About Us

Leading Change Through Innovation

About ELM

ELM Inc., is an industry-leading Canadian service company with over 30 years of direct industry experience, offering single-source environmental liability management services in the areas of abandonment, decommissioning, remediation, reclamation, water and waste management. ELM is backed by a highly technical team with seasoned leadership, safely delivering tailored solutions to our clients.

ELM’s commitment is to improve the environment, while reducing risk for our clients and stakeholders. Our strengths are providing experienced oversight, ensuring timely and efficient completion of complex projects and understanding client needs.


Our company’s journey began in the late 80’s with the goal of helping upstream and midstream companies clean up their liabilities, retire their wellbores, pipelines and facilities and complete reclamation for end-of-life assets.

After almost 30 years of direct industry experience as Abandonrite, we changed the company’s name to ELM Inc. in 2017. Our company remains committed to continuous improvement in order to remain your first choice for liability management solutions.

With our new name in place, we began to make significant changes throughout the organization that would allow us to design and deliver improved value-added solutions for our clients. As part of the change, we now offer a wider range of services for our customers, making us your single-source for comprehensive liability management solutions.

Our technical depth, expanded service offering and innovative technologies, along with ELM’s exclusive "Cost Cap" overrun protection solution, make ELM a unique service provider in our industry.


To be the preferred Canadian choice for the delivery of safe and innovative environmental liability management solutions.

Here's How

  • Drive a safety culture throughout the company that is incorporated in our delivered services.
  • Deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions that exceed clients’ expectations.
  • Develop or acquire state-of-the-art technologies that reduce our customers’ costs and their impact on the environment.
  • Design collaborative programs to mitigate environmental liability.

Mission and Values

To work collaboratively with our clients to deliver safe, creative solutions to environmental liability management issues while delivering real results, managing cost overrun risk and reducing environmental impacts.

Our service delivery is grounded in the following values:

  • Safety
  • Passion
  • Ownership Mentality
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration

Indigenous Recognition

ELM works to build and maintain relationships with Indigenous communities, and to protect their heritage, through respect, trust and understanding their needs. ELM is committed to promoting a business culture that is inclusive and respects diversity. ELM supports Indigenous organizations and initiatives that contribute to sustainable and social development, through a collaborative framework, and is working toward joint venture opportunities founded on these principles.

ELM will offer contracting opportunities to qualified Indigenous companies, suppliers and contractors, where appropriate.

ELM is proud to have worked with the following Indigenous communities:

  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
  • Attawapiskat
  • Blackfoot
  • Fort Albany
  • Mathias Colomb Cree Nation

  • Michipicoten
  • Mississauga’s of the New Credit
  • Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement
  • Loon River First Nation
  • Blackfoot Blood Reserve
  • Fishing Lake Metis Settlement

  • Louis Bull First Nation
  • Moose Cree
  • Munsee-Delaware
  • Taykwa Tagamou
  • Temagami
  • Wahgoshig

  • Zhiibaahaasing
  • Peerless Trout First Nation
  • Gift Lake Metis Settlement
  • Hay River Metis
  • Tsuut'ina Nation First Nation
  • Pigeon Lake 138A
  • Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Health, Safety & Environment

ELM is committed to ensuring we conduct our activities in a manner that will protect the health and safety of our employees, clients, contractors and the public. This is not just a corporate directive, but rather a responsibility that every ELM Inc. employee takes very personally. When it comes to safety, we have adopted the Energy Safety Canada’s 10 Lifesaving Rules, to ensure alignment between ourselves and our clients’ and industry’s expectations. Our vision is to integrate health, safety and the environment into all aspects of our business and create a culture of HSE recognized as a model by industry and stakeholders. 

Safety Registries and Memberships

ELM is an account holder with Complyworks, ISNetworld and Avetta. This allows our clients to have a transparent window into our Health and Safety Management Systems and provides benchmarks against which to measure our progress with respect to health and safety. Please see the links to these sites below:

Meet the

Leadership Team

Steve Konopelky,  B.Econ
President & CEO

Steve has spent the last 25 years developing a broad range of experience in building start-up companies, effectively streamlining
Read More financials, raising capital and leading operational initiatives across various industries. Steve was a founder, President & CEO of Silver Mountain Mines Inc., a Canadian exploration company. Steve was Vice President of a power development company for over 4 years, responsible for managing business worth over $400M in development opportunities. Steve has provided development and consulting services within various sectors including power development, trans-load logistic facilities, real estate and manufacturing. Steve has a degree from the University of Toronto (economics) and accredited designations in financial, investment and risk management.
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Tammi Price,  C.P.A.

Tammi brings over 25 years of progressive experience and knowledge in strategy, finance, corporate development, investor
Read More relations and communications to ELM. Prior to joining ELM, Tammi spent over 20 years working in the Oil and Gas industry in various finance related capacities at Gibson Energy Inc. and was a key member of the Senior Management and Executive Team for more than 10 years. She has proven success in leading all aspects of complex acquisitions, dispositions and organic growth, with a track record of closing over 30 transactions totaling over $1.5 billion. Tammi spent 4 years with Ernst & Young working in Corporate Audit where she completed her Chartered Accountant Designation. Tammi is a graduate of Saint Mary's University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
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Malcolm McKean,  P. Eng, B. Eng Mech
Vice President Liability Management

Malcolm brings over 35 years of oil and gas experience with 26 years related directly to liability management and decommissioning.
Read More He started with Abandonrite in 1992 providing hands on field level project management in the decommissioning of wells. During his career in the energy sector, Malcolm has held a broad range of technical and leadership roles.  He has been responsible for all aspects of project management including program development, scheduling, worksite safety, planning, co-ordination and field work execution.  He has successfully managed thousands of well abandonments, vent flow and gas migration remediation and leaking well re-entries for repair.
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Jason Schroeder
Director Liability Management

Jason has over 20 years of progressive oil & gas experience related to liability management. He started with Abandonrite in
Read More 1998 providing technical support on environmental reclamation projects. His focus has shifted to decommissioning project management, including planning, co-ordination and execution of field work to decommission pipelines and facilities. He works closely with client representatives to ensure that their liabilities are being managed efficiently. He is also responsible for managing the technical support team that is involved with ELM’s decommissioning and liability management service delivery.
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Dr. Dean Fitzgerald,  B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Ecologist, Director Environmental Services

Dean brings over 25 years of direct experience focused on the evaluation, design and management of solutions for all
Read More environmental impacts. He has worked on projects at various sites across North America as well as Chile, Peru, Uruguay, and Panama. Dean is skilled at completing environmental assessments (EAs), at all levels, that integrate ecological features associated with man-made and natural stressors across ecosystems throughout various industries. Dean is well respected and recognized throughout the industry and was part of the largest IBA settlement in Canada. He has had significant involvement with land use planning for different client sectors including the First Nations.
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Meet the


Dr. Preston McEachern, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., QEP
Water & Waste Technology

Preston is a respected leader in water management in the oil and gas water industry with 23 years’ experience in solving water
Read More treatment challenges. He is actively engaged by clients in advisory roles and holds three faculty positions with Canadian Universities. Previously, he was Vice President of Research and Development at one of the largest North American Oil and Gas Service companies.
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Brian Harrison,  P.Eng
Water & Waste Operations

Brian brings over 30 years of proven leadership and technical expertise in environmental and regulatory processes
Read More along with expertise in reservoir, production, and facility engineering and operations. Brian previously served as Vice President of facilities development, engineering and construction at Secure Energy Services. He also has previous experience specializing in regulatory compliance, thermal heavy oil, waste management and operations at Grizzly Oil Sands, Devon Energy, Canadian Crude Separators (Tervita), and Imperial Oil.
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Lynn McCarty,  Ph.D., B.Sc., M.Sc.
Environmental Risk and Toxicology Impacts

Lynn has spent several decades working in environmental toxicology and risk assessment for governments, industry and
Read More NGOs. He has been an invited expert at several workshops and was a co-organizer of the 2007 SETAC Pellston Workshop on the Tissue Residue Approach for Toxicity Assessment. He has been appointed to various expert panels including the 2005 USEPA Science Advisory Board Aquatic Life Criteria Consultative Panel and the Strategic Projects Selection Panel for Healthy Environments and Ecosystems for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Recent projects have included critical reviews of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline oil spill, risk assessments for the Haisla Nation Council, co-PI in a 3-year European Chemical Industry Council Long-range Research Initiative grant on narcosis body residue validation, extensive regulatory decision-making framework advice for CropLife America and a Canadian chemical industry trade association (CEPA-ICG). Included in the over sixty peer-reviewed research publications with several cited in regulatory protocols, guidelines, and regulations, as well as two chapters in the second edition of standard reference book "Fundamentals of Aquatic Toxicology". Recent work has involved the peer review of technical projects on greenfield and brownfield mine sites north of Lake Superior for Michipicoten First Nation with Dr. Fitzgerald and John Kim Bell.
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Board Members

Vince Goegan, BA, B.Ed

Vince was a corporate executive for most of his 30 years at Canadian Pacific. His leadership roles within CP incorporated skills
Read More in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, business development, change management, logistics and performance measurement. As a project manager, he led several cross-functional initiatives to integrate multiple core operating systems at CP as well as a CRM project with budgets ranging from $25M to $125M. He now operates his own consulting company and has worked with such companies as Exxon, Bowater, Petro Canada, McKinsey & Co., the City of Calgary as well as a number of other small to mid-sized companies.
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Donald Fowlis,  C.A.

Don spent over 30 years working in the oil and gas industry in various finance related capacities. He has extensive experience and
Read More knowledge in many facets of finance, risk management, human resources, IT and administrative matters. Don spent nine years with Clarkson Gordon/Ernst & Young working in the areas of Corporate Audit and Entrepreneurial Services where he advised many Companies on financial and strategic matters. He then joined Gibson Energy Inc. and was a key member of the Senior Management and Executive Team for 23 years before retiring as the CFO. Don was instrumental in helping to grow the Company, participating in many corporate acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance transactions. He was a valuable member of the team that divested and reorganized the Company in 2009 and the team that led the IPO of the Company in 2011, which was voted the Canadian Dealmakers IPO of the year. Don is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree and subsequently received his Chartered Accountant Designation.
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Steve VanSickle,  BSc.

Steve has over 30 years’ experience in both the domestic and international oil and gas exploration and production business, as well
Read More as the midstream industry. Steve brings a wealth of experience in building, shaping, governance of and liquidity of both small and large entities across several public and private companies in various capacities at senior management levels. He has been involved as a founder, CEO or director of 14 E&P companies as well as being involved in two midstream entities. Steve has an entrepreneurial history of founding, building and selling E&P companies, as well as serving on a number of Boards of both domestic and international E&P companies. He began his career as a geologist with Amoco and advanced through a number of domestic and international assignments, attending Amoco’s Petrophysics school in Tulsa, Ok as well as the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Steve is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
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Justin A. Perry, MEB, BES, CRM

Justin is the Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader at Aon and leads the Environmental Services Group (ESG), with
Read More an eight-member team whose expertise ELM has the privilege to draw upon with respect to risk mitigation strategies and insurance. Justin provides risk advisory, including environmental risk identification and assessment, contract management consulting, and insurance policy development and placement for clients within Aon’s many national industry practice groups including manufacturing, energy, mining, aviation, power, public sector, construction, food and agribusiness. He has delivered presentations to Canadian boards, consulted on many of Canada’s significant infrastructure placements, advocated on several client claims and assisted in structuring and writing global environmental risk placements. He has also served as lead consultant on environmental risk in various mergers and acquisitions and public infrastructure developments. Justin has co-authored articles for publication and is relied upon as a speaker on the topic of environmental risk through discussion panels, seminars and conferences. Justin served in underwriting for five years and contributed to underwriting some of the most complex environmental placements in Canada and has continued to advance the expectation of insurance coverage. Justin has a bachelor’s in environmental studies and a Masters in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo. He also has a Certified Risk Management Designation.
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Corporate Governance

The Role of the Board of Directors

The primary responsibility of the Board is to provide governance and stewardship to the Company. Each of the members of the Board is required to exercise their business judgment in a manner consistent with their fiduciary duties. In particular, directors are required to act honestly and in good faith, with a view to the best interests of the Company and to exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.

The Board discharges its responsibility for supervising the management of the business and affairs of the Company by delegating the day-to-day management of the Company to senior officers. The Board oversees the Company’s systems of corporate governance and financial reporting and controls to ensure that the Company reports adequate and fair financial information to shareholders and engages in ethical and legal corporate conduct. Its goal is to ensure that ELM continues to operate as a successful business, and to optimize financial returns to increase the Company’s value over time while effectively managing the risks confronting the organization.

Committees of the Board

There are currently two standing committees of the Board: the Corporate Governance & Compensation Committee and the Health and Safety Committee. Committee members are appointed by and comprised exclusively of members of the Board. The mandates of the Committees ensure, collectively, that the Board fulfills its duties and responsibilities and that there is effective supervision and direction of management in the conduct of the affairs of the Company. The Chair of a committee is selected by the Board from among the members of the relevant committee.

Corporate Governance Committee

The mandate of the Corporate Governance Committee is to assist the Board in monitoring, reviewing and approving ELMs’ corporate governance policies and practices, identifying individuals qualified to become members of the Board and evaluating the functioning of the Board and its Committees on an annual basis.