Ben Lehtovaara

Talent Development

Director of Talent and Project Manager

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Campbellville, ON, Canada

Areas of Expertise

Pharmaceutical Packaging Systems
Ben is the leader of Cheme’s talent development program, providing strategic direction for the training, mentorship, and performance management programs that make Cheme team members stand out as technical leaders and project managers in the industry. Ben is passionate about helping others realize their potential through continuous learning and development.

Ben is a subject matter expert in pharmaceutical packaging technology with a track record of success implementing filling lines and solid dose packaging equipment and launching commercial products for global pharmaceutical clients. With more than 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Ben has become a well-rounded GMP facility expert with a portfolio of successful projects in compounding, clean utilities, facility design, operational planning, production management, and laboratory operations.

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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