Elmer is an associate at the law firm of Cates Ford Oien Epp in Kamloops, British Columbia, specializing in corporate, commercial, business and real estate transactions, including commercial and personal loan transactions. Elmer has served as a director of Interior Savings Credit Union and the former Thompson Valley Savings Credit Union since 1996. He has been Chair of the Board of Interior Savings/Thompson Valley Savings Credit Union since 1998. Elmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an LL.B from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a Diploma of Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and Canadian Bar Association.