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Our People

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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Arthur Briggs

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Arthur Briggs
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Arthur Briggs LEED AP has established himself as a team leader over the past ten years with IBI Group. He is highly respected within the industry and has a keen understanding of construction detailing and delivery. He has helped establish IBI Group as a known leader in the design and construction of a wide variety of building types. Arthur presents himself as a resource for all staff and well-respected for his thoroughness.

#North America#
Michael Sampson

Engineering Field Services Lead
Waterloo, ON

Michael Sampson
#Engineering Field Services Lead# #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Engineering# #Leader# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Water / Wastewater# #Industrial# ##
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-sampson-1ab105140/

Michael Sampson has over 15 years of industry experience, including 10 years of contract administration. He has worked on projects ranging from small municipal reconstructions, to assisting with assembling P3 bids worth over $500m. He is currently responsible for contract administration and project coordination, including coordinating with regulatory agencies, utilities, contractors, municipalities and owners. He has oversight of various construction projects from the initial data gathering through the preparation of contract documents and site services, to the completion of warranty, and manages the lifecycle of the construction contract for owners to ensure a coordinated, successful completion.

#North America#
Danielle Sernoskie

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Danielle Sernoskie
#Associate | Manager, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Danielle Sernoskie is an Architect with the Transit Architecture Team at IBI Group and is currently the Architectural Project Manager for the three underground stations of the Ottawa LRT – Confederation Line.

Danielle joined IBI Group by way of SGA in 2012 after completing degrees in Architecture at Ryerson University (B.Arch.Sci.) and the University of Toronto (M.Arch). Prior to joining IBI Group she gained experience at a variety of design firms in Toronto as well as in Ireland and Slovakia – working on projects that range from entertainment, commercial and institutional to residential.

During her last six and a half years with IBI Group, Danielle has almost exclusively been involved with the OLRT project beginning with the Pursuit Phase and continuing through the Design Development Phase and, now, Construction Phase. Outside of project work, she is responsible for the hiring and mentoring of co-op students for the Transit Architecture Team, is an active member of STRIVE and is always seeking new opportunities to get involved in business development.

#North America#
David Salton

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

David Salton
#Studio Associate Director# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Analytics# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-salton-56b72351/

David is a Senior Consultant based in IBI’s Glasgow office with considerable project management and consultancy experience. In a career spanning over 20 years, David has worked in both technology and transport planning fields. Since joining IBI he has played a lead role on our work with Transport Scotland, where he is now the project manager for the major Traffic Scotland Systems Contract Framework, one of IBI’s largest projects in the UK. This contract covers the development and operation of a number of systems critical to the management of the strategic road network and related functions, as well as other consulting services.

In addition to the project manager role, David continues to lead on specific projects delivered under the Framework, including Scotland’s new National Traffic Data System. This is a significant development for Transport Scotland and has been a complex project which has required a range of skills: engagement and coordination with a wide range of stakeholders; technical ability in respect to system requirements and design; management of the client with the introduction of new processes and procedures; and overseeing the implementation and launch. David holds an Honours degree in Computer Science, a Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering, and is PRINCE2 certified. He is also accredited in Software Testing.

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.

Liviu Birjega

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Pompano Beach, FL

Liviu Birjega
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Data Analytics# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Parks# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Ports# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# #Terminals# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Smart Cities# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Pompano Beach, Florida, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/LiviuBirjega
Honesty and truth is the ultimate sophistication.

Liviu Birjega has over 17 years of extensive involvement in IBI Group – Intelligent Systems division and more than 27 years of experience working in software development, IT and academia. Mr. Birjega provides functional and technical expertise, strategies and leadership in the development of new IBI Group projects and enhancements of existing ones delivering results across multiple verticals and technology platforms to enterprise clients. Monitors technology trends that will impact products in the years to come and recommends suitable new technologies and standards to create strategic prioritization and add higher value to customers. A champion for product quality, specializes in systems architecture, design, development and integration, software development life cycle, user experience complex processes, business analysis and integration.

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#
Heidi Rose

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Heidi Rose
#Associate | Manager, Interior Design# #All# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ##
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity.

Heidi’s strengths lie in concept through to construction focusing on building honest client relationships, while maintaining the overall design intent and direction. She has the ability to provide creative design solutions that adapt seamlessly to aesthetic, and project goals. Her design approach is to collaboratively provide tasteful, and thoughtful interiors that are relevant and cultivated.

Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City to name a few during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

#North America#
James Sorensen

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Boston, MA

James Sorensen
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Engineering# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
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.

#North America#
Randy Knapick

Associate Director, Transportation Planner
Portland, OR

Randy Knapick
#Associate Director, Transportation Planner# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Civil Infrastructure# #Data Analytics# #Engineering# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Mobility Hub# #Transportation# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Rail# #Transportation# ## #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transit Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Planning# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ## #Wayfinding & Signage#
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-knapick-b8a80b4

In this time of extraordinary urban growth and technological innovation, Randy Knapick helps communities and organizations envision their transportation futures through an interdisciplinary approach to urban mobility challenges. Randy brings the full perspective and capabilities of IBI Group’s core disciplines to help our clients develop innovative solutions for complex urban and operational environments. His experience includes multi-modal transportation planning, public transit (BRT, LRT, heavy rail, and bus), active transportation, smart cities, connected/autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, and organizational consulting.

He has project experience across North America and globally. Randy is an effective communicator with both technical and non-technical audiences, including executive decision makers, agency staff, and the citizens of the communities we serve.

Abhijeet Mankar

Associate Director | Principal, Mixed-Use
Los Angeles, CA

Abhijeet Mankar
#Associate Director | Principal, Mixed-Use# #All# #Architecture# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Hospitality# #Commercial# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Interiors# #Interior Design# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Residential# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhijeet-mankar/
The key to a successful project is listening to your client’s expectation and realizing his or her vision.

Mr. Mankar leads our Living+ practice in California and the Western United States. He is responsible for implementing Living+ growth strategies, developing new and existing clients, and will continue to collaborate with his extensive network in the developer, builder and professional communities. His eclectic background includes a diverse range of project experience with a concentration in mixed-use, high-rise and mid-rise projects. He has focused on providing exceptional (World Class) design management delivery and execution services. Abhijeet’s expertise in alternative delivery methods is an asset to IBI.

Mr. Mankar has a passion for the design process and for high level engagement with owners to deliver excellent work.

Carl-Henry Piel

Director | US Services Lead, Intelligence
Boston, MA

Carl-Henry Piel
#Director | US Services Lead, Intelligence# #All# #Engineering# #Information & Communications Technology# #ICT# ## #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation# #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Carl-Henry Piel is a registered Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in systems engineering and over 25 years specifically in Intelligent Transportation Systems. His ITS work has focused on systems integration and computer, communications, and sensing technologies. Carl-Henry leads IBI Group’s Intelligent Systems Sector Consulting Services practice and is recognized for his expertise in transportation technologies and systems. He has a broad systems engineering background, encompassing telecommunications and power distribution systems design with additional experience in the design and applications of control systems, real-time data acquisition and signal processing systems, and artificial neural networks.

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