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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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James Sorensen

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, MA

#english# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

James Sorensen specializes in ITS projects and has led a wide variety of advanced public transportation systems, traveller information systems, traffic management applications, and public safety and emergency response technologies. He also has provided ITS strategic planning and technology assessments for a wide variety of public agency and private sector clients. James was the Project Manager for the ITS and Communications Design of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit project, the Bridgeport Connecticut ATMS and Operations project, and the development of regional ITS architecture for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

James is a past president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Massachusetts and a recipient of their Award of Excellence. He has worked on two projects that have received the Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut?s Project of the Year Award. He is also a member of IBI Group’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Working Group.

Tom Bacus, PE

Director | US Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Salt Lake City, UT

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Engineering# #Civil Infrastructure# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Green# #Highway / Road Design# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Maintenance Facilities# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Municipal Services# #Office Lead# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Resorts# #Senior Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation#
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tombacus/

Tom Bacus, office lead for both the Salt Lake City and Denver offices, brings over 20 years of experience in planning and civil engineering to the IBI team. During his career, he has successfully delivered numerous projects including work on tech campuses, large planned communities and light rail transit projects. His experience includes project work in transit corridors, transit oriented development, integrated water systems, streetscape design, parks, open space and trail design, site civil design, utility infrastructure, development entitlements, permitting, cost estimating and feasibility analysis.

In addition to planning and design work, Tom has done significant public policy work around transit and sustainability, including the development of green infrastructure standards for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), regional air quality guidelines at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, transit funding initiatives in Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City, implementation of regional bike sharing in Salt Lake City, and public/private/NGO coalition building around air quality and smart growth initiatives.

Derek Sims

Global Director, Intelligence
Toronto, ON

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Leader# #product_BlueiQ# #Revenue / Tolling# #Senior Management# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transit Management# #Transit Technology# #Traveller Information#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Derek Sims is the Global Director, Intelligence. He is a Civil Engineer and member of Professional Engineers Ontario, the Transportation Research Board, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Derek is a recognized expert in ITS and has directed a wide variety of projects including Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Advanced traveller information Systems, Commercial Vehicle Operation systems, and revenue management systems. Derek has Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Applied Science from the University of Toronto.

Gabriel Pavel

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Richmond Hill, ON

#english# #All# #Data Analytics# #Energy# #Engineering# #Municipal Services# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration#
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Gabriel Pavel is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in process controls design and systems engineering, networking, and SCADA systems, electrical controls, loop controllers, AC drives, and process and analytical instrumentation. Gabriel has a wide range of experience in municipal water/wastewater, food/pharmaceutical, and energy/utility process control, including design, development and on-site commissioning.

Jonathan Darton

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Systems Engineering
Calgary, AB

#english# #All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Operations & Maintenance# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Software Development# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information#
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-darton/

Jonathan Darton BCOMM, ISP, ITCP has 15 years of experience in the areas of Intelligent System design, development, and implementation. Jonathan has been actively engaged with stakeholders for many ITS, TMC and systems related projects including ATMS, ATIS, Data Acquisition, and Data Warehousing systems. Jonathan manages the Canada West Intelligent Systems Solutions team which provides service to clients throughout Canada and internationally. He holds the Information System Professional (ISP) and ITCP designations from Canada?s Institute of Information Technology Professionals and is currently serving as Co-chair of the ITS Canada ATMS Technical Committee.

Mel Johnson

Director
Edmonton, AB

#english# #All# #Civil Engineering# #Development Engineering# #Engineering# #Industrial# #Leader# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Mel Johnson is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the engineering design, construction, contract administration, and project management of residential, commercial, and industrial land development projects in the greater Edmonton area. He is involved in managing the civil engineering department which includes over 40 full-time engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Mel is experienced in working with numerous private/municipal land developers and licensing/approving authorities through all elements of the land development process.

Saurabh Bhatia

Associate Director | Sr. General Manager
New Delhi, India

#english# #All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology# #Transportation#
New Delhi, India, Asia

Since joining IBI Group, Saurabh Bhatia has gained diversified international experience in the ICT and ITS industries. Through the combination of an MBA in strategic management and a strong engineering background, he offers the right set of skills for projects that require both management and technical expertise. He has an extensive experience leading the design and deployment of ICT systems and ITS technologies for a diverse clientele in global market sectors including government bodies, transportation & transits, real estate developers, telecommunications service providers, broadcasting, among sectors within the infrastructure space. His work has also included providing strategic consulting to a broad range of clients including developing business and technology strategies and evaluating business cases.

Lee Ann Mangin

Associate Director
Seattle, WA

#english# #All# #Operations & Maintenance# #product_Smart City Platform# #Project / Programme Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Transit Technology#
Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Lee Ann is a lead for IBI Group’s smart city practice across the US. She brings 20 years of design and engineering experience in the Intelligence practice, leading Intelligent Transportation Systems, operations center projects and multi-disciplinary teams in the design and implementation of mobility solutions. Lee Ann has a long history helping cities, transit agencies, and traffic agencies with implementing and integrating technologies into their day-to-day operations.

Dale Richmond

Independent Director | Chair of the Board of Directors

#english# #All# #Board Member#
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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.

Paul Stanton

Transportation Planner
Dubai, UAE

#english# #Active Transportation# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Roads & Highways# #Spatial Intelligence# #Subject Matter Expert# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhstanton1961/

Paul holds charterships in Transport Planning, Computer Science, and Geospatial Science and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has 35 years’ built environment experience, the last 17 as a senior consultant advising numerous high profile public and private sector clients in the UK and Middle East.

His professional portfolio includes national and regional spatial frameworks, multi-modal assessments, citywide public transport systems, major urban extensions, and neighbourhood public realm improvements. Paul’s expertise covers regional and sub-regional spatial models, transport master planning, movement frameworks, travel demand management, and urban design. He has been instrumental in extending the use of geospatial information to exploit emerging large-scale open data sources, to render transport models more cost effective, robust and transparent, and to establish a collaborative project environment to facilitate closer working between built environment disciplines. Paul is currently developing a GIS-based tool to assist in planning urban Autonomous Vehicles corridors.

Oliver Hartleben

Associate | Manager, IBI TH!NK
Vancouver, BC

#english# #Active Transportation# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Civic & Government# #Civil Infrastructure# #Highway / Road Design# #Land Use Planning# #Learning+# #Library# #Living+# #Master Planning# #Mixed Use# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Product_sAVe App# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Roads & Highways# #Spanish Regional# #Strategic Planning# #Terminals# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Planning# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://linkedin.com/in/ohartleben

Oliver Hartleben is an Architect and City Planner with a public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on existing and evolving public outreach, demographic, mobility, built form, and innovation topics.

A lateral thinker by nature, Oliver brings together his experience in engaging public, private and community stakeholders for the identification of new opportunities and synergies. Oliver is NCI System certified to facilitate design charettes, has experience in conducting online engagement processes, and leads IBI Group’s R&D Unit, TH!NK.

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.

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