Canada’s Largest Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Firm

As Canada’s largest forensic engineering and fire investigation firm, Origin and Cause has been helping clients for over 30 years. We are trusted leaders, working in collaboration with independent adjusters, law firms, corporate risk managers, and insurance companies operating in Halifax and Atlantic Canada. We provide cross-disciplinary expertise to clients and help them uncover the truth by stating facts derived from lab testing, scientific methodology, and examination.

Forensic Experts

Our team provides investigative and engineering services in Halifax and across Canada. Our forensic engineers and fire investigators have completed over 30,000 cases, with an average of over 25 years of investigative experience. We can also be called upon in court to serve as expert witnesses. We help discover the truth by determining the facts.

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Peter Hamilton

Fire & Explosion Investigator and Atlantic Canada Manager

Designation: CFEI

Peter is a Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator (CFEI). He has been involved in over 645 forensic fire scene investigations which have included large losses, fire fatalities, residential and commercial losses. Peter has over 20 years of experience as a Police Officer and over 8 years of experience as a Fire Investigator with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators, Criminal Intelligence Services of Ontario, the National Association of Fire Investigators, and the International Association of Arson Investigators.

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Evidence-Based Determination of Facts

With over 16 offices across Canada, Origin and Cause has built its reputation by presenting evidence-based facts. We work with industry-leading experts in all major engineering disciplines. Our conclusions are formed only after conducting extensive fieldwork and meticulous lab testing. We guarantee an unbiased presentation of the evidence and facts.

Our Services

Origin and Cause is well versed in providing impeccable service across all major engineering and forensic investigation disciplines. We take pride in being leaders in forensic litigation. Our team has provided expertise in over 1,500 legal cases in Canada and across the globe.

Expert Engineering Analysis

Our investigators guarantee rapid site attendance and provide frequent client updates. Only after collecting all of the evidence and considering the facts do we produce our results based on thorough examination and extensive testing. Our experts are quick to provide well-documented and comprehensive reports of their findings, which, together with expert testimony, can be depended upon in legal proceedings and insurance claims.

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