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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Can oil sands production and upgrading be sustainable?


Murray Gray, University of Alberta

Although Canada's oil sands reserves are huge, current extraction and upgrading technology may limit the potential of the oil sands to become a major source of petroleum for North America. Future plants will not be able to discount environmental costs, nor can they count
on abundant water supplies, low natural gas prices, and the ready availability of substantial volumes of conventional crude for blending with oil sands products.

This presentation will examine the research challenges in developing extraction and upgrading technologies that are efficient, sustainable and more environmentally friendly. It will cover recent advances in understanding the molecular character of bitumen, as well as the prospects for water-free extraction technologies and for upgrading technologies that recover energy lost in waste byproducts.

Dr. Murray Gray is one of Canada's most distinguished chemical engineers. He is currently Director of the Imperial Oil - Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta, where he also holds a Canada Research Chair and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Advanced Upgrading of Bitumen. He has served the national and international engineering and science communities in many roles, including the President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday, October 25 , 2007 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $15
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: October 22nd