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, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 3.
Innovation flourishes at the intersection of great challenges meeting compelling solutions. Canada�s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada�s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation.
COSIA's membership accounts for over 90% of the oil sands product in Canada. Canada�s oil sands producers are competitors and rivals; but they are also partners in a made-in-Canada collaboration model that is helping to redefine, globally, how companies can innovate together, and accelerate solution development to address some of the world�s biggest challenges.
COSIA companies are working aggressively to accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvement in the oil sands. Canada�s oil sands industry is committed to reducing all aspects of its environmental footprint, reclaiming all lands affected by operations, and maintaining biodiversity.
To create breakthrough science and technologies, COSIA brings together leading thinkers from industry, government, academia and the public. In addition, COSIA members themselves work together, each sharing considerable in-house expertise, innovation and intellectual property within the alliance, and dedicating substantial funds to COSIA�s many environmental performance projects.
The unique characteristics of oil sands tailings provide member companies with an opportunity to seek out innovative tailings management and technology solutions for responsible and sustainable growth of this key global energy resource.
This keynote address will elaborate on each of the Environmental Priority Areas (EPA), with an emphasis on the Tailings EPA. It will provide the audience with a brief history, achievements, current technical challenges, and opportunities for collaboration to close remaining knowledge and technical gaps to accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvement.
Keywords: collaboration, innovation, technology, oil sands, fluid tailings, water, greenhouse gases, land reclamation