About McFarlen Engineering

McFarlen Engineering History

McFarlen Engineering Ltd. was founded in 1990, when Jonn McFarlen decided to resign his full-time position and implement his revolutionary ideas through starting his own consulting engineering practice. Jonn’s vision was not to build just another engineering consulting firm. His main focus has always been on the Recausticizing system with a goal to provide a comprehensive engineering solution through combining consulting services with innovative parts and equipment solutions – improving recausticizing and material handling operations.

For over 26 years, McFarlen Engineering Ltd. has been saving millions of dollars by increasing reliability for hundreds of clients in Pulp and Paper, Waste and Water Treatment, Mining and Food Processing industries. Today McFarlen Engineering Ltd. is well known in the recausticizing community as a leading provider of recausticizing, clarification and filtration systems.

McFarlen Engeering Team

Jonn McFarlen P. Eng. – President, Founder, Consultant

Jonn McFarlen is a Professional Engineer with over 39 years of experience in process and equipment design for Pulp and Paper, Waste and Water Treatment, Mining and Food Processing industries.

Jonn has pioneered pressure filtration, solid contact clarification and other state of the art changes to the recausticizing process. He provides studies, seminars, equipment and parts proposals, conceptual design, process advice, mechanical checkout, start up supervision, pilot plant operations, process and equipment modifications, major equipment specifications, and criteria for auxiliary equipment and instrumentation.


Trevor Van Bavel – Operations Manager, Process and Equipment Specialist, Consultant

Over the past 4 years, Trevor has helped to improve Recausticizing and Lime Kiln operations by providing functional best practices, process control upgrades, and recovery & preventative maintenance plans. As part of the ownership transition and business succession program, Trevor joined Jonn McFarlen Consulting Team in 2014, in the of capacity of Process and Equipment Specialist. Trevor has been providing operational solutions to Pulp and Paper Recausticizing Systems, Waste and Water Treatment Facilities, and Mining Operations. As a senior recaust consultant, Trevor is assisting clients with studies, seminars, proposals and specifications, conceptual designs, mechanical/process troubleshooting and operational/shutdown supervision. Trevor helps clients realize significant savings by implementing unique, cost effective process control and equipment changes.

Olivia Gorio – Office Manager, Customer Support, Accounting Manager
Olivia adds her 8 years of office management and accounting experience to McFarlen Engineering Ltd. to bring outstanding customer service. Based out of the Vancouver Head Office, she is the first line of support for customers calling in. She manages all project related documentation and invoicing and facilitates communications between clients, consultants, vendors and office staff.