Large loss engineering firm Haag Global expands into Canada led by expert team

Mike Edwards   

People in Process Haag Canada

Sasa Dzekic (left), Peter Ostrowski and Patrick Foisey.

Long time forensic engineering leader, Chris Giffin, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., is heading up the Canadian expansion of multi-disciplinary, large loss engineering firm Haag Global Inc. and the establishment of the Haag Canada headquarters in Toronto, ON.

As CEO of Haag Canada, the company says, Giffin will usher in a wealth of resources and unrivalled experience assembled throughout Haag’s 96-year legacy of handling complex losses in the most insured and litigious markets in the world. The opening of its inaugural Canadian office marks the beginning of a determined effort by Haag to grow the firm internationally and service clients across the globe.

Giffin is joined by industry veterans Sasa Dzekic, M.Eng., P.Eng., Sr. Civil/Structural Engineer, Dr. Peter Ostrowski, M.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., Sr. Structural Engineer, and by Patrick Foisey, Sr. Building Envelop Expert & Appraiser.

Chris Giffin

“Haag has a trusted reputation built on the scientific rigour, precision, and clarity with which it services clients,” says Giffin.

“It’s clear that demand is strong across Canada for unbiased, multi-specialized experts in the growing complex and large loss forensic engineering market. We’re here to answer this call and are confident Haag Canada will prove to be a vital resource for legal and insurance providers across the country.”

Haag Canada is said to accurately determine and clearly communicate cause, quantum and mitigation of loss to help clients make difficult decisions with confidence. Catering to the growing complexity of client needs in Canada the firm provides a national resource of core services, including: forensic engineering, loss remediation and mitigation, physical damage quantification and appraisal, and risk and project management. Within this service offering, Haag Canada provides a broad offering of engineering expertise, including:

  • Chemical
  • Geotechnical & Mining
  • Environmental/Health & Safety
  • Industrial
  • Civil / Structural
  • Construction
  • Natural Catastrophe
  • Cranes & Aerial Lifts
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Infrastructure
  • Mechanical
  • Materials
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Electric Power and Machinery
  • Marine

Giffin has devoted his entire career to the forensic engineering field. After having founded and led one of Canada’s engineering consultancy firms for more than 16 years, it follows that Giffin was selected to lead the Canadian-based operations of Haag, one of the world’s most respected firms, the company says.

Dzekic joins Haag Canada as a highly accomplished engineer. His contributions to over 1,000 forensic engineering cases speaks to a storied career between his early years in Europe, to his eventual relocation to Canada in 1995. His experience is working on issues relating to structural design and forensic engineering assessment.

Ostrowski offers particular expertise in structural engineering, nuclear systems, temporary structures in construction, piping support failures, welding and industrial accidents (notably cranes and lifting equipment).

Foisey joins as a senior inspection and property insurance appraisal professional to provide support to the insurance industry in the wake of wildfires, tornados, ice storms, flooding and more. Regarded as a leading educator in the industry concerning issues around construction, inspections and pre/post-loss property appraisals, he brings 30-plus years of experience.

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