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Nov 2, '15 12:41

Congratulations to the Advantage Forensics team and to the Global TV newscrew for a great feature story on Global TV News Toronto on Oct 30. 

 

Oct 30, '15 14:45

Make sure to catch the Global TV News Toronto Evening News tonight at 5:30 pm as our firm will be highlighted in a feature story about the increasing number of pedestrian collisions this week, and what parents and children can do to stay safe.   

 

Oct 28, '15 19:30

Tune in to the CBC Metro Morning show tomorrow morning, Oct 29, at 6:00 am on the radio or on live TV broadcast as our President, Jason Young will be the guest expert commentator on a feature spot discussing the large number of pedestrian collisions that occurred this morning in the GTA. 

 

Sept 13, '15 10:00

Wishing our clients a Happy New Year and happy holiday season. 

 

Sept 1, '15 15:10

Advantage Forensics is proud to welcome Mack Smith to our Biomechanics team for a co-op work term from the University of Waterloo.  Mack is a Mechanical Engineering student specializing in Biomechanics with an additional two years of Kinesiology education.  Mack will be interning under the supervision of our Biomechanics team leader, Dr. Erin Potma.   

 

Sept 1, '15 14:30

Advantage Forensics is proud to welcome on board Sayf Gani as an Associate to our collision reconstruction team.  Sayf holds a Bachelors of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University with specialization in vehicle suspension, vehicle performance and vehicle propulsion.  Sayf will be specializing in multi-vehicle collision reconstruction, computer simulation, and collision animation.   

June 30, '15 18:00

We are now hiring junior and senior forensic engineers to join our team of investigators!!!  See the bottom of our 'About Us' page on the website for more details. 

 

May 29, '15 09:30

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Potma, Steven Albert-Green, Kyle Serkies, and Jason Young for participating as course instructors in yesterday's Advocates Society training program in Toronto on "Examining and Cross-examining Experts".  The program was a great success with rave reviews from all the intermediate and junior counsel who attended the program.  Congratulations as well to our President, Jason Young, for developing the case study and materials for the mock trial.  We look forward to next year's event. 

Feb 18, '15 18:17

We are currently booking our Fall 2015 "Lunch and Learn" educational series, which is a complimentary service that we provide to insurers, adjusters, counsel, and risk managers.  Call us for current topic choices and booking dates. 

 

Feb 17, '15 16:15

A major landmark ruling, released recently by the Ontario Court of Appeals, has overturned the trial judge's decision on Moore v Getahun re: meetings and drafts between counsel and their expert witnesses prior to final reports being issued.  This unanimous appeal ruling on the Rules of Civil Procedure states:

"The trial judge erred in holding that it was unacceptable for counsel to review and discuss the draft expert reports...It is widely accepted that consultation between counsel and expert witnesses in the preparation of Rule 53.03 reports, within certain limits, is necessary to ensure the efficient and orderly presentation of expert evidence and the timely, affordable and just resolution of claims...I reject the trial judge’s proclamation that the practice of consultation between counsel and expert witnesses to review draft reports must end."

"Where the party seeking production of draft reports or notes of discussions between counsel and an expert can show reasonable grounds to suspect that counsel communicated with an expert witness in a manner likely to interfere with the expert witness’s duties of independence and objectivity, the court can order disclosure of such discussions...for example, Ebrahim v. Continental...where...an expert witness testified that he did not draft the report or affidavit...and admitted that his firm had an ongoing commercial relationship with the party calling him.  Absent a factual foundation to support a reasonable suspicion that counsel improperly influenced the expert, a party should not be allowed to demand production of draft reports or notes of interactions between counsel and an expert witness.  Evidence of an hour and a half conference call plainly does not meet the threshold of constituting a factual foundation for an allegation of improper influence."

 

The ruling also overturned the trial judge's reliance on written expert reports that were not entered into evidence and were not the subject of cross-examination against the expert witness'  trial testimony.  Counsel should strongly reconsider the current general practice of not entering expert reports into evidence, which may not be the ideal strategy in some cases.  

Jan 30, '15 10:00

Please update your databases! 

Our new address is: 2770 Dufferin St., Suite 207, Toronto, ON, M6B 3R7

We look forward to serving you from our new and improved engineered workspace.

Jan 22, '15 13:45

Please join us in wishing congratulations to Dr. Erin Potma, our expert biomechanist, for obtaining her Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) licence this week.  Dr. Potma has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and is well-known throughout the industry for her in-depth expertise on injury biomechanics investigations.  

Jan 14, '15 12:30

Advantage Forensics announces the launch of our newly revamped website, along with the first issue of The Advantage, our industry news e-bulletin.  Check out the first issue, now available on our website at www.aforensics.ca

Jan 7, '15 17:40

Jason Young participated in this week's ASTM standards subcommittee meetings on Toy Safety standards in Canada, held in Ottawa. 

Jan 2, '15 08:00

On Feb 1, 2015, we are moving to our new office location at 2770 Dufferin St., Suite 207, Toronto ON  M6B 3R7.  Our phone number is unchanged.  

 

Note:  We are now hiring senior forensic engineers!  See our Career Opportunities below on this page for details.

 

History and Vision

 

Advantage Forensics® Inc.was established in 2012 with a mission to raise the bar of expert service and value currently available to the insurance and legal industries in Ontario.  With changes to the Rules of Civil Procedures, clients have a greater need than ever for quick file turnaround times from their experts to meet pre-trial deadlines. 

Since its inception, Advantage Forensics® has provided its insurance and legal clients the best file turnaround times in its class in Canada and the U.S., with uncompromising quality at fair rates.  This philosophy has earned our firm its iron-clad reputation for providing unparalleled value in forensic engineering.  With our hard work and ethical approach, our staff have earned their top-notch customer satisfaction rating among clients.  Our numbers speak for themselves:

  • From 2012 to 2015, our average file turnaround time was 4.7 weeks with 99% of files completed on or under budget
  • From 2016 to 2019, our average file turnaround time was 5.1 weeks with 100% of files completed on or under budget
  • Our total file fees were less than 1% of the file claim exposure on 99% of files completed to date
  • Over 85% of our clients' files "settled well" or resulted in the opposing party dropping their claim after our experts' reports were issued
  • Our clients' success rate is over 75% on those files that continued to trial or arbitration

These remarkable accomplishments speak volumes to the level of service that our clients can count on when turning to our firm for forensic expertise.  Our multi-disciplinary team of experts includes:

  • Collision Reconstruction
    • Computer simulation & data recorder (black box) downloads
    • Pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, Segway, skateboard & commercial vehicle collisions
    • Nighttime lighting assessment & re-enactments
    • Road design & winter maintenance assessment
    • Weather & Meteorology assessments 
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
    • Friction testing & staircase assessment
    • Trip hazard assessment
    • Waterpark & playground accidents
    • Zipline & challenge course assessments
  • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanical injury assessment & fraud investigation
    • Seatbelt & helmet assessment
    • Sports & fitness equipment accidents
  • Human Factors
    • Perception-reaction time & expectation
    • Nighttime visibility
    • Signs & warnings
    • Driver behaviour
    • Distracted and impaired driving 
  • Product & Material Failure
    • Material failure analysis
    • Hazard assessment
    • Product use instructions & warnings
    • Factor of safety assessment
  • Fire Investigation
    • Origin & Cause
    • Property fire & arson investigations
    • Vehicle fires
    • Product fires
    • Forest fires
  • Workplace & Industrial Accidents
    • Code compliance
    • Fall prevention

We primarily serve Ontario clients but also accept retainers from Western Canada, Quebec, the Maritimes, and select cases from the U.S.  We will continue to uphold, without exception, the highest standards of ethical practice that are expected of professional engineers.  We accept files from adjusters, lawyers, risk managers, municipalities, the Police, and the Provincial and Federal Government on a case-by-case basis without bias.  As experts, our ultimate duty is to serve the court in assessing the scientific issues at hand. 

Corporate Philosophy

 

Advantage Forensics® knows that a firm's employees are its greatest assets.  Our workplace is a respectful, equal opportunity environment where all staff are rewarded for the success of the firm.  All of our experts are encouraged to dedicate time each week for professional development, personal growth, or community involvement.  Our workplace is a continuous learning and teaching environment. 

Our firm supports Ontario insurance industry events and injury treatment research.  We are also committed to advancing forensic engineering research and road safety in Canada.  Advantage Forensics is a NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) approved forensic research firm.  Our experts publish leading-edge forensic engineering research, guest lecture for University engineering courses, and review scientific papers for publication.   

Our firm strongly believes that corporations have a responsibility to take a leadership role in protecting the environment.  As such, Advantage Forensics was the first forensic engineering firm in Ontario to publicly offer, as a matter of policy, a paperless option for clients, paperless billing for all clients, and financial incentives to employees to drive hybrid/electric vehicles.

Career Opportunities

 

Advantage Forensics® is currently looking for Senior collision reconstruction experts to join our team.  All applicants must have exceptional written and oral communication skills to be considered.   

Senior collision reconstructionist:

  • Bachelor, Masters, or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering required
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills required
  • 2-10 years experience in Collision Reconstruction required
  • P.Eng. required
  • Court experience preferred

 

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in an exciting career at one of the top forensics firms in Ontario, email your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All applications are treated with strict confidence.  Only qualified candidates under consideration will be contacted.  No headhunters please.  

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