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Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

Human ingenuity: reimagining energy for our planet

We are an alliance of oil sands companies working with scientists, academics, and innovators to make Canadian energy part of a sustainable environment.

A catalyst for better environmental outcomes

From exciting new scientific discoveries to game-changing technologies (and everything in between), our focus is on innovation. Explore research, innovation opportunities and projects within our priority areas. Or, submit an idea for consideration.

What we're up to

Helping start-ups access field trial funding

One way that COSIA supports start-up companies is by identifying opportunities for them in the innovation ecosystem – including…

Eyes on the sky

When COSIA member Syncrude wanted to gain better insight into local Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) and hear directly…

How oil sands can help the world reach net-zero emissions

The following is an excerpt from a white paper on bitumen beyond combustion (BBC) by Alberta Innovates. Bitumen beyond combustion…

Net zero emissions: What will it take?

The world is looking for ways to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and oil sands producers are among those who…

Big research moves sustainable mining forward

In 2013, then PhD candidate Nicholas Beier rolled up his sleeves to help get the NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil…

Solvents a breakthrough for emissions reduction

Transformational is the word that comes to mind when describing the use of solvents in oil sands extraction. In field…

International Women's Day 

Oil sands female researchers and innovators

Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

COSIA is proud to join others around the world today to recognize the women and girls who are helping to build a more sustainable future for all. This year’s theme Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow shines a spotlight on women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response.

Read more about some of our female innovators and scientists: 

COSIA Podcast: Innovative Minds

COSIA podcast featuring cleantech in the oil sands

Meet the next generation of oil sands innovators

Available on Spotify, Apple and Google 

COSIA’s podcasts celebrate the perspectives, passion and personalities of the next generation of scientists who are bringing clean tech innovation to the oil sands. They feature, for example, Marcius Extavour who headed up the NRG COSIA XPRIZE competition; two enthusiastic reclamation experts who are working hard to restore disturbed land to natural habitat; and a young conservationist who trekked 3,000 kilometres through the oil sands over many summers to study more than 4,000 butterflies.



Collaborate with us

Our Environmental Technology Assessment Portal (E-TAP) provides an effective means to tap into the global environmental sector for solutions to current and future technology gaps and opportunities. If you have a technology idea you would like to submit on a non-confidential basis to COSIA for consideration then we invite you to submit your idea. 

XPRIZE: Converting carbon into everyday products

The $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO2 emissions into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.

A unique global alliance

Our membership is responsible for over 90 per cent of the oil sands produced in Canada. Our member companies have signed our Charter and support our vision

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Sign up to stay up-to-date on our progress and get the information you need to work with us. Our newsletter is another step towards ensuring this alliance is able to deliver on the shared vision of delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation.