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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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Donald Verbanac

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Donald Verbanac
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #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.

#North America#
Mojan Nozari

Associate | Project Manager
Vancouver, BC

Mojan Nozari
#Associate | Project Manager# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mojan Nozari is an Associate and Project Manager on the IBI Living+ team, experienced in mixed-use residential/commercial high-rises, libraries, office buildings, hospitality, entertainment, conference, and community centres. Mojan has 30 years of experience including 10 years with IBI Group. Her most notable projects include the award winning Parq project, an 800,000 sq ft multi-hotel, conference centre, and casino complex located in downtown Vancouver.

As an Associate, she is responsible for architectural design, problem solving, project management, consultant coordination, training team members, and maintains multiple internal/external collaborative relationships with different teams in several IBI offices. Mojan has a Master of Architecture and Planning, is a Registered Architect in Iran, and is currently pursuing her registration in BC. Her current large-scale projects are Olympic & Hill, Los Angeles CA, and Brentwood Town Centre – Phase 2, Burnaby BC. She is an effective project manager who can guide a team through all stages of the project, from schematic design through construction to occupancy, liaising with clients, Planning and Building departments, and coordination with consultants.

Notable examples of her projects include: Alexandra English Bay, Moda, 1500 Robson, Broadway Block (Long Beach, CA)

#North America#
Pasha Pashandi

Associate - Manager, P3 Projects
Toronto West, ON

Pasha Pashandi
#Associate - Manager, P3 Projects# #All# #Bridge Engineering# #Transportation# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# ## #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Commercial# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirpasha-pasha-pashandi-p-eng-927b9413
Leading a team of talented people is the best reward by itself.

Pasha is a member of our Global Leadership at IBI Group who offers a unique mix of technical and commercial competence to public and private sector clients. He has extensive experience in project management, owner’s engineer, technical advisory, bridge design, and claims analysis across all phases of the project lifecycle in infrastructure sectors such as transit, highways and bridges. Pasha is experienced in different project delivery methods including P3, DB and DBB. Pasha’s work also includes interface management, project management, technical review, compliance, construction monitoring and commissioning.

He is currently one of the Senior Project Managers working on Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

#North America#
Zohra Mutabanna

Associate | General Manager
New Delhi, India

Zohra Mutabanna
#Associate | General Manager# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
New Delhi, India, Asia

Zohra Mutabanna is a city and transportation planner, and urban designer with a wide range of experience in transportation planning, architecture, and urban design through projects in the US and India. Zohra has worked on projects involving transit oriented development, non-motorized transportation planning, streetscape design, transit service planning, microsimulation modeling and transit technologies.She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in City Planning and a concentrated focus in transportation planning and urban design.

Scott Stewart

Chief Executive Officer
Toronto, ON

Suzette Shiu

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto, ON

Suzette Shiu
#Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Suzette is a Project Manager in the Toronto transportation planning group and has been the lead engineer for transportation planning, travel demand modelling and data analysis for a wide range of studies ranging from strategic master plans and environmental assessments to traffic operations.

With 20 years of experience in consulting in Canada and the United States, she has successfully managed numerous large and complex studies involving various government agencies, stakeholders and the public. Her success stems from the strong trust, reliability and integrity she brings to client and staff relationships. Suzette is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and has completed numerous high-profile and challenging studies, including major transportation master plans for York Region, Niagara Region and Durham Region and major rapid transit corridor projects such as the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit.

Rakesh Pandey

Associate | Manager, Municipal Engineering
Toronto West, ON

Rakesh Pandey
#Associate | Manager, Municipal Engineering# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Green# #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Rakesh Pandey has over 20 years of extensive experience in stormwater, surface water hydrology, river hydraulics, water management, water balance analysis, flood plain mapping, watershed modelling and environmental permitting including water/wastewater, erosion and sedimentation control, wetland, certificate of approval and permit to take water. Rakesh is knowledgeable of current Canadian federal, provincial and municipal regulations. He specializes in the planning and design of stormwater management infrastructure and water resources facilities. His main focus has been the preliminary and detailed design of highway drainage infrastructure and municipal drainage systems and stormwater management facilities. In addition, Rakesh has also developed and implemented integrated water resources/watershed development strategies for sustainable development of natural resources. His experience and knowledge have been developed via a wide range of projects and higher academic learning.

#North America#
John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure
Waterloo, ON

John Perks, MBA, P.Eng.
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Infrastructure# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Development Engineering# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-torrance-perks-mba-p-eng-2349b1b/

John Perks is designated by PEO as a Consulting Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years of experience as a project manager and senior engineer for a diversity of transportation and municipal projects involving feasibility studies, Class Environmental Assessments, functional, preliminary and final designs, contract preparation, and construction administration and inspection.

His project work includes both new and reconstruction of existing civil infrastructure. This broad experience across many municipalities has provided John with the ability to large, manage multidisciplinary projects and understand the complexities of public, political, approval agency and municipal pressures and requirements on a project.

John is also one of the few Region of Waterloo approved acoustical engineers and has completed the MOE noise assessment course as well as numerous seminars with expertise acoustical studies for both road and rail transportation, and stationary noise sources.

#North America#
Lamberto Smigliani

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Southfield, MI

Lamberto Smigliani
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Industrial# #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

As an Architect, Lamberto Smigliani is responsible for design and development including organizing and maintaining administrative controls from inception to completion of the programs. He is also responsible for staffing and implementation of continuing education in the architectural discipline. Lamberto draws from both domestic and international experience in architectural operations and development.

Lamberto serves as chairman of a local planning commission and is active in local governance and community activities.

#North America#
Nanette Shahinian

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Nanette Shahinian
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nanette Shahinian is an Architect with over 30 years’ experience in residential and institutional buildings. She has worked on a range of buildings from high-end boutique condominiums to large scale mixed use projects. Through her involvement on high-profile projects such as Chaz Condominium, The Avenue, South Park Halifax and the Bathurst JCC, she has developed relationships with both long-standing and new clients. Nannette’s work is characterized by the desire to develop design solutions for complex buildings, which fully satisfy the client’s needs, and the detailing and physical quality of our built environment.

Tim Foley

US Lead, Corporate Services
Westerville, OH

Tim Foley
#US Lead, Corporate Services# #All#
Westerville, Ohio, United States of America

As US Lead, Corporate Services, Tim Foley is responsible for operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff development, and client satisfaction. Tim has a BA in Accounting from Wittenberg University and completed the Owner/President Management course at Harvard in 2001. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the International Board of Standards & Practices for Certified Financial Planners, and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Noel Vilamitjana

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Edmonton, AB

Noel Vilamitjana
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Noel is a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) who has been in the construction industry for approximately 20 years. He excels at contract document coordination and construction administration. For many Edmonton-based projects, Noel coordinates contract document production teams, prepares project specifications, and manages the construction administration phase.

Noel’s experience consists of primarily protective services, commercial, healthcare, retail, education, recreation and multi-unit projects. Recently, he has worked on the Edmonton Police Service NW Campus, the City of Edmonton Co-located Emergency Dispatch 911 Centre, and the Edwin Parr Replacement School, in Athabasca Alberta. Noel is also a member of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC).

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