Mel Gilkinson RME

Senior Associate, Renewable Energy
Direct: (416) 368-1700

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.



Mel Gilkinson is a Senior Associate in the Electrical and Renewable Energy Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He holds a 309A Electrical License issued by the College of Trades along with a Master Electricians license. He has investigated hundreds of solar installations for code conformity, along with testing installations for faults and issues which would create future problems. Along with work in the solar industry, he has investigated electrical failures in residential, industrial, agricultural and institutions. He also assisted in the development of the CSA 1000 Model Code Standard (Canadian guideline for Field Approval of electrical equipment). Prior to joining 30, Mel worked in the electrical industry from actual installations of multiple types, to a provincially recognized electrical inspector, equipment approvals inspector (Canadian and American code specifications), performing Quality Assurance and Control in the nuclear industry has provided an extensive experience for performing investigations in his field.


Quality Control Inspections:

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspections of Electrical Installations and Equipment for the Nuclear Power industry
  • Equipment Approvals for CSA and UL Electrical Standards (light commercial, heavy industrial and agricultural), Canada, United States, Mexico, Japan, Germany
  • Development of SPE1000 Model Code

Electrical Inspections / Installations:

  • CSA Part 1 Electrical Installation Inspections
  • Residential, Commercial, Heavy Industrial, Agricultural Electrical Installations


Licensed Master Electrician, 2014
Electrical Quality Assurance and Quality Control (Nuclear Power Industry), Bruce Power, 2008
Electrical Approvals Inspector (CSA/UL requirements), Ontario Hydro, 1990
Provincial Journeyman Electrical Inspector, Ontario Hydro, 1989
Interprovincial Certificate of Qualification 309a, 1978


  • Multiple Electrical Safety Code Updates CSA and NEC, Ontario Hydro and IBEW, 1975 – Present
  • Working at Heights
  • First Aid, CPR
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Rigging, Lifting and Material Handling
  • Fall Protection
  • Lock out – Tag out Procedures
  • Electrical Safety Awareness
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Elevating Work Platforms
  • Confined Spaces
  • CSA SPE1000 Model Code
  • Fault Current
  • Arc Flash
  • IR Photography


30 Forensic Engineering
Electrical Specialist—Renewable Energy
January 2012 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Electrical fault and failure investigations
  • Installation commissioning
  • Analysis of electrical installations to Part 1 Canadian Electrical Code

ES Fox Ltd.
Quality Assurance Specialist
QA/QC at the Bruce Power Nuclear Facility Restart, Units Number 3 & 4
July 2008 – January 2012, Tiverton, ON

  • Performed Quality Control and Quality Assurance for high voltage, distribution and industrial control equipment
  • Witness inspections at multiple North American locations

Electrical Approvals/Field Inspector
Representing Ontario Hydro, Entela and QPS
1986 – 2008

  • Evaluated multiple types of electrical equipment for compliance of applicable standards for major corporations including; Aecon Industrial, Ainsworth Electric, Bruce Power, Cami Automotive, Eaton Electric, ES Fox Ltd., General Electric, General Motors, KBA North America, Linamar, Research in Motion, Siemens PTD, Siemens Mexico, State Electric and Toyota North America (and its multiple subsidiaries)