OUR TEAM

Bret Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineer, Prince George

Bret Hutchinson, P.Eng

President, Mechanical Engineer: Bret has been providing mechanical engineering services in Prince George, BC since 2008; he is a professional engineer registered in Alberta and British Columbia. Bret is a Mechanical Engineer that has worked as both an engineering consultant and industrial construction project manager. This enables Bret to understand how to solve analytical problems, recognize regulatory requirements, and contribute practical solutions to technical problems in an efficient manner. Bret’s previous experiences include engineering design, procurement, cost estimation, and construction management of industrial equipment and piping installations. His problem solving and people management skills allow him to quickly find the best solutions for our clients, motivate team members, and constantly find new ways to be more efficient in everything we do.

Bret Hutchinson Certifications

Professional Engineer registered with EGBC (British Columbia) and APEGA (Alberta)
Bachelor of Science, Manufacturing Engineering (University of Calgary)
Pipe Stress Analysis using Caesar II (CodeCAD)
ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code Design Requirements (CASTI)
ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code Section 8, Div.1 Code Design Requirements (CASTI)
Heat Exchangers-Design, Operation, and Performance (EPIC)
HVAC Systems-Design, Operation, and Performance (EPIC)
HVAC Fundamentals and Commissioning
Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids (AIChE)
Flow of Solids in Bins, Hoppers, Chutes, and Feeders (AIChE)
Wood Dust Explosion Prevention (Dalhousie University)
NFPA Dust Compliance Inspection (Dalhousie University)
Above Ground Storage Tanks (EPIC)
Fundamentals of Project and Construction Management (Canfor College)
Microsoft Project (Power Concepts)
Geology Workshop (Canadian GeoExchange Coalition)
Residential Geothermal Design (Canadian GeoExchange Coalition)
Geothermal Installers (Canadian GeoExchange Coalition)
Confined Space Awareness
Aerial Work Platforms Training
Fall Arrest Training

Bret Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineer, Prince George

John Keeton, P.Eng

Engineering Manager, Mechanical Engineer: John has over 20 years of progressive experience in consulting on multiple continents within the pulp and paper, offshore oil and gas, petrochemical, and industrial sectors. He is a professional engineer registered with APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC). John is experienced in the preparation of installed equipment design reviews, problem solving, and resource allocation. John is an accomplished senior engineering professional with a proven track record for leading and overseeing numerous project teams and shutdowns.

John Keeton Certifications

Professional Engineer registered with EGBC (British Columbia) and APEGA (Alberta)
Bachelor of Engineering, Hons – Mechanical (Sheffield Hallam University)
Pipe Stress Analysis using Caesar II (CodeCAD)
ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code Design Requirements (CASTI)
ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code Section 8, Div.1 Code Design Requirements (CASTI)
Above Ground Storage Tanks (EPIC)
HVAC Fundamentals and Commissioning
Fundamentals of Project and Construction Management (Canfor College)
Microsoft Project (Power Concepts)
Lean White Belt Training
H2S Alive (St. John’s Ambulance)
Confined Space Awareness
WHMIS

Jim Mooney, Senior Mechanical Technologist, Prince George

Spencer Desjardines, GradTech

Mechanical Technologist: Spencer joined Earth Fire Energy in February 2018 after receiving a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Okanagan College. Through the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, Spencer was trained in fundamental engineering principles and practice. He is eager to gain experience in the consulting industry with a dedication to hard work. His previous work experience includes hands-on design and construction in the sheet metal industry. Spencer’s role with Earth Fire Energy comprises of drafting, design, collection of field data, and site inspections for clients. He is familiar with AutoCAD, P&IDs, orthographics, and isometric piping drawings.

Spencer Desjardines Certifications

Diploma, Engineering Design Technology (BCIT)
Caesar II Software (Piping Design Online)
HVAC Fundamentals and Commissioning
WHMIS
Confined Space Awareness
Aerial Work Platforms Training
Fall Arrest Training

Jim Mooney, Senior Mechanical Technologist, Prince George

Megan Winkler, GradTech

Instrumentation Technologist: Megan is an instrumentation technologist who graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2017. During her schooling, Megan completed several co-op work terms that has gained her experience in various instrumentation and control systems. Most recently, Megan worked at the Mosaic Potash Mine in Esterhazy, SK where she gained practical experience installing and commissioning both instrumentation, electrical, and control equipment. Megan is excited about joining our team and looks forward to garnering her design experience on various industrial projects.

Megan Winkler Certifications

Diploma, Instrumentation Engineering Technology (Saskatchewan Polytechnic)
Confined Space Awareness
WHMIS
Aerial Work Platforms Training
Fall Arrest Training
HVAC Fundamentals and Commissioning
AutoCAD Fundamentals

Jim Mooney, Senior Mechanical Technologist, Prince George

Justin Desmarais, EIT

Mechanical Engineer: Justin is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2016. In the summer of 2015, Justin worked for Decor Cabinets, a cabinet manufacturing company, where he independently produced and managed design requirements on two projects for the quality assurance department, one of which required CNC machining. Before joining EFE, Justin worked for a construction company, producing specifications and communicating with vendors to ensure a quality product, supporting design verification and production in the field, as well as assisting with the planning, coordinating, and execution of projects. Justin is thrilled to be bringing his hands-on experience to EFE and having the opportunity to learn and grow within a professional environment.

Justin Desmarais Certifications

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (University of Manitoba)
WHMIS
Technical Writing
AutoCAD Fundamentals

Cristina Hutchinson, Civil Engineer, Prince George

Cristina Hutchinson, P.Eng

Project Manager, Civil Engineer: Cristina has been working as a Civil Engineer focusing on municipal works in Prince George, BC since graduating in 2008. Cristina is a Professional Engineer registered with APEGBC. Cristina’s previous experiences include engineering design, project management, procurement, cost estimation, contract administration, and construction management of residential and community water and wastewater systems. Cristina has worked on engineering projects for the City of Prince George, Canfor Pulp, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG), along with many other clients.  She also has experience in road and bridge design and construction for the forestry and resource sector, and managing crews to complete field work. Cristina has extensive experience with construction inspection.  Cristina has a genial and confident nature, skilled at assisting clients with their systems and services.

Cristina Hutchinson Certifications

Professional Engineer registered with EGBC (British Columbia)
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering (University of Calgary)
Planning, Design, and Rehabilitation of Bridges (EPIC)
Bridge Inspection Workshop (UNBC)
Hydraulic Modelling of Water Distribution Systems (APEGBC)
Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (NASCO)
H2S Alive
WHMIS
First Aid for Industry
Ground Disturbance