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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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Mansoor Kazerouni

Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living+
Toronto, ON

Mansoor Kazerouni
#Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living+# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Regional / Sectoral# #Senior Management# ## #Residential# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Every building has its own idiosyncratic constraints of context, site, program, budget, and vocabulary. The challenge is to successfully resolve them into a gracefully crafted architectural composition. Our role as designers is to ensure that each building has its own personality and responds appropriately to its urban context. This is what we do best.

Mr. Kazerouni is the Global Director of Buildings at IBI. Mr. Kazerouni graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s degree, in 1991. With over 25 years of experience, he has a significant portfolio of projects completed or underway across Canada, the United States, the UK, UAE, Jordan and India. These include high density high-rise residential buildings, hotels, office, retail, institutional, and complex urban mixed-use developments. A number of these projects have been nominated for and received Urban Design and Architectural Design awards.

Mr. Kazerouni has been a guest lecturer on the subject of architecture and mixed-use design at universities, conferences and various panels. He has also been interviewed on the subject by architectural publications, newspapers, television and other media. Mr. Kazerouni’s abilities and expertise in his field have been recognized by his appointment to the City of Mississauga’s Urban Design Advisory Panel, the City of Markham’s Urban Design Advisory Panel and the City of Vaughan’s Urban Design Advisory Panel. He is also a past Advisory Board Member of the Urban Land Institute, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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Matt Colwill

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Vancouver, BC

Matt Colwill
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Landmark Events# #Special Events# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattcolwill/

Matt Colwill, BA.Sc, P.Eng, has 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public sector clients, at all levels of government, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the City of Ottawa, York Region, the City of Waterloo, Transport Canada, and a number of private sector clients. These projects have involved safety and operational assessments of freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users.

Matt is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and serves as the Transportation Safety Committee representative to the Sustainability Standing Committee. He is also an active participant in the Road Safety Committee of Ontario.

Matt has also published papers and presented at the Transportation Association of Canada annual meeting, addressing topics that include the safety impacts of freeway HOV lanes, the effectiveness of winter weather collision countermeasures, and designing streets to protect vulnerable road users.

#North America#
Michael Nobrega

Independent Director

Michael Nobrega
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Nobrega is the Chair of Ontario Centres of Excellence, an Ontario based organization that drives the commercialization of leading edge technologies across the transportation, communications and other key market sectors. He is also the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto.

Mr. Nobrega was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension System (OMERS), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, from 2007 to 2014, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment entity of OMERS, from 1998 to 2007. Prior to Borealis, Mr. Nobrega was a tax partner of Arthur Andersen.

Between 2014 and 2016, Mr. Nobrega was appointed by the Ontario provincial government as Chair of the Expert Panels on the financial restructuring of MaRS (Ontario’s innovation hub for medical and related sciences) and on the reconstruction of the Macdonald Block in Toronto. Mr. Nobrega holds an Honours BA (Economics and Mathematics) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

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Stephen Sowa

Associate Principal | Education, Buildings
San Jose, CA

Stephen Sowa
#Associate Principal | Education, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Education# #School# ## #Green# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Public Outreach# #Subject Matter Expert# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ##
San Jose, California, United States of America

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.

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.

Iliad Terra

Associate Principal - Interior Design, Buildings
Alexandria, VA

Iliad Terra
#Associate Principal - Interior Design, Buildings# #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Architecture# #Commercial# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Courts# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Design Build# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #Innovation Districts# #Smart Cities# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Research & Development# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Smart Cities# #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Strategic Planning# #Transportation#
Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
linkedin.com/in/iliadterra
In the age of Artificial Intelligence, it is increasingly important to design for the Human Element, and to safeguard and indeed empower what is essential in all of us.

Iliad is a visionary design thinker and thought leader who is passionate about developing projects that empower and build capacity. He creates next-gen sustainable solutions that are centered on the Human Element, while financially viable. This is especially significant in the current context where Human Value is challenged by Artificial Intelligence and self-learning machines and systems.

Iliad’s background consists of extensive world travel to Asia, South and Central, Africa, Europe, throughout the US, working as a consultant and contractor in diverse project and field conditions. He brings a large well-qualified network of governmental, enterprise, technology resources, and investors to project opportunities, and custom-tailor the right team for each project.

With his experience in the Army, intensive study as a Fine Arts Major, and training in a Master of Architecture Program, combined with his network and leadership skills, Iliad is able to bring integrative processes to projects, from conception to implementation, combining conventional strategies with out-of-the-box, or asymmetric approaches.

Innovation is derived from boldly building on lessons of history while reaching for new possibilities, never ceasing toe questions, and never being afraid to grow, no matter how exhilarating or painful a lesson it may be.

As we navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we must keep in mind both the opportunities and the challenges we face, and accordingly design buildings, cities, and environments that address our current and future needs, and also delight that which makes humans special.

Visweswara Rao Gantasala

Associate Director | Senior General Manager
Hyderabad, India

Visweswara Rao Gantasala
#Associate Director | Senior General Manager# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Hyderabad, India, Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gantasala/
"The biggest strength of IBI is its philosophy of looking at the cities from the dimension of a citizen while working for the betterment of the cities.”

Visweswara joined IBI Group as a Transportation Systems Engineer in the year 2007 after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). As one of the first few hires of IBI India, he has started his career working on toll and HTMS implementation projects for highways. He was involved from the inception of the Indore BRT ITS implementation project (the firm’s first World Bank project in India), which subsequently helped the firm in securing a stream of contracts from The World Bank. In the recent times, he is working on the Hyderabad Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) Project. Visweswara has been instrumental in building the software development practice in India and is currently working as the Product Manager for the IBI’s Smart City Platform and is also responsible for developing various Urban ITS Software solutions for IBI. He is also the office lead for our Hyderabad office.

#Asia#
Joe Somfay

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Waterloo, ON

Joe Somfay
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Fire Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Leader# #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Police Stations# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Police & Fire Stations# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Drawing on 50 years of experience in cities as diverse as Sydney, Toronto and Waterloo, Mr. Somfay brings an acute urban sensibility and sustainability to the design of contemporary buildings.

As a designer and manager he has coordinated large multi-disciplinary teams collaborating on complex university, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in the Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. His projects include architectural designs for mixed used and high rise projects in Mississauga, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Elora areas.

He has taught design and building science for 17 years at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Comfortable with projects at any scale, northern latitudes or the tropics, Mr. Somfay always looks for design opportunities that further the clients’ goals with an original, practical and economical solution. Firmly committed to sustainability, he has taught and consulted on sustainable design for the past 50 years. 

Joe encourages original thinking and is willing to question norms.

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James Barbosa

Director | US Solutions Lead, Intelligence
Pompano Beach, FL

James Barbosa
#Director | US Solutions Lead, Intelligence# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #InForm# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Operations# #Project / Programme Management# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ##
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America

James Barbosa has 18 years of software systems planning, specification, design, development, deployment and operations experience, 14 years of project and development management experience, and ten years of program and product development experience. His areas of expertise include Traffic Management, Dynamic Pricing / Tolling, Traveler Information, Asset Management and Analytics / Operations Management. James is increasingly involved in the integration and synthesis of intelligent software systems targeting integrated corridor management and multi-modal transportation network analytics and optimization.

#North America#
Barbara Sheehan

Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture
Edmonton, AB

Barbara Sheehan
#Associate | Manager, Landscape Architecture# #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Education# #School# ## #Healthcare# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Landscape Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #P3# #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Placemaking# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Public Outreach# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Seniors Communities# #Residential# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-sheehan-58b85b48/

Barbara is an Associate and Senior Landscape Architect in the Edmonton office, with over 13 years of experience in a diverse range of innovative and complex projects focused on urban design, recreational spaces, parks, transit corridors, place-making and master planning, for both private and public sector clients. She received her professional credentials in 2011 (AALA, CSLA).

Barbara is a skilled communicator and focused team leader, leading projects successfully from initiation to completion. Barbara was with IBI initially from 2005 to 2012, and returned in 2016 to rejoin the landscape architecture team. Since her return to IBI, she has played a leading role in the landscape architecture and sustainable urban integration elements for Edmonton’s Valley Line LRT project as well as other significant public realm projects.

John O. Reid

Independent Director

John O. Reid
#Independent Director# #All# #Board Member#
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Mr. Reid is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, with over 40 years’ experience. He was Audit Leader for KPMG LLP in the Greater Toronto Area from 2008 to 2014. He has extensive experience in auditing as well as the management of professional service organizations, and has experience in strategic planning, development and growth management in all business sectors and industries, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, technology and health care.

Mr. Reid is a founding member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, which supports physics research, training and outreach throughout the world. Mr. Reid served as chair of six hospital boards and two colleges across Canada. Mr. Reid received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Grant Dickson

Associate Director
Newark, UK

Grant Dickson
#Associate Director# #All# #Operations# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #UK Regional#
Newark, United Kingdom, Europe

Grant Dickson is well-known for his expertise in Geographical Information Systems, GIS/IT consultancy, design of IT systems, databases, websites. software and system testing, system installation, integration, support and maintenance. He also specializes in spatially encoded video surveying, GPS, video and digital cameras, asset management systems and associated technologies.

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