In advance of Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017, we are pleased to offer half-day learning workshops on March 20. Read detailed descriptions on the Workshops page.

Time Monday, March 20
Concurrent Morning Sessions
8:15am – 12:00pm
Oil Sands 101 – Introduction to Oil Sands
(Land, Water, Tailings and Greenhouse Gases)
Oil Sands 103 – Monitoring:
Industry-defined Research Needs and Challenges Related to Monitoring in the Oil Sands Region
12:00 – 1:00pm
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
1:00 – 4:45pm
Oil Sands 201 – Water:
Water and Oil Sands In Situ Production
Oil Sands 202 – Water:
Primer on Oil Sands Mine Water Management
Oil Sands 210 – GHG:
A Deeper Dive into Oil Sands GHGs
Oil Sands 220 – Tailings:
An Oil Sands Tailings Management Introduction
Oil Sands 230 – Land:
An Introduction to Land Fundamentals

Innovation Summit

The Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017 puts the spotlight on how innovators from industry, research, government, academia and the service and technology sectors from around the globe are improving the environmental performance of Canada's oil sands. Topics, timings and presenters are subject to change.

Time Day 1 - Tuesday, March 21
7:15 – 7:45am
7:45 – 8:00am
8:00 – 8:30am
Opening Remarks
Dr. Dan Wicklum, COSIA
Dr. Cécile Siewe, CanmetENERGY – Devon, Natural Resources Canada
Laura Kilcrease, Alberta Innovates
8:30 – 9:15am
Tailings Keynote – Tailings Technology Fundamentals
David Rennard, Imperial
Dr. Paul Simms, Carleton University
Dr. Ward Wilson, University of Alberta
9:15 – 10:00am
GHG Keynote – Bold Innovation
Steve MacDonald, Emissions Reduction Alberta
Todd Pugsley, Suncor
10:00 – 10:15am
Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:45am
GHG Update from COSIA GHG Director
Jonathan Matthews
Tailings Update from COSIA Tailings Director
John Brogly
10:45 – 11:30am
CO2 Capture Technology
Iftikhar Huq, Suncor (moderator)
Richard Surprenant, CO2 Solutions Inc.
Vicki Lightbown, Alberta Innovates
Dr. Niall Mac Dowell, Imperial College
Improving the Performance of Deep, Fines-dominated Deposits
Srboljub Masala, Thurber Engineering
Anu Saini, Imperial
Sean Wells, Suncor
11:30am – 12:15pm
GHG Area Fugitives from Tailings Ponds and Mine Faces

Dan Burt, Suncor (moderator)
Dr. Matthew Johnson, Carleton University
Kyle MacDonald, Boreal Laser Inc.
Dr. Francoise Robe, RWDI

Optimizing Thickener and Non-segregating Tailings Operations
Theo Paradis, Canadian Natural
Dr. Aref Najafi, Canadian Natural
Wei Ren, Imperial
12:15 – 1:15pm
1:15 – 2:00pm
Building Innovation Capacity
Bryan Helfenbaum, Devon
Peter Garrett, Innovate Calgary
Novel Tailings Technologies
Dr. David Sego, University of Alberta
Chen Wang, University of Alberta
Dr. Feng Lin, Natrual Resoucres Canada
2:00 – 2:45pm
Mining Technologies to Reduce GHGs
Payman Esmaeli (moderator)
Rory Heffel, Teck
John-Paul Portelli, Shell Canada
Innovation Perspectives
John Brogly¸ COSIA
Dr. Preston McEachern, PurLucid Treatment Solutions
Dr. Brett Purdy, Alberta Innovates
2:45 – 3:00pm
3:00 – 3:45pm
In Situ Energy Innovation
Cathy Crawford, Devon (moderator)
Cameron Hardy, Advisian
Mike Tourigny, Acceleware Ltd.
Capping Tailings Deposits
Srboljub Masala, Thurber Engineering
Dr. Gord McKenna, BGC Engineering
3:45 – 4:30pm
CO2 Conversion
Dr. Mary Mkhani, ConocoPhillips Canada (moderator)
Ataullah Khan, InnoTech Alberta
Dr. Md Golam Kibria, University of Toronto
Enhancing Fines Capture in Tailings Deposits
Richard Mah, Suncor
Luca Sittoni, Deltares
Nan Wang, Syncrude
4:30 – 5:15pm
Low Carbon Heat and Power
Vicki Lightbown, Alberta Innovates (moderator)
Dr. Steve Larter, University of Calgary
Babatunde Olateju, Alberta Innovates
Jason Young, University of Calgary
Modeling of Tailings Deposits
Adedeji Dunmola, Syncrude
Robert Mahood, Shell Canada
Dr. Gonzalo Zambrano, University of Alberta
Time Day 2 - Wednesday, March 22
7:15 – 7:45am
7:45 – 8:00am
8:00 – 8:30am
Opening Remarks
Dr. Dan Wicklum, COSIA
Dr. Cécile Siewe, CanmetENERGY - Devon, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. John Zhou, Alberta Innovates
8:30 – 9:15am
Water Keynote – Oil Sands Innovation Infrastructure Resources
Dr. Kim Kasperski, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Brett Purdy, Alberta Innovates
Tom Reinders, Devon
9:15 – 10:00am
Land Keynote – Climate Change Adaptation
Mark Johnston, Saskatchewan Research Council
10:100 – 10:15am
Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 10:45am
Water Update from COSIA Water Director
Wayne Hillier
Oil Sands Land Priorities
Dr. Jenna Dunlop, COSIA
Dr. Renée Lapointe, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Dallas Johnson, Alberta Innovates
10:45 – 11:30am
Integrated Water Management – Understanding Cumulative Impacts
Dr. Rodney Guest, Suncor
Dr. William Shotyk, University of Alberta
Dr. Sean K. Carey, McMaster University
Justin Straker, Integral Ecology Group
11:30am – 12:15pm
Oil Sands Process Affected Water and its Composition – It’s All in the Timing
Howard Bailey, Nautilus Envirnonmental
Aaron Redman, Imperial
Dr. Chenxing Sun, University of Alberta
Reclamation Toolbox

Dr. Brad Pinno, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Nadia Rochdi, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker, NAIT Boreal Research Institute
Dr. Todd Shipman, Alberta Energy Regulator
12:15 – 1:15pm
1:15 – 2:00pm
Innovation Toolkits
Maggie Hanna, Common Ground Energy Corp.
Tina Mathas, IBM
David Van Den Assem, Kinetica
Sustainable Reclaimed Landscapes
Dr. Lee Barbour, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Kevin Devito, University of Alberta
Dr. Matthew B. J. Lindsay, University of Saskatchewan
2:00 – 2:45pm
Managing Oil Sands Process Water – How to Leverage Natural Systems and Processes
Dr. Rodney Guest, Suncor
Dallas Heisler, Syncrude
Robert Mahood, Shell Canada
Innovation Ecosystems
Geoffrey Cann, Monitor Deloitte
Dr. Dan Wicklum, COSIA
2:45 – 3:00pm
3:00 – 3:45pm
How Continuous Improvement is Helping to Reduce In Situ Water Use Intensity
Dave Rowley, ConocoPhillips Canada
Jason Grundler, ConocoPhillips Canada
Jonathan Kiesewetter, ConocoPhillips Canada
Developing Wetlands
Dr. Jon Price, University of Waterloo
Jessica Piercey, Syncrude Canada
3:45 – 4:30pm
Improving and Adapting In Situ Water Treatment and Steam Generation Technologies – What’s Next?
Jean Claude Bourgeois, Shell Canada
Tom Reinders, Devon
Linear Feature Restoration Effectiveness
Dr. Scott Nielsen, University of Alberta
Dr. Cole Burton, University of British Columbia,
4:30 – 5:15pm
The Outer Limits – What is Out There for Future Water Treatment and Steam Generation Technologies
Jean Claude Bourgeois, Shell Canada
Susan Sun, Cenovus
Denis Westphalen, Nexen
Biodiversity in Boreal Landscapes
Dr. Stan Boutin, University of Alberta
Dr. Jaime Pinzon, Natural Resources Canada
5:15 – 7:00pm
Networking reception and poster session

Post-Summit Workshop

Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017 attendees are invited to continue the conversation with us at an additional half-day event on Thursday, March 23. Through roundtable discussions we will delve into the question: How do we turn knowledge and innovation into practice?

Please note that the post-Summit Workshop will be held in the same location at WinSport (COP) in the Markin MacPhail Centre. The price for the session is included in the registration for Oil Sands Innovation Summit. Please RSVP your intention to attend this additional session to Brenda Fujita.

Time Thursday, March 23
8:00 – 8:30am
8:30 – 9:00am
9:00 – 9:30am
Panel Conversation

Representatives from Alberta Innovates, COSIA and NRCan will share their thoughts on the need and value of turning knowledge and innovation into practice, and take questions from the audience.

9:30 – 10:00am
10:00 – 11:45am
Roundtable Conversations

Attendees will assemble in small groups to address questions such as:

  • Question #1: What do you think are the most interesting challenges facing us today in moving knowledge and innovation into practice?
  • Question #2: What do you believe are some of the factors behind these challenges and how might we address them?
  • Question #3: What are we doing now that works? What can we do better and what would we see that is different?
11:45am – 12:00pm
Closing Conversation
Session Adjourned