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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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Mark Wyllie

Associate | Manager, Engineering Field Services
Calgary, Canada

#english# #All# #Development Engineering# #Engineering#
Calgary, Canada

Mark Wyllie has ten years of experience as an engineering technologist with IBI Group and has managed multiple field crews over that timeframe.

Gianni Ria

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Hospitality# #Hotels# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Canada

Gianni Ria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and over the past 30 years, served as lead designer on a number of successful hospitality, residential and commercial projects. Gianni has Recent hospitality projects include the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel and Residences, a four star hotel in Toronto’s entertainment district, and the Hazelton Hotel and Residences in the Trendy Yorkville area of Toronto. Gianni’s work has been recognized through awards and publications.

Scott Arbuckle

Director | Office Lead
Hamilton, Canada

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Office Lead# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach#
Hamilton, Canada

Scott Arbuckle has 25 years of diverse land development and urban planning experience and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and is a Registered Professional Planner. Scott is recognized by the Ontario Municipal Board (OPPI) as an expert in the area of land use planning. Areas of practice include: Planning Feasibility/ Due Diligence Studies, Community Design Visioning, Official Plans, Official Plan Amendments, District/ Secondary Plans, Block Plans, Plans of Subdivision, Zoning By-Law Amendments, Consents, Minor Variances, Site Plans and Open Space Design.

Scott is the principal client liaison and project manager for a full scale of land development projects and is ultimately accountable for achieving client performance expectations including schedule, budget and product delivery. As such, he is responsible for leading an in-house team of planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and design professionals; as well as the management of interdisciplinary teams of sub-consultants including urban design, architectural, environmental, geotechnical, hydro geological, transportation, infrastructure and storm water management consultants.

Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

#english# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #High Rise Residential# #Hotels# #Low Rise Residential# #Mental Health Care# #Mid Rise Residential# #Mixed Use# #Parks# #Placemaking# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Resorts# #Seniors Communities# #Spiritual Places# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maarit-heinonen-smith-65a3b4b6/

Maarit is an experienced, Chartered Architect with years of experience in high profile and award-winning sheltered and extra care housing, retirement villages and care homes located throughout the UK.

Maarit specializes in architecture and design for over 55’s, designing bespoke and inspiring residential architecture which allows for flexibility within the design for changing needs and individuality of the residents with a consideration to their health and well-being. Each design is a unique response to the site and brief, and developed through a dialogue with clients and end-users. During her career, her designs have achieved several awards for design quality, most recently at Healthcare Design Awards 2018 and Housing Design Awards 2017.

Maarit has designed retirement living developments worth £20m+ in value. Working with some of the largest local authorities, charities, housing associations and private developers in the UK, her knowledge has provided her with the best practice knowledge and innovation in this sector.

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# #Traffic Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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.

Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, Canada

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data / Operations Centre# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Mobility Hub# #Mobility+# #Multi-Modal Transportation# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Senior Management# #Software Development# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transit Management# #Transit Oriented Development# #Transit Technologies# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Traveller Information# #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Canada
Information technology is intrinsic to the transportation experience. For the transit traveler paying by smartcard, the truck driver pre-clearing an inspection station, and the road maintenance supervisor monitoring road weather forecasts, systems are critical to achieving our goals of safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Kevin Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East and has 25 years of experience in the delivery of full professional services and turn-key solutions for a variety of ITS applications including traffic management and traveller information, electronic toll collection, commercial vehicle operations, public transportation, security.

As a specialist in the application of advanced technologies for managing transportation infrastructure and facilities, his project services include needs assessment, concept design, feasibility assessment, detail design and specification, tender/procurement, construction administration, quality assurance testing, system integration and operations and maintenance support. His project experience includes public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas.

Kevin has served as project director for the development of the ITS Architecture for Canada, and has overseen a variety of applications of the architecture, including the recent ONQC Smart Corridor Concept of Operations.

Susanna Pon

Associate | Architecture
Calgary, Canada

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Hospitality# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial#
Calgary, Canada

As an architect with a structural engineering background, Susanna Pon brings multidisciplinary views and solutions to any project. She has over ten years of experience in master planning, site planning, programming, design, technical production, document coordination, project management, construction administration, and project close-out of new and renovated commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, and residential projects. She has worked with numerous client user groups on institutional and recreational projects to consolidate their needs and provide a design that accommodates all groups in a multi-purpose setting.

Scott Johnston

Associate | Manager, Transportation Engineering
Toronto West, Canada

#english# #All# #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Environmental Assessment# #Roads & Highways# #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation Planning#
Toronto West, Canada

Scott Johnston is a transportation planner with six years of experience in project management, functional planning, travel demand modeling, and traffic engineering. He has expertise in the application of travel demand modeling software to evaluate roadway and public transit operations and improvement needs, as well as recent experience with micro-simulation of transportation corridors for EA purposes. Scott has been involved with various transportation related studies, including transit and roadway planning, master plans, survey design and methodology, analysis of data, and reporting.

Yong Kang

Director | US Sector Lead, Buildings
Los Angeles, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Hospitality# #Leader# #Living+# #Mixed Use# #Office# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Retail / Commercial# #Senior Management# #Strategic Planning#
Los Angeles, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/yong-j-kang-aia-60281a11/

As the US Sector Lead, Buildings, Yong Kang is responsible for overseeing the strategy, growth and development of the company’s new and existing business for IBI Group’s architectural, engineering and interior design practices nationwide. Bringing over two decades of proven experience in leading and managing major projects, Yong is a recognized leader in his profession. He is internationally recognized for having led the design of more than 15 million square feet of complex building environments for his clients throughout North America and Asia including multi-national conglomerates.

Yong is a licensed architect and is actively affiliated with numerous professional organizations including: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) amongst others. Yong holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Gary Andrishak

Director
Vancouver, Canada

#english# #All# #Land Use Planning# #Leader# #Master Planning# #Mobility+# #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Transit Oriented Development#
Vancouver, Canada
In support of city shaping, transit plazas are the Italian piazzas of the 21st century.

Gary Andrishak boasts a multidisciplinary portfolio of significant work to his credit, during his more than 35 years in the planning and design community. He is equally at home in the co-joined disciplines of land use planning and transit planning, from the standpoint of producing urban master plans concentrating on Transit Oriented Development. Gary is skilled at developing branding, marketing, and communications strategies for public transit systems, with an aim to increase transit ridership and reduce automobile use. He is also expert in the development of public outreach communications plans to ensure the public is well-informed and able to participate in the planning process.

Stephen Sowa

Project Architect
San Jose, USA

#english# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #Green# #Learning+# #Public Outreach# #Sustainability & Environmental Management#
San Jose, USA

Stephen Sowa, AIA LEED AP has been a project architect with IBI Group for the last 13 years, and has a total of 28 years of experience. He adds his passion through the design, and management of built projects through a collaborative effort with the client, stake holders, community leaders and staff. Included are his strong insights in sustainable, healthy environments and a commitment to decreasing our footprint into each project.

Jannis Nassoulis

Director | Toll and Highway Operations
Athens, Greece

#english# #All# #Data / Operations Centre# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Information & Communications Technology (ICT)# #Leader# #Maintenance Facilities# #Operations & Maintenance# #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Revenue / Tolling# #Roads & Highways# #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems Integration# #Traffic Engineering# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# #Traveller Information#
Athens, Greece

Jannis Nassoulis has more then 18 years of experience in the infrastructure construction and transportation industry. After he successfully managed the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the first large scale ITS project in Greece, he was involved in motorway operations undertaking the role of the Tunnel Safety Officer of the Athens ring road. He coordinated large scale exercises and fire tests in tunnels.

In 2007, Jannis organized the operation and maintenance of the 230km long motorway concession project, Aegean Motorway, as Chief Operations Officer. Holding the position of the COO for nine years, he managed a major operational crisis involving a dramatic rockfall incident, resulting to longlasting international arbitration procedures, legal disputes and claims. He also actively participated in a successful project restructuring process, necessary to mitigate severe problems resulting from the Greek financial crisis, earning serious experience in PPP project financing, contractual arrangements and negotiation practices.

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