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Arcadis appoints Audrey Jacob as City Executive for Toronto

Audrey Jacob

Posted on December 10, 2023

TORONTO/PRNewswire/ — Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy organization for natural and built assets, announced today the appointment of Audrey Jacob as City Executive for Toronto, Ontario. In this role, Audrey will lead the Company’s strategic growth initiatives, pursue new business development opportunities and partnerships, and oversee client relationships in the Toronto region. The city executive appointment also marks the inaugural entry of a Canadian city to the Arcadis Global Cities Program, a network of 17 cities around the world identified as key markets.

John Batten, Global Cities Program Director for Arcadis, said: “Audrey is a recognized expert in her field, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team. Her appointment and the new designation of Toronto as a member of the Arcadis Global Cities Program aligns perfectly with our new business strategy of focusing on growth markets where we have a strong business presence.”

Audrey brings more than 30 years of experience to this role across business development, urban planning/development consultancy and management. Most recently, she was the Integration Director overseeing the successful structural integration of IBI Group into Arcadis. Prior to this role, she served on the IBI Group Executive team as Chief Operations Director and Chief Diversity Officer, where she was responsible for the company’s human resources, global marketing and communications, office lease portfolio, information technology, and design technology. Preceding this, she was the Deputy Regional Director for Canada East with responsibility for the financial performance of the Toronto office. Concurrent with this role, she led an established and successful practice focused on planning and economics.

Audrey Jacob, Toronto City Executive for Arcadis, said: “The Toronto Region is one of the fastest growing city regions, attracting innovative talent and significant global investment. While Arcadis has been in the region since 2005, legacy IBI Group has been actively involved in city building across the Toronto Region for more than 50 years. I look forward to leveraging our strong market position to accelerate growth in the areas of city building, innovation, energy transition, climate adaptation, new mobility and digital asset management and operations to improve quality of life for our clients and communities alike.”

A native of Toronto, Audrey is active in a variety of industry and professional associations, including Urban Land Institute, Women’s Leadership Initiative, Building Industry and Land Development Association, Lambda Alpha and Pragma Council. Earlier in her career she served on the Faculty of Engineering Advisory Board at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Additionally, she was named by the online news and information platform Women We Admire to the “Top 50 Women Leaders of Toronto” list for 2023.

Audrey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Economic Geography at the University of Toronto and a Master of Urban Planning degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.


Arcadis is the leading global design and consultancy organization for natural and built assets. We maximize impact for our clients and the communities they serve by providing effective solutions through sustainable outcomes, focus and scale, and digitalization. We are 36,000 people, active in more than 30 countries that generate €4.0 billion in gross revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.


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