Canada’s Largest Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Firm

Origin and Cause is a forensic engineering and fire investigation firm based in Canada. For over 30 years, we’ve been trusted leaders, assisting our clients to discover the truth by determining the facts. We are trusted by insurance companies, corporate risk managers, independent adjusters, manufacturers, and legal firms throughout Orillia as we’re recognized for our integrity and commitment to the facts.

Meet Our Forensic Experts

We are a leading cross-disciplinary firm across Canada in the field of forensic engineering and fire investigation. We conduct thorough laboratory testing, examinations, and follow scientific methods to arrive at factual conclusions. Investigations are led by forensic professionals with an average of 25 years of investigative expertise. Our team has investigated over 30,000 cases.

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Gary Jarrett

Fire & Explosion Investigator

Designations: CFEI, CFII, NFPA 1033, WETT

Gary is a Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator with over 25 years of experience investigating fire and explosion scenes with the Urban Fire Department. He has been involved in over 2,000 structural fire cases, 500 vehicle fires, and 36 fatal fire investigations. He is a certified Fire Prevention Officer and Municipal Manager. He has also conducted 800+ reconstructed test burns as part of the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Course.

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Evidence-Based Determination of Facts

Our certified specialists investigate the facts of a case and offer evidence-based findings. When it comes to insurance and legal claims, our meticulous field and lab work makes all the difference. We respond quickly to assignments, providing prompt site attendance and frequent client updates.

Our Services

All major forensic investigation and engineering fields are covered by our services at Origin and Cause. With over 1,500 legal cases in Canada, the United States, and the rest of the world, we are leaders in forensic litigation.

A Dedication To Facts

We guarantee unbiased opinions based on scientific methods, examination, and laboratory testing. Our specialists are trusted to establish the facts of a case and offer accurate, evidence-based opinions. Origin and Cause is known for its quick site attendance, and in providing frequent updates to clients at all times.

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