SAMAC Engineering - Experts

We call our people experts, because that's what they are.

Our Experts

Steve MacInnis - SAMAC Engineering
Steve MacInnis
  • President
  • Property, Transportation & Injury
Steve MacInnis – PEng
  • President
  • Property, Transportation & Injury
403.243.2263
steve.macinnis@samaceng.com
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Steve MacInnis - SAMAC Engineering

Steve has 35+ years of mechanical and civil engineering experience. A Civil Engineering graduate from Carleton University In Ottawa, he worked for 2 years as a civil design and construction engineer in Calgary. Subsequently he spent 5 years as an offshore drilling & facilities engineer with Energy Mines and Resources in Ottawa routinely travelling to Labrador, the Grand Banks, Sable Island, and the Arctic. After 10 years with Shell Canada as a drilling engineer and coordinator of offshore development, Steve founded SAMAC in 1992.

For the last 20 years, his focus had been two-fold; vehicle accident reconstruction (speeds, computer simulations and animations, occupant dynamics, seat belts, etc) and failure analysis (oilfield, industrial, commercial, fires, civil, mining equipment). Steve has been personally responsible for 2000+ failure analyses and vehicle accident reconstructions and has specialized expertise and training in tires failures, occupant dynamics, computer simulations, and mine truck fires (>$5M losses). He has testified over 40 times at all levels in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

Background - Born on a farm on Prince Edward Island, I was brought up in Quebec, Toronto, and Ottawa as part of an aviation family. Since I couldn’t fly due to poor eyesight (and air sickness), I became a radio operator in the Army reserve during high school and then a Navy officer during University. As a teenager, in 1967 I spent 3 days on a Mobil Oil drilling rig located on Canada’s graveyard of the Atlantic, Sable Island, 180 km east of Nova Scotia – big equipment, beachcombing and ponies, a trip to remember. After graduation from Carleton, the West beckoned and I joined Imperial Oil as a civil engineer. Over the next 12 years, I moved the family 5 more times – I must be one of the few that have moved to Calgary 4 times (1974, 78, 81, and 86)! After starting out as a civil engineer, I quickly became a drilling/mechanical engineer before Shell provided an opportunity to start SAMAC Engineering in 1992 and changed my career path to failure analysis. Activities I’ve enjoyed over the years include horseback camping in the mountains with the kids (no wives), descending in a diving bell 600 ft (180 m) to the bottom of the Labrador Sea, and travelling/working across Canada, the Arctic, the East Coast offshore, the USA, and overseas.

Gilles Amirault - SAMAC Engineering
Gilles Amirault
  • Materials Lead
  • Property
Gilles Amirault – PEng
  • Materials Lead
  • Property
403.695.1042
gilles.amirault@samaceng.com
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Gilles Amirault - SAMAC Engineering

Gilles graduated from Dalhousie University’s co-op mechanical engineering program in 2004. With SAMAC since graduation, he is now our lead mechanical and metallurgical failure engineer, and primary contact for failed components. Some of the failures studied include: lifting equipment, machinery failures, amusement rides, pipelines, industrial piping, plumbing related fractures and leaks, sewer lines, hydraulic and pneumatic hoses, hot water heaters, plastic components, wheel axle failures, and wheel stud failures. In a continual effort to further his knowledge, Gilles is currently doing his MSc. at the University of Calgary, with a focus on pipeline leaks, corrosion, and material failures. Gilles has been court qualified.

Background - I was born and raised in southwest Nova Scotia in a small French-Acadian fishing village and lived there for the better part of my first 18 years. Craving some “big city” adventures, I moved to the giant, daunting city of Halifax (don’t laugh, for a villager, it was huge) to study engineering. During the summers at university I would entertain myself with commercial fishing to pay the bills that Dalhousie and the university life seemed to require. Once done school, and after another summer season of commercial fishing, I moved out to Calgary and found a job with SAMAC. Having been in Calgary since ’04, I’ve found something I enjoy in nearly all seasons. Winter has skiing, summer has boating, fall has hunting, and spring….haven’t yet figured spring out, maybe just waiting for summer, like many other folks.

Vladimir Panlilio - SAMAC Engineering
Vladimir Panlilio
  • Mechanical Lead
  • Property
Vladimir Panlilio – MEng, MSc, PEng
  • Mechanical Lead
  • Property
403.984.9971
vladimir.panlilio@samaceng.com
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Vladimir Panlilio - SAMAC Engineering

Vladimir has over 35 years of mechanical engineering and forensic experience in accident reconstruction, injury causation, and defect investigations (he analyzed his first car crash in 1983!). He has a M. Eng. from the University of the Phillipines (1979) and a M.Sc. from the University of Calgary (1981). At SAMAC, Vladimir is a senior mechanical engineer with a wealth of hands-on and design experience in many areas. He is primarily responsible for our equipment investigations such as boilers, HVAC design issues, engine analysis, vehicle control systems, and any subject where a detailed technical analysis is required. Vlad is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the UofC.

Prior to joining SAMAC, he headed up the University of Calgary’s Injury Research Unit for 15 years (1992 to 2006), a road safety research project funded by Transport Canada. Vladimir also has extensive experience with event data recorders and teaches the RCMP and other police agencies on how to analyze the data for use in accident reconstruction. He has been court qualified.

Background - I started life in the glare of trouble lights and wrenches. My father was an electrical/mechanical engineer who practiced his craft and taught at the the university. My mother was the patient homemaker. My formative years in the Philippines were spent in the hustle and bustle of things humming along, breaking down, and getting fixed. I spent many summers in my primary and secondary school years tagging along with my father on his projects, learning all things practical. I picked up photography as a hobby early on, becoming the photo editor at my high school. Basketball initially appealed to me but I ended up preferring volleyball. At university, I was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC), specifically the artillery company. Graduate studies in North America beckoned in 1979 and I moved to Calgary. In 1982, I moved briefly to Itacha, New York where I married Mayi who was then finishing her PhD at Cornell. We have since called Calgary our home.

Dave Hines - SAMAC Engineering
Dave Hines
  • Electrical, Fire Lead
  • Property
Dave Hines – PEng, CFEI
  • Electrical, Fire Lead
  • Property
403.243.2428
dave.hines@samaceng.com
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Dave Hines - SAMAC Engineering

Dave joined SAMAC in 2010 as an electrical engineer specializing in failure analysis and product liability investigations of electrical equipment and components; electrically related fire investigations; vehicle fires; residential, commercial & industrial equipment failures; and code reviews. A native of Cape Breton, Dave graduated as an electrical technologist in 2004 and then as an electrical engineer in 2006. His experience includes industrial, commercial and residential electrical systems, an excellent knowledge of electrical codes, and extensive experience in fire suppression and control systems. Prior to taking his degree, Dave worked in many different areas, including stints as a project manager, electrical apprentice, commercial truck driver, and carpenter.

Background - I was born in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the only person in my family not born in Cape Breton. After a year we moved back to Cape Breton, where I was raised in the Mira area of South Eastern Cape Breton. After graduating from high school and attending some University, I set out overseas with a holiday work visa for the UK and spent the next 2+ years living, working, and travelling. With friends, I set up a network of houses and jobs in London (this was before e-mail was widely used) that people could use as a base camp for travel. Overall, I saw 17 different countries in that time.

Once I came back to Canada and saw my own country coast to coast, the travel bug had run its course. I moved back to Nova Scotia and enrolled in an Electrical Technology Program. While studying, I worked with Canada’s oldest Economic Development Agency on a project to start a Wind Power Co-operative based on an existing Danish model. By 2006, I finished my Electrical Engineering Degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON and headed straight for Alberta. I enjoy the hiking, skiing, golfing, and generally active lifestyle of Alberta, and also the vibrant music scene a thriving city like Calgary has to offer.

Tyler Dyck - SAMAC Engineering
Tyler Dyck
  • Collision Reconstruction Lead
  • Transportation & Injury
Tyler Dyck – PEng
  • Collision Reconstruction Lead
  • Transportation & Injury
403.984.9970
tyler.dyck@samaceng.com
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Tyler Dyck - SAMAC Engineering

Tyler Dyck joined SAMAC in 2009 and now leads our collision/accident reconstruction team (speeds, vehicle motions, event data recorder analysis, occupant dynamics, seatbelts, etc.). After 5 years in the WHL (Western Hockey League), Tyler took engineering at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, graduating 1st in his engineering class (GPA 4.2/4.3).

Background - I was born in Calgary before moving to Saskatchewan for 7 years, as my father was in the oil patch. The intention was always to move back to Calgary, which we did when I was 13. I have been skating since (maybe before) I could walk, and grew up at the rinks. At the age of 16, I began playing in the Western Hockey League with the Kootenay Ice, where I won a WHL championship in 2000 and played in the Memorial Cup in Halifax. Other stops included the Tri-City Americans and Brandon Wheatkings. After 5 years in the WHL and attending 3 National Hockey League training camps (Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames), I attended/played for St. Francis Xavier University for 3 years (National Championships berth in 2007) and Dalhousie University for 2 years. I got married in 2008 and after graduation in 2009, have been working at SAMAC. I have been certified in the past as a strength coach and continue to enjoy weight training, as well as golf, hockey, and all other sports I’ve tried.

Ian Read - SAMAC Engineering
Ian Read
  • Electrical
  • Property
Ian Read – PEng, CFEI
  • Electrical
  • Property
587.349.5044
ian.read@samaceng.com
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Ian Read - SAMAC Engineering

Ian has 19+ years of electrical and systems integration engineering experience.  He graduated from Biomedical Engineering Technology (DipT) at BCIT in 1989, then worked with medical equipment for a couple years.  In 1991 he started Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria and graduated four years later with a BEng.  Since graduating, his main work has been with product development, systems integration and reliability analysis.  His work experiences include investigating failures within systems implementing electrical and electronic devices.  He has also performed various product verification testing and written design guidelines to increase product reliability using Design For Reliability (DFR) techniques.

Background - I was born and raised in British Columbia as a fourth generation Kamloopsian. I lived in Kamloops until completing a 1st year engineering transfer program at the local college. During my grade school years I was fortunate to grow up in a small town and enjoyed the outdoors, camping, riding bicycles and dirt bikes. I basically grew up on two wheels and enjoyed racing bmx, road and cross country mountain bikes. For several years in winter, I slalom ski raced for the Tod Mountain (now Sun Peaks) ski team. During the last three years of high school I was a member of the wrestling team and participated in the Okanagan zone championships and BC Provincial wrestling finals. After university I lived in the lower mainland of BC raising a family and to keep fit I competed in several sprint triathlons and 10k runs. We moved to Calgary in 2006 and have made it our home.

Tyler Haladuick - SAMAC Engineering
Tyler Haladuick
  • Biomechanical
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Transportation & Injury
Tyler Haladuick – MASc, PEng
  • Biomechanical
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Transportation & Injury
403.984.9973
tyler.haladuick@samaceng.com
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Tyler Haladuick - SAMAC Engineering

Tyler Haladuick graduated with his BASc in Mechanical Engineering and MASc in Impact Biomechanics – Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Tyler focuses on both high and low speed collision investigations as well as injury biomechanics (speeds, vehicle motions, event data recorder analysis, occupant dynamics, seatbelts, injury causation, injury mechanism evaluation, force exposure and risk comparison, occupant kinematics, low speed impact injury assessments, and seatbelt effectiveness, etc.).

Background - I was born in Vancouver and spent my youth in Coquitlam playing hockey and snowboarding before moving to Calgary at age nine. Once in Calgary I played football all through grade school before graduating to rugby in grade 12. I continued playing varsity rugby through my time at the University of Waterloo, being named Ontario University Athletics rookie of the year, all star, and a University of Waterloo men’s varsity rugby captain. I completed my honours co-op mechanical engineering program in 2011 and decided to continue my education finishing my impact biomechanics masters in early 2014. My wife Kelsey and I recently moved back to Calgary after a short stint in New York City, and were married at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain in December 2013. I am the current president of the Calgary Canucks Rugby club, and still enjoy snowboarding whenever I can get out to the Rockies.

David Coates - SAMAC Engineering
David J. Coates
  • Materials
  • Property
David J. Coates – PhD
  • Materials
  • Property
587-349-7430
david.coates@samaceng.com
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David Coates - SAMAC Engineering

David is a senior metallurgist, having received his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1980. As a result of his research efforts in oxidation and corrosion, he was awarded the 1978 Galloway Medal by the Institution of Corrosion Science and Technology. Early in his career he gained experience in the steel making and processing industries at various British Steel Corporation facilities in England. After moving to Los Angeles, USA and completing a post-doc, he became an engineering consultant with various Southern California firms before joining GE’s Nuclear Energy Division as a principal engineer in 1987. Since 1988 he has been an independent forensic and legal consultant on metallurgical issues.

Background – I was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, but spent only the first six months of my life there. My father was in the Royal Air Force and I spent my childhood and teen years living in various locations in England, Holland, Germany, Cyprus and Singapore. After completing my education in England, I moved to California and been living there ever since. As a consultant, my work has taken me all over the United States and Canada with some more distant assignments along the way.

Although I have enjoyed living and working in California, I recently reconnected with a former high school girlfriend (after losing contact for over thirty years!) who had moved to Calgary many years ago. My former girlfriend is now my wife and we divide our time between Calgary and California. I look forward spending the upcoming years exploring more of Alberta, British Columbia and the rest of Canada.

T. M. (Ted) Semeniuk - SAMAC Engineering
T. M. (Ted) Semeniuk
  • Vehicle, Mechanical, Workplace Safety
  • Transportation & Injury
T. M. (Ted) Semeniuk – (Mechanical and Safety Specialist)
  • Vehicle, Mechanical, Workplace Safety
  • Transportation & Injury
403.243.2238
ted.semeniuk@samaceng.com
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T. M. (Ted) Semeniuk - SAMAC Engineering

Ted is a highly qualified vehicle defects investigator, OH&S specialist, and a heavy duty mechanic certified Canada wide. A native Calgarian, he has over 35 years of related experience, including 11 years as Transport Canada’s defect investigator in Western Canada, 13 years with the Calgary Police Service Traffic Unit as their mechanical investigator, and 5 years as the OH&S coordinator for geophysical firms. Having been court qualified over 200 times, Ted offers our clients expertise in defect investigations, analysis of safety issues, event data recorders, and vehicle collision reconstruction.

Background - I was born in Calgary and became an apprentice mechanic after high school. I finished the apprenticeship and received my mechanic’s license in 1974 and my Heavy Duty Mechanic license in 1979. While living in Edmonton from 1971 – 1973 (I went there for a weekend to visit some friends and stayed for two years), I started working for a Geophysical company and made my first of many trips to the high Arctic. I worked throughout the Arctic islands, spending two years working with a crew on Ellesmere Island and travelling to north of the 80th parallel. I also worked throughout BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the NWT, as well as a summer stint in Wyoming and Colorado. I would occasionally work in Calgary during this time so I could enjoy my drag race car that I had built. In 1982, I decided to stay closer to home with the family and worked with the Calgary Police Service as a mechanical specialist and at the University of Calgary Injury Research Unit. [After spending a year in Libya as a health and safety advisor, I decided it was time to get a real job in 2009 (with SAMAC).] I enjoy teaching scuba diving, restoring older cars and working on my cabin on Shuswap Lake in BC.

Masoud Mashkourni - SAMAC Engineering
Masoud Mashkournia
  • Mechanical
  • Property
Masoud Mashkournia – MSc, PEng
  • Mechanical
  • Property
403.695.1348
masoud.mashkournia@samaceng.com
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Masoud Mashkourni - SAMAC Engineering

Masoud Mashkournia studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in the Co-op program and completed his MSc there as well. Masoud focuses primarily on commercial failures, particularly mechanical issues. He also backs up our accident reconstruction engineers as required.

Background - I was born in Tehran, Iran but grew up in Edmonton from the age of four. I also lived in Grande Prairie during high school and first year college. During my University days, I was a member and president of Aero SAE Design group; a group that designed and built a heavy lift remote control airplane as part of a Society of Automotive Engineers program. Last year over 130 university and college teams competed from across North America. I currently spend almost all my spare time as a volunteer with the Junior Youth Empowerment program; a Baha’I inspired worldwide program that seeks to develop the spiritual, moral, and intellectual excellence of junior youth while at the same empowering them to better the communities they live in through service projects. With any extra time, I’m an avid fan of squash, weight lifting, rock climbing and snowboarding.

Jonathan McCarthy - SAMAC Engineering
Jonathan McCarthy
  • Mechanical
  • Property
Jonathan McCarthy – PEng
  • Mechanical
  • Property
587-349-7431
jonathan.mccarthy@samaceng.com
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Jonathan McCarthy - SAMAC Engineering

Jonathan is a mechanical engineer with 8+ years of extensive engineering experience. Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 2007, he has worked in a variety of heavy industries including the oilsands, nuclear, and conventional oil & gas. He has specialized in mechanical maintenance and reliability, with an emphasis on root cause failure analysis and maintenance strategies. He has experience working with mining machinery, rotating equipment and pressure piping & vessels. He has previously held accreditation to API 510, 570 and CWA 178.2 inspection certifications. Currently he is broadening his technical abilities by pursuing his Masters of Engineering at the University of Calgary in Civil Engineering.

Background – I am originally from Victoria B.C., the land of gentle winters, Birkenstocks, and most likely your grandparents. After graduating from university I found my way to the oilsands in the frozen north of Alberta where I developed into a “true*” Canadian. A few more stops here and there across the country and I am now a happy resident of Calgary. With a growing young family my current hobbies consist of keeping my head above water and anything to do with Disney. That being said, having been raised in a construction family, I usually have some kind of home reno or construction project on the go. Being recent residents of Calgary, my family and I attempt to take advantage of all the city offers, including the fantastic bike trials and the zoo.
*true in this context means owning a parka!

Chris deRosenroll - SAMAC Engineering
Chris deRosenroll
  • Origin & Cause
  • Property
Chris deRosenroll – CFI (Fire Cause and Origin Consultant)
  • Origin & Cause
  • Property
403.243.2238
chris.derosenroll@samaceng.com
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Chris deRosenroll - SAMAC Engineering

Chris has over 40 years experience as a fire department professional and fire investigator. This includes 17 years as a Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, the investigation of hundreds of fires, and testifying over 25 times as a technical authority. He also reviews fire department management issues, building safety standards, and fire safety programs.

Chris works closely with our metallurgical and industrial engineering experts to approach problems with the wide range of training and experience needed to provide our clients with the right answers. He has investigated hundreds of fires and explosions including structural, industrial, aircraft, marine vessel, motor vehicle, heavy equipment, electronic installations, and natural cover.

Kevin Biggar - SAMAC Engineering
Kevin Biggar
  • Geotechnical
  • Property
Kevin Biggar – PhD, PEng (Geotechnical)
  • Geotechnical
  • Property
403.243.2238
admin@samaceng.com
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Kevin Biggar - SAMAC Engineering

Kevin has over 36 years of experience in civil, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He graduated in 1979 in Civil Engineering from Royal Military College, and served in the Canadian Military Engineers through 1995. He obtained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1991, and served as a professor at RMC from 1991 – 1995, and at the U of A from 1996-2007. He worked as a principal consultant with BGC Engineering from 2007-2015. He has gained experience in infrastructure management, permafrost and cold regions engineering, geotechnical design and analysis, geoenvironmental engineering including contaminated sites, mine wastes, and applications of horizontal directional drilling, and risk assessment and management. He has published more than 40 journal papers, 100 conference papers, 8 book and conference proceeding contributions, as well as, supervised over 42 Doctorate and Masters students’ research. He has taught numerous graduate and industrial courses related to permafrost, geo-environmental, and geotechnical engineering, and mine waste management.

Background - I was born in Calgary, but left after high school on a 20-year adventure with the Canadian Military. During that time, I’ve worked from coast to coast to coast, and moved many times. In 1996, we settled our family in St Albert, AB, though my parents and siblings still reside in Calgary. My first trip to the Arctic was in 1981, living in a tent on the pack ice in the winter, and I return there on project work as often as possible. I’ve worked on many mine sites and construction sites, and investigated many contaminated sites (in the Arctic and more temperature locations). My passions are fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking and travelling the world, with friends and family.

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Dave Bakker
  • Rotating Equipment Specialist, AME
  • Property
  • Oil & Gas
Dave Bakker – C-Tech, AME (Property)
  • Rotating Equipment Specialist, AME
  • Property
  • Oil & Gas
403-243-2238
admin@samaceng.com
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Dave graduated with an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology Diploma in 1980 and obtained his Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence in 1982. The wide range of skills and competencies required to maintain, overhaul and rebuild aircraft for 24 years enabled him to transfer into Oil and Gas as a rotating equipment specialist for a further 13+ years.

With efficiency and stewardship in mind, his focus is on the optimization and safe operation of rotating equipment. By using reliability centered maintenance principals, consistent low cost and high reliability goals were achieved. His experience includes field compression, gas gathering systems, and production facilities with a specialty in land based gas turbines. His technical support expertise includes; predictive and preventative maintenance, failure analysis, data analysis, compression modelling, engine performance, troubleshooting and problem solving, equipment redesign and upgrades, equipment protection and the development of maintenance procedures, and standards.

Background - I was born and raised in Calgary by hard working Dutch immigrant parents. I’ve always loved things mechanical and did well in high school automotive class, but since junior high, I was and still remain intrigued by aviation. My career as an aircraft maintenance engineer has taken me to both geographic poles and many places in between. Of all the aircraft I’ve taken care of, my favorite is still the DeHavilland Twin Otter. There is a sharp contrast between aviation and oil & gas, it’s been an interesting experience blending cultures. My wife and I are proud parents of a growing family with a grandchild in tow. I value my church community and am involved in the local neighborhood. I’ve also enjoyed building small homes in El Salvador to improve the health and safety of many families. To stay in shape I play competitive sports with a preference to squash and tennis. I also enjoy golfing, hiking, scuba diving and skiing.

Ron Harder
  • Structural & Civil
  • Property
Ron Harder – PEng (Structural)
  • Structural & Civil
  • Property
403.243.2238
reharder@shaw.ca
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Ron graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Calgary in 1975. His experience includes the design, construction and project management of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. Ron has assisted with hundreds of failure analyses for SAMAC.

Chris Pierce
  • Oil & Gas, Facilities
  • Property
Chris Pierce – PEng (Oil & Gas)
  • Oil & Gas, Facilities
  • Property
403.243.2238
admin@samaceng.com
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Chris graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the University of Alberta in 1981 after working in the oilpatch for several years. With 35+ years experience, he has the extensive hands-on field and engineering experience to support clients with pipeline and surface facility design, integrity management, construction and operations issues across Western Canada. Chris has been consulting with SAMAC for over 10 years.

John Gray
  • Oil & Gas, Downhole Production
  • Property
John Gray – PEng (Oil & Gas)
  • Oil & Gas, Downhole Production
  • Property
403.243.2238
admin@samaceng.com
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John is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with over 40 yrs experience in oil and gas. A drilling and production engineer, he has worked across Western Canada, in the NWT & Alaska, and overseas. His expertise includes designing, planning, and supervising all types of drilling, completion, workover, well test, and surface production operations, from field level up to Drilling and Completions Manager.

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Kursad Ulusoy
  • Process Engineering
  • Property
  • Oil & Gas
Kursad Ulusoy – MSc, PEng
  • Process Engineering
  • Property
  • Oil & Gas
403-243-2238
kursad.ulusoy@samaceng.com
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Kursad has over 25 years of process engineering experience in the design and operation of a wide range of petroleum refinery operations, particularly hydrotreating, hydrocracking, hydrogen production/purification and delayed coking.   Prior to joining SAMAC, he spent 14 years as a process/project engineer with TUPRAS, a major Turkish petroleum refiner.  Since 2000, he has been a senior/principal process engineer and process manager for several major EPC companies in Calgary.  He also headed up a large group of process engineers working on a joint venture to design and build several SAGD central processing facilities.

Kursad has significant expertise in the complete design of oilsands in-situ SAGD central processing facilities from oil treatment to produced water deoiling, produced/brackish water treatment, steam and power (COGEN) generation, and utilities & offsites including oil storage & handling.

Background – I was born and raised in Turkey until I received a full overseas scholarship for a bachelor’s & master’s degree in “Refinery Engineering”.  After completing my studies in the United States, I returned to Turkey and worked for 14 years as a refinery engineer.  After moving to Canada, all members of my family became Canadian citizens in 2004.  We love Calgary and enjoy visiting the nearby National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia.  I love reading books, taking long walks, tending to my lawn and garden where I grow peppers, tomatoes and other veggies in the summer.

Kathleen Hopkins
  • Manager of Operations
Kathleen Hopkins – Manager of Operations
  • Manager of Operations
587-393-6896
kathleen.hopkins@samaceng.com

Kathleen joined SAMAC in June 2013. A career change put her in a world very foreign to her. Kathleen started as office manager and recently moved in to the position of Manager of Operations. She has embraced her new role, even when it’s something she has never seen or experienced (which happens fairly frequently in the forensic engineering world). Kathleen’s favourite pastime is photographing cows, living in a rural community provides her many opportunities to enjoy her passion.

Shannon Canty
  • Project Coordinator
Shannon Canty – (Administration)
  • Project Coordinator
403.984.9972
shannon.canty@samaceng.com

Shannon Canty joined the SAMAC team in the fall of 2015. Shannon brings with her a plethora of knowledge and has completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Deviance. She has quickly settled in and has become an asset to our administrative team.  Currently Shannon is looking into doing a masters degree in either sociology or social work. Shannon hopes to eventually work with a community-based early intervention initiative or as a youth program developer.

Rowena Carlson
  • Project Coordinator
Rowena Carlson – (Administration)
  • Project Coordinator
403-243-2238
rowena.carlson@samaceng.com

Rowena joined the SAMAC team in February 2017. As a former corporate paralegal and project coordinator, she welcomed the opportunity to learn more about working in the field of forensic engineering. Rowena possesses Broadcast Communications and Professional Legal Assistant diplomas. When not at work, she is an avid volunteer with various charitable organizations. It’s also easy to find Rowena on stage somewhere delivering motivational speeches, performing in community theatre or singing at karaoke.