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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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Ellen Roland

Associate | Interior Designer
Toronto, ON

Ellen Roland
#Associate | Interior Designer# #All# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Throughout her career with IBI Group, Ellen Roland has been responsible for the interior design of a significant amount of Toronto’s premier office space. In keeping with her trademark style, these spaces are continuously designed to be both elegant and innovative in nature.

With over 35 years of experience, Ellen has gained a strong sense of purpose as well as a devotion to detail, which has been proven to be an incomparable asset through the number of prestigious awards many of her projects have received. Ellen thrives on being challenged and encourages her clients to look beyond the familiar perspective of office settings and to utilize solutions that reinvent and rethink the workplace.

#North America#
Jay Claggett

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning
Toronto, ON

Jay Claggett
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Planning# #All# #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Industrial# #Land Use Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Leader# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cities cannot and should not become fixed in time; they are living creatures that evolve and develop over time. The most dynamic and successful cities embrace change by integrating public and private realms with world-class architecture and infrastructure, creating a kind of urban fabric woven from people, places, and things.

Jay Claggett, MCIP, RPP is a land use planner with over 25 years of professional planning and development experience. He has prepared numerous policy reviews, land use investigations, highest and best use analyses, market/financial analyses, site plans, district/master plans and land disposition strategies on behalf of public, institutional and private sector clients. He has been the Project Director or Project Manager for a range of complex real estate and master planning projects involving lands throughout Canada. As a result of Jay’s practical knowledge of the planning process and his excellent working relationships with staff at all levels of government, he has obtained timely planning approvals and successfully negotiated conditions and partnerships for small and large-scale residential developments, commercial, office, institutional and industrial projects.

#North America#
Santosh Mishra

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, MA

Santosh Mishra
#Associate Director - Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/smishra-transit

Santosh Mishra has over 15 years of experience with a specialization in transit technology, consulting for all transit modes. Santosh’s work encompasses planning, procurement and implementation of a full range of transit technologies that address the full spectrum needs of a transit agency and to date, he has assisted more than 50 agencies nationwide.

Apart from transit technology deployments, Santosh has significant expertise in large transportation data (transit and non-transit) acquisition, management and utilization and was invited to write a guest article in the Mass Transit Magazine under Best Practices column. Santosh also has significant experience in transportation technology research and evaluation and co-authored TCRP Project A-31 Transit, Call Centers and 511: A Guide for Decision Makers, and TCRP Project J-09, Task 12: ‘New and Emerging Technologies’. Further, he has led several tasks related to recent USDOT research and demonstration projects, including United We Ride/Mobility Service for All Americans and Connected Vehicle/Dynamic Mobility programs.

#North America#
Paul Whittlestone

Global Director, IBI Healthcare+
London, UK

Paul Whittlestone
#Global Director, IBI Healthcare+# #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

As Global Director of IBI Healthcare+, Paul Whittlestone leads a multidisciplinary team of experts in healthcare strategy, the design of healthcare buildings and infrastructure, and the application of intelligent systems to the delivery of healthcare solutions. This expertise is drawn from IBI offices around the globe and provides our clients with innovative solutions to the increasingly challenging problem of delivering high-quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services. Paul has over 30 years of experience working on healthcare projects around the world. During this time he has been involved in several major clinical reconfiguration exercises across both whole healthcare systems and individual hospitals, as well as contributing to and leading on the investment of several billion USD in the redevelopment of healthcare infrastructure, including major new hospital projects in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.

Jessica Gozdzierski

Associate - Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Jessica Gozdzierski
#Associate - Manager, Interior Design# #All# #Commercial# #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Office# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-gozdzierski-a437635b

Jessica graduated from Sheridan’s Interior Design program in 2007 and has been in the corporate interior’s world ever since. She joined IBI Group Interiors Design Team in 2014 as a designer. She is a dependable and resourceful individual who is keen to deliver projects on time and budget. Jessica understands how important the client’s needs are, and ensures these needs are consistently achieved. She is a fast learner and utilizes her strong organizational skills to her advantage. As an interior design professional, Jessica’s strength comes from her ability to creatively problem solve in order to find the most appropriate solution for the challenges that are inherent in the industry.

Ritesh Warade

Director | US Operations Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

Ritesh Warade
#Director | US Operations Lead, Intelligence# #All# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Planning & Urban Design# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Alerts# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Transit Technology# ## #Transit Real Time# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# #Transit Technology# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ritesh Warade holds a master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering, City Planning, and Urban Design, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He has over ten years of experience, specializing in the planning, design, and implementation of passenger information and analytics systems for transit. His recent projects include Boston MBTA’s MBTA-realtime and MBTA-performance systems, Denver RTD’s traveller information System, and Toronto Metrolinx’s Triplink. Ritesh has a background in transit planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ritesh leads IBI Group’s Transit Data practice, which focuses on helping transit agencies manage their data, provide high-quality realtime information to passengers, and analyze service quality and measure performance. He is an industry leader in the field of open data and open data standards for transit, and is a member of an industry consortium working to manage and improve the GTFS/ GTFS-realtime data formats.

Shahin Abji

Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering
Edmonton, AB

Shahin Abji
#Associate | Manager, Systems Engineering# #All# #Engineering# #Operations# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Shahin Abji has 16 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of transportation systems and is currently working as part of a team specializing in ITS and broadband telecom systems. His experience includes systems planning and design, material requirements and specifications, procurement, material and installation inspections, commissioning, operations, maintenance, construction contract administration, quality control/quality assurance.

#North America#
Maarit Heinonen-smith

Architect
London, UK

Maarit Heinonen-smith
#Architect# #All# #Design Build# #Green# #Healthy New Towns# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Residential# #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe
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.

#Europe#
Gianni Ria

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

Gianni Ria
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, High Rise Residential# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, 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.

#North America#
Catherine Ramsay

Associate - Manager, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Catherine Ramsay
#Associate - Manager, Architecture# #All# #Ambulatory Care# #Healthcare# ## #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Commercial# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Detention Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Green# #Healthcare# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Library# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Mental Health Care# #Healthcare# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #P3# #Pediatrics# #Healthcare# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Police & Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ##
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-ramsay-b4789025/

Catherine Ramsay has over twenty-five years of professional architectural experience. She brings strong project management skills within a diverse group of facility types including elementary, secondary and post-secondary educational projects as well as retail and commercial.

Catherine has managed and coordinated engineering consultants and other specialty consultants through design and construction. Catherine brings experience in ensuring that the project goals, budgets and schedules are met. Catherine’s current project highlights are: New Westminster Secondary School and Richard McBride Elementary School. Catherine is passionate about architectural design.

Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

Kevin Bebenek
#Regional Director, Canada East# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Senior Management# #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# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Toronto, Ontario, 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.

Mr. Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East, which includes offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Waterloo, Kingston, and Brantford, Ontario. He is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of systems for transportation operations, infrastructure, and facilities.

Kevin has worked with a wide range of 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. Kevin has an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Nathalie Waelbroeck

Project Designer
New York, NY

Nathalie Waelbroeck
#Project Designer# #All# #Architecture# #Design Build# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #sAVe App# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathalie-waelbroeck-leed-ap-well-ap-12195334/

Nathalie Waelbroeck is an up and coming designer in the field of architecture, building experience in a wide array of projects including light rail station, residential, spa, medicine, hospitality, and office design. She has proven her flexibility to function as a team member in the collaborative environment, most evident in her light rail and medical projects. She is familiar working with complicated and technical project requirements and relies on her strong BIM/3D Visualization software stills to best communicate with different disciplines.

Nathalie’s work has taken her far afield with projects in New York, Missouri, Toronto and Amsterdam. This experience has given her an appreciation of the architectural process in different regions. Nathalie is passionate about sustainable design as it impacts the triple bottom line; as a result she has deeply studied the subject matter and holds credentials with both LEED and WELL.

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