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  1. 1. Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012 - 2013 Membership & Business Directory Includes Over 9,000Complete Member Listings
  2. 2. EdmONtON switched and ready to do business 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
  3. 3. 1Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Message From The Chair 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. Ken Barry Chair of the Board Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
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  5. 5. 3Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryNetworks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Table of Contents 34th Edition Published By The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 600-9990 Jasper Avenue World Trade Centre Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1P7 Telephone: 780-426-4620 Fax: 780-424-7946 Web Site: Publisher Martin Salloum Executive Publisher Rita Boyce Writer Richard Wright Contributors Government of Alberta NAIT Luke Muise Design Brad Fischer, Roaring Mouse Graphics Printing RR Donnelley Photography City of Edmonton Commerce News Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Enbridge Father Mercredi High School Fred Katz Glenbow Archives Government of Alberta Municipality of Wood Buffalo Oil Sands Developers Group Provincial Archives of Alberta Suncor Syncrude Canada Ltd. istockphoto University of Alberta Special thanks to the many featured organizations and communities who have provided photos. Publisher’s Statement The information in Networks, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory, is gathered and carefully compiled in such a way as to ensure maximum accuracy. The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce cannot, and does not, guarantee the correctness of all information furnished, nor the complete absence of errors or omissions. Therefore, no responsibility can be, nor is, assumed. © Copyright 2012, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. 1 Message from the Chair of the Board 5 Message from the Premier of Alberta 5 Message from the Mayor of Edmonton 6 2012 Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 7 Committee Chairs & Past Chairs 8 Staff 9 How to Use the Networks Directory 10 Welcome to Your Chamber 12 Oil Change – Bringing the Facts to the Surface 47 Northern Members of the World Trade Centre Edmonton 70 Consular Corps in Edmonton 71 Corporate Membership Directory 117 Index of Advertisers 118 Index of Categories 121 Business Directory Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Networks 3
  6. 6. Find Out MOre Our School Plus program enhances the learning experience for Aboriginal youth. 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. Enbridge delivers more than the energy you count on. We deliver on our promise to help make communities better places to live. It’s part of the reason we were named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. WHERE ENERGY MEETS poTENTial
  7. 7. 5Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory 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 and professionals. 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 city. 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 sustainable. I extend best wishes to all Chamber of Commerce members for continued success for many years to come. Yours truly, Stephen Mandel 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 Message From The Premier of Alberta Message From The Mayor of Edmonton
  8. 8. 6 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Gordon Molnar Vice President, Northern Alberta Clifton Associates Ltd. Simon O’Byrne Treasurer Managing Senior Principal, Practice Leader, Urban Land Stantec Inc. Murray Scambler Managing Partner, Parker, Ford & McKay Specialty Opticians Jerri L. Cairns Managing Partner, Parlee McLaws LLP, Jim Webb President, Urbanlife Properties Ltd. Don Matthew Vice Chair Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP Ken Barry Chair President, RGO Office Furnishings Bernie Kollman Past Chair V.P. Public Sector Alberta, IBM Canada Ltd. Lindsay Dodd Vice Chair CEO, Savvia Inc. Chris Bruce Vice President, Edmonton District, Scotiabank Aurelio Fernandes Honorary Consul, Portugal Chairman, Edmonton Consular Corps Alyson Hodson Partner/Director of Client Services zag creative group inc. Ron Liteplo Senior Vice President, Legal and External Relations, EPCOR Utilities Inc. Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012 Board of Directors
  9. 9. 7Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Crystal Graham Chair, Municipal Affairs Committee Kasian Architecture 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 1893 Dormant 1892 Dormant 1891 John Cameron 1890 John Cameron 1889 John Cameron Ian Morrison Chair, Energy & Environment Committee Stantec Inc. James Merkosky Chair, Finance & Taxation Committee PWC PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP * In 1990, the title was changed from President to Chair of the Board.
  10. 10. 8 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Melissa Johnson Coordinator, Special Events Dennis Gane Manager, Business Development Berenika Kienc Manager, Policy & Research Elizabeth Taylor Project Coordinator, Business Development Rick Hersack Chief Economist Michael Shore Manager, Technical Services Richard Wright Manager, Public Relations Rita Boyce Executive Publisher, ECC Directory Robin Bobocel Vice President, Public Affairs Wendy Edwards Vice President, Finance & Admin. / CFO Frances Guidoccio Reception, Coordinator, Conference Centre Shirley Zutter Manager, Special Events Cathy Wiltsie Executive Assistant to President & CEO Blair Powell Manager, Membership Development Shyla Cook Member Services Specialist Christine Borecki Administrative Assistant, Finance & Administration Martin Salloum President & CEO Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Staff
  11. 11. 9Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory How to Use Your 2012-2013 Networks Directory 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 Cross-referenced Sections Networks is divided into three separate directories of member listings: • 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. Corporate Directory 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. Business Directory 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. Member Benefits Free oil change for any brand! Discount on new and used cars, parts and service Huge corporate discount on office supplies at Staples Advantage Optimize with Google, Facebook, Twitter and more, now at over 65% savings to members Discount on home, auto and travel insurance 15% off best available rates at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald & Fairmont Palliser 10% off car rentals in Edmonton Employee group benefits... Big business benefits for small businesses of up to 50 employees 25% off email marketing Fuel Discounts at Petro-Canada, Esso, Husky and Mohawk Discount Visa, MasterCard, and Interac merchant rates
  12. 12. 10 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Visiting delegations are a regular sight at the World Trade Centre Edmonton, such as the Thailand delegation. Five Strategic Priorities A 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 Saskatchewan. 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 T 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. Welcome to Your Chamber of Commerce. Ken Barry at the 2012 Chamber Ball after being sworn in as chair.
  13. 13. 11Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Advocacy 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. Legislative Monitoring 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. Member Development 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. ● Online Presence 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.
  14. 14. A 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 myths dominate. Oil Change: 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 one-third generated outside of Alberta. Source: CAPP 2012 Did You Know? ● One in 14 jobs in Alberta is directly related to the energy industry. Did You Know? ● More than 7.5 million tree seedlings have been planted by the oil sands industry towards ongoing reclamation efforts. 12
  15. 15. 13Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory History A History of Oil Sands Discovery 1719 A Cree man, Wa-pa-su, brings oil sand to a Hudson Bay post, the first recorded mention of this material. 1787 Explorer Alexander MacKenzie makes the first written account of oil sand in his journal. 1941 Abasand Oil Ltd. is operating regularly until November 21 when the separation plant burns down. 1945 June 16, a welder’s torch ignites oil sand, destroying the entire Abasand plant. Operations are abandoned. 1967 Official opening of Great Canadian Oil sands Company (now Suncor). 1978 Official opening of Syncrude. 2002 Albian Sands officially begins production at the Muskeg River Mine. 2012 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 $6.7 billion. 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 1944 Reconstruction on Abasand is complete, operations recommence. 1930 Max Ball, of Abasand Oils Ltd. obtains a bituminous sands permit on properties at the Horse River. 1928 Dr. Karl Clark patents a hot water technique to separate bitumen from oil sands. 1927 Robert Fitzsimmons forms the International Bitumen Company and builds the first commercial oil sands plant at Bitumount. 1936 Official opening of Abasand Oils Ltd. At the time, the plant was not operational. 1906 Private drilling occurs in the Athabasca region by various pioneers.
  16. 16. 14 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTerms and Descriptions Terms and Descriptions 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 barrels. 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 mining area. 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. Producer well Cap Rock Steam Chambers Steam rises and heats bitumen Oil & Water Steam Unrecovered heavy oil Injector well Source: Alberta Research Council SAGD
  17. 17. 15Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Terms and Descriptions 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 the earth. 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. feel good about your money.
  18. 18. 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 wetlands. • 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 reclamation. 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. What Products 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 them apart. Examining peat vegetation in Reclamation Fen Research Plot. Successful water capping of tailings. Upgrading plant in oil sands region.
  19. 19. 17Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Transportation Making A Case For Gateway A 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 Edmonton. “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 energy sector.” 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 all Canadians. Janet Holder, VP of Western Access for Enbridge spoke to the Chamber in November, 2011. We live and breathe business. The same way you do. At ATB Financial we’ve been breathing the same air as Alberta businesses for 75 years. Which is why we know Alberta’s business atmosphere so well— and how we can continually offer expertise and products to enable business success.
  20. 20. 18 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTransportation Getting the Product to Market W hen most Albertans think of our province’s transportation network, 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 government. 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 footing. 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 necessary. 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 1000 800 600 400 200 ● 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.
  21. 21. 19Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Transportation Pipeline failure rate in Alberta per 1,000 km Source: Energy Resources Conservation Board 2007 2008 2009 2010 20110 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 ● 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.
  22. 22. 20 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTransportation Shipping By Rail S 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 environmental scrutiny. 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 explains. “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.” Fort McMurray Saskatoon Winnipeg Thunder Bay Duluth Fond du Lac Green Bay Detroit Sarnia Toronto Buffalo Conneaut Pittsburgh Auburn New London Moncton Matane Sept-Îles Baie Comeau Sioux City Omaha Chicago Springfield St. Louis Memphis Jackson CN Shortline partners Ports served by CN Oil sands Baton Rouge Minneapolis/ St. Paul Stevens Point Hearst Sault Ste. Marie Regina Hay River Kitimat Prince George Calgary Dawson Creek Edmonton Montreal Québec Saint John Halifax Mobile Gulfport New Orleans Vancouver Prince Rupert Fort Nelson High Level ATHABASCA COLD LAKE PEACE RIVER Fort McMurray Peace River Hay River Dawson Creek Grande Prairie Dimsdale Fort St. John Edmonton Fort Nelson Enterprise Source: CNR Reliable, consistent rail service is essential to current and future oil sands and resource developments.
  23. 23. 21Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Transportation Oil Tankers: Safer Than Ever Before O 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 reduced. 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 industry. To read about these measures and amendments visit: Average number of major oil spills per year (over 700 tonnes) 1970 to 1979 1980 to 1989 1990 to 1999 2000 to 2009 25.2 9.3 7.8 3.1 0 30 25 20 15 10 5 Source: IMO The safety record of the shipping industry and its environmental performance are impressive.
  24. 24. 22 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment Environmental Monitoring Improves T 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 July. “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 monitoring.” “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 resource for Canada, and a key driver of economic development. However, the expansion of oil sands development has led to the need for a better understanding of the potential cumulative environmental effects. 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 region. 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 over 40; • air sites will increase from 21 to over 30; • 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 significantly increased; • the methodologies for monitoring for both air and water will be improved; and • 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.
  25. 25. 24 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment Successes Behind Greenhouse Gas Reduction W ith global recognition for the need to mitigate the human effects on climate change, researchers around the world are focusing on ways to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) over the coming decades. 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 development. “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. USA 16% Other 29% Australia 1% Canada 2% Japan 3% India 4% Eurasia 12% Europe 12% Oil Sands Canada Alberta’s oil sands account for less than 1/10 of 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions Global Sources of Emissions – 2008 China 21% 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 improvements.” Brent Lakeman, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures 2 km 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 power plant CO2 will be injected into a suitable storage site under pressure Deep Saline Aquifer Cap Rock Groundwater Quaternary Drift Cap Rock Enhanced oil recovery CO2 transported by pipeline 2 3 4 1 Source: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) A critical technology for reducing oil sands emissions.
  26. 26. 25Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Environment 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:   1.5 Mt  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. Fund Payments: $55.4 million 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: 5.3 Mt 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: 1.0 Mt 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. Manufacturing and Construction 4% Industrial 4% Transportation 16% Residential/Commercial 6% Electricity/Heat Generation 20% Oil Sands (Including In Situ and Cogeneration Emissions) 21% Oil and Gas/Mining 20% Agriculture 7% Waste 2% Source: Government of Alberta 2010 Alberta Greenhouse Gas Emissions (244 Mt Total) Source: Alberta Environment & Sustainable Development
  27. 27. 26 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment Providing The Means For Environmental Change CCEMC Hard at Work “ W e believe that a good idea can come from anywhere.” 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 production. 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 emissions (GHG). “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 205 270 140 75 335 400 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) Alberta’s Plan Business As Usual Conservation & energy efficiency 24Mt Carbon capture & storage 37Mt Greening energy Production 139Mt Total = 200Mt 20Mt 50Mt 20Mt 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 development. 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 Fort McMurray; • 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 Region; and • 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.
  28. 28. 27Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Environment CO2 Capture The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) T 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. Source: Summary of Worldwide CCS Projects Source: Canada USA UKAustralia NetherlandsNorwayGerm anyDenm arkPoland Spain Italy ChinaGerm any UAEFinlandAlgeria Czech FranceSweden CO2 Sequestered: Millions Tonnes per Year 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Active Projects Proposed Non-EOR Projects Proposed EOR Projects Pioneering CCS Project Gets Go-Ahead The Quest Project S 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..
  29. 29. 28 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment Responsible Development Of Land T 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 the future. “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 Park; • 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 docks; • Committing to a regional trail system plan; • 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 development; • 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 agriculture. 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. Source: ERCB Tailings Seepage Recapturing and Monitoring Systems Tailings Discharge Pipe Recyclable Water Mature Fine Tailings Seepage Return Pipeline Internal Dam Drainage Pipes Seepage Monitoring Interceptor Recovery Well Alternative Seepage Mitigation Methods Curtain Wall Outer Recovery Trench Saturated Zone (Air in Pore Space) Unsaturated Zone (Water in Pore Space) Cross-Section View Original Overburden Dyke McMurray Formation Devonian Limestone River Source: Environment Ministry, Government of Alberta. Quaternary Sediments ● Tailings ponds are constructed with groundwater monitoring. Where seepage is detected, government requires a recapture system to return the tailings to the pond.
  30. 30. 29Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Environment Alberta’s boreal forest (381,000 km2 ) oil sands deposits (142,200 km2 ) oil sands surface mineable area (4,800 km2 ) oil sands mineable area disturbed to date (715 km2 ) PEACE RIVER DEPOSIT ATHABASCA DEPOSIT COLD LAKE DEPOSIT Fort McMurray Edmonton Calgary Banff Jasper 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 Alberta’s boreal 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. Ever have a business question at 2a.m.? Call us.We’ll be there. Business Owners: Call 1-800 ROYAL® 2-0. ® Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. ™ Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. 30104 (06/2010) RBC Royal Bank® small business advisors are available by phone 24/7. TM
  31. 31. 30 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEnvironment Clean Water W 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 tubes. 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.
  32. 32. 31Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Environment ● 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. Responsible energy development means minimizing the impact on precious water, land and air resources. Malaysian products and services are well-known all around the globe for their superior quality and reliability in meeting world-class standards. Just ask our clients in the 200 countries we are supplying to. It is not surprising that Malaysia is rated among the top 20 exporting nations in the world. Our network of 43 offices worldwide provides information related to Malaysian trade, market insights and business contacts. Consulate of Malaysia (Trade Office) First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West Suite 5130, Toronto, ON, Canada M5X 1E2 T: 416-504-6111 F: 416-504-8315 E:
  33. 33. 32 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTechnology Canada’s Technology Industry Grows Thanks to Oil Sands A 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 $70 million impact on Alberta’s gross domestic product. “Investment in technology funds will generate many jobs in all of the provinces, ranging from construction workers and researchers to machinery operators and engineers,” read the study. Technology Fund Spending: Five-Year Impacts on Real GDP and Employment Technology fund spending 2010–14 ($ millions) Technology fund spending 2010–14 (2002 $ millions) Total real GDP impact (2002 $ millions) Person-years of Employment 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 and engineers. Oil sands players place big emphasis on research.
  34. 34. We manage a herd of 300 wood bison on land reclaimed from our mining operation. HAVE YOU HEARD? The wood bison that live on our reclaimed land are a testament to our commitment to nature. Returning the land is not a responsibility we take lightly; to date, we have planted over 5.8 million trees and reclaimed over 3,500 hectares. Innovation in all areas of oil sands development—that’s why we have been industry leaders from the beginning. We are responsible for 70% of the reclaimed land in the oil sands mining industry. The Syncrude Project is a joint venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Partnership #1, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership, and Suncor Energy Oil and Gas Partnership.
  35. 35. 34 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryTechnology Investing in Energy Research and Technology NAIT research addressing environmental impact of the oil sands receives $1.6 million in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. N 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 50th anniversary. 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 energysupply/innovationstories/ Alberta Government Initiatives 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 carbon emissions in Canada’s fossil fuel energy sector. Run Date: October, 2012 - Brick - Edmonton Chamber of Commerce ( 7.5" x 2.5" ) Full Colour Nobody Beats The Brick. Great solutions for every space in your home. Visit one of over 200 Brick Stores from coast to coast. DESIGNED TO FIT For the latest promotions and offers go online @ Oct-2012_Brick_ChamberofCommerce.indd 1 12-10-11 3:36 PM
  36. 36. 35Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Fracking Technologies A 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 pursuing. 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 operations up. 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. 35
  37. 37. 36 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEconomic Benefits Diversifying Alberta’s Oil Sands Markets Northern Gateway Pipelines Project I 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 that opportunity. 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 pension funds. 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 new pipelines. 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.
  38. 38. 37Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Economic Benefits 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 sources, respectively.” “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 refineries.” 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. NORQUEST IS A LEADER in intercultural, foundational, health, and business training. We will work with you to complete a customized workplace training needs assessment and deliver specialized training to your team. We offer on-site, in-class, and online instruction in: • Advanced training and professional development for health care workers • Intercultural training in multicultural workplaces • English in the workplace • Lean/Six Sigma and process improvement • Upgrading and foundational education Put our unique strengths to work in your business. Contact NorQuest College Business Development Office 780.644.6425 Workforce STRENGTHEN your
  39. 39. 38 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEconomic Benefits Innovative Strategies Benefit Generations of Albertans T 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 reserves. 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. More info on IETP can be found at: bitumen is extracted from the sand in giant separation cells. Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) allows Suncor to recycle 90 per cent of injection steam at its MacKay River in situ facility. EDMONTON, AB Head Office Tel: 780-449-0552 BONNYVILLE, AB Tel: 780-826-2253 CALGARY, AB Tel: 403-252-0551 FT. McMURRAY, AB Tel: 780-791-5049 PINCHER CREEK, AB Tel: 403-627-4554 FORT NELSON, BC Tel: 250-321-1295 VANCOUVER, BC Tel: 778-828-6516 REGINA, SK Tel: 306-523-4511 Mammoet strives to be the best full service provider for engineered lifting and multi-modal transport Mammoet strives to be the best full service provider for engineered lifting and multi-modal transport
  40. 40. 39Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business Directory Economic Benefits National Impact of the Oil Sands M 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 that province. 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 Commute ( 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
  41. 41. 40 Networks • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Membership & Business DirectoryEconomic Benefits “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 quite interesting.” “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 oil sands. EIA, Edmonton’s international airport was expanded in recent years. A big factor in its expansion is revenue generated from fly-in oil sands employees. Greetings from the Liquor Depot & Congratulations to the Edmonton Chamber for serving the business community and people of Edmonton for over 120 years.