Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng.

Vice President & Practice Lead, Multidisciplinary Remediation
Direct: 647-738-5725

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EXPERT SUMMARY

Jeff Reitsma is Vice President and Practice Lead of 30 Forensic Engineering’s Remediation group, with 20 years of experience in the engineering consulting and construction industries. Jeff specializes in project management of multidisciplinary complex loss investigations and reconstruction projects nationwide and has led teams for some of the biggest engineering firms in North America, including Black and Veatch, AECOM and Stantec Consulting. He has overseen municipal capital infrastructure projects from conception to completion and designed and directed environmental assessment works involving indoor air quality, chemical engineering, mould, asbestos, smoke and soot and fire and flood impact mapping. Mr. Reitsma is also an ODACC-Registered adjudicator supporting dispute resolution under the revised Construction Act in Ontario.

In his role as Vice President and Practice Lead for the Remediation group at 30 Forensic Engineering, Jeff provides leadership to multidisciplinary engineering teams and manages both small scale forensic investigations and large-scale remediation, environmental, construction claims, and CAT Loss projects. Jeff’s position on the Board of 30 Forensic Engineering allows him to conceive and oversee the execution of strategic initiatives and continuous improvement in the operation and sustainability of the firm. Jeff’s commitment to collaboration, mentorship and project management best practices allow him to continually build highly effective project teams and deliver innovative solutions to clients.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Construction

  • Project Management
  • Contract Administration – Scope, Cost and Schedule Review
  • Project Scheduling and Financial Controls
  • Multidisciplinary Design Coordination and Delivery
  • Civil Infrastructure Analysis and Design
  • Construction and Demolition Sequencing
  • ODACC- and ADRIO-registered

Environmental/ Chemical Engineering

  • Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Odour Control
  • Environmental Hazards, Designated Substances and Health and Safety
  • Industrial Ventilation, Pollution Controls and HVAC
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Permits and Approvals
  • Resilient Design and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Storm- and Waste-Water Management and Design

Catastrophic Loss

  • Disaster Response and Emergency Management (ICS/IMS-certified)
  • Multi-team Logistics and Program Management
  • Multidisciplinary Investigations, Triage and Remediation Design
  • Large-scale and Complex Municipal and Transportation Infrastructure Assessment

academic background

Master of Business Administration (With Distinction), University of Adelaide, 2003

Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Honours), University of Waterloo, 2000

additional courses

  • Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals, York University Law School, 2019
  • Incident Management System (IMS-100), OFMEM, Toronto, 2017
  • Incident Command System (ICS-100, -200), AEMA, Calgary, 2017
  • B&V Project Management Essentials, B&V, Kansas City, 2014
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee Member Certification, OSG, Toronto, 2014
  • B&V Engineering Management Essentials, B&V, Kansas City, 2012
  • Project Management for Construction, University of Toronto SCS, Toronto, 2010
  • Essentials of Project Management, University of Toronto SCS, Toronto, 2009
  • Technical & Proposal Writing, IWCC, Markham, 2008
  • Comprehensive Project Management, Procept, Markham, 2008

employment background

-30- Forensic Engineering
Vice President & Practice Lead, Remediation
June 2018 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Member of the executive leadership team responsible for the management, strategic planning, and governance of 30 Forensic Engineering
  • Provide project technical leadership, senior review and program management services as leader of the Remediation Group on construction, environmental, health & safety, CAT Loss, multi-disciplinary, large-scale and complex loss projects.
  • Lead property team marketing, sales and client delivery efforts across multiple business lines.
  • General business leadership including forecasting, strategic planning, quality, team performance management, liaison with human resources, accounting and finance.
  • Construction responsibilities include:
    • Provision of expert opinion related to schedule, scope and pricing of construction-related disputes
    • Peer review of cost submittals in multi-disciplinary claim and dispute reviews
    • Dispute resolution activities in support of construction and insurance administrative justice settings (appraisal, adjudication, mediation)
    • ODACC-registered adjudication of disputes under the Construction Act in Ontario
  • Environmental & Chemical Engineering responsibilities include:
    • Direction of environmental assessment works including indoor air quality, mould, asbestos
    • Loss impact assessment: smoke, soot, and water impact mapping
    • Review of analytical results and process information (e.g. MSDS, toxicological data, designated substance testing results) in the development of cleaning & access protocols and assessment of health & safety risks
    • Oversight of environmental abatement & remedial construction contractors
    • Coordination with internal practice leads to help manage talent development and workload
    • Provision of construction, infrastructure, chemical and environmental engineering expertise in support of legal dispute files; certified as Expert Witness
  • Remediation responsibilities include:
    • Leadership of multi-discipline engineering teams
    • Management of quality, scope, budgets and schedule
    • Provision of project and construction management expertise across client service delivery groups
    • Liaison with owners, contractors and regulators in development of permits and project execution plans.
  • Leadership team responsibilities include:
    • Secretary of Board of Directors
    • Chair – Finance, Planning & Risk Management; and Joint Health & Safety Committees
    • Board Sponsor – 30 Ventures and Innovation Committee
    • Provision of strategic, marketing and governance input into overall Firm operations in conjunction with leadership.
    • Ongoing review of risks, opportunities, and liaison on financial and strategic opportunities in collaboration with the leadership team

Practice Lead, Remediation Group
September 2016 – June 2018, Toronto, ON

Black & Veatch Canada
Engineering Manager
November 2010 – November 2014, Markham, ON

  • Provided full-range of project and engineering management services for projects ranging from small investigations and studies through to complex multidisciplinary municipal capital infrastructure upgrades.
  • Stewarded projects through life cycle, including management aspects such as business development and client relationship management, development of project budgets and schedules, management of contractual, schedule, and financial issues and general conformance with client and internal QA/QC requirements. Technical execution aspects included leadership of internal team including coordination of workloads and design activities and incorporation of inputs from external sub-consultants and specialty service providers.
  • Lead project reviews of constructability, health and safety, designated substances & hazardous materials, operations and maintenance, risk, and procurement within broader best-practices project management framework.

AECOM Canada (formerly EarthTech Canada)
Project Manager – Environmental & Air Quality Group
December 2003 – October 2010, Markham, ON

  • Provided project management services for small- and medium-sized environmental and air quality projects, and engineering management leadership on large municipal capital infrastructure upgrades.  Project responsibilities included oversight of scope, budget and schedules, satisfaction of client invoicing, progress- and earned-value-reporting requirements.
  • Design & assessment work within air quality team (indoor air quality, odour control, demolition and process-mechanical) included on-site investigation, testing and data gathering, calculations, drawings and specifications as well as identifying and obtaining required permits and approvals.

Stantec Consulting
Project Engineering
May 2000 – January 2002, Mississauga, ON

  • Supported small scale industrial ventilation and air quality projects by executing site assessments (mould & IAQ assessments), design calculations and sketches, writing reports, undertaking submittal of permits and approvals (Ontario Air & Noise, NPRI, TRCA Development, municipal building permits) and leading air contaminant dispersion modelling (Aermod, SCREEN, BPIP, Reg346) for commercial and industrial clients.

professional societies and associations

  • Society for Construction Law, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO), Member
  • Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC), Registered Adjudicator
  • Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR), Member
  • Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM), Member
  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Member & Licensed Professional
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Member, Licensed Professional, Responsible Member
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), Member & Licensed Professional
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Member
  • Team Rubicon, Member
  • Project Management Institute (PMI), Member
  • PMI Construction Community of Practice, Member

AWARDS AND ACHIEVMENTS

  • -30- Forensic Engineering 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award
  • -30- Forensic Engineering 2016 Outstanding Innovation Award (shared with J. Burns, S. d’Obrenan, P. Robalino, R. Parkinson)
  • EarthTech 2007 President’s Award for Technical Excellence—Facilities (Gold)—OPG Darlington Dry Storage Facility

PUBLICATIONS / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Speaking Engagements

  • “After the Smoke Has Cleared – Secondary Risks in Fire Loss Events”, Subject Matter Expert, CURIE Atlantic Canada Risk Management Conference, October 2019.
  • “Environmental and Remediation Risks”, Subject Matter Expert, Service Master Canada National Meetings (West, Central, East Sessions), March 2018.
  • “Consulting at 30 Forensics”, Subject Matter Expert & Lead Instructor, 30 University (Internal), November 2017.
  • “The Future of Infrastructure”, Presenter and Discussion Panel Member, JLT Canada Public Sector Summit, October 2017.
  • “Project Management Boot Camp”, Subject Matter Expert & Lead Instructor, GK University (Internal), June – August 2016.
  • “Effective Communications & Soft Skills Workshop”, Subject Matter Expert & Panel Member, WEAO Young Professionals, Ryerson University, January 2015.
  • “Foundations of Project Management”, Primary Technical Lead, B&V Water College (United Kingdom & Middle East), August – November 2014 (various engagements).
  • “Foundations of Project Management”, Subject Matter Expert – Integration, Quality, Procurement & Stakeholder Management, B&V Water College (Americas), January 2013 – November 2014 (various engagements).

Publications

  • Gilkinson, M., Pelkman, D., Reitsma, J., “PV Systems Today—How They Fail & Why”, In: CURIE Risk Management Newsletter, Volume 34 Issue 21, June 2019.
  • Ciasnocha, C., Reid, J., Reitsma, J., “The Hazards of Adjusting”, In: Canadian Underwriter, February 2018.
  • Barrett, M., Reitsma, J., “Project Management in Large Loss Property Claims”, In: PLRB Claims Conference, March 2017.
  • Reitsma, J., “Multi-disciplinary Approach to Remediation”, In: Insurance People, November 2016.
  • Allan, W., Reitsma, J., “Odor Control System for Nashville
  • Carciumaru, A., Reitsma, J., “Clarkson WWTP - Odour Control System Design and Installation”, In: WEAO Technical Symposium, April 2007.
  • Allan, W., Reitsma, J., “Odor Control System for Nashville Central WWTP Bio-solids Handling Facility”, In: WEF Odors and Air Emissions Conference, April 2008.
  • Reitsma, J., “Multi-disciplinary Approach to Remediation”, In: Insurance People, November 2016.
  • Barrett, M., Reitsma, J., “Project Management in Large Loss Property Claims”, In: PLRB Claims Conference, March 2017.
 

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