Meet The Team

Mohammed Farooq

(BE, MS), Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Farooq is responsible for corporate structuring, strategic planning, and general management and has been key in strategy implementation and shaping the company‘s corporate culture. He brings a unique combination of applied and academic experience and senior management experience that is essential for providing and maintaining a competitive edge for the company’s future growth.

He is directly responsible for identifying and generating acquisition opportunities that are aligned with the Company’s investment objectives. Working with other members of the executive team, he is involved in the acquisition process from initial stages through negotiation to contract finalization.

Mr. Farooq has over 10 years of management experience, and has held various executive positions in past and has been involved in both acquisitions & dispositions for deals ranging in size from $10 to $250 Million, successfully negotiated the acquisition & disposition of Pope & Talbot Pulp Mill in British Columbia, led an executive team for the acquisition of the Shell Canada East Montreal Oil Refinery working with the Special Government Committees supported by the Government of Quebec.

Mr. Farooq holds a Bachelor‘s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from the United Kingdom.

David Gamage

(CPA, CGA) Chief Financial Officer

David Gamage working alongside Mohammed Farooq and the rest of the Absolute Waste Management team providing a balanced approach to the waste management business. With over thirty years as a professional accountant Mr. Gamage has gained an intimate knowledge of how and why numbers float around a financial statement. With most of his professional life involved in management David has also acquired the HR skills to work with people, to understand what drives them and what holds them back.

Mr. Gamage has worked with Alberta based real estate development companies for the last fifteen year as advisor and financial officer. His financial oversight has contributed to the acquisition of over nine hundred million dollars of real estate; equity and debt financing in excess of five hundred million dollars; plus the development and management of those real estate holdings.

Mr. Gamage works directly with the Boards and stakeholders on a continual basis to ensure executive plans are implemented, monitored and evaluated for maximum return in a fashion consistent with each company’s corporate vision.

Mr. Gamage spent nine years in the Armed Forces before getting his Accounting Designation in 1986 through the University of British Columbia followed by a number of years working with a medium sized accounting firm before co-founding a public practice firm Vancouver BC. Following the entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Gamage also was the owner or principle of a BC construction company, a millwork company, and an international seafood import export company, plus a rather profitable venture into the world of cosmetics.

David’s well rounded education in a wide range of business plus many years at the table with lenders, investors and governments ensures a positive contribution to the Absolute Waste Management team.

Shawn Nowokowski

Operations Manager

Mr. Nowokowski joined Absolute Environmental Waste Management Inc. as Operations Manager in 2015. Mr. Nowokowski is responsible for our class 1A deep injection wells and the overall success of our uninterrupted disposal services.
Shawn is a seasoned leader with over 10 years extensive experience building and growing operations in the oil and gas industry. He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Newalta Corporation and has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. He is an accomplished project leader and pioneered the research and development, construction, commissioning and production phases of the first commercial-scale demonstration plant for the process of mature fine tailings (MFT) at Syncrude’s oil sands mine operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Shawn holds a fourth class power engineering certificate from the Alberta Boilers Safety Association and has received a modern safety management certificate from Det Norske Veritas (DNV). He also completed global training course and has received a certificate awarding him of demonstrating a commitment to improving safety management through skills, knowledge and desire, and providing safety leadership for an injury-free environment.

Sunil Etikela

Project Manager - Environmental Engineer

Mr. Sunil joined Absolute Environmental Waste Management Inc. in 2012 as a Project Manager - Environmental Engineer and currently oversees all environmental reports for the facility (Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Reports, Surface & Ground Water Monitoring Reports, Storm Water Management). He is responsible for the monthly volumetric submission required by the AER (Petrinex). He overseas the regulatory and compliance (AER & AESRD) for Absolute waste disposal operations, performs audits for Absolute waste disposal operations.
Sunil’s primary focus is closely integrating environmental practices with business operations to create strategic solutions that ultimately provide long-term value for the organization.
Sunil holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario. He has over five years of field and administrative experience and is committed to ongoing professional development. He is a registered member of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) as a Biologist in Trainee (BIT) and also a registered member with Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) as an Environmental Professional (EP).

Alex Lee

Financial Controller

Mr. Lee joined Absolute Environmental Waste Management Inc. in November 2011 and oversees all accounting, taxation, and financial planning aspects of the organization. He brings a unique mix of disciplines of many different fields of commerce. Prior to joining the Absolute Environmental Waste Management Inc. team, Mr. Lee articled with a mid-sized local accounting firm where he obtained his CA designation.
In public practice, he has had exposure to a variety of engagements in many different fields of commerce for both small and large operations in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Mr. Lee’s professional career development has led him to specialized areas of taxation and business advisory services including the development of business models, financial analysis, owner-manager remuneration, and income tax optimization.