Our Team

Alison SmileyDr. Alison Smiley is President of Human Factors North Inc. and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD (1978) in Systems Design Engineering, specializing in Human Factors and is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE). She has 40 years’ experience in the measurement of human performance, and was the 1997 recipient of the A.R. Lauer Safety Award given by the U.S. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for outstanding contributions to the human factors aspects of highway safety. She has taught courses on human factors and traffic safety to traffic engineers, highway designers and police accident reconstructionists across Canada and the U.S. She has written on human factors issues for the Institute of Transportation Engineers Traffic Engineering Handbook Seventh Edition (2016), for the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual (2010), for several chapters of the Ontario Traffic Manual, and for the Third Edition of “Human Factors in Traffic Safety” (Smiley, 2015). She has acted as a human factors expert witness in over 450 legal cases involving motor vehicle crashes.

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Kathy KawajaKathy Kawaja, Principal Ergonomics Consultant, holds a B.Sc. (1988) in Kinesiology and is a M.Sc. candidate. She is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) with 23 years’ experience in the physical aspects of applied ergonomics. She routinely analyzes the physical requirements associated with work conditions and determines musculoskeletal injury risk based on human capabilities. She has conducted several hundred assessments in a variety of industries from manufacturing to greenhouses to emergency medical services. In addition to risk assessments, Ms. Kawaja provides expertise in design projects, ergonomics programming and strategy, and legal cases involving musculoskeletal injury.

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Thomas SmahelThomas Smahel, Principal Ergonomics Consultant, holds a M.Arch. (2007) in Architecture, specializing in the environmental impacts on human performance, and a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (1999), specializing in human factors research in transportation. He is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) with over 15 years’ experience in the measurement of human performance including on-road experiments, driver simulations, laboratory evaluations of sign comprehension, and assessments of wayfinding systems in airports. He has acted as a human factors expert witness in over 50 legal cases involving collisions between motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

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Don DonderiDr. Don C. Donderi is a co-founder and Principal Consultant of Human Factors North, Inc. He retired from the Department of Psychology at McGill University, Montréal, after a research and teaching career of 47 years’ experience. His work includes applied research and development on flight simulation, marine navigation, rail transport, road transport, air traffic control, nuclear power, and marine search and rescue. He offers legal expert advice on the perceptual and cognitive causes of accidents.

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Missy Rudin-BrownDr. Christina (Missy) Rudin-Brown, Human Factors Specialist, holds a Ph.D. (1998) and Master of Arts (1993) degrees in Experimental Psychology, and is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE). Dr. Rudin-Brown has extensive experience in human factors and transportation safety research and evaluation, and has been a board member of the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE) since January 2014. From 2009 to 2012, she was a Senior Research Fellow with the Human Factors team at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Melbourne (Australia) and spent over 10 years prior to that as a Human Factors Specialist in Transport Canada’s Road Safety Directorate. Dr. Rudin-Brown has acted as a human factors expert witness in a number of motor vehicle accident cases since joining HFN in 2012.

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Steven SmithSteven Smith, Principal Ergonomics Consultant, is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE) with over 14 years’ experience in the physical aspects of applied ergonomics. He holds a B.Sc. (2001) from Simon Fraser University in Kinesiology (Ergonomics/Human Factors concentration). He has carried out hundreds of projects in a wide variety of workplace environments to prevent musculoskeletal disorders, provide training/education, and improve workplace productivity and performance. His projects have included a full range of ergonomic services such as ergonomic analysis, strategic planning, job/physical demands analysis, ergonomic design review, assistance with MOL orders, and designing/delivering training. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in office and industrial ergonomics, and job demands analysis, as well as managing return to work and ensuring employee job suitability and accommodation. Mr. Smith is a former board member and Treasurer with the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE).  He also contributes as an Influential Ergonomist to the Institute for Work and Health.

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Andrea Casano-PicheAndrea Cassano-Piché, Human Factors Engineering Consultant, is a licensed professional engineer and holds an M.A.Sc. (2006) in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Human Factors Engineering. Ms. Cassano-Piché has over 13 years of experience applying human factors in health care. Her work has focused on procurement and implementation of health technology, evaluation of new technology during device design, proactive risk management (e.g., failure mode and effects analysis), incident investigation, and education of human factors methods and safety culture. Ms. Cassano-Piché has led national projects on complex topics such as ambulatory intravenous chemotherapy safety and multiple intravenous infusion safety, which culminated in nationally and internationally recognized recommendations on clinical practice, technology design and education. Ms. Cassano-Piché is the lead author of the book Human Factors for Health Technology Safety (2015) available at www.ifmbe.org.

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Dianne DavisDianne Davis, Associate Consultant at Human Factors North Inc. Dianne Davis has over 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of interactive systems. She specializes in the design and assessment of computer interfaces in work environments. Dianne has worked as an interaction designer on a number of projects designing enterprise testing software, product information web sites, banking applications, as well as online simulations, and interactive user guides. She has conducted over 50 evaluations of computer systems, evaluating online shipping tools, medical mobile device products, and human resource systems as well as job search portals, automotive paint mixing software, and e-commerce applications. Dianne has an M.Eng. (Human Factors and Information Systems) and B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, a B.F.A from OCAD University and an M.A. (Educational Technology) from Concordia University. Ms. Davis is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE).

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