2014 Archive

Oil Sands Water Conference and Workshops 2014

On March 11, 2014 COSIA’s Water Environmental Priority Area (EPA) kicked off day one of the first COSIA Water Conference at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton. The conference, which ran for three days, brought together almost 500 experts in water management from academia, government and industry.

While 2014 marked the first Annual COSIA Water Conference, it builds on five previous water conferences held by the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) over the past decade.

COSIA will continue this important event to enable industry, researchers, students, governments, and the service, supply and technology sectors to advance and measure the water management performance improvement goals of the oil sands sector.


This was an opportunity for COSIA’s Water EPA to showcase the work COSIA is doing as well as the projects and technologies member companies, researchers, government and industrial sectors are working on to accelerate environmental performance improvement in Canada’s oil sands.

Read the overview and view photos from the conference.


The two-day COSIA Water Conference of leading-edge presentations took place on March 12-13, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. The conference was being presented in two streams:

  • Technical, operational and policy information on oil sands water sourcing, use, re-use and disposal for both in situ and open-pit mining recovery of bitumen and its subsequent upgrading, and
  • Monitoring regional water quality associated with oil sands development, and on approaches to regional and cumulative effects assessment.

Review the conference topics for more details.


On March 11, preceding the conference, we also hosted four half-day learning workshops on mining and in situ oil sands water fundamentals and technical challenges, and on monitoring water quality impacts. The workshops helped bring new and recent professionals and students working in this area up to speed on current issues, technologies and approaches.

Review the workshop topics for more details.

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