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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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Charlie Hoang

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture
Toronto, ON

Charlie Hoang
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Transit Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Charlie Hoang is an Architect with 20 years of experience. Over his career, he has built an impressive portfolio of transit projects that includes at-grade stations (Cumberland Bay Station, Victoria Park Station), underground stations (Ottawa LRT, Eglinton LRT, TTC Finch and Union) and service buildings (EEBs, second exits, and maintenance facilities). His responsibilities span all project phases including architectural design, project and design management, client relations, development of functional layouts and design concepts, value engineering, and code compliance coordination between consultants, city officials, and third parties.

#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.

#Europe#
Robert Aeck

Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings
Southfield, MI

Robert Aeck
#Associate Principal | Industrial, Buildings# #All# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Commercial# #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Education# #School# ## #Entertainment Centre# #Commercial# ## #Green# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #Hotels & Resorts# #Commercial# #Hospitality# ## #Industrial# #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Labs / Life Sciences# #Healthcare# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Low Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Mid Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Research & Development# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Spiritual Places# #Institution# #Civic & Government# #Church# ## #Stadium / Athletic Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Structural Engineering# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ##
Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
www.linkedin.com/in/robert-c-aeck-pe-se-pmp-75024414
One is only limited by their own fear of the unknown, but the unknown can be learned with the right will and determination. One should not be limited by the box in which they think, but dare to think outside of the box and challenge those around them to do so as well. There is nothing that can not be done, there are only problems that need be solved through ingenuity, imagination, and engineering.

Rob is an NCSEA award winning structural engineer with over 18+ years of experience at his craft. His past experiences have run the maze with respect to types and size and includes all aspects of structural engineering. From Construction Support engineering with High Rise Connection Design for Time Warner Center in New York and Erection procedure design for Motor City Casino in Detroit to Building design of the Thyssen Krupp Hot Strip Mill in Alabama and Re-Design of the award winning Lansing Community College Health and Human Service Careers Building in Michigan, his vast range of experience brings out of the box problem solving and agile team collaboration into all projects. He has directed multiple multi discipline and multi-locational teams in various projects similar to the LEED Gold Tier 3 Mission Critical Data Center for a Confidential Automotive Client in Michigan where agile processes resulted in a high tempo and top performing team. His attention to detail and ability to help his clients find the most efficient designs to help them save cost and time make him a valuable part of any team.

#North America#
Usha Elyatamby P.Eng

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems
Toronto, ON

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng
#Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Intelligent Systems# #All# #Data Analytics# #Design Build# #Engineering# #Leader# #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Operations# #Operations Centre# #Transportation# ## #P3# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Research & Development# #Revenue / Tolling# #Transportation# ## #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Strategic Planning# #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transit Technology# #Transportation# #ITS# #Intelligent Transportation Systems# ## #Transportation#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/usha-elyatamby-7275908/

Usha Elyatamby P.Eng has over 20 years of experience working with software systems and technology solutions. She is integral to establishing clients and project in managed lanes, revenue systems, advanced traffic management systems, and control centre operations across the globe. Her project experience in technology solutions include feasibility and research studies, planning, design, cost analysis, implementation, installation inspection, software supply, and operations and maintenance.

As a leader in the solutions practice, Usha has led projects and been a specialty advisor on various technology deployments for public highway authorities and private road concession companies. Coupled with her experience and knowledge on business and system processes, software systems, platforms, communication infrastructure and tools required to increase efficiency in different system environment, she has played a senior advisory role on projects in the US and globally on highway P3 pursuits.

Tony Wai

Associate, Architectural Graduate
Vancouver, BC

Tony Wai
#Associate, Architectural Graduate# #All# #Architecture# #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Residential#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Tony Wai has over ten years of experience working on award-winning projects built in cities across Canada. In his studies, he received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Architectural and Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. He specializes in designing functional and efficient buildings, while challenging architectural standards to ensure that each project is unique and conceived through reason and dialog with the context.

Tony designs buildings that address issues at the urban, building, and human scale. His portfolio is rich with different building types from award-winning single family homes to residential high-rises, offices, city halls, hospitals, museums, and community centres.

Gareth Bower

Studio Associate Director
Glasgow, UK

Gareth Bower
#Studio Associate Director# #All# #Data Analytics# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Systems Integration# #Systems# ## #Transportation# #UK Regional#
Glasgow, United Kingdom, Europe

Gareth Bower has over ten years of experience and a long track record in delivery of complex system and technology projects. He has a background in system architecture design, software development and technical consultancy and particular expertise in Geographic Information Systems, application development, data modelling, databases and web systems. Gareth is a technical coordinator and systems manager for numerous projects at IBI Group, and has managed development teams on a number of key projects for Transport Scotland, Transport for London and National Roads Authority. Gareth is also jointly responsible for the UK Systems group, managing a team of designers, developers and technology specialists.

David Wood

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

David Wood
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #Acute Care# #Healthcare# ## #All# #Architecture# #Healthcare+# #Healthcare# ## #Public Outreach#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David Wood’s design and management is critical when it comes to IBI Group’s complex institutional health care and long term care facilities. He has extensive experience in delivering quality healthcare design with an understanding that well designed healing environments contribute to enhanced performance and motivation, leading to better health outcomes for patients and better performance by staff. His involvement varies from conceptual master planning, and medical planning to procurement and final project delivery. His particular strength is in understanding client needs and developing practical, engaging design solutions.

#North America#
Steve Kuo

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Steve Kuo
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #High Rise Residential# #Residential# ## #Leader# #Living+# #Residential# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Subject Matter Expert#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.

As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.

#North America#
Jennifer Ujimoto

Associate | US Transit Design Lead, Buildings
New York, NY

Jennifer Ujimoto
#Associate | US Transit Design Lead, Buildings# #All# #Architecture# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Transportation#
New York, New York, United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferujimoto/

Jennifer Ujimoto has over 15 years of experience, over which she has crafted her understanding of project administration from pre-design analysis and through design development phases and both in-office and on-site aspects of contract administration. She is thoroughly familiar with building and development approvals processes and has an understanding of the complexities of the municipal project procurement environment.

As a designer, Jennifer has a keen understanding of the collaborative process that is essential to the practice of architecture. Her ability to communicate effectively with clients, consultants, and contractors has made her a valuable key team member on projects situated within complex and challenging social and physical constraints.

She brings a deep commitment to design excellence on all levels including conceptual, technical and social parameters. Her multidisciplinary experience, includes award-winning high-end residential design, exhibit design, curatorial work, academic writing and teaching, demonstrating her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.

#North America#
Chris O’Halloran

Associate | Manager, Architectural Controls
Calgary, AB

Chris O’Halloran
#Associate | Manager, Architectural Controls# #All# #Architectural Controls# #Architecture# ## #Architecture# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Water Resources Management# #Industrial# ##
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-o-halloran-59972191/

Chris O’Halloran has over 23 years of experience and leads the Architectural Control Department, which manages the creation and implementation of architectural design guidelines in numerous communities in and surrounding Calgary and Edmonton. His experience as an Architectural Technologist in both consulting and home building brings a layered understanding to maintaining these standards.

Keith Ponton

Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems
Edmonton, AB

Keith Ponton
#Associate - Manager, Intelligent Systems# #Advanced Traffic Management System# #Transportation# #ATMS# ## #All# #Civic & Government# #Institution# ## #Data Centre# #Commercial# #Office# ## #Design Build# #Economic / Financial Analysis# #Mobile Technology# #Transportation# ## #Municipal Services# #Civil Infrastructure# ## #Smart Cities# #Strategic Planning# #Systems# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ##
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-ponton-8b78884/

Keith is a Professional Engineer and a seasoned telecommunications veteran with over 28 years of telecommunications and information communication technology experience across engineering, sales, product management, marketing and executive level management functions. He has worked with municipalities, transit agencies, utilities, carriers, and vendors, developing strategic plans based on needs assessments, devising strategies for monetizing technology investments; services and product differentiation through market analysis and competitive positioning; business model development; risk mitigation and contingency planning; vendor selection and contract negotiations.

Keith has provided Canadian municipalities strategic guidance and reviews of CRTC decisions relating to local and wholesale telecommunications competition and Internet as a basic service.

Steven Kresak

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Toronto, ON

Steven Kresak
#General Counsel & Corporate Secretary# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-kresak-5982591a/

Steven Kresak is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IBI Group Inc. and is responsible for the firm’s legal affairs worldwide. His accountabilities include the legal, compliance, real estate, insurance and corporate governance functions. Steven is based in Toronto, Ontario, IBI Group’s corporate headquarters. From 2006 through 2014 Steven served at Infrastructure Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles including Director, Special Initiatives; Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions; and Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects, where he led a series of transactions to monetize government assets in the transportation, remanufacturing, entertainment, rail and telecommunications sectors. Prior to 2006, he practiced law at Goodmans LLP. Steven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Law degree (Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a former Editor of the Alberta Law Review.

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