The development of the oil sands is testimony to the ingenuity engineers employ to solve complex problems. Historically, efforts focused on developing extraction and processing technologies and then refining them to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness. More recently, engineering solutions have been brought to bear on environmental problems such as air emissions, greenhouse gases, water use, and tailings. In this talk we will explore if and how engineering can provide solutions to the social and environmental issues surrounding oil sands development.
About the Speaker:
Chris is the Executive Director of the Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) in the School of Energy and the Environment at the University of Alberta. His work involves identifying research and information gaps related to environmental impacts of oil sands mining, filling those gaps through research and knowledge synthesis, and disseminating information to regulators, industry and the public.
Chris has a B.Sc. in Ecology and an M.Sc. in Plant Ecology from the University of Guelph. Chris worked for Alberta Environment for 29 years, including duties in land reclamation from 1981 to 2002, then in policy and legislation development from 2002 to 2007 and finally as the head of the provincial environmental assessment program from 2007 to 2010. He joined OSRIN in April of 2010.
Chris is a member of the National Energy Board’s Participant Funding Program Funding Review Committee and of the Advisory Committee for the Land Reclamation International Graduate School.
He has received awards for excellence in land reclamation from the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.