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Ettore Contestabile

Adjunct Research Professor and Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.Sc.(Hon) Carleton University
Phone:+1 (613) 864-3204
Office:Mr. Contestabile's mailbox is in 3432 Mackenzie Building
Website:visit Explosives at Natural Resources Canada

Teaching Assignments

  • CIVE5705W Introduction to Explosives and its Effects
  • IPIS5520W Introduction to Explosives and its Effects

Research Interests

Blast threat assessments of sensitive structures, equipment and processes (embassies, airports, train stations, refineries, compressor stations, pipeline and electrical infrastructure, including transformer stations. Blast related research including basic properties of explosives and other energetic materials; behaviour and performance of energetic materials to establish safety requirements in production, storage, transport and use; equipment for determining the sensitivity of explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics.

2013 The 11th China Liuyang International Fireworks Festival Opening

Honours and Awards

2008 Best paper at the Canadian Dam Association Conference (CDA)

2006 Departmental Merit Award  “in recognition of exceptional contribution to the development of a unique new service for the protection of people, buildings and infrastructure against explosion attacks”.   The award was presented to three members of the Explosives Applications Group headed by Contestabile

2004 Co-founder, Blast Mitigation Working Group (BMWG), an ad-hoc committee started between PWGSC and NRCan which is a forum that provides, mostly government departments, the opportunity to discuss their blast assessment and retrofit requirements, building code (blast related) activities, and other explosive/counterterrorism interests.

2001 Chair, International Symposium on Fireworks Society (ISFS), a non profit organization which delivers the ISF.

1996 Member,  Board of Directors and co-founder of the Journal of Pyrotechnics (JoP) .

1992 – present Chair of the International Symposium on Fireworks (ISF).

1992 – present Founder, International Symposium on Fireworks (ISF).

1992 – present Editor and Publisher of ISF Proceedings.