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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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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.

Neil Elliott

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Neil has over 20 years of experience as a Project Architect and Urban Designer. Neil has worked on commercial and housing sector projects throughout the UK but he has become a key figure in education and education masterplanning projects, bringing architecture and urban design skills to major capital projects. Neil is a lead member of the IBI Learning+ team, specialising in school and college design, and is responsible for the design, coordination and delivery output. Neil is recognised for leading high quality projects within the business.

Neil’s leadership ability and talent to communicate ideas both visually and verbally combined with his recent experience of designing and particularly in delivering EFA funded projects means that he and his team can hit the ground running on fast track projects.
Neil has experienced first-hand the new economic reality of centrally funded projects and has adapted to this by producing designs that make most of the budget.

Following the completion of the academic paper and acclaimed HEAD Study (Holistic Evidence And Design) carried out by Professor Peter Barret at the University of Salford, Neil has played a leading role in developing the practical application of this research through IBI THiNK, our in-house Research & Development team, culminating in the “Clever Classroom” design and school assessment toolkit.

David Thom

President
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Board Member# #Senior Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As the President of IBI Group and member of the Board of Directors, David Thom is responsible for providing executive leadership to the company with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate planning, architecture, and transportation. He has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, in the USA and internationally including public/private partnerships and private finance initiatives.

David joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from the architecture program at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ellen Roland

Associate | Interior Designer
Toronto, ON

#english# #Interiors# #Living+# #Office# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Throughout her career with IBI Group, Ellen Roland has been responsible for the interior design of a significant amount of Toronto’s premier office space. In keeping with her trademark style, these spaces are continuously designed to be both elegant and innovative in nature.

With over 35 years of experience, Ellen has gained a strong sense of purpose as well as a devotion to detail, which has been proven to be an incomparable asset through the number of prestigious awards many of her projects have received. Ellen thrives on being challenged and encourages her clients to look beyond the familiar perspective of office settings and to utilize solutions that reinvent and rethink the workplace.

Andrew Wong

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-c-k-wong-p-eng-pmp-72985b8/

With ten years of experience in traffic and transit operations, Andrew Wong has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ITS. His project work the development of technology plans, benefit-cost analysis, traffic signal control systems, transit dispatch systems, transit signal priority, operation and maintenance plans, and stakeholder consultation, with a recent focus on traffic and transit data collection and analytics.

Zain Ali

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Dubai, UAE

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Software Development# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Terminals# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zain-ali-31116121/

Zain Ali has over ten years of experience specializing in the areas transportation planning, traffic engineering, safety and geometric design combined with extensive experience in urban and landscape planning. He has managed and led a wide variety of long-range and multi-modal transportation projects related to public transit planning, transportation master planning, travel demand modelling, traffic simulation modelling, transportation assessments and parking, both in Canada and in the Middle East. Zain brings a keen eye for devising ‘balanced’ transportation solution considering transportation-land use integration to create attractive, liveable and sustainable built-environments. Being an avid supporter of active transportation modes, Zain is actively involved in a wide-range of multi-modal mega development projects promoting context-sensitive design solutions across the Middle East region. Zain is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada as well as in UAE and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Peter Pillman

Director | US Mixed-Use Lead, Buildings
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office Lead# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
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Peter Pillman holds degrees in both Environmental Studies and Architecture, which is the foundation to his more than 20 years of widespread experience in master planning and urban design projects. This breadth of knowledge and experience is a key factor in his level of comfort working in the multi-disciplined environment of land use planning and transit planning, producing master plans based on the key principles of Transit Oriented Development. Peter provides leadership and administration as part of the US West region, focusing on Utah, Texas, and Colorado. In addition to this role, he is also the US Lead for Living+.

John Baker

Associate | Manager, Structural Engineering
Raleigh, NC

#english# #All# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Retail / Commercial# #Structural Engineering# #Water / Wastewater#
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

John Baker has 25 years of experience in structural engineering design and whether performing the design himself or supervising a structural engineer from his department, John is closely involved in the design process. He has extensive experience with industrial, institutional, wastewater, commercial, and military projects.

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.

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.

Duncan Elder

Associate Director | UK Solutions Lead, Intelligence
London, UK

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Mobility+# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

Duncan Elder is a recognised specialist in transport, transport data and customer information systems. He has over ten years’s experience working with clients to solve transport challenges in London and beyond. During this period, he has worked directly with a number of high profile clients including Transport for London, the Olympic Delivery Authority, London 2012, Department for Transport, Highways England and Network Rail. Duncan’s work focuses on improvements in traveller information and the delivery of customer, demand management and infrastructure and operational solutions on both the rail and road network. He holds a Masters in Geographical Information Systems and has background in system, software and internet architecture.

Lisa D’Abbondanza

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Education# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities#
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.

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