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John Hicks

 Director of Complex Loss, Canada

Forensic Electrical Scientist in Toronto, ON

John Hicks is a forensic scientist with over 30 years of experience investigating high-tech equipment and machinery losses, determining origin and cause of damage, as well as providing loss assessments to the insurance and legal industries. These investigations have taken him to various locations across North and South America where his fluency in Spanish has been highly valuable. In addition to physics, he has focused on electronics where he designed a control system for oil spill detection for the U.S. Coast Guard, and a process control design for steel manufacturers and petrochemical companies. Mr. Hicks has authored a number of articles in leading industry magazines, taught numerous courses, and presented at leading industry conferences on topics related to losses and damage assessments. His focus has been in the high-tech engineering field, providing damage assessments and causation analyses. He also has practical knowledge of hardware and software engineering in the areas of data/voice communications, process control, manufacturing automation, and building services (security, lighting, HVAC, fire) for industries and institutions such as airports, automobile, petrochemical, steel, nuclear and educational/ financial.


Automation and Controls
Contamination Losses
Data Communications (RF, Satellite, Microwave, Fiber Optics)
Ductile & Brittle Fractures
Elevator Losses
HVAC/Building Automation
Lightning Damage
Manufacturing Equipment & Controls
Nuclear, Steel, Petrochemical Industries
Origin and Cause Evaluation
Overcurrent Protection
Power Transmission/Distribution Equipment
Product Liability
Solar Projects
Solar Storm Impacts
Telephone / Telecommunications Equipment
Warranty Issues
Aluminum & Steel
Automation Systems
Chemical Investigations
Computer Hardware/Software
Engineering Design & Product Liability
Equipment Breakdown & Failures
Manufacturing Equipment
Materials Failure Investigations
Mechanical Systems
Medical Equipment/Facilities
Power Generation & Distribution


  • B.S., Physics (Emphasis in Electronics)
    University of Toronto
  • Additional coursework in Electrical Engineering
    Drexel University
John Hicks


Toronto Office
2785 Skymark Ave
Suite #14

Mississauga, ON