Mark Paquette B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng.

Senior Associate, Collision Reconstruction
Direct: 613-903-6900

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

expert summary

Mr. Mark Paquette specializes in collision reconstruction and vehicle failure investigation. Prior to becoming a Forensic Engineer in 2008, Mark spent eight years in automotive product engineering, including new model development and testing in Canada and in the United States. He has undertaken vehicle testing of automobiles, snowmobiles, streetcars and other heavy vehicles to better understand and quantify their capabilities. In addition to collision reconstruction, Mark has utilized his automotive background to investigate allegations of vehicle mechanical defects and their potential role in the cause of collisions. Mark has been qualified as an Expert Witness in Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Court of Justice and Provincial Offences Court.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Vehicle Collision Reconstruction involving Automobiles, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Commercial Vehicles, Cyclists and Pedestrians
  • Vehicle Mechanical Assessments & Alleged Failure Investigations
  • Airbag Module Data Retrieval and Analysis
  • Vehicle Testing, including Automobiles, Streetcars and Snowmobiles
  • Vehicle & Equipment Fire Investigations – Point of Origin and Fire Cause
  • Investigations of Failures Involving Mechanical Engineering Systems

academic background

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, 1998

additional courses

  • 24-hour Crash Data Retrival (CDR) Analysis and Applications Course for Engineers, Crash Data Specialists LLC, Toronto, ON, February 2019
  • PC-Crash 11.1 Workshop, MEA, Toronto, ON, June 2018
  • Passenger and Commercial Vehicle Tires Seminar, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Toronto, ON,
    June 2017
  • European Association for Accident Research and Analysis (EVU) 25th Annual Congress, Bratislava, Slovakia, October 2016
  • World Reconstruction Exposition, Orlando, FL, May 2016
  • Reconstruction and Analysis of Motorcycle Crashes, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Detroit, MI, April 2015
  • Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists Conference, Aylmer, ON, August 2014
  • Crash Data Retrieval (“Black Box”) Analyst Course, Crash Data Specialists LLC, Toronto, ON, October 2013
  • SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Vehicle Fire, Arson and Explosion Science & Technology Seminar, NAFI, Kentucky, September 2011
  • Human Factors and Explicit Road Safety, Human Factors North and Navigats, Toronto, ON, February 2011
  • Snow School, Ontario Good Roads Association, Alliston, ON, October 2010
  • Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Training Program, NAFI, Markham, ON, October 2009
  • Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction, NAPARS, Ocean City, MD, October 2009
  • Bendix Air Brake Class, Ocean City, MD, October 2009
  • Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Methods, SAE, Detroit, MI, April 2009
  • PC – Crash 3-day Workshop, MEA, Toronto, ON, March 2009
  • Crash Data Retrieval System – Technician and Analyst Courses, Collision Safety Institute, Toronto, ON, February 2009
  • Basic Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle Safety Web Seminar, SAE, January 2009
  • Forensic Analysis of Medical Records in Injury Biomechanics and Accident Reconstruction, SAE, Detroit, MI, December 2008
  • “B” Class Vehicle Dynamics Driver Training, Transportation Research Center Inc., East Liberty, OH, December 2007
  • “C” Class Vehicle Dynamics Driver Training, Transportation Research Center Inc., East Liberty, OH, November 2005
  • Introduction to Brake Control Systems, SAE, Detroit, MI, March 2004
  • Threaded Fasteners and the Bolted Joint, SAE, Alliston, ON, September 2004
  • One Day Advanced Driver Training, Transportation Research Center Inc., East Liberty, OH, June 2004
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Training, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI, 2003

professional experience

30 Forensic Engineering
Senior Associate—Collision Reconstruction
April 2012 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Motor Vehicle Collision Reconstruction
  • Airbag Module Data Retrieval and Analysis
  • Failure investigations involving mechanical considerations
  • Vehicle mechanical assessments
  • Vehicle & Equipment Fire Investigations – Point of Origin and Cause

 

Arcon Engineering Consultants Limited
Forensic Engineer
2008 – 2012, Toronto, ON

  • Investigation and analysis of vehicle collisions, including speed analysis, braking, skid analysis, course of travel and opportunity for collision avoidance
  • Vehicle mechanical inspections and assessments, including brakes, steering and throttle systems
  • Fire origin and cause investigations involving vehicles and appliances
  • Forensic engineering analysis of incidents and failures involving mechanical engineering considerations

Honda Motor Company
New Model Project Leader – Chassis
2007 – 2008, Pell City, Alabama, USA

  • Responsible for new model activity of the Quality Analysis Chassis Group for the 2009 Honda Pilot
  • Performed new model vehicle testing, including snow performance, drift, overall sensitivity and ride evaluations

Product Engineering – Chassis
2003 – 2007, Alliston, ON

  • New model development for various Chassis systems (drivetrain, controls and brakes), including extensive testing, drawing and CAD reviews and past problem confirmation
  • Warranty/market investigations for several models, including part analysis, dealer visits and vehicle testing for numerous Chassis systems

Ford Motor Company
Six Sigma Black Belt
2003, St. Thomas, ON

  • Attended Six Sigma training regarding statistics, problem solving methodology and leadership, completed one project and mentored Green Belt projects

Product Vehicle Team – Chassis
2000 – 2003, St. Thomas, ON

  • Responsible for Chassis systems warranty investigation and factory support

Bombardier Aerospace
Methods Agent
1999 – 2000, Montreal, QC

  • Confirmed design changes on the CL-415 “Water Bomber”

Britain West Motorsports
Formula Ford 1600 Racing Series – Team Member
1996 – 2000

  • Responsible for vehicle set ups, including alignment, weight distribution, ride height and gear ratios, and repairs as needed

professional societies and associations

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists (CATAIR)
  • European Association for Accident Research and Analysis (EVU)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

publications and speaking engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • Ontario Provincial Police Technical Traffic Collision Course Level III (Instructor), Snowmobile and ATV Collision Investigations, Aylmer, ON, October 2018
  • “Collision Reconstruction: Motorcycle Collisions”, Graduate Course MIE1708H, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, March 2018 & 2019
  • “Forensic Biomechanics: Collision Reconstruction”, Undergraduate Course KIN 471, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, February 2018 & 2019

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • "Snowmobile Lane Change Dynamics with One and Two Occupants", M. Paquette, H. Griffiths, SAE Technical Paper 2019-01-0429
  • “Comparison of Snowmobile Braking Deceleration with One and Two Occupants”, M. Paquette, H. Griffiths, Accident Reconstruction Journal, November/December 2018
  • "A Study of In-Service Truck Weights”, M. Fabbroni, J. Rovt, M. Paquette, SAE Technical Paper
    2017-01-1424, 2017
  • “Brake Timing Measurements and the Effect of Brake Lag on Deceleration Rates for Light Passenger Vehicles”, M. Paquette, D. Porter, Accident Reconstruction Journal, March/April 2014

Other Publications

  • “Investigating Automotive Product Defects”, M. Paquette, D. Porter, The Litigator, March 2015
  • “The Curious Case of the Vehicle Fire”, Without Prejudice, December 2012

EXPERT TESTIMONY

  • Qualified by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in collision reconstruction, determination of collision forces, seatbelt usage assessment, occupant motions during a collision and interpretation of ‘black box’ data
  • Qualified by the Ontario Court of Justice in the preparation of computer-generated graphic representations of accident reconstructions
  • Qualified by the Ontario Provincial Offences Court in the operation and function of motorcycles and automotive braking systems

 

 

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