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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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Susan Christensen

Associate Director | Office Lead
Binghamton, NY

Susan Christensen
#Associate Director | Office Lead# #All# #Education# #School# ## #Higher Education# #School# #Education# ## #K-12 Education# #School# #Education# ## #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office Lead# #Subject Matter Expert#
Binghamton, New York, United States of America

Susan Christensen has over 15 years of experience in marketing management, e-commerce marketing, marketing communication, business development, and global brand management.

#North America#
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.

#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#
Zain Ali

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Zain Ali
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering# #Active Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Airports# #Transportation# ## #All# #Bridges, Roads & Highways# #Transportation# ## #Brownfield Development# #Development Engineering# ## #Bus Rapid Transit# #Transportation# #BRT# ## #Engineering# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Mobility+# #Transportation# ## #Multi-Modal Transportation# #Transportation# ## #Parking# #Planning & Urban Design# #Policy & Design Guidelines# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Software as a Service# #SaaS# ## #Subject Matter Expert# #Systems Engineering# #Systems# ## #Terminals# #Transportation# #Transit Facilities# ## #Traffic Engineering# #Transportation# #Traffic Management# ## #Traffic Management# #Transportation# ## #Transit Oriented Development# #TOD# ## #Transit Planning# #Transportation# ## #Transportation# #Transportation Engineering# #Transportation# ## #Traveller Information# #Transportation# #511# #ATIS# #Advanced Traveller Information System# ##
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zain-ali-31116121/

Zain Ali has over ten years of experience specializing in the areas transportation planning, traffic engineering, safety and geometric design combined with extensive experience in urban and landscape planning. He has managed and led a wide variety of long-range and multi-modal transportation projects related to public transit planning, transportation master planning, travel demand modelling, traffic simulation modelling, transportation assessments and parking, both in Canada and in the Middle East. Zain brings a keen eye for devising ‘balanced’ transportation solution considering transportation-land use integration to create attractive, liveable and sustainable built-environments. Being an avid supporter of active transportation modes, Zain is actively involved in a wide-range of multi-modal mega development projects promoting context-sensitive design solutions across the Middle East region. Zain is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada as well as in UAE and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

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.

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.

Lou Bandiera

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto West, ON

Lou Bandiera
#Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture# #All# #Architecture# #Automotive# #Industrial# ## #Community / Recreational Facilities# #Institution# #Civic & Government# ## #Industrial# #Leader# #Light Rail Transit# #Transportation# #LRT# ## #Maintenance Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Manufacturing# #Industrial# ## #Project / Programme Management# #Subject Matter Expert# #Transit Facilities# #Transportation# ## #Warehouse & Distribution Centre# #Industrial# ##
Toronto West, Ontario, Canada
www.linkedin.com/in/lou-bandiera-44970b25

Lou Bandiera has over 35 years of experience in the architectural field and has participated in a variety of transit, industrial, commercial and institutional projects. Lou has fulfilled a major role in carrying out building audits, feasibility studies, project management, production of working drawings and technical specifications, tender issuance and evaluation, building code review, project scheduling, construction site review, document coordination and obtaining approvals from government agencies and private sector clients. Lou is also a Certified Internal Auditor for the ISO 9001:2008 Quality System and manages the QMS training program for IBI Group’s Toronto West office. His primary responsibilities in the management of the staff in the Architectural, Specifications and Document Control groups, includes staff development, technical leadership, resource management and business development, as well as, peer review of all deliverables produced by the group.

#North America#
Anita Leonoff

Director | Office Lead, Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

Anita Leonoff
#Director | Office Lead, Vancouver# #All# #Architecture# #Heritage / Historic Preservation# #Leader# #Learning+# #School# #Education# ## #Office# #Commercial# ## #Office Lead# #Project / Programme Management# #Public Outreach# #Retail# #Commercial# ## #Subject Matter Expert#
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Anita Leonoff joined IBI Group shortly after graduating from UBC’s Architecture School and learned quickly. In the mid 1980s, Anita began the renovation work on the Hotel Vancouver, one of her longest running projects and one she continues to work on to this day. In the 1990s, Anita took on the local work for Holt Renfrew which at the time was renovation work. This later turned into a new store for Vancouver, followed by Calgary, and a number in Ontario and Quebec, which is a testament to her work. Anita’s areas of specialty include institutional and hospitality facilities design, retail and office tenant fit-ups, heritage renovations, and the management of the approvals and public consultation processes.

#North America#
Katrina Stevens

Global Director, Human Resources
Toronto, ON

Katrina Stevens
#Global Director, Human Resources# #All# #Corporate# #Senior Management# ## #Leader# #Senior Management#
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinaanastevens

As Global Director, HR, Katrina Stevens has a role that encompasses the full lifecycle of the people experience at IBI. She is an innovative Human Resources professional with over twenty-five years’ experience in local, national and international professional services firms, including but not limited to, B+H Architects, Osler, Miller Thomson, ADP and Alcatel. Katrina is a known leader with a recognized ability to integrate organizational objectives, proactive employee programs and change management. She is a results-oriented team player, known for collaborative problem solving and delivery of outcomes that strategically meet the needs of the business. Her skills are complemented by studies in Adult Education, Diversity & Inclusion as well as formal accreditation in Human Resources.

#North America#
Hemantha Perera Trevelyan

Sales and Marketing Lead, UK
London, UK

Hemantha Perera Trevelyan
#Sales and Marketing Lead, UK# #All# #Leader# #Subject Matter Expert# #UK Regional#
London, United Kingdom, Europe

A seasoned professional, Hemantha champions business relations with experience leading creative integrated marketing and communications campaigns on a diverse range of projects located across the globe. Multifaceted with a background in design, stakeholder engagement and strategic development across many sectors and industries, she leads the Sales and Marketing team on a variety of business development and marketing initiatives for the UK and Ireland region and MENA. Hemantha is developing and leading the client relations programme across the Region with the plus brands and integrating it with the strategic marketing programme to ensure that our clients and end user needs are met. She is passionate about good design, teamwork and a sustainable approach to building healthy resilient communities.

Guy Pearson

Studio Director
Manchester, UK

Guy Pearson
#Studio Director# #All# #Architecture# #Green# #Master Planning# #Planning & Urban Design# ## #Mixed Use# #Commercial# ## #Planning & Urban Design# #Project / Programme Management# #Residential# #Sustainability & Environmental Management# #Green# ## #UK Regional#
Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe

Guy Pearson is a qualified architect and urban designer. His interest and skills lie in the links between the two disciplines, including master planning and designing mixed use, high density urban neighbourhoods. Guy is an advocate of sustainable design to create liveable, healthy communities.

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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