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Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017 showcases new tech, environmental performance

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Innovation summit

Topics include carbon dioxide capture/storage, water treatment, sustainable land reclamation, novel tailings technologies

Alberta Innovates, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and Natural Resources Canada have partnered to host the Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017, on March 21 and 22, in Calgary, according to a press release.

The two-day Summit spotlights the environmental and performance improvements of Canada’s oil sands.

Attracting global innovators from industry, research, government, academia, and the service and technology sectors, the event provides a platform for new ideas, projects and programs for innovation in the oil sands.

“Finding new ways to be innovative will be essential to the continued economic prosperity of Alberta. This event not only showcases the great work being done to improve environmental performance in the oil sands – it is an important opportunity to bring key partners together to share new ways of thinking,” said Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates.

Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017 demonstrates the commitment of the federal and the provincial governments in collaboration with the oil sands industry to actively seek out solutions to accelerate environmental performance.

It features a variety of technical presentations on some of the latest projects in the environmental priority areas of land, greenhouse gases, tailings and water, as well as general discussions about the need to more quickly advance transformative technology applicable beyond the oil sands industry.

“This Summit connects CanmetENERGY and Canadian Forest Service scientists from my department with leaders from Alberta Innovates, COSIA, and many others. Our innovations will create good middle-class jobs for Albertans and Canadians, in the clean-energy future,” said Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr.

With nearly 100 speakers presenting on topics ranging from carbon dioxide capture and storage, to the future of oil sands water treatment technology, sustainable land reclamation, and novel tailings technologies, the sessions highlight the vast potential of innovation to accelerate environmental performance improvements in the oil sands industry.

“There’s an incredible amount of research and innovation underway in Canada’s oil sands industry. When you bring great minds together like this, with a challenge of improving environmental performance, great things happen. Oil Sands Innovation Summit 2017 allows us a chance to focus on these opportunities together,” said Dan Wicklum, chief executive of COSIA.

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