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

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

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Building/Fire Code Compliance Assessment
  • 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
  • Construction Claims Analysis
  • Project Management, Construction and General Contracting—Residential
  • Building, Property and Construction Failures

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, Building & Fire Code
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
  • 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

  • "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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