About Us

McGhee-Krizsan Engineering Limited – MKE – is a 100% Canadian owned company based in Burlington, Ontario.  MKE was founded in 2006 by our current president Karen McGhee, P.Eng.

MKE specializes in Project Management and Independent Engineering for the Renewable Energy sector.  Our reputation was built by providing engineering services for the Waterpower / Hydroelectric Industry throughout Canada.  Our services have expanded to  include other forms of renewable and clean energy .

In addition to energy projects, MKE provides structural engineering and independent engineering services for building and infrastructure projects.

See MKE’s Brochure for 10th Anniversary (issued 2017)

About our Founder and President, Karen McGhee, P.Eng.

Karen started her career in waterpower in 1993 with Cumming Cockburn Limited (CCL), which was acquired by IBI Group in 2004.  In the early years, Karen’s focus was on design, energy generation forecasting, and construction administration.  Over the years she moved into Independent Engineering Reviews for new developments as well as refinancing, acquisitions and income fund public offerings for operating facilities.  During her time at CCL / IBI, she was responsible for the engineering review of over 50 waterpower sites. After founding MKE in 2006, Karen expanded her focus to Project Management for new developments and Independent Engineering services for regulatory agencies during construction.

Karen is a licensed engineer in Ontario.  She is a member of the Ontario Waterpower Association, the Canadian Dam Association and, Women-in-Renewable-Energy.  She serves on several committees and working groups focused on improving the waterpower development process in Ontario.  Karen was a member of the Waterpower Working Group, comprised of industry, First Nations and government, to build First Nation capacity in the waterpower sector.  This initiative led to Karen being an instructor for the Group’s Waterpower 101 and 201 series of workshops and seminars presented to First Nation representatives throughout Ontario.

In 2013, Karen became the 9th recipient and first woman to be awarded the R.R.Dodokin Award from the Ontario Waterpower Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario.

Karen was elected to the Ontario Waterpower Association Board of Directors in 2014 and re-elected in 2017, serving as Director, Treasurer, and Secretary over her six year tenure.