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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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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.

Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+# #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

With over 30 years of experience, Mark French LEED AP BD+C offers extensive design and project management experience in educational facilities. He is involved on all aspects of a project including schematic design, design development, construction documents and project management. Mark earned the Recognized Educational Facility Professional designation from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International in 2002 due to his extensive experience in educational facility planning and design. He also achieved the designation of Accredited Learning Environments Planner in 2013.

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).

Rob Cascaden

Associate | Office Lead
London, ON

#english# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Energy# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater# #Wind#
London, Ontario, Canada
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/rob-cascaden-1768ab27

Rob Cascaden has 20 years of experience in the civil consulting field in Ontario. His involvement in the design and implementation of a wide scope of projects over this period provides him with a broad base of experience in the land development field. Rob’s areas of expertise include water resources, stormwater management, residential land development and site plan design and approvals. His experience and knowledge of the land development process are key factors in the successful design and management of land development projects. Rob has gained the necessary skills and experience in water resources/stormwater management design to allow him to complete stormwater management and floodplain mapping assignments. Typical project skill sets include storm and sanitary sewer design, stormwater management, road alignment and localized improvements, site and area grading, site servicing, cost estimating, preparation of contract documents, construction administration, as-builts, topographic surveys, and supervision of survey crews for field work.

Tissa De Silva

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

#english# #Airports# #All# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Operations & Maintenance# #Ports# #product_Airport Taxi Dispatch# #product_BlueiQ# #product_Transmission Operations Optimizer# #product_Transmission Simulator# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tissa De Silva leads the global practice of Intelligent Systems at airports, seaports and other major transportation environments. He specializes in ITS systems and solutions, including Traffic Management and Traffic Safety Systems on both local and International arenas. He has over 25 years of experience in Advanced Information Technology Systems, including System Architecture, Software, Hardware, Application Design and Solutions. He is a North American expert for the U.S. National ITS Architecture Program and for Volpe Research Center in the U.S.

Real-time control, monitoring, and revenue management systems for transportation networks and Artificial Intelligence-based control and optimization of energy management solutions for “Smart City” water utilities are marquee projects he has directed for clients in Canada and the U.S.

Tissa has worked with Homeland Security in the U.S. on developing cargo container / railcar monitoring and control systems as well as major revenue management systems for transportation management authorities. He has also led multi-million dollar Revenue Management and Monitoring and Control Systems for a variety of transportation clients across the globe.

Mark Woloszyk

Manager, Industrial Engineering
Southfield, MI

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Industrial#
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
Bryan McKeown

Associate, Architect
New York, NY

#english# #Architecture# #Education# #K-12 Education# #Learning+#
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-mckeown-aia-leed-ap-67a3ba76/

With over 25 years of experience, Bryan McKeown’s background is with education facilities and high-rise residential buildings. He served as project architect on five major school projects with the NYC School Construction Authority: two new early childhood centers, an addition to an inter­mediate school, and a new design-build primary school. Notably, Bryan recently oversaw the renovation and expansion of Columbia Grammar and Prep School. As project manager, Bryan leads a team to ensure prompt and successful completion of a building project. He is knowledgeable, conscientious, and capable of working with a diverse range of trades and specifications to complete a project successfully.

Billy Shum

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Highway / Road Design# #Light Rail Transit# #Operations & Maintenance# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Billy Shum has over 15 years of combined experience in Traffic Engineering and ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. He has directly carried out or been in charge of Traffic Signal Design, Operations, and Planning activities for roadway projects, in both Canada and USA. Billy has been the Traffic/Electrical Lead for multiple LRT/BRT projects and arterial widening projects including: Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Tunneling; York Region vivaNext BRT; Mississauga GO BRT; and City of Edmonton Valley Line LRT.

Billy is a professional engineer with the Professional Engineers Ontario, a California/Ohio licensed professional Civil and Traffic engineer, and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He received his ISO 9001:2008 QMS Lead Auditor Certificate from International Register of Certificated Auditors, and for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

#english# #Acute Care# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Healthcare+# #Labs / Life Sciences# #Oncology# #Pediatrics# #Project / Programme Management# #UK Regional#
Rochdale, United Kingdom, Europe

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.

Stephen Taylor

Chief Financial Officer
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stephen Taylor is the Chief Financial Officer of IBI Group. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of international financial experience in all areas of corporate management, including acquisitions of new businesses, operational management, and investments.His functional experience includes accounting, public company financial reporting, acquisition due diligence, valuation, process management, enterprise integration, and investor relations.

Mojgan Nozari

Associate, Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #High Rise Residential# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mojan Nozari is an Intern Architect experienced in mixed-use residential/commercial high-rises, libraries, office buildings, and community centres. She has expertise in schematic design and development; technical drawings and detailing; as well as building codes in British Columbia and California. Her LEED and MAIBC registrations are in progress.

Barbara Sheehan

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Edmonton, AB

#english# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Education# #Healthcare# #K-12 Education# #Landscape Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Low Rise Residential# #Master Planning# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #P3# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Retail / Commercial# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #Transit Facilities#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-sheehan-58b85b48/

Barbara is an Associate and Senior Landscape Architect in the Edmonton office, with over 13 years of experience in a diverse range of innovative and complex projects focused on urban design, recreational spaces, parks, transit corridors, place-making and master planning, for both private and public sector clients. She received her professional credentials in 2011 (AALA, CSLA).

Barbara is a skilled communicator and focused team leader, leading projects successfully from initiation to completion. Barbara was with IBI initially from 2005 to 2012, and returned in 2016 to rejoin the landscape architecture team. Since her return to IBI, she has played a leading role in the landscape architecture and sustainable urban integration elements for Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT project as well as other significant public realm projects.

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