Oilsands 101 - Assessing Socio/Environmental Impacts of Oil Sands Development: The Beginnings

February 12, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Alberta’s vast oil sands are undergoing rapid development. They contain enough oil to make Canada an energy superpower but at what cost and to whose benefit? Almost everyone, from oil company CEOs to Hollywood stars, has offered their opinions.

Now Oil Sands 101 offers an even-handed look at key aspects of Canada’s most controversial and expensive mega project.

The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) in conjunction with the Petroleum History Society will be presenting a series of talks aimed at increasing public knowledge about this complex topic.

Beginning Jan. 22, 2013 and continuing every Tuesday to Feb. 26, the free lunch-hour talks will explore key aspects of the oil sands. 


  • Jan. 22: “The Visionaries – Five Oils Sands Pioneers” - Peter McKenzie-Brown, Petroleum journalist and historian.
  • Jan. 29: “Oil Sands Extraction Technologies” - John Elliott, Manager, Oil Sands Recovery Research, Imperial Oil Limited
  • Feb. 5:  “Oil Sands Economics” - Paul Precht , Energy economics consultant.
  • Feb. 12: “Assessing Socio/Environmental Impacts of Oil Sands Development: The Beginnings” - Adriana Davies, CM, PhD, heritage consultant. 
  • Feb. 19: “Canada’s Oilsands – Challenges and Opportunities” - Jennifer Grant, Director, Oilsands / Pembina Institute.
  • Feb. 26: “Oil Sands Monitoring” – Ernie Lui, CEO, Environment Monitoring Agency of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development.



Glenbow Theatre
130 9 Avenue SE
Calgary , AB