Our Team

Ralph Balbaa

B.Eng., M.Eng., P.Eng. / President

Ralph has over forty years of experience in the design and project management of commercial and industrial buildings and bridges, Building Sciences, accident investigation, litigation support, welding inspection, design, testing and certification of mobile tower cranes and elevating platforms; including seven years as an Engineering Consultant with the Ministry of Labour. Ralph assisted in writing the regulatory requirements for a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review and was a member of the PEO committee on establishing standards for Engineers. A leader in his field he is a member of the following CSA standards technical committees: CSA Z150 (Mobile Cranes), CSA C225 (Aerial Devices), CSA Z271 (Powered Platforms), CSA B354 (Aerial Platforms), CSA Z91-02 (H &S Code for Suspended Equipment Operations) and CSA Z248 (Tower Cranes). Ralph is authorized to carry the (restricted) title of Consulting Engineer from the PEO.

David Newton

P.Eng., B.A.Sc. / Senior Consultant

Dave holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto and has over 40 years of experience in electrical engineering. He has a wide variety of experience in Industrial Control including programmable controller systems and motor control. He has designed and commissioned machine control systems. He has specified electrical apparatus for hazardous area locations, and has worked in related mechanical fields including drives, pneumatics, hydraulics, combustion systems, cooling towers and HVAC/refrigeration. Dave’s experience includes safety controls for power presses in accordance with CSA standard Z142 and general machine guarding in accordance with CSA Z432.

Ashik Shah

B.Eng., M.Sc., P.Eng.,

Ashik holds a Structural Engineering degree from City University, London, UK. He is an engineer with a systematic approach to engineering problems ensuring that the structure is designed as a functional, economic and integrated part of total facility. Ashik has worked for design and build consultants prior to joining HITE and possess valuable experience within various industry sectors such as residential, commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical and refurbishment. He possesses excellent command over analysis and engineering software such as STAAD-Pro, Tekla, SCIA. He supports the Industrial and Construction Groups at HITE with analysis and design for structural projects.

Tom Riedel

B.Eng. P.Eng. / Associate

Tom has over 20 years of experience as an electrical engineer. In addition, he has a diploma in electrical engineering technology and holds an industrial electrician's license. Prior to joining HITE, Tom worked for 10 years as a private engineering consultant doing Pre-Start Health and Safety reviews. During his extensive career, he has worked in industrial field service; medium voltage engineering design and system startup and medium voltage drive marketing. In addition, he has spent 5 years working at the Bruce Nuclear Power station in Tiverton Ontario. His skill set includes Product Support, Project Engineering Design, Marketing, Field service and Project Management.

Adam Balbaa

Project Manager

Adam Balbaa holds a degree from Wilfred Laurier University (2007-2011) and a post graduate diploma from Seneca College (2011-2013). He has had experience as a Brand and Marketing Manager, working in the consumer goods industry, along with experience as an Account Co-ordinator for leading industry brands. Adam is part of the Building Science, Fall Protection and Façade Access System team at HITE. Adam is also involved in HITE’s business development.

Joe Smolcic

Project Manager / Designer / Field Technician

Josip Smolcic holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology (2005) from Sheridan College. He has over 5 years of experience in the custom fabrication field as well as several years in façade access systems design. Josip is HITE’S Design and Field Inspection Specialist.

Nolan Piette

B.A.Sc., P.Eng. / Project Manager

Nolan holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto (2015) with specializations in solid mechanics and manufacturing. As a registered Engineer-in-training, he is a part of the Mechanical Engineering team at HITE Engineering Corporation.

Jake Harvey

B.Eng., EIT. / Project Manager

Jake holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo (2018). As a registered Engineer-in-training, he is a part of the Mechanical Engineering team at HITE Engineering Corporation.

Warren Templo

Engineering Technician

Templo holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering-Design and Drafting Technologist (2007) from Sheridan College. He has several years of experience in computer aided designing. Warren is HITE’s Engineering Technician Designer. He has 9 years experience in Computer Aided Designing. His expertise are in Solidworks, AutoCAD, Catia, and Solid Edge.

Catherine Bowman

BA / Human Resources

Catherine Bowman holds a Bachelors of Education from Western University. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has several years of Human Resources experience with a major telecommunications company. As the Administrative Coordinator, she monitors HITE’s administrative projects.

Stephanie Cicero

Office Administrator

Stephanie Cicero holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration Human Resources from Sheridan College as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Nipissing University. As the Office Assistant, she supports the HITE team with daily administration functions.

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