JAMES (JIM) BUCKEL, Design Engineer, received his Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1993, after completing his Bachelor of Engineering in 1991 also at University of Toronto.  He is a registered Ontario Professional Engineer and a member of ASME.

Jim gained experience in process control from work with Moore Products Canada and has completed courses in the use of Moore’s distributed control systems, single loop digital controllers, and operator interface software.  Jim joined Arctic in March 1995 as a Design Engineer.

Jim’s responsibilities include design, configuration, installation, start-up, and service of digital control systems.  He is also responsible for the AutoCAD systems, and the generation of Arctic Standards.

Recent projects Jim has worked on include:

  • Abitibi-Price Mission Mill - Boiler No.7, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Cabot Chemical Canada - Boiler No.3, Sarnia, Ontario
  • Enwave – Steam Plant Controls and Boiler #3 BMS, Toronto, Ontario
  • General Motors, Saginaw, Michigan - Boilers and controls upgrade.
  • Labatt Breweries, Toronto, Ontario – Boiler Control Upgrade.
  • Foster Wheeler Limited - Projects for: University of Minnesota, Quinshan China, Bechtel/Guinea, GTAA Toronto, St Catharines, Ontario
  • Delphi Automotive - Supply and Commission Controls for 4 boilers, Warren, OH
  • NAT~COM - Supply and Commission Controls and BMS for Ashbridges Bay pollution Plant, Toronto, Ontario
  • Family Tradition Foods – Supply and Install Burner, BMS, Controls, Windsor, Ontario
  • Greater Toronto Airport Authority - Supply and Commission BMS and Controls for 4 boilers, Toronto, Ontario
  • NAT~COM - Supply PLC based BMS on GE platform for Abitibi, Snowflake, Arizona
  • Atlantic Packaging - Supply and Commission Tissue Burner BMS and Controls, Scarborough, Ontario
  • Campbell Soup/Foster Wheeler - Supply and commission PLC based Controls System for boiler for Toronto, Ontario
  • Norampac – Supply and Commission Delta V based controls and BMS boilers 3 & 4, Red Rock, Ontario
  • McMaster University – Supply, Install, and Commission PLC based BMS and Fuel Trains, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Hiram Walker – TSSA upgrades #4 Boiler, Windsor, Ontario
  • Family Tradition Foods – TSSA upgrades, Windsor, Ontario
    New Forest – Boilers 1 & 2, Supply and Commission fuel trains, BMS, Controls, Scarborough, Ontario

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MARK DEXTER, Project Manger, came to Arctic after an extensive career in the U.K. followed by very relevant experience here in Canada. A 1982 graduate from Hugh Baird Technical College, he originally worked for Tricon Electrical Engineers. Attaining his electrical trade licenses, he worked for Collingwood Hydraulics, where he designed, built, and installed Electrical Control Panels for ships and followed up with more responsible positions with Seaforth Welding. He later started his own business - Dexlec Electrical Engineers a Control Panel Design and Manufacture company in Liverpool. Mark grew the company to 70 people before leaving to hold successive management positions in Electrical Integrated Systems and Guilbrent, NW.

Mark immigrated to Canada in 2002, working initially in Medium and High Voltage Installations, before joining Hiram Walker in 2003, where he capably developed many cost and risk savings projects working as the Central Maintenance Planner.  Mark left to join Q-tec where he managed 5 electrical engineers, seeking out Waste to Energy Schemes and opportunities in Energy Management field.   Here, he gained significant experience in robotics and vision systems.

He joined Arctic Combustion in May 2007 as a project engineer, where he has been designing control systems and managing projects throughout. His major projects include:

  • SI Group, Scarborough, Heat Recovery Steam Generator Project. Design of Controls and Project Management. Responsible for Complete Package from Initial TSSA approvals to Project Management on-site of all trades, Boilermakers, Riggers, Insulators and Electrical Contractors.
  • INCO Sudbury, 70,000lbs per hour Temporary Boiler Project. Project Management and Controls design. Responsible for the complete installation, start-up and commissioning of the boiler, including TSSA approvals for Fuels and Pressure Vessels, Fuel Variances, for American Boiler for use in Ontario. Onsite Project Management of all subcontractors and ensuring TSSA and Inco;s standards adhered to.
  • Design Supply and Install Linkageless Controls for boilers 1, 2, and 3, including VFD drives at IGI Group. Scarborough, Ontario.

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SYNCLAIR (JUNYAN) HE, P. Eng., Project Manager has an engineering degree from Dalian Maritime University.  His working career has been predominantly in China, where he first worked as a Marine Electrical Engineer for Tianjin Ocean Shipping Company, later teaching Marine Electrical Engineering before going back into the industry as the I & C Designer and Project Manager for a Siemens affiliate. 
Synclair went back to school for his Masters Degree in Thermo Power Engineering from Zhejiang University. Afterwards he worked in business development and design for Dalian AmLong NewTech.

Synclair’s experiences include:

  • Invista – TSSA upgrade to 18 burner reformer, involving fuel train alterations and PLC based BMS upgrades, Maitland Ontario
  • Hangzhou Thermo Power Plant – 220 Ton/Hour Circulated Fluidized Bed Boiler and 30 MW Turbine Generator, involving DCS Control System, Zhejiang, China
  • Taiyuan Iron & Steel Company – 1350 M3 Blast Furnace, DCS and PLC based control system, Shanxi, China
  • Gas Turbine start-up and Commissioning, Duct Burner rebuild, London District Energy, London, Ontario
  • Burner Management Approval and redesign Boilers 3,6 Invista, Maitland, Ontario
  • Burner Management Approval and redesign Boilers 4,5,6,7 & Vaporizers 9.10,11, Invista, Kingston, Ontario
  • Synclair also teaches both PLC programming and AutoCAD in two colleges in Toronto.

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ASHIQUR (ASHIQ) KHAN, Application Engineering, received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in 2009. As a part of the degree program he completed a 12 month internship at Nanticoke Refinery, operated by Imperial Oil Limited. He is currently pursuing his Master of Engineering degree part-time at McMaster University.

Ashiq came to Arctic Combustion in 2011 from Babcock & Wilcox Canada where he was responsible for preparing structural analysis calculations and reports using sophisticated analytical and numerical methods (e.g. thermal, structural nonlinear Finite Element Analysis) and evaluating engineering reports with their contents for conformance to the requirements of applicable ASME codes (Section II, III, VIII, B31) and other contractual specifications.

Ashiq’s application engineering role at Arctic Combustion is a combination of project and proposal engineering. He manages public and private proposals through MERX: Canadian Public Tenders. He is also responsible for sourcing and procuring equipment and parts for customer orders and service projects. Engineering skills Ashiq is developing and actively practicing at Arctic Combustion are:

  • Sizing and selection of major mechanical engineering equipment, i.e. boilers, chillers, heat exchangers, pumps and fans.
  • Strong theoretical and practical understanding of process control concepts and instrumentation.
  • Interpreting design input documentation, i.e. P&I diagrams, process narratives and logic schematics.
  • Sound knowledge of piping, mechanical, gas and electrical codes.

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ROB MARR, Project Manager, has his MASc and BASc degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1986 and 1982 respectively. He also is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. Rob has over 25 years experience in Process Automation in engineering, project management, sales and general management.

Rob came to Arctic Combustion in 2009 from Siemens Canada Ltd where he was responsible for the management of Siemens Canada’s business in Process Automation and the implementation of solution business, which includes responsibilities for sales, execution of orders, profit and loss and business planning and forecasting. Prior to this Rob was the Automation Engineering Manager for Siemens Canada (and prior to this Moore Products) where he managed a staff of between 15 - 20 engineers and technicians focusing on customer automation projects and related support and field service.

Rob has directly managed more than 40 automation projects and has had overall responsibility for many more. Some of the DCS projects of interest include:

  • Pulp and Paper: Abitibi Iroquois Falls, Norampac Trenton, Pine Falls P&P
  • Metals & Mining: Stelco , SNC Lavalin
  • Oil & Gas: Suncor Oil Sands Utilities, Chevron Gas plants, Husky
  • Chemicals: Columbian Chemicals, Cytec, Dupont/Invista, various bioethanol plants
  • Related to Power and/or Steam Generation
  • Atomic Energy Canada Limited: automated tools for reactor refurbishment, Point Lepreau; consulting for DCC replacements for CANDU 6
  • Enwave Walton Street and Pearl Street plants; DCS system
  • Public Works Government Services Canada: Cliff St temporary plant automation and controls, boiler commissioning and startup , TSSA approval
  • Imperial Oil Limited: rental boiler, commissioning and startup , TSSA approval


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