Lars has been involved in assessing and managing environmental liabilities in the oil and gas sector for nearly 20 years. His current focus is on leading a diverse group of professionals in handling the recent influx of properties being designated as orphans in Alberta as a result of the current downturn in the oil and gas industry. A large portion of his time is dedicated to managing this increase as well as a substantial increase in funding including a provincial loan that will be repaid by the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the Orphan Well Association, Lars worked in the environmental consulting field, the oil and gas service sector and within a large producer. His work in all three sectors focused on the abandonment and reclamation of oil and gas assets including estimating liabilities. The Orphan Well Association is an independent non‐profit organization that operates under the delegated legal authority of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Funding comes from the Alberta upstream oil and gas industry to abandon and reclaim orphan properties. Orphan properties are wells, pipelines, facilities and associated sites that have been left behind by defunct or insolvent companies and are designated as orphans by the AER.