Greenland Consulting is a professional engineering consultancy serving the energy and resource sectors. Our senior consultants strive for industry-leading project execution, engineering, construction management, and environmental excellence. We deliver innovative, practical, and cost effective solutions tailored to meet our client’s needs.
Our team came together with a common passion; we love engineering and technology. There is no better way for us to express our creativity than to build new innovative projects together.
We deliver successful projects by quickly adapting to our clients’ needs, which includes selecting the right team of specialists.
Leadership and Select Consultants
Bill Greenland, P.Eng. Managing Director Bill has a degree in mechanical engineering and over 30 years in leadership roles working for major clients in many industries including: technology development, renewable energy, thermal heavy oil, gas processing, oil sands mining, petroleum refining, pulp and paper, and mineral processing. He has broad experience in the following areas: operations management, project management, engineering management, business development, process and mechanical engineering, supply chain, contract administration, project planning, cost control, and estimating. He has worked on all phases of EPFC projects from conceptual design through construction. Bill enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors at every opportunity. He is also a former mechanic and an avid auto enthusiast who builds custom vehicles.
Gerald Bruce, P.Eng. Process Consultant Gerald is a Chemical Engineer with extensive experience in oil refining, bitumen upgrading, and process technology development. His over 40 years of experience in the downstream business has included concept development and implementation of new technologies, and is grounded by front line refinery experience. Gerald has experience processing synthetic crude at the Suncor (Petro-Canada) refinery and with heavy oil production through working with MEG Energy and BP Alaska. He also consulted to Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), BP Venezuela, and other SAGD producers. Gerald is the past president of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA), past president of the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA), and continues on the board as treasurer. Gerald continues his enjoyment of running, cycling, and skiing year round.
Phil Ponka, P.Eng. Mechanical & Industrial Ventilation Consultant Phil has over 20 years of experience in the design and engineering of specialty industrial mechanical equipment and systems. He is an internationally recognized expert with chemical emissions management and dust containment equipment including enclosures, air curtain systems, scrubbers, absorbers, bag houses, electrostatic precipitators, concentrators, and thermal oxidizers. Phil has experience in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. In his spare time, he is running or biking to stay strong.
Mark Odegard, P. Eng. Engineering Management Consultant Mark has over 30 years of experience in client and team management, as well as project development and design. He has a proven track record leading and training teams and developing creative, practical, and prompt solutions to remedy client concerns. His expertise includes design and development of mechanical, instrumentation & control systems, multi-discipline coordination, process optimization, client relations, and procedure development. Mark has worked for Suncor, Syncrude, Epcor, ATCO, and Fort Hills Energy. He has been an instrumentation lead, mechanical lead, senior project engineer, and engineering manager. Some highlights of his experience include new technology development and implementation, including patent pending technology for slurry pipeline process control and managing multi-billion dollar projects, such as the scoping study, DBM, and EDS phases of the Voyageur South Project, the detailed design and construction, scoping study, DBM, and EDS phases of the TRO suite of tailings projects, the construction, start up, DBM, EDS, and detailed design phases of the Fort Hills Project, the review of critical projects for engineering completeness and scope optimization and capital efficiency for Suncor, and the U1CDIP Project DBM/FEED for Suncor. The TRO Tailings and Water Transfer Projects were recognized as co-winners of the 2012 Suncor President’s Operational Excellence Award (POEA). Mark was cited by senior management for significantly reducing the project cost by optimizing the tailings process.
Greg Romaniszyn, M.Sc., P.Eng. Project Engineering & Management Consultant For over 40 years Greg has successfully managed complex grass-root oil sands projects, of up to $0.5 billion, for key multinationals (Syncrude, Kaiser, Suncor, Shell, Koch Oil, and ExxonMobil). Greg has led both Project Engineering and Project Management through all phases of the EPC process. Being the only Project Engineer / Manager assigned to Re-Commissioning and Start-Up of Bitumen Froth Treatment Plant, after major explosion and fire, Greg received Shell recognition for his significant contribution for rebuilding the entire Plant in a record time of 4 months. Greg had been appointed by Suncor senior management as one of four industry experts to re-start after complete freeze-up and de-bottleneck of Suncor Steep Bank Ore Preparation and Extraction Plants. This was accomplished to Suncor’s full satisfaction in only one month’s time. In parallel with his engagements in Mineral Processing, Greg engineered, troubleshot, and maintained operation of high capacity bulk materials handling systems (coal, lignite, iron ore, sulphur, oil sands ore, etc.) in open pit mines, power plants and sea terminals in Europe and Canada. Greg enjoys sailing, cross-country skiing, history, and classical music.
Steve Olds, B.Sc. Eng. Business Management & Project Execution Consultant Steve is a proven leader with over 40 years experience including concept planning through turnover to operations after commissioning and startup. Industry experience includes: oil and gas, mining and metals, iron and steel, chemical plants, water and waste treatment. Major international projects executed with multi-office design, worldwide procurement of equipment and fabrication, modularized design to minimize site construction hours. Development of contracting strategies to promote on time and on budget completion, with all parties working together to achieve a successful project. International design and construction experience includes: USA, Canada, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, Peru, and the Middle East. Steve enjoys travel with family and friends, time with our grandkids, and golf.
Ray Eng, AT Multi-Discipline 3D Design Consultant Ray graduated from Architectural Technologies at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and has assumed many conceptual design and detailed design lead roles in the oil, gas, and produced water industries. He has 20 years experience in manufacturing and fabrication and strong understanding of industrial machinery Ray brings a unique set of design skills to any team. Ray enjoys his time off with hand drawing and digital art, and also enjoys building miniature plastic vehicle models.
Jack Bao, P.Eng. Piping Consultant Jack has over 20 years of experience in piping/mechanical engineering. He has extensive experience in heavy oil, gas plants, SAGD, power plants, pump stations, natural gas compressor stations, including underground pipeline stress analysis, water hammer analysis, and transient control. Jack enjoys music, movies, and sports.
Ryan Legary, P.Eng. Civil & Environment Consultant Ryan has a degree in civil engineering and has over 20 years experience providing leadership for design, regulatory approvals and construction related work in oil sands, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, wood industry, hydropower, water resources, alternative/renewable energy and other primary resource industries. Ryan is committed to his family and enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and biking.
Ash Oak, M.Sc., P. Eng. Hydraulics Consultant Ash holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, followed by over 20 yrs experience in hydraulic analysis & design of commercial-scale slurry & water pipeline systems in mining & oil sands Industries. Some of these systems include: hydro-transport and tailings pipeline systems, Froth pipeline systems, and open channel slurry flow systems. Some key oil sands projects include: Aurora, Albian Sands, Fort Hills, Horizon, TRO, as well as Syncrude & Suncor base plants. Some of these slurry pipeline systems feature the largest slurry pumps in the world, as well as the largest flow rates for these types of slurries/compositions. During his work in oil sands, Ash has coordinated several confidential studies at the Saskatchewan Research Council for evaluation of slurry rheology, deposition velocity, and hydraulics scale-up parameters. Ash also provided hydraulics field support during start-ups of two major oil sands plants (Aurora and Albian Sands). The TRO Tailings and Water Transfer Projects were recognized as co-winners of the 2012 Suncor President’s Operational Excellence Award (POEA) and also presented with the Joseph J. Jacobs Master Builder Award in 2013. Ash was cited by senior management for Hydraulics Expertise on these projects.
Mike Rogers, B.Sc. Water Treatment Consultant Mike has over 40 years experience in all aspects of industrial water management. He spent the last 30 years in the oil sands industry, including 20 years at Syncrude Canada. He also has complementary experience in refinery process-side corrosion, fouling control, and extensive utilities experience, especially as it relates to high pressure boiler tube failure prevention. He has gained a thorough knowledge of water management for both SAGD and open pit oil sands operations. He is considered an expert in his field in water balance and ionic predictive modeling (Matlab and Simulink), produced water treatment, boiler feedwater treatment, cooling water treatment, wastewater treatment, potable water treatment, water treatment for recycle and reuse, issues with water management and tailings for the oil sands industry, boiler tube failure prevention, water-side and process-side corrosion control programs, and engineering and operator training in all the above areas. He served as chairman of the Industrial Water Treatment Group at NACE, International and chairman of the Water Treatment Group at the Canadian Oilsands Network for Research and Development. He has also served as the Chair, NACE Water Conservation and Reuse Group. He has published extensively with Syncrude Research, NACE, International, International Water Conference (IWC), and Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Derek Macdonald, MBA, P. Eng. Steam & Power Generation Consultant Derek has over 30 years of OEM experience consulting and contracting for private and crown corporation clients, with projects up to $2 billion. He has an excellent understanding of the Chemical, Oil, Gas, and Power Generation industries. He has extensive knowledge of power generation equipment and the development of power projects for both the industrial and utility markets. His experience includes: project management, project engineering, cost engineering, site engineering, contract administration, business development, financial analysis, project evaluation, and feasibility studies. He spearheaded the development of a $1 billion integrated waste fuel plant for the oil sands and led the establishment of the first dry sulphur capture plant in the oil sands with Syncrude. His extensive steam generation experience includes: Combustion fuels: natural gas, refinery gas, coal, petcoke, biomass, diesel, and oil. Boiler applications (OTSG and Drum) at Suncor, Syncrude, CNRL, Saskferco, Statoil, Alberta Envirofuels, Diashowa, Hinton Pulp, ATCO, TAU, EPCOR, SaskPower, Total, Manitoba Hydro, and Weyerhaeuser. Cogeneration applications (GTs, HRSG and OTHRSG) at Cenovus, MEG Energy, Suncor, Shell, TransCanada, CNRL, ATCO Power, Capital Power, Manitoba Hydro, SaskPower and Northlands Power.
Jim Blum, M.Sc., P. Eng. Tailings Consultant Jim has a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Irrigation. He has practiced engineering for 50 years, the last 40 of which have been in Alberta on petroleum resource-based industries. He spent 15 years with Imperial as a project engineer. He brought the Cold Lake In-situ project into being and spent time at their Redwater fertilizer plant. This was the beginning of his tailings interest as the manager of the gypsum storage facility. Later he worked for Albian and Shell at the Muskeg River Mine in tailings design, operation, and research. In 2006 he formed his own consulting practice and was engaged in aspects of FEED for Northern Lights, Joslyn, Equinox, Kearl and Fort Hills. He then worked COSIA assessing the viability of proposed technologies. Currently Jim is engaged part-time as lead tailings consultant for First Nations and Metis in the Fort McMurray area for reviews of Oil Sand Tailings Management Plans and Annual Reports. Having been raised in England and Malaysia and then immigrating to New Zealand, he has a particular interest in travel. He has visited all the continents except Antarctica, including such sites as the Potala in Lhasa, Tibet, Ankhor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Pichu in Peru, and several African safaris. As a young man, he drove a vintage car from Colombo, Sri Lanka, across the Khyber Pass, through the Middle East to Europe, taking 100 days to cover 10,000 miles.
Scott Ager, P. Eng. Infrastructure Consultant Scott is a professional Civil Engineer with over 40 years experience in the mining industry specializing in civil design, construction management, and environmental protection. Scott has held senior design and management positions with engineering consulting firms and, most recently, with a major mining company. Scott was recently Project Lead for water infrastructure for a new open pit mine located in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. Duties included Scope of Work definition and coordination of multiple engineering consultants for water management infrastructure design. Fresh-water diversion systems included four new dams with pumping systems, and mine impacted water sedimentation pond collection and treatment systems. Scott also has expertise with tailings and water retaining structure regulations in Alberta and B.C., including the Canadian Dam Safety Guidelines. Scott enjoys participating in sports including squash, tennis, cross-country skiing, and biking.
Zoran Borac, M.Sc. Eng. Structural Consultant Zoran has about 40 years of experience in industrial design for Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Oil Sands Mining, and Pulp & Paper facilities. This includes all design phases, from initial studies and FEED to detail design phase of both greenfield and brownfield EPC projects. Zoran’s expertise includes structural design of steel structures, concrete foundations and piling for crusher plants, conveyors, surge bins, slurry prep towers, pump houses and pipeline anchors, steel pipe racks and cable racks, as well as open steel structures and process operating platforms/buildings and electrical substations.
Greg Coady, PMP Project, Regulatory & Indigenous Relations Consultant Greg is a 30-year veteran of the engineering and construction industries. He held the position of vice president in the energy services industry in several portfolios such as operations, business development, and project delivery. His industry knowledge, leadership skills, and expertise with stakeholder relations drive projects from inception to completion. He has led project teams from the conceptual phase to full EPFC in the following sectors: LNG Production, Natural Gas Processing / NGL Recovery / Fractionation, Natural Gas Gathering and Compression Pipelines, Sour Gas Treating / Acid Gas Injection, Sulphur Recovery, Oil Sands Extraction / Upgrading / Tailings, Heavy Oil Recovery / SAGD, and Power Generation / Cogeneration. Greg brings extensive experience the following areas: EPFC project execution planning and delivery, regulatory including NEB, BCOGC, and AER, cost estimation, value improvement practices, risk management, change management, business performance and growth, business development and pursuit strategies, and indigenous relations.
Roy Ifill, Ph.D. Process & Metallurgical Consultant Roy has over 20 years of experience in process development (hydrometallurgy and solid-liquid separation) and production operations (nickel and Bayer alumnia). In 2020 he was selected to be a member of a world panel of experts in tailings treatment and handling. He specializes in problem solving and process development. He has experience with the process engineering of slurry transport systems in the oils sands and his mineral processing expertise includes solid-liquid separation in oil sands tailings and leach residues by filtration and electrocoagulation. Roy’s work with hydrometallurgy includes metal extraction from base metal concentrates, leach residues and low-grade ores, seeding and particle growth, and metal recovery from scrap. Roy is a peer reviewer for five journals including Mining and the Metallurgy and Exploration Journal. He has published research on mineralogy and leaching behaviour of uranium minerals, solid-liquid separation by electrocoagulation, and slurry dewatering by crossflow filtration.
Kelly Roberge, M.Sc., P. Eng. Process, Materials & Tailings Consultant Kelly holds a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. He has 20 years of experience in the areas of oil sands mine development, ore preparation, extraction, froth treatment, and – in particular – tailings. Kelly has led the transition to new tailings methods in existing oil sands mines and assessed novel extraction and ore processing technologies. He is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in tailings and water transfer and has worked as Process Lead for multiple clients. His technical specializations are slurry transport, pipeline hydraulics, and tailings infrastructure. The TRO Tailings and Water Transfer Projects were recognized as co-winners of the 2012 Suncor President’s Operational Excellence Award (POEA) and also presented with the Joseph J. Jacobs Master Builder Award in 2013. Kelly was cited by senior management for Systems Design on these projects.
Bulk Material Handling & Tailings Consultant Our consultant leads a team of engineers and designers with decades of experience in bulk material handling systems for mines, ports, mineral processing plants, and transportation loading/unloading facilities. He has extensive experience in wet materials handling. This includes high density sand, clay, and rock slurry pipelining from the mineral processing plants to the tailings deposition area and the subsequent placement of this material, including gravity dewatering, for continuous construction of tailings dykes. In addition, he has experience in tailings pond sand capping used at the final stage of tailings pond reclamation.
Tom Kemp, M.S. Eng. Process Consultant Tom has been providing engineering and technical services to domestic and international chemical, refining and oil production clients for over 40 years. This experience includes project and engineering management, technology evaluation, energy optimization, process design, engineering, construction, and startup. Fortunate enough to follow his front-end design work through startup to operations on several projects, he has a unique insight into how front-end decisions affect construction, start-up and operation. Tom held positions in process engineering design and technical management with Jacobs Engineering, Commonwealth Engineering and Construction, and S&B Engineers and Constructors before moving to Calgary in 2004 to establish the Canadian office of Jacobs Consultancy. He transitioned to Nexen in 2010 as General Manager of Process and Project Development, ending there as General Manager, Engineering. Starting his career with UOP in Chicago as a process development engineer in FCC technology, his work led to the two basic patents that are now UOP’s VSS reactor internals. New ideas, pilot plants and engineering research and development remain his first technical love.
Paul Oostindie, B.A.Sc., A.Sc.T., P. Eng. Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls Consultant Paul is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the mining, pulp and paper, chemical, and utility industries. He specializes in all aspects of electrical and instrumentation design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance. Paul is experienced in all aspects of the design process from estimating, scheduling, HAZOPs, logic design, PLC & DCS design, and programming. He has a wealth of chemical knowledge that he gained while working at UBC’s chemistry department, that help in producing proper P&IDs and instrument data sheets. He has been consulting for several consulting firms, taking on their most challenging projects. Paul spends his limited free time enjoying skiing, mountain biking, and photography.
Roger Melley, Ph.D. Non-Metallic Materials & Materials Handling Consultant Roger started his career in R&D and Technical Support in the rubber industry, where he developed a conveyor belt for use in the oil sands mining industry. He also helped design a new production plant capable of manufacturing the belting and helped bring it to full production capacity. He then joined Syncrude Research as Section Head Mining & Materials and took on the role of Conveyor Specialist at the operations site. He became involved in numerous projects in heavy mining equipment, extraction, upgrading, and tailings. Roger also started a research program in tribology with the objective of developing better lubricants to prolong the active life of key components in heavy equipment. On leaving Syncrude he started his own consulting company and was soon hired by Maryn International as VP Research, where he was responsible for all technical aspects of the company, including after-market lubricants and fuel additives and environmentally friendly lubes. On leaving Maryn he spent the next 11 years working with Brenntag Canada and Champion Technologies as Manager Oil Sands Technology. He led teams working to develop and provide technical support related to chemistries to improve the separation of bitumen in the oil sands mining and SAGD industries. Roger was a CONRAD representative for many years. He was an officer of the company (Treasurer), member of the Board of Directors, and chairman of the Bitumen Production Research Group. He then became Nalco Champion’s representative for COSIA. He has been active since the 1980’s in several technical societies including the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) and has published and presented numerous refereed papers.
Kevin Cusack, B.Sc. Eng. Construction & Commissioning Consultant Kevin has over 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry and has brought his expertise to facilities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Albania, Japan, and the Beaufort Sea. During his time with Gulf Canada, Kevin established the cyclical rig inspection program for offshore drilling units, was a senior safety advisor, and was Gas Operations and Maintenance foreman. Kevin started up the Kerrobert SAGD plant, a sour gas facility in BC, and was an integral part of the AEC East SAGD facility. The AEC East facility project was successful as cost was within 2% of budget and first steam was within 2 weeks of original schedule. He was responsible for CO2 reduction at Syncrude, Suncor, and Voyageur Utilities and waste heat recovery at CNRL Horizon. Kevin was responsible for early project planning, design input, modularization, field construction management, startup and commissioning, procurement, contracts, and managing logistics and engineering groups. Kevin and his wife enjoy raising performance-oriented Arabian horses and flying.
Greg Pontifex, M.Sc., P. Eng. Process & Chemical Consultant Greg has over 30 years engineering for major clients with work including conceptual studies, detailed design, start-up, and commissioning. He worked in oil sands, pulp & paper, mining & metals, pharmaceuticals, and occupational health. He has expertise in the following areas: materials handling, slurry preparation, extraction, froth treatment, hydrotransport, tailings, vapour and solvent recovery, and water treatment. He also successfully automated Shell’s business staffing plan model, for which he received a recognition award. Greg has extensive experience in hydraulic modelling using AFT Fathom, slurry transport using Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC’s) programs, and Aspen-HySys. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Greg earned a diploma in Natural Gas & Petroleum Technology, an honours bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and a master’s degree in physical chemistry (related to nanotechnology and applicable to chemical engineering and mineral processing). His co-authored publication in Journal of Physical Chemistry was one of the world’s first STM studies of a heterogeneous catalysis. Variants of the STM imaging technique have been used to characterize mineral particles in extraction and tailings. In Greg’s free time he enjoys running and reading in science, history, and politics.
Darcy Carignan, B.Sc. Eng. Process Consultant Darcy has 25 years of experience in heavy oil, conventional oil & gas, and varied experience in the petrochemical industry. He has had success with lead roles on multi-million dollar projects, as well as fulfilling multiple roles on smaller projects. His process experience includes sweet and sour conventional oil & gas gathering systems and processing facilities, mineable oil sands froth treatment/extraction facilities, and SAGD pad and central process facility design. Darcy’s experience base extends from scoping studies, conceptual through DBM, basic, and detail design stages, as well as varied plant experience from construction through commissioning and start-up phases, and operations support of large scale pilot and commercial plant operations.
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