Ben Lehtovaara

Director of Engineering

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Campbellville, ON, Canada

Areas of Expertise

Process Engineering
Ben is a technical leader in the firm with subject matter expertise in process engineering, facility design, and packaging technology. With extensive experience in highly regulated environments, Ben has a portfolio of successful projects in compounding, cleaning, filtration, facilities and utilities, filling and packaging, operational planning, and laboratory operations. Ben leads the Engineering and Technical Services Team, to drive strategy and technical excellence across Cheme’s portfolio of projects.

Ben has both Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Applied Science degrees in nanotechnology and chemical engineering respectively from the University of Waterloo.
“At Cheme, we have the insight and field experience to understand the needs of our clients and to design systems that are robust, easy to use, and easy to maintain. We listen to our clients and tailor a solution that is right for you. ”

Recent Success

Quality Assurance Lab Scale Up & Relocation

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Large Scale HTST Automation

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Laboratory Conceptual Design for Asparagus Breeding

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Snack Packaging Expansion Project

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Compressed Air Upgrade Feasibility

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Vaccine Manufacturing Process Upgrades Project

We partnered with our client in the biotechnology industry to design, optimize, implement, and validate their existing biologic manufacturing process.

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Pet Food Fats and Oils Continuous Mixing System

An award-winning, independent pet food maker needed our help designing a custom system to create dog and cat food from fresh regional ingredients.

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Major Component Replacement Project

Cheme was engaged to design and commission equipment to support a Major Component Replacement (MCR) project at one of the largest electricity suppliers in Ontario.

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Beverage Quality Assurance Lab Project

Our client needed to relocate a high throughput beverage quality assurance laboratory to a high-rise building location without disrupting business continuity. Learn how Cheme helped.

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In Line Oil Winterization and Evaporation Production Suite Project

A pharmaceutical-grade botanicals oil producer approached Cheme to scale-up, design and optimize an existing multi-step extraction and winterization process.

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OSD Facility Expansion Project

A Canadian pharmaceutical client needed to expand manufacturing capabilities for oral solid dose production. Here’s how Cheme support our client’s execution of the manufacturing expansion.

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Sterile Compounding Optimization Project

Our client in the biotechnology industry required optimization of an antiquated sterile manufacturing process that is critical to vaccine formulation.

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