Strum Consulting was founded in early 1995 in Bedford, Nova Scotia when Bruce Strum identified a niche for environmental consulting of domestic oil spills. At that time, Strum Environmental (as we were known then) catered to a host of insurance companies and developed strong relationships with individual clients, and guided them through the technically demanding, as well as the sensitive, process of a domestic oil spill clean-up.
Within a few years, the Company diversified into other services including;
- Phase I, II, and III Environmental Site Assessments (ESA),
- Underground Storage Tank (UST) Assessments,
- Remediation (Phase IV),
- Risk Management,
- Auditing, and
- Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
Increasingly, Strum Environmental fostered the capabilities to service commercial, institutional, industry, and government clients in a range of environmental service areas with the same thorough, technically sound, and cost-effective solutions focusing on personal client relationships, that was first established with Strum’s original insurance clients.
The last few years have been a period of significant growth at Strum. In order to meet the ongoing demands of our clients, we were required to grow and add additional services to our Company. We began to offer Civil Engineering services and Land Development services. We also acquired a Survey and Engineering consulting firm (HJS Consultants Ltd.) and a Civil Engineering firm (Mac Williams Engineering) and most recently a Mechanical Engineering firm (Barber Engineering Services) to Strum Consulting and began to provide legal land surveys, construction surveying, civil engineering, land development, and mechanical engineering services to our existing and new clients. Even through this period of growth and expansion, the focus was always on adding new complementary services to better meet our client’s needs. To increase the awareness of our broader capabilities and services, we also underwent a name change. The change from Strum Environmental to Strum Consulting is a reflection of the broad range of services we now offer.
We also took the historic step of opening up the ownership of Strum, to include a larger number of Shareholders who are also senior leaders within our organization. By broadening the ownership to the current eleven shareholders, we now have created a Company that has strong and diverse leadership to create a sustainable corporate structure for our continued long-term growth and success. As part of a long-term succession plan, Bruce Strum stepped down as President in January 2021 to assume a senior role focused on Special Projects. Shawn Duncan, a 30-year veteran in the consulting industry, assumed the role of President of Strum Consulting.
Today, Strum Consulting has grown to 80 employees, with the intention of growing further in the coming years. Our staff team is multi-disciplinary, consisting of certified site professionals (certified across multiple provinces), engineers, geologists and hydrogeologists, biologists, technologists, legal land surveyors, and masters level environmental specialists.
Throughout its success and growth, Strum Consulting has never lost sight of what made the company so successful in its early years: communicating solutions effectively to clients and ensuring their involvement and comfort throughout the process.