Jason Young, B.E.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President
The President and founding partner of Advantage Forensics® Inc., Jason Young, P.Eng., is a recognized top forensic expert in Canada, featured in the media and on expert panels for his vast knowledge in Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors, and Biomechanics. Jason is known among insurers and lawyers for his attention to detail, sharp analytic skills, highly effective reports, honest approach, and extensive trial experience. Jason has investigated over 2600 claims for insurers, lawyers, municipalities and the Provincial government over the past 21 years, including landmark successes for clients at trial in many high profile criminal and tort cases. Jason heads up our Collision Reconstruction team and Human Factors team, and has been at the leading edge of Human Factors forensic research in nighttime visibility, water park friction testing and staircase gait. Jason has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jason lectures regularly to the insurance and legal industries across North America and has personally trained over 40 experts in collision reconstruction and personal injury investigation. When not solving forensic cases, Jason enjoys hiking, canoeing, golf, and skiing with his family.
Kyle Serkies, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Senior Vice President
Kyle Serkies is Senior Vice President of the firm, specializing in Materials Failure, Collision Reconstruction, and Fire Investigation. Kyle joined Advantage Forensics in 2015 after completing his Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Material Engineering from the University of Toronto. Kyle has specialized expertise in fracture analysis, motorcycle collisions, and product testing. Kyle is a registered Professional Engineer and is a member of the American Society for Testing & Materials, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, the American Society for Metals, and the Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists. Kyle was the recipient of the NSERC USRA award in 2011 and the U of T Nanotechnology Summer Fellowship Award in 2011. Kyle is an experienced motorcycle instructor and has published scientific peer-reviewed papers on material failure. When he is not analyzing fracture surfaces, Kyle enjoys football, performance bikes, and exploring the end of the road in northern Canada and abroad.
Gary Howard, B.Sc., P.Eng., C.Eng., Consultant
Gary Howard is a renowned and accomplished expert in Materials Engineering and Failure Analysis, and a Senior member of our Material Failure team. Gary holds a Consulting Engineering designation from the Professional Engineers of Ontario and has been practicing in materials failure and code compliance for the past three decades. Gary has a Bachelors of Science in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University and twenty years of experience in material failure investigation, having participated in over 3000 forensic investigations. Gary also brings to our team 12 years of occupational health and safety experience as a Safety Engineer with the Workers Compensation Board of BC. Gary has developed particular specialization in a number of unique areas of failure analysis and code compliance, including: water valve fitting & hose failures; fuel oil & tank failures; machine guarding, crane rig & hoist failures; sawmill safety; vehicle components; refrigeration systems; propane & natural gas codes; and weld failures. Gary is an active member on various technical committees of the CSA, NFPA, and ISO. When he is not examining failed components under the microscope, Gary enjoys golf, travel, woodwork, and auto racing.
Michael Sinnott, B.S., M.S., P.Eng., Consultant
Michael Sinnott is the Owner of BioLogic Forensics LLC and is a senior consultant on our Biomechanics team and Collision Reconstruction team. Michael is an accomplished and well-respected forensic engineering and biomechanics expert, having been retained by almost all Ontario insurers and having investigated over 1200 collisions and personal injury claims since 2005. Michael has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Biomechanics from Michigan State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. Michael has vast knowledge and experience in both collision reconstruction and slips, trips and falls. Michael has been qualified in Superior Court as an expert in both Injury Biomechanics and Collision Reconstruction, and has published numerous scientific peer-reviewed research papers. Michael is a member of SAE, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society of Biomechanics, and has lectured throughout Ontario as an expert in Injury Biomechanics and Collision Reconstruction. When Michael is not calculating changes in momentum and impulse energy, he enjoys the relaxing beaches and waves of his Hawaii island paradise.
Andrey Rudenko, B.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng., Consultant
Andrey Rudenko is the Owner of AVR Forensics and is the lead consultant on our Fire Investigation team. Andrey is a highly-respected and talented Canadian fire and explosion investigator with over 20 years experience in expert forensic investigation of fire scenes and electrical failure. Andrey has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is both a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator. Andrey has a vast wealth of expertise in Mechanical and Electrical Industrial Equipment failure, including boilers, HVAC, piping, lighting, wiring, power systems, appliances, and commercial products. Andrey is a member of both the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators. Andrey has been retained as a fire & electrical failure expert by almost of the major insurers across Canada and is well-known for his attention to detail and wealth of knowledge that he applies to each case. When he is not documenting fire scenes, Andrey enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and travel.
Paul Eisen, Ph.D., P.Eng., Consultant
Paul Eisen is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, the President of Eisen UX in Toronto, and a senior consultant on our Human Factors team. Dr. Eisen specializes in User Experience of Product and Systems Design, including warnings and instructions, visual perception, sensation, attention and expectation, cognitive workload, workplace ergonomics, cognitive psychology, and human-computer interaction. Dr. Eisen completed his Doctorate in Human Factors and has over 30 years of experience designing and evaluating products and systems of all types for consumers and employees across many industries, including consumer products, financial, commercial, and industrial. When he is not mentoring the next generation of human factors specialists, Paul enjoys travel, music, and playing virtually any sport.
Eduardo Campos, B.Eng., M.B.A.
Eduardo Campos is an Associate on our Collision Reconstruction and Product Failure teams, specializing in multi-vehicle collisions, truck collisions, motorcycle collisions, and computer simulation. Eduardo returned to Advantage Forensics in 2023 after interning with the firm in 2014 and then pursuing his M.B.A. degree and gaining four years of experience in the automotive trucking industry at Volvo. Eduardo has a Mechanical Engineering degree with international experience in vehicle component failure investigations, product development, and product design. During his spare time, Eduardo enjoys expanding his frontiers in rocket science, astronomy, biochemistry and biology.
Harshvir Singh, B.Eng., M.Eng., E.I.T.
Harshvir Singh joined the Advantage Forensics team in 2020 as a Junior investigator on the Fire Investigation, Product Failure, and Collision Reconstruction teams, after completing his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University. Harshvir has expertise in power systems, electrical design, electronics, electrical fire protection, and electrical standards and codes (NFPA, IEEE, IEC, ANSI). Harshvir has designed and built smart device interfaces, power converters, electrical vehicle battery chargers, and solar power supply circuits. Harshvir also gained practical experience in power transmission while working at a power utility 220kV substation. Harshvir is currently pursuing his Certified Fire Examiner designation. When Harshvir is not determining the cause of electronics fires and wiring failures, he enjoys soccer, competitive cricket, and playing drums.
Aryeh Weinberger, B.Eng., M.Eng., E.I.T.
Aryeh Weinberger returned to Advantage Forensics in 2021 as an investigator on the Collision Reconstruction, Slip, Trips & Falls, and Product Failure teams after interning with our firm in 2019. Aryeh completed his Master’s degree in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto with a specialization in forensics and human factors. Aryeh has used this breadth of knowledge to develop expertise in collision avoidance analysis, perception reaction time, Building Code assessment, warnings, and product safety. When he is not assessing driver response times, Aryeh enjoys playing piano, working out and a wide variety of design projects.
Ben Joseph, M.D., PG.Dip., M.Sc., B.Pharm.,Consultant
Dr. Ben Joseph is a Senior Consultant on our Forensic Toxicology & Chemistry team. Dr. Joseph specializes in toxicology assessment, drug & alcohol impairment, chemical analysis & identification, forensic pharmacology and workplace impairment accidents. Dr. Joseph is currently a resident physician in psychiatry with a post-graduate diploma in Forensic Science, Bachelors in Pharmacy and Masters degree in Pharmacology. Dr. Joseph has over 20 years of experience in Forensic Toxicology, including a decade of criminal investigations at the Centre of Forensic Sciences, with extensive trial experience. When he is not travelling North America lecturing on new research in toxicology, Ben enjoys the great outdoors.
Randy Mawson, Consultant
Randy Mawson is President of Forensic Climatology Consulting Inc. and is a senior consultant on our Collision Reconstruction team and Biomechanics team, specializing in weather and meteorology forensics. Randy has extensive court experience as a forensic weather expert since 1975. Randy has held many positions with Environment Canada and is a member of Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Weatheradio Committee. He has received many awards with his establishment of CANWARN , a successful severe weather spotting program. In 2012, he was given special recognition and an award for the establishment and leadership of the largest volunteer spotter network in Canada. Randy has lectured on numerous occasions, including Air Cadet training and Advanced Aviation Meteorology. When he is not staring at the sky, Randy enjoys woodworking, fishing, golf and billiards.
Greg Jamieson, Ph.D.,P.Eng., Consultant
Greg Jamieson is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and is a Senior consultant on our Human Factors team. Dr. Jamieson specializes in cognitive human factors, including display interface design and assessment, control systems, large loss industrial systems failures, workplace injuries, and decision-making / safety response assessments. He is an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and has authored dozens of papers on human factors. Dr. Jamieson completed his Doctorate in Human Factors in 2003 and is an active researcher in the field of situational awareness in a variety of settings, including nuclear power plant facilities, hydro-electric facilities, petroleum facilities, commercial transport hauling/dispatch, and combat systems, among others. When Greg is not teaching, supervising graduate students, or consulting, he enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Alex Nickerson, B.Tech., NCSO, CHSR, Consultant
Alex Nickerson is a Senior consultant on our Workplace Safety team and is the owner of Nickerson Safety Inc. Alex holds an Honours Bachelor of Technology in Construction Engineering Project Management and has 17 years of experience and training in construction project management and workplace safety. Alex has worked with consultants, engineers, designers, and builders to mitigate risk to workers and diminish company liability in construction, industrial, commercial and institutional settings. Alex holds an abundance of relevant and exclusive accreditations, certifications and licenses in both Health and Safety and industrial operations, including CPO Working at Heights and TSSA Propane for Roofing and Construction Heat. Having participated in numerous governmental and corporate health & safety committees, Alex is a sought-out after trainer and consultant on industrial Health & Safety practices. When he is not reviewing crane failure cases, Alex enjoys his volunteer committee and Board work in agriculture safety, children’s camp safety, and construction safety.
Rebecca Young, B.A.Sc., Consultant
Rebecca Young is a Senior consultant at Advantage Forensics specializing in computer forensics, data retrieval, I.T. systems, and custom software development. Rebecca also manages our Advantage4Safety program, including our slip testing audit program and our facility hazard assessment program. Rebecca has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has over 20 years experience in custom software programming, computer hardware development, microchip testing, I.T./web system development, and management consulting. When Rebecca is not busy writing scripts and macros, she enjoys basketball, reading, and travelling.
Douglas R. Lamb, Certified Vehicle Mechanic, Consultant
Douglas Lamb is the Owner of Exceltec Auto Services in Markham, Ontario and is a Senior consultant on our Collision Reconstruction team. Douglas has conducted thousands of collision vehicle mechanical inspections and investigations. Douglas has been a certified Class A vehicle mechanic since 1974 and has worked with thousands of differenct makes and models of cars, SUVs, vans, motorcycles, and rare custom and refurbished collector vehicles. Douglas is a renowned and accomplished forensic expert witness in the vehicle mechanic consulting industry, specializing in vehicle component failure investigation and collision fraud investigation. Douglas has consulted for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council tribunals since 1998. When Douglas is not busy repairing vehicles or consulting, he enjoys hockey, football, stock car racing, and collecting hobby vehicles.