Melissa Zacher

Infrastructure Development

Director of Finance, Principal

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Campbellville, ON, Canada

Areas of Expertise

Project Management, Critical Utilities, CIP, Commissioning & Qualification, SIP, Botanicals Extraction, Contract Administration
Melissa is a Principal at Cheme Engineering with over 15 years of leadership, project management and engineering experience in the life sciences sector. She started her career with Cheme as a co-op student when the company was 8 people. Melissa has grown with Cheme as an engineer and project manager and has taken on business and leadership responsibilities since becoming a shareholder in 2016. Some of her additional responsibilities have included Account Management, Infrastructure Development, Talent Acquisition, and mentorship for Cheme.

Since joining Cheme, Melissa has developed a wide range of expertise in cGMP Process Systems, Process Architecture, Critical Utilities, Building Automation Systems, Flammable Liquid Handling, and Botanicals Extraction. She has experience in execution of various projects including design engineering, risk assessments, project management, construction coordination, commissioning, and validation. She has completed feasibility studies for biotechnology clients including construction of new manufacturing spaces in existing facilities and greenfield facilities with various construction methods.

Melissa has also worked internationally in the USA as a technical lead in an owner’s representative role on various capital projects including construction of a new Influenza Manufacturing facility and brown-field construction for a Pharmaceutical R&D and Manufacturing facility.

Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.
“As an engineering service provider, Cheme not only offers a deep bench of knowledge and experience but a top notch team of professionals who truly stand out and embody the core values of Cheme. Our clients are the reason why we do what we do and we strive to develop long-lasting collaborative relationships with our clients built on trust and integrity.”

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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