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Marcel Leal-Valias

Expert Advisor & Instructor

Mr. Leal-Valias has more than 50 years of experience in engineering/design and project management in the petrochemical industry in North and South America and Australia and 27 years as a certified PHA specialist and trainer. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Centro de Treinamento Industrial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and diplomas in Management and Supervision from People Growth Inc., Los Angeles, USA. Mr. Leal-Valias has conducted a multitude of PHA studies that comply with OSHA Process Safety Management guidelines in North and South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean and also has delivered P&ID and PHA training courses to many companies in Canada and overseas.

He is a member of ASET, the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers, Project Management Institute and the Canadian Institute of Energy.


"Instructor was very good, mastering every aspect of the course. Very knowledgeable and personable. Instructor did very, very well. Answered all questions, involved all the students."

"The instructor has not only formally trained us but provided us with valuable information that you cannot find in any book or movie, which we would cherish and impart to others!!"

"Instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced and did a great job of developing the students as facilitators."

"Good use of real world examples helps drive the points home."

"The instructor is excellent. He took great time and care to explain and make sure everyone was on board."

"Very knowledgeable and made learning fun."

"Great, easy to understand delivery of tools & information."

"Marcel knows his stuff & is very engaged - taking care to include everyone."

"Excellent and very experienced instructor with practical examples."

"Vast experience and knowledge. Calm demeanor but engaged and very passionate about the topic. Good coach and teacher."

"Strong knowledge on topic, very engaged and enthusiastic, good delivery."

"Marcel was very knowledgeable, kept the discussion on track and kept things fresh."

"Excellent course, vast experience of instructor."

"Instructor's knowledge excellent. Engagement and delivery very good."

"Marcel knows his stuff. He's able to answer almost all questions."

"Very knowledgeable & entertaining. Marcel is an excellent educator and needs a raise."

"Excellent knowledge and varied experience. Really made the subject matter relevant."

"Marcel is a superior educator, one of the best."

"Marcel is a fantastic instructor and I would recommend both him and the course to any of my colleagues."

"Very knowledgeable, aware of group dynamics; use of specific examples from past experience was helpful."

"Very knowledgeable and good examples in class."

"Very engaging with lots of experience and shared past knowledge of facilitating PHAs."

"Marcel was very engaging & knowledgeable."

"Course was delivered in a way that all participants had to be engaged."