Establishing leadership, creating and sustaining culture, and defining clear governance are critical pieces of operational success. 


Leadership, culture and governance are three core pillars for businesses to achieve cohesiveness and overall effectiveness.  



Governance is how organizations are managed at multiple levels, focused on accountability for action and decision-making that enable your systems to work as intended. It's about the systems and mechanisms that enable leaders and hold them accountable vs. emphasizing power and control.

Building from governance, leadership is not just about a rank in a hierarchy, but is a practiced skill to ensure strategic direction and support channels are communicated and exemplified by leaders in an organization to employees.

Culture is the essence of an organization, its' character, atmosphere and qualities, specifically rooted in the organizations core values and exemplified through its' leaders.


These three pillars are not easy to define or implement well while continuing to manage your organization' daily operations. SPAN has successfully helped organizations emerge from reactive management to achieving consistent and expected success by defining governance, supporting leaders to lead their change, and implementing the culture needed to reach new levels of performance. 


SPAN has developed a proven approach to managing these core pillars regardless of organization size or complexity. Our leadership, governance, and culture expertise can help you:

  • Develop effective leaderships skills through coaching 
  • Execute and sustain significant culture change through effective buy-in and
  • Implement successful governance holding all personnel to account

Strong leaders are empowered by a clear governance structure. With clear accountabilities, leaders are able to communicate and make decisions in a timely fashion and can exemplify the culture of the organization in every conversation and action they take.  

Alex Eddington, Principal, SPAN Consulting

What our clients say

"Our clients are often shy to speak publicly, but I can say that they commonly rave about our people and how easy we are to work with. As an owner I am proud to claim that we have a 100% client satisfaction rate and I encourage you to ask for references to hear those stories for yourself."


Principal and Owner, SPAN Consulting

"Our member companies were concerned that their information could be unsecure, and we were concerned we couldn't scale up our systems as our programs grow; we are solving both by implementing Octane."


VP Performance, CEPA - Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Case studies and resources

Implementing a Pipeline Safety Management System in field operations

In 2015 Plains Midstream Canada implemented their Management System across all field operations. 

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Whitepaper: Implementing API RP 1173 - How to get started

We have created this introductory Whitepaper to explain the basics of API RP 1173 and enable you to get started.

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A sample of our specialists

Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington - Principal


Alex has spent his career of over twenty years designing, implementing and auditing management systems in pipelines, midstream and upstream oil and gas, along with utilities and municipal operations.


Alex has led the design and implementation of multiple Pipeline Safety Management System and Operations Management System implementations and supporting processes such as risk management, regulatory management, Health & Safety, Asset Integrity, Process Safety and Safety Culture to name a few. Alex is also a certified management system auditor and typically supports most SPAN projects as a technical expert and advisor.  

MacKenzie Meens

Operations Manager | Consultant

MacKenzie Meens

Operations Manager | Consultant

MacKenzie Meens - Operations Manager,  Consultant

With an infused background which combines business and sustainability, MacKenzie develops strategies to drive success and long-term value for clients.


MacKenzie is a Operational Management System (OMS) Project Manager with successful program implementation encompassing corporate and field-based stakeholder groups and is an accomplished professional with a track record of delivering results, meeting deadlines and achieving corporate goals in dynamic, competitive, environments through sustained self-motivation and leadership.

James Ullyott

Managing Director | Senior Consultant

James Ullyott

Managing Director | Senior Consultant

James Ullyott - Managing Director, Senior Consultant


Ten years experience in consulting, focused on process development and management system design and implementation for large organizations in the pipeline, midstream and upstream oil and gas industries.


James approaches business problems from a technical perspective, and has a passion for ensuring the solution is practical, fits the business environment, and produces defined business value.


He has worked on large OMS, program and process implementations, including providing technical input to design and managing the needs of multiple stakeholders. In changing business environments, he has adapted to ensure objectives are met.

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