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Issue 01 - February 2014

Introducing COSIA’s EPA Directors

COSIA’s four Environmental Priority Areas (EPA) of Land, Water, Tailings and Greenhouse Gases (GHG) drive the collaboration and innovation that make COSIA unique. In the first issue of Collaborator, COSIA’s EPA Directors and our Monitoring Director give us a snapshot of the past year and glimpse into what 2014 has in store. In future newsletters, our Directors will talk more in depth about the work they are doing and highlight major achievements and milestones within each of the EPAs.

Alan Fair

Introducing Alan Fair
Director, Tailings EPA

EPA Focus
Developing new and existing technologies and best practices to manage the volume of tailings materials and reduce the number of tailings ponds needed to support the industry.

Aspiration
We will strive to transform tailings from waste into a resource the speeds land and water reclamation.

What one word would you use to encapsulate COSIA?
Sharing

Looking back to 2013 what would be your key reflections?

Highlights
We completed the first multi-party Tailings EPA joint industry project for Accelerated Dewatering.

Challenges
It has been a challenge to get people to understand that the solutions to deal with oil sands tailings will take time and money.

What are your priorities for 2014? What are you looking forward to most?

I am really looking forward to making significant progress on the key projects within the Tailings EPA Project Portfolio. Progress on these projects is key to the success of the industry in terms of accelerating and improving tailings management performance.

To learn more about Alan and his role at COSIA please click here.


John Brogly

Introducing John Brogly
Director, Water EPA

EPA Focus
Developing new technologies and best practices for the recycling, treatment and management of water in the oil sands to improve the quality and quantity of watersheds near industry.

Aspiration
We will strive to be world leaders in water management, producing Canadian energy with no adverse impact on water.

What one word would you use to encapsulate COSIA?
Innovation

Looking back to 2013 what would be your key reflections?

Highlights
We finalized the Water EPA’s Aspiration which was a big step in setting up our goal framework. We also made great progress in defining and prioritizing our opportunity areas and gaps within both the mining and in-situ sectors which in turn helped to identify and launch new projects.

Challenges
We’re still quite a new organization and many of us in the COSIA leadership team have been hard at work finalizing the policies and procedures enabling our members to achieve the results they’re expecting. At times this has been a challenge in prioritization but one worth persevering with.

What are your priorities for 2014? What are you looking forward to most?

I’m looking forward to spending more time working on the Water EPA’s projects to ensure we can deliver measurable, meaningful environmental performance improvement.

To learn more about John and his role at COSIA please click here.


Garry Scrimgeour, Ph.D.

Introducing Garry Scrimgeour
Director, Land EPA

EPA Focus
Conducting studies to understand the impact of oil sands development on ecosystems and developing actives and best practices that avoid, minimize or mitigate the effects of oil sands activities on forests, wetlands, lakes and streams.

Aspiration
We will strive to be world leaders in land management, restoring the land we disturb and preserving biodiversity of plants and animals.

What one word would you use to encapsulate COSIA?
Meaningful

Looking back to 2013 what would be your key reflections?

Highlights
The large project portfolio provides the raw materials from which to drive environmental performance improvements by strategically advancing a subset of existing technologies. I think this realization really put us on the right track for future successes.

Challenges
Driving environmental performance at the regional scale of 142,000 km2, larger than some small European countries, requires us to think more broadly and to develop tools and spatial databases that allow us to do so.

What are your priorities for 2014? What are you looking forward to most?
I’m really excited about the prospect of implementing some real cutting edge technologies to reclaim caribou habitat and others that use land more efficiently. In addition to these specific technologies, we’ll be embarking on a number of studies that, over a 5-10 year term, will significantly improve our understanding of a number of key habitats and ecosystems.
Wayne Hillier

Introducing Wayne Hillier
Director, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) EPA

EPA Focus
Reducing GHG emissions across the oil sands industry by improving the energy efficiency of operations, developing new technologies to capture CO2, producing alternative energy and recovering waste heat for reuse.

Aspiration
We will strive to produce our oil with lower greenhouse gas emissions than other sources of oil.

What one word would you use to encapsulate COSIA?
Commitment

Looking back to 2013 what would be your key reflections?

Highlights
We signed the joint venture agreement for the GHG EPA in September 2013 and identified 26 initial projects to get the ball rolling toward improved environmental performance.

Challenges
Because we are the newest EPA, we are still working to define all the opportunity areas, complete with performance measurements and priority projects, it’s been a lot of work but we hope to have our plan finalized in the second quarter.

What are your priorities for 2014? What are you looking forward to most?

Our priority for this year is to deliver the strategic plan, implement the initial 26 projects, and begin the long process to truly transformational technologies.

To learn more about Wayne and his role at COSIA please click here.


Kelly Munkittrick, Ph.D.

Introducing Kelly Munkittrick
Director, Monitoring Working Group

EPA Focus
The Monitoring Working Group aims to develop aligned industry positions on technical issues related to the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program in order to create an effective monitoring system that will allow industry and government to identify areas for improved environmental performance.

What one word would you use to encapsulate COSIA?
Opportunity

Looking back to 2013 what would be your key reflections?

Highlights
Getting the Monitoring Working Group together and getting the foundations and processes in place to be able to coordinate input.

Challenges
Aligning our processes with the government processes already in place. I used to work for government, so it was a challenge to get used to sitting on the other side of the table.

What are your priorities for 2014? What are you looking forward to most?

I’m looking forward to starting to see the programs integrate and helping to develop the processes they need for transparency and usability of the data.

To learn more about Kelly and his role at COSIA please click here.

Categories:  Director  GHG  Land  Message  Monitoring  Tailings  Water

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