Cindy Sypher is the President of Sypher & Associates Field Engineering Ltd. She is licensed to practice engineering in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Saskatchewan. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Her consulting interests include: temporary structures, mechanical and structural design, building code compliance, fire and life safety, emergency preparedness, rigging, general public safety initiatives, amusement rides, risk management, machine guarding, and playground design and inspection. She has consulted to major fairs, parks and event promoters.
She is currently the Chair of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s (TSSA) Amusement Devices Industry Advisory Council and is the Co-Chair of ASTM F24.80 Harmonization Task Group for Canadian Harmonization developing amusement ride standards for Canada. Ms. Sypher is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) North American Safety Committee. She is the former vice chair of the CSA Z267 Amusement Rides Harmonization Technical Sub-Committee. She has developed and presented curriculum for the programs at the TSSA’s NAARSO Safety Seminar, AIMS, IAAPA and other industry associations.
Ms. Sypher also has 18 years experience in the nuclear industry. She has participated in standards development on the CSA N289 series of standards for seismic design and qualification of CANDU nuclear power plants. She is a former member of the board of directors for the Organization of CANDU Industries.
Ms. Sypher has been consulted to render opinions for amusement devices litigation as well as on general mechanical and structural engineering issues. Ms. Sypher has been a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, ASTM International, the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials, Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International, and of the Canadian and International Associations of Fairs and Exhibitions.
Our team of experts specialize in mechanical, civil and structural engineering; electrical, controls and welding technologies; as well as amusement ride, building, fire and life safety codes.
We work with global ride manufacturers and numerous clients across North America to provide third party review and inspections of both fixed and mobile amusement rides/devices and other temporary structures.
We actively participate in the development of ASTM F24 standards, as well as the ASTM and IAAPA global harmonization efforts.