Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012 - 2013 Membership & Business Directory
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Connecting the North to a world of trade and transportation.
Edmonton connects Alberta and the North to the world. Whether as the global port to
the oilsands or as the inland connection from Prince Rupert’s deep water port and Asia,
Edmonton is a transportation and logistics hub for the North.
This is a city alive with energy and boundless opportunity – an economic powerhouse
where business thrives.
Edmonton is a proud supporter of Northern businesses. To read about
personal experiences in Edmonton, visit edmontonstories.ca
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of the Board
Hello, and thank you for taking the
time to read the Edmonton Chamber
of Commerce’s 2012-2013 edition of
Networks, our annual membership
directory where Canada’s largest pool of concentrated
chamber members can find valuable information and
connect easily with one and another in the name of
cooperation, networking and of course good business.
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and its international arm, World Trade Centre Edmonton,
are committed to providing members with a sense of confidence that their business interests are
protected at home as well as being promoted on a global scale.
This year, we look at Canada’s biggest economic driver, and how our country’s oil sands will
not only be able to provide prosperity for all Canadians and feed for the world’s energy-hungry
markets, but how they can also provide valuable lessons on incredible advances in environmental
technology and practice.
Oil Change: Bringing the Facts to the Surface will bring truths to the table and to correct the
myths that could limit our ability to diversify our markets and thereby threaten our growth.
Ignorance is the enemy of any dialogue; it leads to fear and misunderstanding.
While each side of the oil sands debate is passionate and convincing, we strongly urge you to take
the information found in these pages and objectively apply them to your decision processes, no
matter what side of the fence your opinions currently lie. What many of us know is that billions
of dollars are being allocated each year to the safe and responsible development of the oil sands;
what you will discover is that these dollars are not just smoke and mirrors for so-called “greedy”
corporations and government, but real efforts by real people who also want safe and healthy
futures for their families and loved ones.
It is the mission of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce to create the best environment for
business. A strong business community provides for strong neighbourhoods - places where services
are readily available, infrastructure is reliable and well maintained, and the things we do for fun
and entertainment are plentiful and unique.
Edmonton is that place, and we owe a lot of that comfort and satisfaction to the endurance of
our economy, which may have slowed during recent global turbulence, but never really stopped
working. The Alberta oil sands are our responsibility and like any good steward we must make
sure we are transparent and diligent in providing a resource that will bring wealth and prosperity
with limited sacrifice to our precious natural surroundings.
Chair of the Board
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
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By investing in Aboriginal youth we’re investing in Canada’s future. School Plus provides
funding for extracurricular programming at First Nations schools—programming that
is designed to keep students interested and engaged for the long run. Launched in
2009, School Plus has already enriched the education of over 8,500 youth in over 50
schools, including Manitoba’s Indian Springs School, where students are unleashing their
potential through an enhanced sports program.
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make communities better places to live. It’s part of the reason we were named one of the
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On behalf of City Council and the people of Edmonton, I am pleased to introduce the
2012-13 Membership and Business Directory of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
and World Trade Centre Edmonton, a valuable resource connecting businesses, investors
As home to one of Canada’s strongest economies, this year’s directory theme, Oil Change:
Bringing the Facts to the Surface, is a significant one for Edmonton. Our city’s emergence on
the global stage and its strategic location at the heart of Alberta’s oil and gas sector is important
to our economic growth and development. Continuing to diversify our economy will encourage
Edmonton to rise to the challenge of building a more environmentally sustainable and prosperous
Edmonton continues to be a great place to live, work and invest. Together with our citizens,
businesses and community organizations we will build on our strengths of environmental
stewardship, connected and engaged neighbourhoods, economic stability and a shared sense
of belonging to fulfill our vision of a city that is increasingly vibrant, innovative, inclusive and
I extend best wishes to all Chamber of Commerce members for continued success for many years
Mayor of Edmonton
On behalf of the Government of Alberta, it is my pleasure to extend greetings to all users
of the 2012-13 edition of Networks, the Membership and Business Directory.
This year’s theme, Oil Change: Bringing the Facts to the Surface is one that our
government has also taken to heart. A major key to our success is to secure Alberta’s economic
future, while at the same time, advance our world-leading resource stewardship.
Edmonton is poised to play a key role in achieving these goals. Our capital city is a fantastic place
to invest and do business. It had the fastest growing economy of any large Canadian city in 2011
and the fourth highest GDP growth of all Canadian cities. The city is the centre of government
activities, and is truly the gateway to northern Alberta, where $112 billion worth of projects are
underway or proposed for this year.
While Alberta is not immune to global risks, we are in an enviable position. Our economy had the
strongest growth among the provinces in 2011 and is forecast to grow by 3.8 per cent this year.
We are attracting new residents twice as fast as the rest of the country and we enjoy one of the
lowest unemployment rates in Canada.
Together, we will work hard and continue to grow the oil sands responsibly. It is important for
Alberta to demonstrate ever-increasing environmental stewardship so that we can continue to grow
and add new jobs and opportunities for Edmonton and for all of Alberta.
Alison M. Redford, QC
Premier of Alberta
The Premier of Alberta
The Mayor of Edmonton
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Clifton Associates Ltd.
Managing Senior Principal,
Practice Leader, Urban Land
Parker, Ford & McKay
Jerri L. Cairns
Parlee McLaws LLP,
Urbanlife Properties Ltd.
Office Managing Partner,
RGO Office Furnishings
V.P. Public Sector Alberta,
IBM Canada Ltd.
Honorary Consul, Portugal
Edmonton Consular Corps
of Client Services
zag creative group inc.
Senior Vice President,
Legal and External Relations,
EPCOR Utilities Inc.
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
2012 Board of Directors
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Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Past Chairs of the Board
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Policy Committee Chairs
2011 Bernie Kollman
2010 Carman McNary
2009 Joanne Beaton
2008 Patrick LaForge
2007 Greg Christenson
2006 Jackson von der Ohe
2005 Ruth Kelly
2004 Paul Byrne
2003 Maureen McCaw
2002 Mike Percy
2001 Gordon Plewes
2000 Craig Martin
1999 Ted LeLacheur
1998 Doug Cox
1997 Pat Adams
1996 Janet Riopel
1995 James Cumming
1994 Ken Haywood
1994 Barry Rempel
1993 Wayne Taylor
1992 John Knebel
1991 Bob Snyder
1990 A.J. (Jack) Cressey
1989 John R. McDougall
1988 Kenneth S. Aberle
1987 Dr. Elmer Brooker
1986 Harold Banister
1985 Bruce Campbell
1984 D. Max Ritchie
1983 E.A. (Ted) George
1982 C.R. MacDonald
1981 Eric A. Geddes
1980 A.W. Peter Jennings
1979 Donald R. Stanley
1978 G.A. Fullerton
1977 John E. Barry
1976 Edward R. Baxter
1975 E.W. King
1974 D.R.B. McArthur
1973 Glen W. Lavold
1972 G.E. Pearson
1971 E.K. Cumming
1970 M.E. Wolfe
1969 J.K. Campbell
1968 Robert Chapman
1967 B.K. Mathew
1966 Ross McBain
1965 G.L. Roper
1964 T.P. Fox
1963 R.N. Harvey
1962 B.W. Pitfield
1961 F.T. Jenner
1960 J.A. Weber
1959 C.W. Clement
1958 C.W. Carry
1957 W.H. Sprague
1956 Gerry Gaetz
1955 D.K. Yorath
1954 A.D. McTavish
1953 H.E. Pattriquin
1952 J.R. Munro
1951 H.E. Pearson
1950 O.C. McIntyre
1949 A.L. Burrows
1948 Francis G. Winspear
1947 Charles E. Garnett
1946 C.D. Jacox
1945 James Walker
1944 J.B. McBridge, K.C.
1943 R.H. Settle
1942 A.M. MacDonald
1941 W.A. Thompson
1940 C.D. MacKenzie
1939 E.H. Ayling
1938 L.Y. Cairns, K.C.
1937 J.D. Dower
1936 J.W. Glenwright
1935 C.G. O’Connor
1934 R.V. MacCosham
1932 W.W. McBain
1931 J.L. Juhlin
1930 J.F. McMullen
1929 G.H. Van Allen
1928 F.W. Doherty
1927 C.R. Robson
1926 J.M. Imrie
1925 J.D.D. Mothersill
1924 M. Esdale
1923 W.W. Prevey
1922 P.W. Abbott, K.C.
1921 S.B. Wood, K.C.
1920 W.J. Thompson
1919 G.S. Hensley
1918 M.R. Jennings
1917 J.E. Brown
1916 H.M.E. Evans
1915 James Ramsey
1914 S.H. Smith
1913 H.H. Cooper
1912 H.M. Marlin
1911 F.M. Morgan
1910 James McGeorge
1909 J.C. Dowsett
1908 A.C. Fraser
1907 Wm. Short
1906 A.T. Cushing
1905 A.B. Campbell
1904 J.H. Morris
1903 J.B. Mercer
1902 K. McKenzie
1901 J.H. Gariepy
1900 C. F. Strang
1899 T.W. Lines
1898 C. Gallger
1897 Isaac Cowie
1896 G.R.F. Kirkpatrick
1895 J.A. McDougall
1894 John Cameron
1891 John Cameron
1890 John Cameron
1889 John Cameron
Energy & Environment
Finance & Taxation
PWC PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
* In 1990, the title was changed from President to Chair of the Board.
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Policy & Research
Finance & Admin. / CFO
Executive Assistant to
President & CEO
Finance & Administration
President & CEO
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
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How to Use Your 2012-2013
Make the Edmonton Chamber of
Commerce/WTCE’s Major Networking Tool
Work for You!
Networks, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and WTCE
Membership & Business Directory is a one-step business guide
to use for making important contacts and purchasing products
and services. It contains valuable information to:
• Contact potential clients and chamber members and World
Trade Centre Edmonton partners;
• Locate products and services you need in Edmonton and in
20 northern communities;
• Seek assistance from chamber staff;
• Understand what your chamber is and how it works; and
• Learn about the environmental and technological advances
of the oil sands industry.
Easy Access to Members Through
Networks is divided into three separate directories of
• Northern members of the WTCE
– each community – by category.
• Edmonton Chamber of Commerce members
Corporate – by organization name
Business – by category
Northern Members of
World Trade Centre Edmonton
This section displays the business categories of all chamber
members in Athabasca, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, St. Paul,
Yukon, Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells, NWT, Yellowknife,
Prince George and Prince Rupert.
Members by Organization Name
In this section, every Edmonton Chamber corporate member
is listed alphabetically with name, address, telephone, fax
numbers and websites/email address.
This major section also displays the business categories of
member firms as they appear in the Business Directory, as well
as showing all firm representatives to the Chamber.
Organization Members by Category
The Index of Categories helps you to quickly locate the right
organization to supply needed products or services.
Each company is listed in the Business Directory according to
the products or services offered. The corporate name is listed
alphabetically under the category with the address, phone
and fax numbers, website and email address to facilitate easy
contact. It contains display advertising, extra categories and
bold red listings purchased by the members.
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are a regular sight
at the World Trade
such as the Thailand
Five Strategic Priorities
t the Edmonton Chamber of
Commerce we work hard to
achieve our mission of creating
the best environment for business.
Once a year with this mission in mind
our board of directors reviews our
strategic priorities – guidelines that
reflect current economic conditions so
chamber staff can determine the best
way to guide operations. Each June our
board sits down for one of its quarterly
meetings to, in part, conduct this
process of reviewing the priorities.
It is important for the economic health
of the Edmonton region that the
chamber maintains constant and effective
Northern Relations. This priority is
meant to focus on our commitment
to building strong relationships with
northern partners and creating a
business environment which facilitates
efficient and responsible development
in the resource-rich northern Canadian
region which includes northern Alberta,
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut,
northern British Columbia and northern
Edmonton also has a special kind of
people with incredible tenacity that will
match the best cities in the world. We
have a firm belief that along with other
great world cities such as Copenhagen,
Helsinki, and Oslo, Edmonton is
a Great Northern City. Through
this priority, we work to enhance
Edmonton’s role and image as a world-
class city with a unique northern
character and to encourage investments,
actions and communications that
personify and build a sense of pride
about the Alberta capital.
As Edmonton’s economy continues
to heat up, a real concern is a lack
of skilled and unskilled workers.
Who We Are
and What We Do
he Edmonton Chamber of Commerce –
the voice of business in the capital region
– boasts the largest number of corporate
members of any municipal chamber in Canada.
Our volunteer board of directors, committee
members and chairs include some of the most
respected professional, legal, scientific and
technical leaders in the Edmonton region, if not
the entire country, and we are proud to say that
our policy positions are regularly adopted by both
the Alberta and Canadian Chambers of Commerce,
frequently forming the basis of new government
legislation and policy at all three levels of government.
As part of our mission to create the best environment for business, we strive to offer
our members numerous opportunities to meet with each other face-to-face in order
to facilitate new partnerships and business opportunities. We do this by hosting
approximately 14,000 people at close to 100 networking and special events each year
from seminars to after business mixers to the annual Mayor’s State of the City Address
and, of course, the never-to-be-missed Chamber Ball.
In partnership with World Trade Centre Edmonton (WTCE), every three years we
organize and host the Meet the North International Conference, a forum that
highlights Canada’s North and its businesses and technological potential.
Through the years we have worked hard on our members’ behalf in areas of advocacy
and lobbying on a wide variety of issues important to business.
to Your Chamber
Ken Barry at the 2012 Chamber Ball
after being sworn in as chair.
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Members are encouraged to utilize
the Chamber in voicing their position
on outstanding issues. The chamber
takes these issues and uses them to
develop policy, which is then taken
directly to government and lobbied
for on our members’ behalf. Selected
policies are submitted as resolutions
for debate by the Alberta Chambers
of Commerce and the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce.
Effective advocacy demands tracking
the progress of new government
initiatives and legislation. Our
committee process provides the
chamber with ample feedback that
we take directly to government
as issues progress towards final
resolution and approval.
Through the Development of our
Workforce priority we promote and
educate employers on the often-
untapped labour supply that exists in
this city to ensure our members have
the resources needed to meet current
demand and anticipated growth. In
this regard, we have concentrated on
mentally and physically challenged
workers and have also begun discussions
with Aboriginal leaders towards better
integrating that important group into
Edmonton’s mainstream workforce.
Strengthening our Region is a priority
that guides us to partner in collaborative
regional efforts directed at the continued
refinement and implementation of a
cohesive plan for the economic growth
and development of Greater Edmonton
as a city-region of global significance.
Finally, the importance of Expanding
our Markets cannot be understated. This
priority ensures the chamber remains an
influential leader, advocate and catalyst
for diversifying the Edmonton economy
through the development and promotion
of new products, new industries, value
added expansions of the existing
resource base, and new markets with a
focus on enhanced intra-regional, inter-
regional and international trade.
In a world of social media, it’s clear
that being connected continues to be
one of the most critical keys to success.
Becoming a member of the Edmonton
Chamber of Commerce provides you
and your organization a chance to
connect and interact with thousands of
other businesses and their leaders.
Effectively promoting your company
to the business community can often
be a challenge, and an expensive one
at that. Members of the Chamber
of Commerce have several avenues
to promote their business including
this yearly publication, which will be
distributed throughout Edmonton,
northern Alberta and B.C., NWT,
Yukon and Nunavut. Networks will
also be sent to every major Canadian
and international chamber and world
trade centre. Members also get preferred
rates in Commerce News, our monthly
publication that is mailed to 27,000
Edmonton businesses 11 times a year;
our email newsletter; and the ability to
offer digital coupons on our website and
through social media.
Beyond getting involved and connected
in our community, a membership with
the chamber allows your organization
to take advantage of some of the
partnerships that have been negotiated
on our members’ behalf. These member-
only deals include discounted home and
auto insurance through Johnson Inc.;
preferred merchant discount rates with
Visa and MasterCard; fuel discounts
from Esso, Husky and Petro-Canada.
We have many other great savings
available as well and will be adding
many more fantastic deals in the very
near future. ●
Our website features comprehensive
information on all aspects of the
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce,
business resource links, an online
member directory, and special events
calendar. In addition, the chamber has
created a strong online social media
presence through sites such as our
Chamber Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn,
and Twitter to promote our events
and communicate with our members
and the general public.
The Chamber’s annual golf tournament
is a popular, fun event.
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2011
Northern Lights Award of Distinction winners
John and Bunny Ferguson.
One of the biggest chamber events of the year is
the sold-out Mayor’s State of the City Address.
lberta’s oil sands industry is Canada’s economic engine, providing our nation
with continued and long term opportunity and prosperity.
We see how other jurisdictions have struggled during the most recent global
economic downturn and we as Canadians must count ourselves fortunate.
We have weathered this storm better than most thanks to strong economic policies and a
thriving oil industry that serves a real global need.
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide the best environment
for business. We are also a proponent of the responsible development of our natural
resources. Over the years, a polarizing debate into the effects and value of the oil sands
has created a divide among many, and frustration on both sides of the debate.
We fear that ignorance dominates the oil sands discussion. Often led by organizations
that participate within or outside of our country’s regulatory process to oppose such
projects, opposition efforts are being funded with little understanding or regard for the
need of local communities and business.
This issue of Networks hopes to provide clarity where questions lie and facts where
Bringing the Facts
to the Surface
Did You Know?
● Alberta’s oil sands is the world’s
third largest proven reserve of oil.
At 170 billion barrels, the oil sands
represent 97 per cent of Canada’s
oil reserves. This is enough to meet
Canada’s current oil demand for
almost 400 years.
Did You Know?
● Every dollar invested
in the oil sands creates
about $8 worth of
economic activity, with
outside of Alberta.
Source: CAPP 2012
Did You Know?
● One in 14 jobs in
Alberta is directly
related to the
Did You Know?
● More than 7.5 million
tree seedlings have been
planted by the oil sands
industry towards ongoing
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A History of Oil Sands Discovery
A Cree man, Wa-pa-su, brings oil sand
to a Hudson Bay post, the first recorded
mention of this material.
Explorer Alexander MacKenzie makes
the first written account of oil sand in
Abasand Oil Ltd. is operating regularly
until November 21 when the separation
plant burns down.
June 16, a welder’s torch ignites
oil sand, destroying the entire Abasand
plant. Operations are abandoned.
Official opening of Great Canadian
Oil sands Company (now Suncor).
Albian Sands officially begins
production at the Muskeg River Mine.
Sunshine Oilsands enters talks with
China’s Sinopec and China Investment
Corp. to reach an agreement to produce
200,000 bbls per day of bitumen in
Alberta, a joint venture estimated at
Shell announced in early
September 2012 that it will go ahead
with the first carbon capture and
storage (CCS) project for an oil sands
operation in Canada.
Source: Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Reconstruction on Abasand is complete,
Max Ball, of Abasand Oils Ltd. obtains a
bituminous sands permit on properties
at the Horse River.
Dr. Karl Clark patents a hot water
technique to separate bitumen from
Robert Fitzsimmons forms the
International Bitumen Company and
builds the first commercial oil sands
plant at Bitumount.
Official opening of Abasand Oils Ltd. At
the time, the plant was not operational.
Private drilling occurs in the Athabasca
region by various pioneers.
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Oil Sands vs Tar Sands
Oil sand is often incorrectly referred to
as tar sand because the bitumen (or oil)
resembles black, sticky tar. However, the
term oil sand is the correct term. Tar is
a man-made substance formed through
the distillation of organic material. It is
bitumen (a heavy thick oil), not tar, that
is found in the oil sands.
What is Oil Sand?
Oil sand is made up of grains of quartz
sand, surrounded by a layer of water
and clay, and then covered in a slick
of heavy oil called bitumen. Alberta’s
oil sands are primarily contained in
three deposits (Athabasca, Cold Lake
and Peace River) and cover an area the
size of the province of New Brunswick.
The entire area composes the largest
single deposit of oil in the world,
containing between 1.7 and 2.5 trillion
How is Oil Sand Formed?
It is believed that the oil sands were
formed many millions of years ago when
Alberta was covered by a warm tropical
sea. The oil was formed in southern
Alberta when tiny marine creatures
died and fell to the bottom of the sea.
Through pressure, heat and time, their
tiny bodies were compressed into an
ooze which today, we call petroleum
(rock oil). In northern Alberta, many
rivers flowed away from the sea and
deposited sand and sediment. When
the Rocky Mountains formed, it put
pressure on the land, and the oil, being
a liquid, was squeezed northward
and seeped into the sand, forming the
Athabasca oil sands.
How is Oil Sand Recovered?
Oil sand is currently recovered by
employing one of two methods:
surface-mining or in situ technology.
Surface-mining techniques require
the removal of forest and layers of
overburden (muskeg and topsoil) to
expose the oil sands. Huge hydraulic
power shovels dig into the oil sand
and dump it into 400-ton heavy hauler
trucks. The trucks transport the oil
sand to a crusher unit that breaks it
up, and then moves it by conveyor to
the extraction plant. Previous mining
methods included using a bucketwheel,
dragline, and conveyor system that was
eventually phased out by 2006.
In situ oil sands production means
extracting bitumen from underground
by drilling wells into the reservoir, as
with conventional oil and natural gas
production. This distinguishes in situ
recovery from surface mining, which
requires removing topsoil and other
overburden and creating a large open pit
How is The Oil Removed
From The Oil Sand?
Once mined, bitumen is separated from
the sand using a hot water extraction
process that was patented in the 1920s
by Dr. Karl A. Clark. Oil sand is mixed
with hot water to form a slurry (a
very thick liquid), which is pipelined
to a separation vessel. This is called
hydrotransport. In the vessel, the slurry
separates into three distinct layers: sand
settles on the bottom, middlings (sand,
clay and water) sit in the middle, and a
thin layer of bitumen froth floats on the
surface. The bitumen froth is skimmed
off and spun in centrifuges to remove
the remaining sand and water, and then
goes to the upgrading plant.
What is SAGD?
Steam-assisted gravity drainage, or
SAGD, is a specific form of in situ
extraction. Nearly all bitumen is too
viscous or thick at ambient reservoir
temperature to flow on its own. It must
be thinned, either through heating or
by diluting it with solvents, or both.
SAGD recovery involves drilling pairs
of horizontal wells, one placed above
the other in each pair. Steam is injected
into the upper well. The steam heats the
reservoir, thinning the bitumen whichOpen pit mining using shovels with buckets that
hold 100 tonnes, loading huge trucks.
Steam rises and heats bitumen
Source: Alberta Research Council
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can then drain through gravity to the
lower well. The bitumen-water mixture
(along with solvents, if applicable) is
then pumped to surface.
What is CCS?
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is
a process that captures carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions and stores them in
geological formations deep inside
CO2 contributes to greenhouse gas
emissions (GHGs), the bulk of which
come from the production and use of
fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – as well
as electricity. CCS also has the potential
to reduce emissions from Alberta’s value-
added and manufacturing industries,
such as petrochemical development,
as well as enable EOR (Enhanced Oil
Recovery), which will result in even
more revenues for Albertans.
(See page 24 for an illustration of CCS.)Alberta-based SAGD technology used in
in situ extraction.
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16 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTerms and DescriptionsTerms and Descriptions
What Does Tailings Mean?
“Tailings” is a mining term that refers
to the material left at the “tail end” of a
mineral or bitumen extraction process.
Water is used to separate the bitumen,
or oil, from the sand. What is left is
tailings – a mixture of water, sand, clay,
fine solids, residual hydrocarbon and
salts, all of which are naturally found
in oil sands deposits. This mixture is
stored in large settling basins, commonly
referred to as tailings ponds. There are
two types of tailings. The large sand
particles are called course tails, which
settle quickly at the bottom of the
ponds. The more challenging tailings
are the clay and silt particles that stay
suspending in water. They are referred
to as mature fine tailings (MFT).
• Water Capping: This involves putting
a layer of water over a deposit of fine
tails to form a lake. Syncrude has
researched this technology for more
than 20 years, including 11 test ponds
of varying sizes – the largest being
four hectares in area. Results show
these lakes will, over time, evolve
into natural ecosystems and support
healthy communities of aquatic life.
• Composite Tails: These are course
and fine tails mixed with gypsum.
Gypsum causes the tailings to settle
faster, enabling the development of
diverse landscapes of grass, trees and
• Centrifuge Technology: Syncrude
has successfully piloted the use of
centrifuges to dewater the fine tails.
The centrifuges literally spin the water
from the clay and silt, leaving a clay-
rich soil material that can be used in
What is Reclamation?
Reclamation is transforming the
disturbed area of an open pit mine and
tailings ponds to usable land through
land contouring, topsoil replacing,
monitoring, testing, seeding, fertilizing
and tree planting. An area is only
deemed “reclaimed” once a reclamation
certificate is issued. This is proof from
the government that vegetation in
the affected area is mature enough to
demonstrate long-term productivity
and is returned to local boreal forest
ecosystems. Once it is certified, the
reclaimed land becomes open to public
access. Reclamation is ongoing and
continuous in the oil sands industry.
Are Made From Oil?
The most common products are
heating and fuel. More than 3500 other
oil-based products are derived from
hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons are a
large class of liquid, solid or gaseous
organic compounds, containing only
hydrogen and carbons, which are the
basis of almost all petroleum products.
These include plastics, machinery
lubricants, polyolefin wax in food
packaging, candles, earplugs; sulphur
or sulphuric acid used in manufacturing
steel & fertilizer; asphalt used in road
construction. Some every day products
from petroleum are synthetic fabrics,
plastic dishes, cleaning products, TVs,
perfume, sneakers, velcro, carpet,
computers, toothpaste, lipstick, bubble
gum, video games, pens, elastics, toys.
What is Upgrading?
Once bitumen is produced, it is sent for
further upgrading, a process that breaks
down the heavy carbon molecules in
bitumen, converting it into a product
similar to conventional crude oil.
The longer the hydrocarbon chains
are, and the more carbon heavy the oil
is, the more greenhouse gases (GHG)
emissions are created during the full
product lifecycle. Upgrading breaks
down the heavy carbon chains, creating
a product known as “synthetic” crude
oil that is refinery ready.
Upgrading is accomplished by using
either heat to “crack” the big molecules
into smaller fragments or by adding
hydrogen into the long chains to split
Examining peat vegetation in Reclamation Fen Research Plot.
Successful water capping of tailings. Upgrading plant in oil sands region.
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Making A Case
s registered intervenors, both
the Edmonton Chamber of
Commerce and World Trade
Centre Edmonton (WTCE)
submitted letters of comment in support
of the Northern Gateway Pipelines
Project to the Joint Review Panel
(JRP). This action comes as the JRP’s
public hearings began in September in
“We view this project as an exercise
in nation-building, as was the St.
Lawrence Seaway project which
successfully opened the entire country to
international trade routes and markets,”
says Ken Barry, volunteer chair of
the Edmonton Chamber’s board of
directors. “It is imperative to expand
access to crude oil markets beyond just
one customer. This expansion is crucial
in order to sustain economic growth in
Canada and avoid a land-locked glut of
Canadian crude oil.”
The Edmonton Chamber of
Commerce – the voice of business in
Alberta’s capital – is the nation’s largest
chamber, with the support of nearly
3,000 members. World Trade Centre
Edmonton, the international arm of
the chamber, has a membership of over
9,000 businesses belonging to chambers
of commerce from northern Alberta
(including Edmonton and Red Deer),
northern British Columbia, Yukon,
Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
“World Trade Centre Edmonton is
the most active World Trade Centre in
Western Canada, and as such we feel
compelled to speak out in support of
this Project,” says Martin Salloum,
president of the WTCE and one of only
three North American members of the
World Trade Centers Association board
of directors. “We feel that the Project
is an integral piece of infrastructure
towards ensuring that Canada becomes
a significant participant in the global
As intervenors with the JRP, the
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
and World Trade Centre Edmonton
look forward to being able to further
contribute to the process, in order
to ensure that the views of northern
business is represented, and to work
toward a brighter economic future for
Janet Holder, VP of Western Access for Enbridge
spoke to the Chamber in November, 2011.
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18 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTransportation
Product to Market
hen most Albertans
think of our province’s
they think planes, trains
and trucks; but rarely pipelines. In fact,
all are key components of the supply
chain that allows businesses to take
Alberta products to the world.
Pipelines are an important piece in
the transportation puzzle. Pipelines
have unique characteristics that were
developed to suit transportation of
liquids or slurries that have a constant,
even production rate and that are
transported to a fixed location.
Pipelines have a higher capital cost and
a lower operating cost when compared
to most other forms of commercial
transport. Therefore, it is essential
that they are more efficient than other
modes. The period between concept
and operation of these projects is
often several years. For larger projects,
an intensive and often protracted
permitting and approval process is
undertaken by one or more levels of
In the years before the North American
pipeline network was well established,
major transmission pipelines often had
only a few major customers. As such,
the financing for pipelines was often
backstopped by long-term take-or-pay
contracts by these core customers.
Today, however, the network has
become widespread and projects are
closing financing on a merchant basis.
This type of financing means lenders
have confidence in the long-term
utilization of the system based on the
strength and depth of the market rather
than on a long-term binding contract
with a customer with a solid financial
Growth in the hydrocarbon industry in
Alberta must proceed in lockstep with
pipeline capacity. Capacity constraint
means that product can’t be shipped,
upstream capacity may be needlessly idle
and payback of capital takes longer than
An efficient and comprehensive pipeline
network provides access to more
markets, which means better prices are
available to Alberta producers. Better
prices translate into a better economy in
Alberta and Canada.
Pipeline incidents in Alberta
Source: Energy Resources Conservation Board
2007 2008 2009 2010 20110
● Pipelines have long been
the safest method to transport
petroleum products. Improvements in
technology, higher standards for site
selection, installing & monitoring, and
faster responses to potential problems
combine to maximize environmental
protection and minimize impacts.
Pipeline monitoring centres track the
volume pressure and movement of materials
in pipelines constantly.
● Pipeline transportation has the
lowest input energy requirements and
carbon footprint compared to other
transportation modes (barge, truck,
rail, and marine).
Hydro transport pipelines.
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Pipeline failure rate in Alberta
per 1,000 km
Source: Energy Resources Conservation Board
2007 2008 2009 2010 20110
● Liquid pipeline spills along rights of way have significantly decreased
over the past decade, in terms of both the number of spills and the amount
of product spilled. On average, for every barrel of oil (42 gallons) shipped
1,000 km, less than one teaspoon is lost from a liquid pipeline. Alberta’s primary
pipeline regulator, ERCB, reports 1.5 failures per 1000 km of pipelines in 2011.
20 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTransportation
Shipping By Rail
hipping oil sands products
by rail has always been an
option, and is something that is
attracting more attention as the
pipeline industry comes under heavier
CN has made significant investments
aimed at serving the resource-rich
Northern Alberta region. “CN has
stepped up to the plate in Alberta
with sizable rail infrastructure
investments,” CN president and chief
executive officer Claude Mongeau
recently told an Edmonton Chamber
of Commerce lunch.
“Since 2006, we’ve purchased four rail
short lines that are key to economic
growth and prosperity in northern
Alberta and have spent significant
sums to maintain and improve them.
Reliable, consistent rail service is
essential to current and future oil sands
and resource developments, and our
infrastructure investments represent a
clear and meaningful commitment to
help foster that growth with quality rail
transportation for our customers.”
University of Alberta School of Business
professor Richard Dixon believes rail
is an economic and effective solution.
Using shipments to the United States’
Gulf Coast as an example, Dixon
“Diluted bitumen from Edmonton to
the Gulf Coast is going to cost $7 a
barrel on the pipeline. But if you don’t
worry about the diluent you can start
shipping raw bitumen down to the
south coast by rail. Without having to
worry about any of the heating and
you can start with a price of about $9
per barrel (by rail). Then if you pick up
bitumen from other sources and bring
it back up to Alberta – because Alberta
is always looking for diluent – now you
can bring your costs down to about $8.
So all of a sudden running on the rails is
not much different from running on the
pipes. And a typical unit train will run
100 to 120 cars,” he adds. “That will
carry about 70,000 barrels of oil. If you
start running five or six of them a day,
now you are running the same capacity
as the pipeline.”
Ports served by CN
Fort St. John
Fort Nelson Enterprise
Reliable, consistent rail service is essential to current
and future oil sands and resource developments.
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Oil Tankers: Safer
Than Ever Before
il tankers transport some
2,400 million tonnes of crude
oil and oil products around
the world by sea.
Measures introduced by the
International Maritime Organization,
of which Canada was a founding
member in 1948, have helped ensure
that the majority of oil tankers are
safely built and operated and are
constructed to reduce the amount of
oil spilled in the event of an accident.
Operational pollution from routine
tank cleaning operations has also been
In 1995, regulations called for all
existing single-hull tankers to be
converted to include double hulls, or be
taken out of service when they reached
a certain age (up to 30 years old). This
measure was adopted to be phased
in over a number of years because
shipyard capacity is limited and it
would not be possible to convert all
single-hulled tankers without causing
immense disruption to world trade and
To read about these measures and
amendments visit: www.imo.org
Average number of
major oil spills per year
(over 700 tonnes)
25.2 9.3 7.8 3.1
The safety record of the shipping industry and its
environmental performance are impressive.
22 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment
he Joint Canada-Alberta
Implementation Plan for
Oil sands Monitoring commits
to a scientifically rigorous,
comprehensive, integrated, and
transparent environmental monitoring
program for the oil sands region.
It outlines the path forward to enhance
the monitoring of water, air, land
and biodiversity in the oil sands by
demonstrating how the provincial
and federal governments will sample
more sites for more substances more
frequently. The program is designed
to provide an improved understanding
of the long-term cumulative effects of
oil sands development.
The number of permanent water
monitoring stations will double, from
21 to 43, and the number of biodiversity
testing stations will expand from
35 to 72.
“The Alberta oil sands are a key driver
of the Canadian economy. They are
currently responsible for over 400,000
jobs,” said Canada’s Environment
Minister Peter Kent, who toured many
of the new stations with Alberta’s
Environment and Sustainable Resource
Development Minister Diana McQueen
“In February, Minister McQueen and
I launched one of the most transparent
and accountable oil sands monitoring
systems in the world. Today, it is clear
to see that this system is on track
for full implementation in 2015. We
challenge others in the international
oil producing community to match
Canada’s commitment to environmental
“The enhanced monitoring program
for the oil sands region provides
assurance to Albertans, Canadians, and
the world that this critical resource is
being managed properly,” said Minister
McQueen. “I’m confident that these
enhancements are setting the stage for
a truly state-of-the-art environmental
program for the
oil sands region.”
The oil sands are
a strategic natural
Canada, and a key
driver of economic
oil sands development
has led to the
need for a better
understanding of the
Monitoring enhancements are already
underway and will continue to be
phased in over the next three years
to ensure installation of necessary
infrastructure, incremental enhancement
of activities and appropriate integration
with existing monitoring activities in the
By the time the three-year plan is fully-
implemented in 2015:
• There will be more sampling sites over
a larger area;
• water sites will increase from 21 to
• air sites will increase from 21 to
• biodiversity/wildlife contaminant
sampling sites will increase from
3 to 25;
• biodiversity monitoring sites will
increase from 35 to over 70;
• the number and types of parameters
being sampled will increase;
• the frequency (how many times) that
sampling occurs each year will be
• the methodologies for monitoring for
both air and water will be improved;
• an integrated, open data management
program will be created.
● Alberta Environment prohibits
the release of any water to the
Athabasca River that does not meet
water quality requirements. Water
monitoring in the region is ongoing.
The reports are available online at
Groundwater monitoring at Long Lake’s integrated
oil sands facility.
Taking core samples from
the Athabasca River.
A fox enjoys reclaimed land
in the Wood Buffalo region.
24 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment
ith global recognition for
the need to mitigate the
human effects on climate
around the world are focusing on ways
to significantly reduce global greenhouse
gas emissions (GHG) over the coming
As the single biggest emitter of
greenhouse gases in Canada, the
Province of Alberta has set out
significant targets around greenhouse
gas emissions, charging its largest
emitters to achieve a reduction of
50 megatonnes of GHG by 2020 and
200 megatonnes by 2050.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has
been identified as a critical technology
for reducing emissions associated with
fossil fuel power generation and large-
scale industrial processes like those in
the Alberta oil sands.
Alberta Innovates –
Technology Futures (AITF)
For the past 20 years, experts at Alberta
Innovates – Technology Futures have
been providing global leadership in
advancing knowledge and technologies
to ensure the safe and effective storage
of CO2 deep in geological formations,
while driving value-added resource
“We undertake strategic investments
and capability-building so that we can
help others advance the technology
that we feel will be worthwhile for the
province,” says Brent Lakeman, general
manager, environment and carbon
management for AITF.
Canada is responsible for about
two per cent of the world’s greenhouse
gas emissions, and the Alberta oil sands
account for about 4.6 per cent of
the nation’s emissions – that equals
to 0.1 per cent of global emissions.
Still, Alberta is a committed leader in
searching out ways to further reduce
GHGs from this sector..
A terrific example of the assistance
AITF provides for industry on behalf
of the province comes in research being
done on CO2 injection to geological
formations for CO2 storage or for
enhanced oil recovery. AITF’s team of
engineers, geochemists and geologists
are able to understand the potential
impacts associated with the injection
of CO2 and other substances into the
geology, to predict how these substances
will behave over the short and long-
term. By injecting previously captured
CO2, which is subsequently purified, it
improves the mobility of the product
and, in turn, greater recovery of oil and
gas. The CO2 is then stored again rather
than released into the atmosphere and
reused in the same process.
“The carbon dioxide can work in
two ways in the extraction process:
1. It mixes with the oil and lowers
the viscosity, and 2. It acts well under
pressure and pushes the oil through
the formation allowing it to be easily
produced,” says Lakeman.
“Right now Alberta is seeing several
leading (CCS) projects moving ahead
from which there is going to be a lot for
the world to learn,” he adds.
Alberta’s oil sands account
for less than 1/10 of 1% of the
world’s greenhouse gas emissions
Global Sources of Emissions – 2008
Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre, US Department of Energy
● Greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada is responsible for about
2 per cent of global greenhouse
gas emissions (GHG). Oil sands
make up about 4.6 per cent of
Canada’s overall GHG emissions.
This means Alberta oil sands
contribute about 0.1 per cent of
the world’s GHG emissions.
“The key is to have a
regulatory regime in place
for greenhouse gas emissions.
One can always critique
whether or not the targets are
hard enough, but the fact is
Alberta set the systems close
to 10 years ago. So we have a
robust management system in
place in order to make further
Brent Lakeman, Alberta Innovates –
CO2 storage options:
1 Deep-saline aquifers
2 Depleted oil and gas reservoirs
3 Salt beds or caverns
4 Unmineable coal beds
CO2 captured at oil sands
facility, upgrader or
CO2 will be injected into
a suitable storage site
transported by pipeline
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
A critical technology for
reducing oil sands emissions.
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Alberta’s 2011 Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
Emission Reduction Program Results
Initial, unaudited compliance results show that companies have
made 10.1 megatonnes (Mt) of GHG reductions in 2011, which
contributes to a total of 33.6 Mt of reductions to date through
operational changes and investing in verified offsets created by
other Alberta projects.
Improvements To Operations Up To Target:
Companies made improvements to their operations that resulted in
1.5 Mt of GHG reductions up to their required emissions reduction
target. For example, a facility could have installed a more efficient
boiler or more effectively use energy such as steam that would
otherwise be released by the facility.
Companies paid approximately $55.4 million into the Climate
Change and Emissions Management Fund, which will be invested
in projects and technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in
Alberta (this amount covers approximately 3.7 Mt of reductions
required based on the current rate of $15 per tonne).
Alberta-based Offset Credit Purchases:
Following protocols approved by the Alberta government, emissions
reductions that occur in Alberta outside of the facilities that are
subject to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation are eligible to
generate emissions offset credits. In 2011, companies submitted
5.3 Mt worth of offset credits, which were verified by a third party.
Emission Performance Credits:
Large emitters that reduce their GHG emissions intensity beyond
the 12 per cent target are eligible to generate emission performance
credits. In 2011, 1.0 Mt of emission performance credits were
submitted for compliance purposes.
How Total Reduction Results Are Calculated
The 10.1 Mt GHG reduction result is calculated by adding together
improvements to operations up to target (1.5 Mt) together with
offsets purchased (5.3 Mt) and emission performance credits
generated (3.3 Mt). Note that figures are subject to change as a
result of auditing and are rounded for presentation purposes.
and Construction 4%
Electricity/Heat Generation 20%
(Including In Situ and
Cogeneration Emissions) 21%
Oil and Gas/Mining 20%
Source: Government of Alberta
2010 Alberta Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(244 Mt Total)
Source: Alberta Environment & Sustainable Development
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The Means For
CCEMC Hard at Work
e believe that a good
idea can come from
Kirk Andries, managing
director of the Climate Change and
Emissions Management (CCEMC)
Corporation, lives by that motto. And
his not-for-profit organization will pay
good money to find the best result.
Based on the outskirts of Edmonton in
Sherwood Park, Alberta, the CCEMC is
a transparent, accountable arms-length
organization with interest in finding
technology development opportunities
that offer transformative technology
solutions. Its focus is on carbon capture
and storage, to conserve and use energy
efficiently, and to support green energy
Established in 2009, the CCEMC is
funded by the Government of Alberta
from the Climate Change and Emissions
Management Fund. The CCEMC
invests those funds in the discovery,
development and deployment of clean
technology to reduce greenhouse gas
“We finance projects anywhere along the
innovation chain, from early stage R&D
to deployment,” says Andries. “If we
believe the idea has great promise then
we will fund those projects.”
To date, the CCEMC has approved 31
projects worth $156 million. The most
recent came in mid-July 2012 when
six new clean technology projects were
awarded a total of $46 million to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
Alberta’s Emissions Target
20102005 2020 2030 2040 2050
Emissions in Mega Tonnes (Mt)
2050 – 200Mt reduction or 50 per
cent below projected business as usual
and 14 per cent below 2005 levels
Million tonnes = 1 Megatonne (Mt)
energy efﬁciency 24Mt
& storage 37Mt
Total = 200Mt
Source: Government of Alberta
● By 2050, Carbon Capture and
Storage (CCS) will be responsible for
70 per cent of the GHG emissions
reductions. In the oil sands, the bulk
of these reductions will occur in
production and upgrading. Between
1990 and 2009 oil sands mining
projects have reduced per barrel GHG
emissions by 29 per cent.
Source: Alberta Environment 2011
● Alberta ambient air quality
objectives are some of the strictest
in the world and apply to oil sands
The organizations receiving
funding from CCEMC include:
• Cenovus Energy Inc. – $10 million for
a Chemical Looping Steam Generator
– 10 MW Pilot at Christina Lake near
• Husky Energy – $2.9 million for the
Lashburn CO2 Capture Demonstration
Project near Lloydminster;
• Imperial Oil – $10 million for a Cyclic
Solvent Process pilot in Cold Lake;
• Inventys Thermal Technologies Inc.
– $3 million for the VeloxoTherm™ CO2
Capture Project at Joffre;
• MEG Energy Corp. – $10 million for
Heavy Crude Quality Improvement
in the Alberta Industrial Heartland
• N-Solv Corporation – $10 million for
the N-Solv BEST Pilot Plant at Suncor
Dover in Fort McMurray.
To read more about the CCEMC
and the projects it funds visit:
Alberta has an abundance of clean water. Efforts from the oil sands industry are aiming at keeping it that way.
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The Alberta Carbon
Trunk Line (ACTL)
he ACTL is a 240 kilometre pipeline
that will collect CO2 from industrial
emitters in and around Alberta’s
Industrial Heartland and transport
it to aging reservoirs throughout central
and southern Alberta for secure storage in
enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects.
At full capacity the ACTL route will provide
access to reservoirs capable of producing an
additional one billion barrels of high quality
light crude oil through the EOR process.
These reservoirs will safely and securely store
14.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year as the
oil is produced. At full capacity this will be
equivalent to removing 2.6 million cars from
Alberta’s roads. The ACTL will be the largest
commercial carbon capture and storage
(CCS) project in the world.
Summary of Worldwide CCS Projects
Millions Tonnes per Year
Alberta Carbon Trunk Line
Proposed Non-EOR Projects
Proposed EOR Projects
Pioneering CCS Project
The Quest Project
hell announced in early September 2012 that it will go
ahead with the first carbon capture and storage (CCS)
project for an oil sands operation in Canada.
The Quest project will be built on behalf of the Athabasca
Oil sands Project joint venture owners (Shell, Chevron and
Marathon Oil) and with support from the Governments of
Canada and Alberta. The Province of Alberta contributed
$745-million from a $2-billion fund to support CCS, and Ottawa
added another $120-million through its Clean Energy Fund.
The Athabasca Oil sands project produces bitumen, which is
piped to Shell’s Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta. From
late 2015, Quest will capture and store deep underground more
than one million tonnes a year of CO2 produced in bitumen
processing. Quest will reduce direct emissions from the Scotford
Upgrader by up to 35 per cent – the equivalent of taking 175,000
North American cars off the road annually.
“Quest is another example of how we are using technology
and innovation to improve the environmental performance of
our oil sands operations,” says Shell executive vice president of
Heavy Oil, John Abbott. “The opportunity Quest provides to
reduce emissions from our upgrading activities is an important
achievement in itself, but the project’s technical and strategic
value reaches beyond the emissions it will capture.”
Source: Shell Canada
Quest will add new carbon capture facilities to the three Scotford
Upgrader hydrogen manufacturing units (HMUs). Quest will capture
and store deep underground more than one million tonnes a year of CO2
produced in bitumen processing..
28 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment
he Province of Alberta released
its Lower Athabasca Regional
Plan (LARP) in August
2012, putting commitment
to action with the establishment of
six new conservation areas, increased
monitoring of land use, air quality,
invitations to Aboriginal communities
to be a continued part of the planning,
and promises of more to be done in
“Some felt we could have gone further,
but as far as a move forward, this
is a great first step,” says Morris
Seiferling, Alberta’s commissioner, land
use secretariat. “This isn’t just rhetoric.
It is action.”
The goal is to create a balance in a
region that has become famous for its
oil sands potential as well as pristine
wildlife, vegetation and vibrant
communities; the latter being things
the government aims to protect. It
will do this by allowing no oil sands
development in these areas unless it can
be done from outside the boundaries via
practices such as horizontal drilling.
“There is more work to be done and
I would encourage people to participate
in the discussion,” says Seiferling.
The government has committed to
releasing its Bio Diversity and Ground
Water Frameworks by the end of 2013.
For now, the LARP has identified a
strategic direction, as far as land use is
concerned, for the next 10 years.
Highlights of the LARP
• Immediately setting regional
environmental limits for air and
surface water quality and regional
groundwater management framework
with interim triggers;
• Establishing six new conservation
areas, bringing the total conserved
land in the region to two million
hectares, or 22 per cent – an area
three times the size of Banff National
• The Dillon River Conservation Area
moves from a Public Land Use Zone
to a Wildland Provincial Park. This
change will secure a larger tract of
important caribou habitat;
• Addressing infrastructure challenges
and new strategies to plan for urban
development around Fort McMurray;
• Providing year-round tourism and
recreational opportunities through
the creation of nine new provincial
recreational areas, which will have
access to campsites, trails and boat
• Committing to a regional trail system
• Committing to the development of
tailings management, biodiversity, and
surface water quantity frameworks;
• Committing to engage and work with
Aboriginal communities on initiatives
to incorporate traditional knowledge
into environmental planning;
• Identifying opportunities to engage
with Aboriginal communities
on initiatives to support tourism
• Providing certainty for industry in
development of the oil sands; and
• Supporting diversification of the
regional economy – recognizes
tourism and recreational
opportunities, the potential
for further responsible
development of energy,
minerals, coal, surface
materials, forestry and
For more information
on the LARP and other
land use plans visit:
● Oil sands operators are investing
more than $1 billion in tailings
reduction technology. The total area
of existing tailings ponds is 170
square km. As of December 2010, over
71 square km had been reclaimed or
was undergoing active reclamation.
Tailings Seepage Recapturing and Monitoring Systems
Tailings Discharge Pipe
Mature Fine Tailings
Seepage Return Pipeline
Source: Environment Ministry, Government of Alberta.
● Tailings ponds are constructed
with groundwater monitoring. Where
seepage is detected, government
requires a recapture system to return
the tailings to the pond.
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Alberta’s boreal forest
oil sands deposits
oil sands surface
mineable area (4,800 km2
oil sands mineable area
disturbed to date (715 km2
This map shows that, while the oil sands underlie a 142,200 km2 area in
north and eastern Alberta, the surface mining area is limited to a 4,800 km2
region directly north of Fort McMurray – 715 km2 of which has been disturbed
by oil sands operations to date.
In situ oil sands operations – where bitumen is separated from the sand
underground and pumped to the surface – are situated throughout the three
deposits, and account for about 80 per cent of the accessible resource.
Source: Government of Alberta
Alberta’s Oil Sands Deposits
● Only a fraction
of 1 per cent of
forest has been
disturbed by oil
sands mining over
the past 40 years.
Source: AESRD 2011
● Companies are using new drying techniques to accelerate
tailings reclamation. Syncrude Canada’s Gateway Hill area
recently became the first oil sands lease to receive a final
reclamation certificate from the government.
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ater – it is the most
precious resource we
have; without it life
on earth would not
be possible. We use it to sustain our
bodies through food and drink; we use
it to transport products, clean, create
medicine – many beings on this planet
use it to simply breathe.
Its importance can’t be understated.
Alberta’s oil sands, and the companies
that extract its comparably-important
resource, can state this without
hesitation since water is essential to the
delivery of oil sands products to market.
It is for that reason, and for reasons
of protecting wildlife and natural
landscapes, that recycling and water
conservation practices are critically
important to the oil sands industry.
Millions of litres of water are used in
the extraction process and subsequently
become filled with contaminants,
but unknown to many is the fact
that millions of liters are also recycled
and restored by one of the most effective
processes in the world.
EPCOR, an Edmonton-based water and
power provider, is the company that
provides a solution.
Some partially-treated waste water
from EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater
Treatment Plant is recycled for use at
Suncor’s Edmonton refinery, which
processes oil sands bitumen, according
to EPCOR president and CEO Don
Lowry. “Up to 15 million litres a day
of recycled water goes to the Suncor
refinery east of Edmonton and that
15 million litres is water that they do
not have to extract from the North
Saskatchewan River,” says Lowry.
EPCOR’s waste water membrane
treatment project in Edmonton’s Gold
Bar district is the only one of its kind
in Canada. The science that cleans the
waste water involves filtering water
through cartridges packed with a million
tiny tubes that are thousands of times
smaller than your average drinking
straw. Clarified waste water is drawn
through the tubes into their hollow
centres where there is a vacuum, thereby
filtering out impurities. The scrubbing
of the water is so effective that even
bacteria cannot survive the trip through
The long-term vision of the partnership
between Suncor and EPCOR – Suncor
built the multi-million-dollar membrane
plant at EPCOR along with the five
kilometre pipeline to the refinery
and the reverse osmosis facility – is
to build a total water management
solution that focuses on maximizing
water reuse and recycling through the
integration of new technologies and
waste minimization. Along with other
innovations, the agreement signed in
2005 included the implementation of a
multi-barrier approach to waste water
management, designed to enhance
overall environmental protection and
improve operational standards.
“This is a coupling of EPCOR and an
oil sands player demonstrating that
water treatment technology is one of
the steps forward,” says Lowry. “It
is probably one of the earliest wins
that demonstrates that the oil sands
companies are doing good things”● Oil sands projects recycle 80
to 95 per cent of water used; over
80 per cent for surface mining and
up to 95 per cent for in situ (drilling)
oil sands extraction.
Rather than taking water from the North Saskatchewan River, the Suncor refinery draws up to 15 million litres of
waste water per day from EPCOR’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant in Edmonton.
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● Current oil sands mining projects
use about 1 per cent of the total
annual water flow of the Athabasca
River. Water use is projected to
grow to 2 per cent of the river’s flow
if all the oil sands mining projects
currently planned, do go ahead.
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the impact on precious water, land and air resources.
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32 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTechnology
lberta’s oil sands represent
huge economic impact for all
Albertans, and not just from
the sale of its final product.
Provincial technology funds are creating
a diversification of Alberta’s economy
which is greatly needed in the local
boom/bust atmosphere that is often
associated with the energy sector.
“There is a lot of work going on in
Alberta to reduce our carbon footprint
and create cleaner technologies,” says
Kirk Andries, managing director of
the Climate Change and Emissions
Management (CCEMC) Corporation,
whose organization has awarded
$156 million over the past three years
for transformative technology projects.
“And it shouldn’t be looked at like we
are just in the business of trying to solve
a problem. We are also in the business
of opening doors to opportunity.”
University of Alberta School of Business
professor Andrew Leach agrees.
“There is a huge market for innovative
new technologies,” he says. “So as
opposed to saying, ‘don’t worry about
greenhouse gases because we are coming
up with all these technologies,’ it’s
saying, ‘greenhouse gases are a big issue
here so Edmonton is the place to be if
you are an innovative company working
on extraction technology.’”
Alberta is the only province in the
country that has a functioning carbon
pricing model. The province’s largest
emitters are held to meeting targets each
year and are required to pay $15 per
tonne for every tonne over their target.
The funds are collected and deposited
into the Climate Change and Emissions
Management Fund. This means that for
every tonne a company can reduce it
will translate into $15 revenue.
“Great, that is a business opportunity,”
says Leach, who adds that once
Alberta-based technology and research
companies are given the time and
resources to master their trades, other
global jurisdictions who have committed
to greenhouse gas reduction will come
looking for the experts.
“Think of the opportunity. The world
is talking about climate change; the
world is always going to use oil – it is
a compelling energy. What are the low-
carbon ways to develop it?”
In May of 2010, the Conference
Board of Canada released a study
called the Economic and Employment
Impact of Climate-Related Technology
Investments that put a value on research
as it pertains to overall economic health.
Results from their model simulations
indicate that for every $100 million
investment in Alberta a majority
remains in the province, resulting in a
$70 million impact on Alberta’s gross
“Investment in technology funds
will generate many jobs in all of the
provinces, ranging from construction
workers and researchers to machinery
operators and engineers,” read the
Technology Fund Spending:
Five-Year Impacts on Real GDP and Employment
(2002 $ millions)
(2002 $ millions)
Alberta 6,103 6,865 4,815 50,497
British Columbia 1,063 1,030 866 13,317
Saskatchewan 1,317 1,415 697 8,568
Manitoba 110 112 107 1,642
Ontario 1,970 1,986 2,132 29,022
Quebec 1,082 1,123 838 12,287
New Brunswick 25 25 16 264
Nova Scotia 40 41 20 330
Prince Edward Island 26 27 9 195
Newfoundland 15 14 7 99
Source: The Conference Board of Canada.
● Investing in technology funds will
generate many jobs in all provinces,
ranging from construction workers and
researchers to machinery operators
Oil sands players place big emphasis on research.
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NAIT research addressing
of the oil sands receives
$1.6 million in funding from
the Canadian Foundation for
AIT (Northern Alberta
Institute of Technology) is
focusing several of its key
applied research projects on
reducing the environmental impact of
oil sands developments. New funding
of nearly $1.6 million from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will
help support this ongoing research,
which is closely integrated with the
needs of industrial partners. NAIT’s
Boreal Research Institute will receive
$800,000 while another $799,863 will
be directed to the Centre for Green
Chemistry and Engineering. Since its
creation in 1995, the Boreal Research
Institute has become recognized as a
leader in applied research of forest
land reclamation and education. The
CFI funding will help it build new
infrastructure in Peace River, including a
research greenhouse and a header house
for seed testing. Through the Centre
for Green Chemistry and Engineering
in Edmonton, NAIT’s technical staff is
focused on developing cost-effective,
breakthrough solutions to reduce the
environmental impact of fluid tailings
ponds. “Their work will play a critical
role in making the province’s energy
sector greener while helping to establish
NAIT as a leader in applied research
among polytechnics in Canada,” said
NAIT president and CEO, Dr. Glenn
Feltham. This year, NAIT celebrates its
Energy Research Initiatives
The AERI/Alberta Research Council
Core Industry Research Program is a
$4 million per year effort to improve
the application of in situ thermal
processes. $157 million will be invested
in Alberta technology as part of the
Canada EcoTrust Clean Air and Climate
Change. To date, $81.5 million has
been invested in clean energy projects.
A $1.8 million fund has been set up
to develop new methods of reclaiming
disturbed sites to full forest.
To read more about oil sands technology
innovations and research, please go to
the Canadian Association of Petroleum
Producers website at www.capp.ca/
The Alberta Government recently invested
$57 million directly into clean energy
research: a) $25 million to the University
of Alberta for its partnership with the
Helmholtz Association of German
Research Centres, which is emphasizing
research in the oil sands; b) $7 million to
the University of Alberta for tailings
research underway at its School of Energy
and the Environment; and c) $25 million
to Carbon Management Canada, housed
at the University of Calgary, to reduce
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nyone who follows Alberta’s oil and gas industry
might have noticed that in recent years a new
word has crept into its vocabulary: fracking.
Fracking is short for a drilling process formally
known as “massive hydraulic fracturing.” This technique
has increased the overall resource base in North America by
making unavailable or uneconomic oil and gas plays worth
Fracking is one of the best ways to access oil and gas that is
held underground in what the industry calls tight plays, or
unconventional plays, which are oil and gas deposits held in
dense rock formations. The oil and gas in an unconventional
play can only be accessed by fracturing these formations and
getting it out of the cracks the technique creates.
For example, at the Pembina play in Alberta, the technique
is estimated to have increased oil reserves between 400,000
and 1,000,000 barrels per section. The Pembina play has
about 1,000 sections, meaning total reserves increased
somewhere between 400 million and one billion barrels, and
that’s only one play in Canada.
Demand is ramping up in Canada, though, especially in
Alberta and British Columbia. “It’s a very healthy industry,”
said Peyto Exploration and Development Corp. COO Scott
Robinson. “There is tremendous demand for fracturing
services across the province.”
Some challenges facing companies are keeping up with
that demand, and keeping costs of fracking under control.
Lack of available equipment drives the cost of fracking
Drilling a well 2.6 kilometres deep and 1.4 kilometres
horizontally costs about $4 million, plus another $2 million
in facilities and infrastructure in the Horn River basin.
Though the costs are great, the implementation of fracking
has given junior oil and gas companies an opportunity to
compete in the highly competitive oil and gas industry.
Peyto’s land growth over the last decade has been fast. In
2000, the company owned less than 50,000 net acres of
land; at the end of 2010 it owned about 267,000 net acres,
had over 900 kilometres of pipeline, five working gas plants,
and over 700 producing zones, totalling about 35,000
barrels of oil equivalent per day.
36 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEconomic Benefits
Oil Sands Markets
n order to sustain economic growth
in Canada and to avoid a land-
locked glut of Canadian crude oil
which could drive the return on
crude exports to severely discounted
levels, it is necessary to expand Alberta’s
access to crude oil markets beyond just
the United States.
The proposed Enbridge Northern
Gateway Pipelines Project represents
A summer of 2012 report by the Fraser
Institute, an independent Canadian
public policy research and educational
organization, most recently backed this
assertion. Entitled Ensuring Canadian
Access to Oil Markets in the Asia-
Pacific Region, it says the economic
benefits will equal billions of dollars,
create thousands of jobs, and even pad
The report was authored by Gerry
Angevine, the institute’s senior
economist and Fraser Basin Council
program assistant Vanadis Oviedo.
“Demand for oil products in countries
in the Asia-Pacific region is rapidly
increasing and crude oil can be sold
in those markets at a premium,”
the authors wrote. If Canadian oil
producers had access to the U.S. and
the Asia-Pacific region, they could
secure the best possible return on their
investment. This would also reduce
the risk that growth in Canadian oil
production could be constrained by U.S.
opposition inhibiting the construction of
Crude oil production in Canada
currently exceeds three million barrels
per day (bbl/day) with the majority of
that production occurring in the Alberta
oil sands. Approximately two million
bbl/day of Canada’s crude is exported
to a single U.S. market at prices that are
marginally lower than the West Texas
Intermediate (WTI) benchmark. In turn,
WTI prices are significantly lower than
world market prices using Brent Blend
Crude as the benchmark.
Gateway would see two 1,170 km
pipelines from the Edmonton area in
Alberta to the port of Kitimat, British
Columbia. One pipeline would carry
on average 525,000 barrels per day of
petroleum products from Alberta to
Kitimat, the other line, would carry on
average 193,000 barrels of condensate
(diluents) per day east to Bruderheim,
Alberta. The project includes a
five million barrel tank terminal and
a deep water marine terminal with
two berths near Kitimat, providing
tanker access for oil exports to offshore
markets via Very-Large Crude Carriers.
Upon completion the Northern Gateway
Pipelines project would provide the
desired access to Asian markets.
“Construction and operation of
pipelines from Alberta to ports in British
Columbia could contribute substantially
to GDP and to employment and
income in Alberta, British Columbia,
and the rest of Canada,” the report
says. “Additionally, the possible price
premiums on sales to markets in the
Asia-Pacific region would benefit the
shareholders of the oil production
companies, including many public and
private pension funds.”
As part of Canada and Alberta’s world-
leading environmental protection regime,
the project will be reviewed by a Joint
Review Panel (JRP), which is a three
member, independent body mandated by
the Minister of the Environment and the
National Energy Board.
Over the course of 2012, the JRP
received and considered all the
information presented to them by the
project proponent, Enbridge Inc., as
well as various intervenors, including
the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
and World Trade Centre Edmonton
(WTCE), and consulted with any and
all interested parties in considering the
engineering requirements, environmental
and socio-economic impacts, economic
and financial matters, impacts to public
and First Nations lands, and any other
public interest that may be affected by
the proposed project under both the
Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act and the National Energy Board Act.
The submissions received by the JRP,
including those from the Edmonton
Chamber and WTCE, will go on record
and will be used by the panel members
to determine if the project is required
for public convenience and necessity. An
environmental assessment report will
also be submitted to the Minister of the
Environment. Following the federal and
provincial governments’ response to the
environmental report, the panel will
make a recommendation on whether or
not a certificate of public convenience
● The bitumen shipped by pipeline is
either sent directly to markets across
the U.S. and Canada for upgrading;
or to Edmonton for upgrading and
then shipped as synthetic crude
oil (bitumen mixed with a lighter
material to allow it to be shipped
for processing). Currently in Alberta,
four facilities in the Fort McMurray
area and one near Fort Saskatchewan
upgrade about 57 per cent of Alberta’s
crude bitumen production.
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and necessity should be granted by the National Energy
Board. If a certificate is issued, the project can be given
final approval to proceed by Cabinet.
The Northern Gateway Pipelines has the potential to
significantly expand market access not only for Alberta, but
also for Canada, and could be a nation building project.
“Construction of the Northern Gateway oil-export pipeline
is estimated to contribute $3.9 billion (in 2009 dollars) to
Canadian GDP,” the report indicates, also referring to the
benefits received by Ontario and Quebec’s manufacturing
industry, which will provide steel and other supplies.
Enbridge president Al Monaco elaborated on the need for
new pipeline infrastructure (both within and outside that
of Gateway) that will even further diversify our markets
and bring Canadians closer together under one cause.
“We are establishing a path for Canadian crude to access
eastern Canada,” he says. “In reversing the flow of one of
our existing lines – Line 9 – Ontario and Quebec refineries
will have access to lower-cost Canadian feedstock. These
refiners are now fed by foreign imports. We’re proud
of this project as it delivers Canadian oil to Canadian
refineries. And that means Canadian oil security. That’s
significant in that Ontario and Quebec currently derive
18 per cent and 90 per cent of their crude from offshore
“It’s a solution that protects Canadian jobs and increases
tax revenue in the range of some $90 million/year for
Quebec – that can go to education, healthcare and other
programs. Importantly, this project requires no new
pipeline construction, so it’s a benign and economical way
to address the changing needs of the market – a solution
that makes sense for producers and eastern Canadian
Kitimat’s deep water port. Bitumen from the oil sands will arrive here in B.C.
via the Gateway Pipeline and will be shipped via tankers to Asia.
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38 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEconomic Benefits
he Energy Innovation Strategy
is designed to respond to
the future energy needs
of Alberta by investing in
research, technology and innovation
that create commercial value and
achieve high environmental standards.
The Innovative Energy Technologies
Program (IETP) is the major component
of this strategy.
The IETP represents a $200-million
commitment by the Alberta government
to provide royalty adjustments
to a number of specific pilot and
demonstration projects that use innovative technologies to increase
recoveries from existing reserves and
encourage responsible, development
of oil, natural gas and in situ oil sands
The program objectives are:
• increasing the recovery from oil and
gas deposits resulting in incremental
production and royalties;
• finding a flexible commercial technical
solution to the gas over bitumen issue
that will allow efficient and orderly
production of both resources.
• improving the recovery of bitumen
resources by in situ technologies;
• improving recovery of natural gas
from coal seams; and
• disseminating technology and
information developed through the
projects supported by this program.
Successful applicants in the program
are provided with a royalty adjustment
of up to a maximum of 30 per cent of
approved project costs. Industry must
provide the remaining 70 per cent or
more of total project costs. Under the
terms of the IETP, successful applicants
must submit the following reports:
• annual and final technical reports; and
• annual and final intellectual property
reports on any new technology
developed through an IETP project.
It is anticipated that successful
technologies supported by this program
will enhance resource recovery and
increase royalties to fully recover, over
time, the program costs.
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of the Oil Sands
ost Canadian job seekers
from across Canada have
been tempted by the call
of Fort McMurray. And
while thousands do make the trek from
their respective hometowns each year
up Highway 63, many more are finding
ways to make a living right at home,
thanks directly to the oil sands.
“When you look at the job creation
from any of the new projects as they
come on, in my community it is certainly
robust,” says Municipality of Wood
Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake. “But it
doesn’t end here. It certainly trickles out
into Alberta and across the nation.”
“We have up to 35,000 people we call
commuters,” Blake adds. “These are the
folks who come in from other parts of
the country and sometimes even further
away. Ultimately each one of them
gets a paycheck by coming here. And
when they do they take their paychecks
back home and spend them in their
communities and are able to create other
jobs by sustaining an economy.”
In Newfoundland one can find the
best examples of oil sands wealth
being shared on the other side of the
country by commuters. Thousands of
Newfoundlanders have made the trip to
Alberta following the downward trend
of the fishing and forestry industries in
Keith Storey, honourary research
professor with the department of
geography at Memorial University in
St. John’s, Newfoundland has studied
the socio-economic implications to
his province as a result of the Alberta/
Newfoundland employment migration.
While his research paper entitled The Big
faculty/Fort_Mac19April.pdf) has yet to
officially delve into the impacts of
specifically how “mobile workers” spend
or invest their money in Newfoundland,
the things he has seen with his own eyes
paint a pretty clear picture.
Looking south over Fort McMurray.
Key industries in Ontario like machinery and metal
fabrication service Alberta’s oil sands.
● About 151,000 Albertans are
directly employed in the oil and gas
extraction and mining sectors in 2011.
● 21,115 people were directly
employed in oil sands operations jobs
in Fort McMurray in 2011.
● Outside of Alberta, Ontario is the
largest benefactor with 812,000
person-years or 7 per cent of Canadian
employment resulting from oil sands
activities, B.C. is second with
713,000 person-years, or 6 per cent
of Canadian employment.
● The energy sector (oil and gas/
mining) accounted for almost
28 per cent of Alberta’s industry
output in 2011.
● As of April 2012, there were 101
active oil sands projects in Alberta.
Of these, five were producing mining
projects (three more are under
construction); the remaining projects
used various in situ recovery methods.
Sources: Government of Alberta,
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
continued on page 40
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“Of all the guys that come and go it
appears a significant portion of their
income comes back to Newfoundland,”
he said, pointing to a brand new
industry in Newfoundland.
“When they come back you are seeing
what I call the big boy toys (trucks,
snowmobiles, boats, etc.) and there is
now quite a business opportunity for
people renting out storage space. It is
“We are seeing people building new
homes or renovating their homes. We
are seeing a lot of that, and house prices
are going up in the rural areas,” he adds.
“Why? There are no jobs there. Alberta
is the reason. Off they go to Alberta and
the money gets reinvested back in their
own communities (in Newfoundland).”
Storey also notes that it is not just
young Newfoundlanders getting in on
the Alberta Advantage. He notes that
retirees who are looking for seasonal
or short term work to supplement their
incomes each year can find a nice nest
egg in the west.
“For a retiree, that’s a nice bit of change
in their pockets.”
● Alberta exports of goods rose
by 64 per cent from 2001 to 2011
to $93 billion, which includes over
$66 billion in energy exports.
● In 2009, oil sands accounted for
1/5th of total investment in Alberta
and about 60 per cent of investment
in Alberta’s major capital projects. The
Canadian Energy Research Institute
(CERI) estimates capital investment
at $218 billion over the next 25 years.
● In total, from 2000-2010,
$116 billion has been invested in the
oil sands industry.
● Alberta companies have signed
millions of dollars in contracts with
companies throughout Canada to
support activity in the oil sands.
● Key industries servicing Alberta’s
oil sands include machinery & metal
fabrication, particularly in Ontario.
● Atlantic Canada also benefits from
Alberta’s oil sands through increased
activity in industries such as
manufacturing. New Brunswick steel
manufacturers have signed contracts
worth estimated $50 million.
Sources: Government of Alberta,
Right across the country people are experiencing
increased disposable income, thanks to jobs in the
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