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Steven Craft, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dr. Steven Craft has worked on wood structures and fire safety for the last 17 years. First as a researcher with Carleton University and FPInnovations in the fire resistance of wood structures, and for the last 7 years as a consultant helping architects and engineers find fire-safe solutions to build innovative structures, many of which require alternative solutions to satisfy the applicable building code.
Dr. Craft is an Adjunct Professor in the Fire Safety Engineering Program at Carleton University. He has an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD in Fire Safety Engineering from Carleton University. He is active in codes and standards development. Dr. Craft is Chair of the ULC S100a Fire Test Committee and is on the Technical Committee for the Canadian Wood Design Standard, CSA O86, where he Chairs the Task Group on Fire Resistance.
Dr. Craft has worked with the wood industry on critical issues such as the performance of adhesives in engineered wood products when exposed to fire; the introduction of fire resistance design into the Canadian Wood Design Standard, CSA O86; and the development of design criteria for the fire resistance of Cross-laminated Timber.
A copy of Dr. Craft’s CV can be found here.
Jim Mehaffey, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Mehaffey has been active in the fire protection community since 1980. From 1980 to 1987, he was a research scientist at the National Fire Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada where he developed fire models to describe the growth and severity of building fires. He also conducted a series of full-scale room-fire experiments to validate the models. From 1988 until 2009, he was a research scientist at Canada’s national wood products laboratory, FPInnovations, where he modelled the fire performance of wood-frame assemblies and developed design tools to deliver performance-based fire-safety design. From 1993 to 1997, he was seconded to the University of British Columbia, where he was Director and Associate Professor in the Fire Protection Engineering Program. Since 2000, he has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Fire Safety Engineering Program at Carleton University. Over the years, Dr. Mehaffey has been involved in a number of fire investigations involving large-loss fires. He has also been active in domestic and international codes and standards.
A copy of Dr. Mehaffey’s CV can be found here.