Chris Defina

Regional East Studio Head, Principal

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Vaughn, ON, Canada

Areas of Expertise

Clean & Process Support Utilities, Project Management, CQV & Construction
Chris is a Principal and the Regional East Studio Head at Cheme Engineering and has been with the company for 12 years. Since becoming a shareholder in 2017, he has been a key contributor to the growth, management and success of the organization. He is responsible for Cheme’s Client Technical Services, while also providing leadership, supporting company growth and direction of the engineering practice. Chris is focused on the management and development of Cheme’s core technical services while also leading teams in project execution.

Chris has extensive front line engineering experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, having worked on projects of various scale, both greenfield and brownfield. He has held multiple lead roles, most recently the Clean & Support Utilities Engineering Lead for a large scale Multi Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility. Chris has also spent time working internationally in the USA, on a vaccine Formulation and Filling facility project where he supported the startup and commissioning of the facility, utilities and equipment systems.

Chris’ mission is to help grow and build Cheme into an industry leader in engineering, construction, and project management. Chris earned a Bachelor of Nano-Materials Engineering degree from McMaster University, and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
“At Cheme, we are focused on establishing strong partnerships built on trust, communication, and an understanding of the unique needs of our clients. When we take on a project, we don’t compromise any of these aspects. When you work with Cheme, you can have the confidence that you’ve chosen a partner that won’t let you down. ”

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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