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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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Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Green# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Water Resources Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashish-ghate-3a48441a/

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.

David Traub-Werner

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Tel Aviv, Israel

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility+# #Municipal Services# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Tel Aviv, Israel Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-traub-werner-07268311/

David Traub-Werner is a civil engineer that has spent the majority of his career applying Systems Thinking and Engineering principles to infrastructure projects. His involvement on large Intelligent Transportation Systems projects, both P3 and public-lead design-bid-build, has included direct involvement and leadership in the range of professional services for software development, center-to-field interfaces, field infrastructure connectivity of communications and power and physical infrastructure.

David served as the Assistant Project Manager for the design of ten underground stations for the NTA Red Line Tel Aviv LRT project, as well as the complete construction phase services for five stations. With a keen interest in digital value expeditions, David builds on his systems thinking to investigate, publish and present on current technologies as applied to IBI Group’s core businesses, including: distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Vince Gallo

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Retail / Commercial#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Vince Gallo has 20 years of experience and throughout this time, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects including the Aviva Centre Tennis Stadium (Canada’s National Tennis Centre) at York University, the School of Medicine at the University of Waterloo, State Farm Insurance Aurora Operations Centre, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business located in Burlington Ontario, and numerous LCBO projects located throughout the province.

Vince was instrumental in the selection of IBI as the Architect of Record for LCBO. Vince continues to manage projects involving both new-build and renovation of their many wine and liquor stores.

Vince brings an organized and comprehensive teamwork approach to all his projects, developing excellent working relationships with clients, consultants and team members alike.

Lauren Macaulay

Associate, Architect
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Lauren Macaulay is an Architect with more than a decade of experience in the design and construction of residential, mixed-use and institutional projects. She has led projects in a wide range of architectural services including master planning, new construction, renovations and sustainability consulting. She is an effective project manager who can guide a team through all stages of the project, from schematic design through construction to occupancy. Lauren is a LEED AP experienced with the LEED BD+C, ND and EBOM rating systems. Notable examples of her local projects include: Pearson Dogwood, Binning Tower, Trapp and Holbrook, Maddox and West Pender Place.

Salim Kumar Narayanan

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Healthcare+# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Industrial# #Leader# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Resorts# #Retail / Commercial# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation#
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

Salim Narayanan has over 25 years of experience in various capacities ranging from Senior Project Manager to Designer in architecture for projects in Canada, USA, Middle East and India. He is skilled in developing design concepts, construction documentation, contract administration, and liaising with consultants, construction companies, city authorities, and clients. His experience in North America primarily includes mixed-use high-rise residential buildings. His previous experience also includes residential and office towers, commercial complexes, hotel and resort projects, institutional and healthcare facilities, sports/multi-purpose halls, movie theatres, industrial buildings, transit centers, housing complexes, luxury palaces, and grand houses. Salim has a keen interest in integrating technology, detailing, and functional design.

Guy Pearson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Green# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom Europe

Guy Pearson is a qualified architect and urban designer. His interest and skills lie in the links between the two disciplines, including master planning and designing mixed use, high density urban neighbourhoods. Guy is an advocate of sustainable design to create liveable, healthy communities.

Peter Spal

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Water Resources
Ottawa, ON

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Subject Matter Expert# #Water / Wastewater# #Water Resources Management#
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Peter Spal, P.Eng has over 28 years of experience as a Project Manager and Technical Specialist in the field of stormwater management planning, stormwater master servicing and drainage projects, including detailed design, contract administration and inspection. His experience includes various projects ranging from stormwater management studies and infrastructure projects to master drainage plans and flood analysis, which includes numerous projects for the City of Ottawa and the former Region Municipality of Ottawa, Carleton as well as private developers. He has completed numerous stormwater management projects related to site plans for urban development and commercial sites for both infield and greenfield sites.

Peter has been at the forefront of developing creative stormwater management solutions either by generating new solutions or upgrading of the existing aging infrastructure.

Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

#english# #Active Transportation# #Airports# #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Ports# #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Terminals# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #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.

Bernardo Ortiz

Director, Latin America
Mexico City, Mexico

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Latin America# #Leader# #Office Lead# #P3# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
Mexico City, Mexico Central America

Bernardo Ortiz has over 15 years of experience in the planning, design, deployment and supervision of systems and technology. He specializes in the modernization and optimization of operations in the transportation sector. Bernardo’s experience includes the strategic planning, vision, conceptual design and implementation of transportation projects, particularly roads at a national level, including the development of AFP/P3 schemes.

Dale Richmond

Independent Director | Chair of the Board of Directors

#english# #All# #Board Member#

As an Independent Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for IBI Group, Dale Richmond is a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Governance, and Compensation Committee.Mr. Richmond is currently the Chair of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. He has participated on a number of corporate boards and has served the community as past Chair of The Toronto Board of Trade, The Canadian Urban Institute and Humber College.

From 1993 to 2003, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. Prior to 1993, Mr. Richmond served with the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto for 17 years, where he held various positions including Chief Administrative Officer (for a period of eight years), Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, and Commissioner of Management and Computer Services. He also held various public sector positions in Halifax, Calgary and Sudbury.

Mr. Richmond received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University, a Master of Arts (Economics) degree from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and a Fellow of the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.

Elvin Karpovich

Director, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Civic & Government# #Development Engineering# #Land Use Planning# #Landscape Architecture# #Leader# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines#
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Elvin Karpovich leads the IBI Group landscape design practice in Calgary, and oversees the administration of architectural design guidelines for approximately 18 communities across Calgary. He has assembled a diverse list of projects over his 20 years of experience, including land use planning, land design, urban design, urban landscape architectural design, and land development policies, guidelines, and standards. His project experience includes working with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, the land development industry, and private corporations.

Filomena Monteiro

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Interiors# #Office# #Project / Programme Management#
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Filomena Monteiro has been practising Interior Design in Ontario for over 35 years. Her project experience spans a wide range of industries and has provided her with a deep understanding of corporate dynamics and the change process. Filomena is a consummate professional and manages the many aspects of a project with decisiveness and tact. Her ability to ask the right questions to gain an understanding of the organizations current and future needs results in innovative environments with built in flexibility for future change. She has a thorough grasp of new officing concepts and furniture applications that support the new ways of working.

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