck driver pre-clearing an inspection station, and the road maintenance supervisor monitoring road weather forecasts, systems are critical to achieving our goals of safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Kevin Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East and has 25 years of experience in the delivery of full professional services and turn-key solutions for a variety of ITS applications including traffic management and traveller information, electronic toll collection, commercial vehicle operations, public transportation, security.

As a specialist in the application of advanced technologies for managing transportation infrastructure and facilities, his project services include needs assessment, concept design, feasibility assessment, detail design and specification, tender/procurement, construction administration, quality assurance testing, system integration and operations and maintenance support. His project experience includes public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas.

Kevin has served as project director for the development of the ITS Architecture for Canada, and has overseen a variety of applications of the architecture, including the recent ONQC Smart Corridor Concept of Operations.

Tuere Fa’aola

Associate | Manager, Transportation Planning
San Diego, CA

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Land Use Planning# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Systems# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
San Diego, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tuere-fa-aola-ptp-b6a12813

Tuere Fa’aola’s areas of expertise in transportation planning range from transit analysis, alternatives analysis, multimodal analysis, travel demand forecasting, and varied traffic analyses. Tuere has managed and led the preparation of corridor studies, transit studies, micro simulation analysis, parking and traffic impact studies. In addition, she has experience in general planning studies that include, but are not limited to, pedestrian master plans, circulation elements, and regional agency MOUs.

Donna Johnston

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Acute Care# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Courts# #Design Build# #Education# #Green# #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #K-12 Education# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Low Rise Residential# #Office# #P3# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Donna is a licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional with extensive experience as Project Manager for the programming, master planning, design and construction of complex technical facilities. An Associate with IBI Group with a focus on institutional projects, she has been involved in many challenging educational and science-based lab buildings for diagnostics, research and general academics; transit projects; health care institutions and geriatric facilities, and courthouses. With a solid background in a variety of project delivery types, including compliance-based, design-build, fast-track, P3/AFP, and construction management, she is able to bring creative approaches to the realization of demanding projects. Her experience also extends to corporate, retail, custom residential and interior design. With an integrated and cooperative approach to team-building, Donna frequently assumes the role of user-needs coordinator, and has been the lead for a number of successful and award-winning joint-venture collaborations.

Donna is a graduate of Carleton University.

Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hospitality# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

As an architect with a structural engineering background, Susanna Pon brings multidisciplinary views and solutions to any project. She has over ten years of experience in master planning, site planning, programming, design, technical production, document coordination, project management, construction administration, and project close-out of new and renovated commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, and residential projects. She has worked with numerous client user groups on institutional and recreational projects to consolidate their needs and provide a design that accommodates all groups in a multi-purpose setting.

Kirk Shimazu

Associate Director | US Civic Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, CA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Leader# #Library# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Kirk Shimazu is the US Civic Lead where he draws upon over 40 years of architecture, planning and urban design experience. His critical thinking skills enables him to engage in thoughtful design solutions from the earliest design phases through construction documents minimizing change orders in the field. He effectively leads project teams and assures client goals and expectations are met in a timely and economical manner. Kirk’s extensive project background and strength in design have been key to the ultimate success of numerous project assignments. His commitment to quality design informs the development of the building elements, systems, materials and details to achieve functionality, durability and long-term flexibility through the process of value design.

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