Canada’s Largest Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Firm

Origin and Cause is Canada’s largest forensic engineering and fire investigation firm. We have been trusted leaders for over 25 years, helping our clients discover the truth by determining the facts through expert investigation. Insurance companies, corporate risk managers, independent adjusters, manufacturers and law firms across Edmonton rely on our integrity and commitment to the facts.

Our Forensic Experts

We are recognized by the industry for our expertise and trusted by the courts as expert witnesses. Forensic experts with an average of 25 years of investigative experience lead investigations. Cumulatively, our team has investigated over 30,000 cases.

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Meet Mark Mason

Mark Mason is our fuels specialist in Edmonton, bringing over 22 years of experience in the hydrocarbon fuels industry. He has worked with the Ontario downstream hydrocarbon regulator for 14 years and with the Alberta Energy Regulator for 2 years. Mark has led more than 100 explosion and fire investigations involving natural gas, propane, fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, hydrogen, digester and landfill gas. He has extensive knowledge of all Canadian codes and regulations. Mark has CFEI, G1, LP, PM2 certifications.

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Meet Allen Bauer

Allen Bauer is a fire and explosion investigator with over 13 years of experience, having performed over 150 investigations at that time. He is a Captain Qualified Fire Investigator with the City of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Investigation branch and a member of NAFI, FIAA and IAFF.

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Meet Martin Coles

Martin Coles is our forensic engineer in Edmonton with over 15 years of experience. He is a licensed professional engineer specializing in electrical engineering and fire investigation. He has performed more than 130 fire investigations, electrical failure analyses, site reviews and code consultations. Martin is qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and has the CFEI certification.

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Expert Engineering Analysis

Our experts determine the facts of a case with evidence-based, accurate opinions. Clients rely on our investigators to respond promptly to incidents, for quick site attendance and frequent updates on their matter. Our meticulous field and lab work coupled with industry-leading reporting and expert testimony make all the difference to insurance claims and legal outcomes.

Determining the Facts

Through our investigations we guarantee unbiased opinions based on factual evidence collected through scientific methodology, examination and laboratory testing. Integrity and commitment to the facts are the foundations of our reputation.

Leadership Team

Mazen Habash

President & Consulting Forensic Engineer

Shauna Hall

Branch Manager

George Costandi

Director – National Sales and Marketing

Vladimir Chlistovsky

Forensic Engineer and GTA Operations Manager

Art Beleda

Vice President Eastern Canada and Fire & Explosion Investigator

Peter Hamilton

Fire & Explosion Investigator and Atlantic Canada Manager

Steve Klimpel

Fire & Explosion Investigator and Operations Manager – Northern and Eastern Ontario/Atlantic Canada

Matthew Obach

Forensic Engineer and Branch Manager

Ryan Dobson

Fire & Explosion Investigator and Branch Manager

Said Ismail

Operations Manager – Ancaster, Electrical Forensic Engineer and Fire Investigator

Adam Lohonyai

Structural Forensics Practice Lead