Cecilia Lam

Roles and responsibilities

I help clients and partners solve fire safety challenges. My primary expertise is in evaluating fire behavior and fire safety in the built environment and in transportation systems, through the design, conduct and analysis of large-scale fire experiments.

Current research and/or projects

  • Research into fire hazards associated with lithium-ion battery packs, electric vehicles and energy storage systems
  • Research into the total cost of fire in Canada, including all direct and indirect costs related to all types of fire including building fires, infrastructure fires, wildfires, industrial fires and vehicle fires
  • Research into crude oil pool fire behavior and the thermal impact on engulfed objects such as rail tank cars
  • Research into heat flux measurement techniques


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2009.

M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2004.

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, 2001.

Key publications

Lam C and Robbins A, 2021, Comparison of component categorizations used in international total cost of fire estimates, Fire Safety Journal, 120 (2021) 103142, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103142

Lam C, MacNeil D, Kroeker R, Lougheed G and Lalime G, 2016, Full-scale fire testing of electric and internal combustion engine vehicles, 4th International Conference on Fires in Vehicles – FIVE 2016, Baltimore, USA, pp. 95-106, http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1120218&dswid=-1216

NPARC: See also here.

Cecilia Lam

Cecilia Lam

Associate Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 613-291-3427


Economics and Industry, Construction, Fire safety, Safety and Security, First Responders, Fire