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Gannett Fleming Expands Toronto Transportation Team


David Bannister, Yousef Kimiagar, and Magdy Samaan

(Toronto, Canada) Gannett Fleming Canada ULC is expanding its transportation practice with the addition of three experienced professionals. David Bannister, MASc, LEED AP BD+C, P.Eng., PE; Yousef Kimiagar, MMSc., P.Eng., PMP; and Magdy Samaan, PhD., AVS., PE, P.Eng., have joined the firm’s Toronto office.

“Adding these seasoned, well-respected professionals to our transportation team ensures that we continue to provide excellent service to our Canadian clients,” said Bryan Mulqueen, PE, Senior Vice President and Transit & Rail Global Business Line Director.

With more than 35 years of experience in the engineering industry, David Bannister joins Gannett Fleming Canada ULC as a vice president and director of facilities and program development. His expertise in structural engineering for facilities and infrastructure projects, coupled with his management of complex multidisciplinary projects across the transit, industrial, aviation, municipal, and health care sectors and knowledge of alternative project delivery approaches will support the advancement of the firm’s capabilities.

Bannister earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Walla Walla University and his master of science in structural engineering from The University of British Columbia. He volunteers his time to a number of non-profit and charitable organizations in the education and healthcare sectors. Bannister was recognized in the Ontario legislature for his transformative leadership as Chair of the Board of a major Toronto area community hospital.

Yousef Kimiagar joins the firm as a vice president and Canada systems manager with more than 30 years of international engineering and management experience. He specializes in the management and integration of complex and advanced technology systems in the transit rail environment. He has overseen and managed large projects in Europe, Asia, and North America, is knowledgeable in alternative financing procurement, and carries years of experience working with Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx, TTC, and the City of Toronto.

Kimiagar holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Iran University of Science & Technology and a master of management science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He is a licensed professional engineer and project management professional registered with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Project Management Institute. Kimiagar dedicates his free time to a number of professional organizations, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technology and Engineering Management Technical Community, and Transportation Research Board (TRB). Kimiagar also serves as the Vice Chair of the APTA Research & Technology Committee, and is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Rail Transit Systems.

Dr. Magdy Samaan joins the company as a transportation structures practice manager responsible for expanding and growing the transportation structures business in Ontario and across Canada. Samaan has more than 23 years of experience in the planning, concept development, analysis, design, construction engineering, inspection, strengthening, value engineering, and project management of structures. 

Samaan has extensive knowledge in finite modeling of complex structures, planning and concept design, and detailed design and rehabilitation work of small and major prestressed and post-tension concrete and steel bridges, which he has applied to national and international bridge work in both private and public sectors. He will leverage his experience in P3/design-build and design-bid-build projects for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and other major clients, as well as his expertise in the use of American, Canadian, and European Bridge Codes and Standards (AASHTO, CHBDC, and EuroCode) to advance the service offerings provided by the transportation structures business practice in Gannett Fleming.

Samaan holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt, a master of science from Hanover University in Germany, and a Ph.D. from the University of Windsor in Ontario. He is a member of professional engineer organizations in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Michigan, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. Samaan also contributes to his profession by serving on the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, SAVE International, and the Experience Requirement Committee of PEO. Samaan is an adjunct professor and member of the Advisory Committee Council in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University.  

Established in October 2011, Gannett Fleming Canada ULC’s Toronto office serves as an integral hub for the firm’s operations in Canada. The office provides systems integration, safety assurance, rail operations simulation, traction power, railroad signals design services, and transportation planning and design.

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