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-30- Forensic Engineering Forms Integrated Fire and Electrical Investigations Division

January 3, 2017   by -30- Forensic Engineering

-30- Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce that the Fire and Electrical groups will merge to form an integrated Fire and Electrical Investigations division.


With over 30 years of wide-ranging European & North American engineering experience, Principal, Andy Brown C.Eng. Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE will lead the team and sees the merger as a natural fit due to the many synergies that exist between the two disciplines as many fire losses have their origins in electrical failure and arc flash incidents. Many of the qualifications of the electrical engineer and fire investigator cross over to the benefit of both disciplines.

wheeler_64Senior Associate James Wheeler B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.E., P.Eng, takes on a technical leadership role within fire investigations and exemplifies this crossover with an impressive 30 year career as both a fire investigator and an electrical engineer.

The team is further bolstered with the knowledge and hands on experience of three NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators, five Forensic Electrical Engineers / Investigators, a registered Electrical Technician and a Master Electrician. The diverse experience of the team spans a wide array of fire investigations and electrical investigations (ranging from 110v (LV) to High Voltage applications), associated with residential, industrial, manufacturing, transmission, distribution and power utilities. The team also carries out investigation of electrical accidents involving electrocution and electric shock and provides expert reports and testimony for litigation and arbitration. To date, the highly trained and experienced Fire and Electrical group has investigated thousands of cases.

matt-roberts-edited-002As the science of fire and electrical investigations is rapidly changing, much of what was accepted as solid science 20 years ago has been debunked by new techniques and discoveries. The integration of the two groups provides -30- Forensic Engineering with the opportunity to make the most of the synergistic relationship between electrical and fire investigations and associated remediation. We see it as our mission to provide our highly valued clients with science-based findings that enable them to see the entire picture, establish cause and origin, identify possible opportunities for subrogation and make a complete assessment in order to take action with confidence. All -30- Forensic Engineering investigations are conducted thoroughly with detailed documentation of evidence followed by ‘true to facts’ reporting.

For additional information and to submit an assignment, please contact:

Angela Cogliano
Team Lead, Project Coordinator (Fire)
TEL 416.738.8403 |

Vanessa Lacey
Project Coordinator (Electrical)
TEL 416.738.5889 |

Andy Brown, C.Eng. Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE
Tel: 416-368-1700
Direct: 647-738-5731

James Wheeler, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.E., P.Eng.
Senior Associate
Tel: 416-368-1700
Direct: 647-738-5472

-30- Forensic Engineering (, based in Toronto, has been serving the insurance and legal industries for 15 years and is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 60+ professional investigators is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America. We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in: Civil/Structural, Geotechnical and Mining, Construction Claims, Personal Injury and Collision Reconstruction, Electrical and Renewable Energy, Environmental Health and Safety, Remediation, Materials Failure/HVAC, and Fire and Explosion investigations.

For further information, please contact:

David McCullagh, VP Client Strategy & Marketing
(647) 738-4471

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
(647) 738-5326

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the -30- Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Jamie Burns, Director, Human Resources & Talent Acquisition
(647) 738-5472

Welcome to -30- The last word in forensic engineering.

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