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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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Mark French

Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings
Houston, TX

Mark French
#Director | US Deputy Education Lead, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
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.

#North America#
Donna Johnston

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Donna Johnston
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Green# #Healthcare# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #P3# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #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.

#North America#
Brendan McHale

Structural Engineer
Toronto West, ON

Brendan McHale
#Structural Engineer# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Structural Engineering# #Transportation#
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Brendan McHale specializes in the design of large transportation and infrastructure projects. His favourite thing about working with structures is getting to see them make the leap from the drawing and into reality.

#North America#
Wendy de Silva

Architect | Mental Health Lead
London, UK

Wendy de Silva
#Architect | Mental Health Lead# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-de-silva-764b0529/
There is no health without mental health' WHO.

Wendy de Silva is an award winning architect and accredited RIBA Client Advisor with over 30 years of industry experience. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge across a range of educational, commercial and residential projects, but her particular expertise is in healthcare design. She has extensive understanding of the mental health sector and has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practices and she is passionate about service improvements. Her project work has been recognized with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. She has presented papers on mental health design at conferences in the UK and Scandinavia.

Wendy has also worked on a wide range of primary and community health facilities and is keenly interested in the integration of health and social care services. She has been involved in competition winning integrated health and housing developments in London regeneration areas and has worked as Technical Advisor to community based NHS Trusts.

Wendy’s involvement as a governor of UCLH FT from 2004-2011 also enabled her to gain excellent insight into the rapidly changing NHS environment and the pressures that Foundation Trusts currently face. She continues to serve on its Arts and Heritage Committee.

Sylvia Hajo

Sr. Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings
Houston, TX

Sylvia Hajo
#Sr. Associate Principal | Interior Design, Buildings# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Education# #School# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Specialized Learning# #School# #Education# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Houston, Texas, United States of America

Sylvia Hajo has over 20 years of interior design experience, with a specialization in the design of spaces for educational, commercial, health care and institutional clients. Her primary responsibilities include: design management of the project, design collaboration with client, creating interior design concepts, specifying furniture and fixtures, equipment , managing the interior design process including all furniture selections and specifications, overseeing interior project schedules, and adhering to furniture/fabrics/accessories project budgets. Sylvia is conscientious, precise, and is known as an effective communicator with client and stakeholder groups.

Terry Brule

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Ottawa, ON

Terry Brule
#Associate Director - Practice Lead, Land Engineering# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Leader# #Subject Matter Expert#
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Doug Rodger

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

Doug Rodger
#Studio Associate Director# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Green# #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #TravelIQ# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #UK Regional# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-rodger-74b8a516/

Doug Rodger has over 15 years of experience in the field of information and communication technology, with a specialization in international ITS consultancy and project management.

He has developed and delivered a wide range of innovative technology and ITS solutions for a number of high profile clients, improving network monitoring and management, expanding and enhancing travel and traffic information and developing national policy. He has extensive knowledge of major ITS system fundamentals covering analysis, design, specification, procurement, development, implementation and operation.

With a comprehensive technical background and excellent, communication and organisational skills he is experienced in effectively managing teams and is responsible for managing IBI Group’s consultants in Scotland. Doug holds a first class Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is PRINCE2 accredited.

#Europe#
Nick Tsatas

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Athens, Greece

Nick Tsatas
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Athens, Greece, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-tsatas-59415437/

Nick specializes in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project management, including the design and engineering, installation supervision, testing, integration and commissioning, and system support and software maintenance of toll/revenue systems. He is actively involved in the design and implementation of real-time electronic payment systems for tolling operations. He has been the Project Manager for several systems IBI Group has supplied to motorway concessions in Greece.

He was also part of the OneIBI Quality Task Force, helping with the delivery of recommendations for the development and implementation of a Quality Management Program across the firm. He is currently involved in business development and management of deployment projects, as well as systems support and software maintenance.

#Europe#
Homayoun Vahidi

Director
Vancouver, BC

Homayoun Vahidi
#Director# #All# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Homayoun Vahidi has over 20 years of experience in the management, planning, design, implementation, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects and is in charge of IBI Group’s engineering and systems practice in British Columbia. Homayoun has broad and combined expertise in transportation engineering and systems, with specialty expertise in technology applications. He has led numerous large-scale transportation systems projects for the Province of British Columbia and for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region over the past decade.

#North America#
Katrina Stevens

Global Director, Human Resources
Toronto, ON

Katrina Stevens
#Global Director, Human Resources# #Leader# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinaanastevens

As Global Director, HR, Katrina Stevens has a role that encompasses the full lifecycle of the people experience at IBI. She is an innovative Human Resources professional with over twenty-five years’ experience in local, national and international professional services firms, including but not limited to, B+H Architects, Osler, Miller Thomson, ADP and Alcatel. Katrina is a known leader with a recognized ability to integrate organizational objectives, proactive employee programs and change management. She is a results-oriented team player, known for collaborative problem solving and delivery of outcomes that strategically meet the needs of the business. Her skills are complemented by studies in Adult Education, Diversity & Inclusion as well as formal accreditation in Human Resources.

Mark Bendix

Director | Office Lead
Toronto West, ON

Mark Bendix
#Director | Office Lead# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Bridge Engineering# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Energy# #Engineering# #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Parking# #Project / Programme Management# #Strategic Planning# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-bendix-46b55b11/
A successful project is usually the result of the close cooperation and team work between the owner, the architect, the engineers, the contractor, and design and construction professionals.

Mark Bendix is a Director and Office Lead with over 35 years of experience in the management, direction and coordination of large technical groups. He has an Electrical Engineering background and has been responsible for the evaluation, planning, design and maintenance of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities across a wide cross section of these sectors. This includes transit facilities, automotive plants, water and wastewater facilities, hotel and entertainment facilities, transformer stations, aviation facilities and office buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Mark is responsible for the technical and financial performance of the Toronto West office that provides a diverse range of services and oversees the performance of design teams on complex projects. This includes interpreting and understanding the project requirements, confirming these with the various stakeholders and sponsors, identifying the various design services needed, maintaining and adjusting resources as required to meet schedules and budgets, coordinating the various design tasks and teams and executing the design quality assurance and control processes.

Terry Ruszczak

Associate | Manager, Contract Administration
Toronto, ON

Terry Ruszczak
#Associate | Manager, Contract Administration# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Terry Ruszczak is a dedicated, results-oriented, energetic and creative Architectural Technologist, with 35 years of experience in contract administration/field inspection, with an emphasis on project management and leadership. He directs the drafting team for working drawings, tendering, shop drawing review and monitored/inspected the project on-site as liaison between the client, consultants and contractors. He is commended for his communication with multiple stakeholders in the implementation of designs into construction documents.

Comprehensive knowledge of building science principles, construction methods and techniques and his understanding of zoning by-laws allow for Terry’s unique and creative ability to execute accurate working drawings for building permit application and construction maintaining the highest levels of Life Safety.

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