Blackwell has been providing structural engineering services to architects, developers and building owners since 1987. We excel at solving tough problems and achieving architectural vision, producing efficient structures supported by tight contract documents.
We offer full consulting engineering services on a broad spectrum of projects, from the new construction of university facilities, offices, retail buildings, medical centres, recreational and visitor centres, schools, libraries and religious institutions, custom homes for private owners, multi-residential and industrial buildings, as well as additions and alterations to existing structures, including those with designated heritage status.
Christian Bellini has worked for Blackwell since 1995, and during his tenure has designed many significant projects that have won numerous awards in both engineering and architecture. His extensive portfolio revolves around recreation centres, libraries, schools and other institutions designed for public use. Projects he has designed include the Centennial College Library and Administrative Facility, Brampton Soccer Centre, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto Botanical Gardens, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery, Claude Watson School for the Arts, Maria A. Shchuka District Library, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre and Killbear Visitors Centre. He became an associate in 1998, a senior associate in 2004, and a principal of the company in 2008.
Christian is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario, and volunteers on several executive committees of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
David Bowick has received many industry honours since he began his career in 1990. His inventive approach to design has made him sought-after, particularly when a project calls for innovative solutions. He is a three-time recipient of the WoodWorks Building the Future engineer award, and has received awards for his work in wood, concrete and architectural steel. Dozens of projects he has worked on have been granted awards in the field of architecture, such as such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the French River Visitors Centre (both recipients of the Governor General’s Award).
An avid teacher, David is an adjunct professor in the Masters in Architecture program at the University of Toronto. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of architecture and engineering, and contributes to the industry through committees and events. His writing has appeared in several publications, including Concrete Toronto.
David is a licensed professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick. He is a member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on CAN/CSA-O86, Engineering Design in Wood and a member of the Technical Committee responsible for the Engineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction.
Since joining Blackwell in 2000, Ethan has brought his considered approach, attention to detail, and exceptional client communication skills to a wide variety of projects within Blackwell’s portfolio. He has complemented his extensive experience in the design and construction of private residences around the world with expertise in a variety of other building types including libraries, community centres, schools, and public institutions. In his role as Principal, Ethan leads engineering teams in all of Blackwell’s offices: Toronto, Waterloo, Victoria, and Halifax. His convivial leadership style has a marked effect on the positive success of projects, both big and small, and his wealth of experience in practical construction and design facilitates exceptional client coordination.
Ethan was the Principal in Charge of the award-winning Scarborough Civic Centre Library, Malvern District Library, Sir Sandford Fleming College, and Ontario Mission for the Deaf Seniors’ Residence. In addition to these public buildings, Ethan’s portfolio contains a wealth of private residential projects ranging from traditional home renovations to high end modern new construction.
Originally from Vancouver Island, Ethan started his career as a carpenter and construction foreman in British Columbia. He went on to earn his Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering at the British Institute of Technology in 2000, and upon graduation moved to Toronto to join Blackwell as a Structural Designer. Ethan became a Principal in 2008 and is now based in Blackwell’s Victoria office while commuting to and from the Toronto office, providing leadership on projects across Canada.
Ian Mountfort joined Blackwell in 1999, and became an associate in 2005 and a principal in 2008. He studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in structural engineering. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, making him the only arts major on our leadership team. He brings a welcome perspective to all of our projects, and is focused on elegance and efficiency, as well as advances in building technologies. He has been responsible for the design of many notable projects including the St. James Town Community Centre, Weathering Steel House, Integral House, Southbrook Niagara Estate Winery and the St. Catharines Aquatic Centre. Ian’s work has received numerous awards, including three from the CISC for his work on steel-framed structures; he was the Principal in Charge of the York University Life Sciences building, which has won multiple awards for engineering innovation.
Ian is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario. He also writes all of our haiku.
Cory graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1997, followed by a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2004.
In the three years between his two degrees, Cory worked for Blackwell Engineering Limited as a structural designer, working on many notable projects including the Erindale Student Centre for the University of Toronto in Mississauga. After completing his doctorate, Cory returned to Blackwell, opening the Waterloo office, which he manages. He continues to represent the firm on some of our most prestigious projects, including the Canadian Customs Plaza at Fort Erie and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. Recently Cory has been leading Blackwell’s entry into bridge engineering focusing on innovative composite FRP-timber bridge structures.
Cory is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. In addition he is a member of the ANSI/APA PRG 320 Standard committee for Cross-Laminated Timber, and a member of the Timber Bridge sub-committee for CSA S6, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.
Expert in low-rise and mid-rise construction, Pierre-Alexandre Koch is our resident concrete specialist. He is responsible for the majority of our work on condominiums and other concrete structures including schools, mixed-use buildings, public institutions and elements of infrastructure. He was the principal in charge of the Thomas L. Wells Public School, Osgoode Hall Renovation, North Shore and Port Credit Village Condominiums, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario building and the Kelso/Glen Eden pedestrian bridge in Milton, among other projects. He became an associate of the firm in 2005 and a principal in 2008.
Pierre is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario and a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Engineers.
A. Blake McCraw
Adam Culpeper, B.Eng.
Adam van Bruinessen, B.Eng.
Alex Dason, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Andrew Orel-Golla, P.Eng.
Christian Bellini, P.Eng.
Dorothy Pawluk, MSc.Eng.
Gabriel Barnsteiner, BASc
Gabriela Nuta, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Greg Holowaty, P.Eng.
Greg Sawka, P.Eng.
Ian Mountfort, P.Eng.
J. David Bowick, P.Eng.
Jake Greenhow, B.Eng.Mgt.
Jamie Townsend, BASc
Communications and Proposals
Jessica Costantin, P.Eng.
Joanna Smith, MIStructE
Kenneth Cryer, BASc, LEED AP
Kenzie MacDonald, B.Eng.
Lucía Delacoste Griñó, M.Eng.
Martin Sampson-Coburn, BASc
Michael Hopkins, AScT,LEED AP
Senior Associate, Engineering
Michael Feindel, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Senior Associate, Engineering
Norris Cheng, BASc
Olimpia Del Duca
Patrick St-Onge, BASc
Pierre-Alexandre Koch, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Rasool Moradian Nezhad, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Renée Mackay-Lyons, MASc,P.Eng.
Richard Mui, M.Arch.
Ross Spark, P.Eng.
Sean Reinsma, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Simon Rayment, P.Eng.,LEED AP
Vincent Chu, BASc
Zoe Hanneman, BASc
Adrian Gilles, BASc
Alan Goodhoofd, P.Eng.
Cory Zurell, Ph.D.,P.Eng.
David Vrljic, P.Eng.
Jordan Schneider, M.Eng.,P.Eng.
Matthew van Riesen, P.Eng.,P.E.
Michael Robbins, MASc,P.Eng.
Andrea Mitchell, BASc
Anthony Spick, P.Eng.,LEED AP
Senior Associate, Engineering
Ethan Ghidoni, C.E.T., A.Sc.T. (BC)
Manoah Gutknecht, MASc
Sarah Gaines, B.Eng.