Is there a doctor in the house?

Is there a doctor in the house?

You Betcha! Toronto structural engineer Cameron Ritchie is DIALOG’s newest doctor. Cam completed his PhD earlier this fall and made it official at his convocation ceremony November 8.

We asked Cam to share more about his area of focus – blast resistance of tubular steel!


My thesis examines the behaviour of hollow structural sections subjected to blast loads. It included full scale testing (with real explosives!), testing in the U of T lab, and computer modelling. I have already used aspects of the results on real projects while completing a protective design internship. I hope to use my expertise and experience in protective design to add to DIALOG projects in the future.


Cam joined DIALOG’s Toronto studio last June, just as he was completing his thesis. For the past five years, he’s been at U of T, immersed in his master’s and subsequent doctorate (fitting an 8-month internship in London, England in there somewhere – whew), and prior to that worked for DIALOG in our Edmonton studio – his home town. While he was at U of T, Cam was the recipient of the prestigious Vanier scholarship. There have only been four other structural engineering recipients; amazingly, one of those was Edmonton associate Steven Oosterhof – more proof that DIALOG has a world-class structural team!


I really enjoyed my time at DIALOG in Edmonton. Leadership there was so supportive of my desire to return to school. I always knew I’d like to work for DIALOG again. Now that Toronto is home, and I’ve grown some roots here, the Toronto studio is a logical fit. I’m very happy to be here.


Cam spent his undergrad in the US, where he represented Princeton on their NCAA hockey team. Though he’s retired his skates, he still gets a good workout in by taking his dog for long walks every morning.


We’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to Cam on this amazing accomplishment. We’re sure you’re not finished impressing us with your many talents!

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