John Adam Gales

Contact Information

(416) 736-2100 ext. 44221

Campus Address

BRG 335A 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Dr. John Gales is an Assistant Professor at York University in the Department of Civil Engineering in Toronto, Canada where he leads their new Fire Safety Engineering Research Group. Dr. Gales also performs duties as a visiting professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Boston, USA, and University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Gales’ primary research interests include resilient structural fire design, and human behaviour in emergency situations. His research is active in various international collaborations and student exchanges related to fire safety engineering research with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and NIST in the USA. His students have been recipients of 48 major scholarships and research awards. He has been recipient of 11 major NSERC Canada research grants in the last five years and to date he has approximately 150 scientific contributions. He is one of four Task Group Chairs in the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the leading structural fire committee in the United States; voting member on the Canadian Building Code Standing Committee on Fire Protection (CCBFC); Chair of the committee on Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers; Associate Editor of Fire and Materials (John Wiley); Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (NRC research); Editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer-Nature), and was Chair of the 2018 Workshop on Fire Resistance of Structures for ASTM International. Learn more on his website at

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Structural Engineering) – University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) – Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada