Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.

Practice Lead, Building & Fire Code
Direct: 647-738-5639
 

EXPERT SUMMARY

Mr. Pepper is the Practice Lead for the Property Claims Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. Tom’s background in structural and electrical engineering, municipal building inspections, and significant hands-on construction experience enables him to distill complex engineering, and building and fire code matters into plain language and practical solutions. His diverse experience, which spans construction and project management, building inspections, code consulting and forensic engineering, has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the Canadian building and fire codes and their applications, and establish himself as a leading code expert.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Building/Fire Code Compliance Assessment
  • Building Fire Damage Assessments and Construction Failures
  • Assessment of Municipal Building Department Inspections and Plans Examination
  • Qualified as an Ontario Building Code Designer in Powers and Duties of CBO, Building Services, Building Structural, Complex Buildings, Detection Lighting & Power, House, HVAC House, Large Buildings, Plumbing All Buildings, Plumbing House, Small Buildings: BCIN 19260
  • Project Management, Construction and General Contracting—Residential

academic background

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 2001

Fire Protection Systems Certificate, Seneca College, 2009

additional courses

  • Canadian National Advanced Fire, Arson & Explosion Training Program, November 2018
  • University of Waterloo: ME 671, Fire Dynamics, 2018
  • EPIC: Structural Design of Industrial Buildings, 2012
  • EPIC: Elementary Structural Design, 2012
  • Fall Protection Training, 2012
  • NFPA 80: Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Swinging Fire Doors, 2011
  • STI: Fire Stopping Systems 2011
  • WETT: Code Compliance, 2010
  • CFAA: Fire Alarm Technology, 2009
  • Standard First  Aid with CPR Level C, 2009
  • HRIA: Residential Integrated Combo Systems, 2008
  • HRIA: Residential Radiant Hydronics Design, 2008
  • HRIA: Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation, 2007
  • AMVIC ICF Installation Training: 2007
  • HRIA: Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations, 2006
  • HRIA: Residential Air System Design, 2006
  • Building Envelope, 2004
  • Building Health and Safety, 2004

employment background

-30- Forensic Engineering
Practice Lead, Property Claims
January 2017 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Building systems and structural failure analysis
  • Building and fire code assessments, including personal injury claims
  • Evaluation of building department inspections and plans examination

Senior Associate—Civil/Structural
February 2012 – January 2017, Toronto, ON

LRI Fire Protection and Building Code Consulting Engineers
Technical Consultant
June 2010 – February 2012, Toronto, ON

  • Provided technical assistance relating to Canadian Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards
  • Conducted building and life safety audits of residential, commercial and institutional properties for the purpose of assessing conformance to the Building and Fire Codes, Municipal Bylaws and Standards
  • Reviewed architectural designs and recommended design improvements, and corrective action specific to onsite conditions
  • Formulated Building and Fire Code alternative solutions
  • Liaised between Colleagues, Contractors, Design Teams, Architects, Engineers and City Officials

Town of Markham
Building Inspector
November 2005 – June 2010, Toronto, ON

  • Inspected residential, commercial and institutional properties during construction for the purpose of assessing conformance to the Ontario Building Code and Municipal Bylaws
  • Provided technical assistance relating to Ontario Building Code, Municipal Bylaws and Standards
  • Recommended improvements and corrective action specific to onsite conditions and design details
  • Enforced construction by-laws, Construction Orders, and gathered evidence for court proceedings
  • Liaised between Public, Colleagues, Contractors, Design Teams, Architects and Engineers

City of Oshawa
Building Inspector
April 2005 – October 2005, Oshawa, ON

  • Inspected residential, commercial and institutional properties during construction for the purpose of assessing conformance to the Ontario Building Code and Municipal Bylaws
  • Provided technical assistance relating to Ontario Building Code, Municipal Bylaws and Standards
  • Recommended improvements and corrective action specific to onsite conditions and design details
  • Enforced construction by-laws, issued and enforced Construction Orders, gathered evidence for court proceedings
  • Liaised between Public, Colleagues, Contractors, Design Teams, Architects and Engineers

Jason Smith Roofing
Supervisor/Estimator/Shingler
April 1994 – November 2004, Ottawa, ON

  • Procurement of custom renovation projects, client & consultant liaison
  • Diagnosed onsite construction defects and recommended improvements and corrective action
  • Estimating, Budgeting, Cost Control, Purchasing, Site and Trade Supervision
  • Equipment Purchasing & Maintenance

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES and ASSOCIATIONS

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.E.O.)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Standards Council of Canada Mirror Committee SMC/ISO/TC 2/SC 7 - Reference Standards, Member
  • Formerly Ontario Building Official Association
  • Formerly Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Institute

COURT AND OTHER APPEARANCES

  • Qualified as an expert witness in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in matters relating to the field of Civil/Structural engineering and Building Codes

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "A Forensic Engineering View: Construction, Codes and Standards", Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Toronto, 2019
  • "Codes, Standards and Personal Injury Claims", Black Sutherland LLP, Toronto, 2018
  • "Building Codes and Human Factors in Forensic Personal Injury Investigations", Aviva Trial Lawyers, Toronto, 2018
  • "A Forensic Engineering View of Fire and Property Loss Investigations", Ottawa, June 2018
  • “A Forensic Engineering View of Fire and Property Loss Investigations”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, November 2017
  • “Construction Requirements and the Ontario Building Code”, Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) Risk Management Seminar, Toronto, October 2017
  • “Codes, Property Claims and Subrogation”, Royal Sun Assurance, Mississauga, June 2017
  • “Codes, Standards and Property Claims”, Wawanesa Insurance, Toronto, May 2017
  • “Advanced Investigations of Slip, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims”, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association, Cambridge, June 2016
  • “Advanced Investigations of Slip, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims”, Insurance Institute, Thornhill,  June 2014
  • “Building Liability Conference”, Toronto, May 21, 2014
  • “Advanced Investigations of Slip, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims”, Insurance Institute, Kitchener,  October 2012
  • “Advanced Investigations of Slip, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims”, Insurance Institute, London, , October 2012
  • “Advanced Investigations of Slip, Trips & Falls and Personal Injury Claims”, Insurance Institute, Oshawa, October 2012
  • “Ministry of the Attorney General In-house Training: Mastering Winning Discovery Techniques & Working with Experts”, The Advocates’ Society, Hamilton, 2012
 

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