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Two years in…

December 5, 2017 In the fall of 2015, I sat with James Wells in front of a blank whiteboard and began to draft a strategy for Evok. The challenge was simple but daunting: how do we accelerate the pace of innovation from ideation to adoption within the oil sands? Fast forward two years and we’ve just completed our 9th investment. …

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25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More

November 17, 2017 Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders and Etosha Cave: How to Rid the World of CO2 One of the keys to solving global warming is: How can we make carbon pollution useful? Opus 12, founded by former Stanford scholars Kendra Kuhl, Nicholas Flanders and Etosha Cave (from left), has built a reactor to trap the greenhouse gas and convert …

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Opinion: Canada has what it takes to lead in CO2 conversion

October 9, 2017 Canada needs to continue to invest in this exciting and growing sector, for both environmental and economic reasons. The roads we travel on, the plastics that protect our goods, the fuels that move us forward: what do all of them have in common? These are products we encounter every day, and they each have a role in …

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A New Paradigm For Spill Response

August 4, 2017 A marine oil spill is like a heart attack. Let me explain. The likelihood of a person surviving a heart attack depends on how quickly they receive emergency medical attention. For every minute without treatment, the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Conversely, the immediate application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation more than doubles the survival …

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Putting Eyes In The Wellbore

June 19, 2017 Imagine a surgeon conducting open-heart surgery with the lights out or someone driving a car blindfolded. Oil and gas producers have been operating that way for over a century, operating wellbores thousands of metres long with essentially no way of knowing the condition of the downhole infrastructure. A Vancouver-based management team with one multimillion-dollar successful start-up to …

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Innovators toil to revive Canada oil sands as majors exit

June 19, 2017 In the boreal forests and on the remote prairies of Alberta, a handful of firms are running pilot projects they hope will end a two-decade drought in innovation and stem the exodus of top global energy firms from Canada’s oil sands. They are searching for a breakthrough that will cut the cost of pumping the tar-like oil …

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The Dark Side of the Oil Tech Boom

June 5, 2017 As artificial intelligence becomes ever more attainable and tech start-ups continue to divide and multiply, traditional oilfield research and development is going the way of the buffalo. Drilling is still an inexact and complex process, with high costs of labor and environmental damages. In the wake of the past years’ oil slump, energy industries are looking for …

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Mosaic Materials: Capitalizing on carbon capture

May 18, 2017 Chemist Zoey Herm fills a balloon with carbon dioxide using a bike-tyre cartridge, then fits it over the lip of a bottle of chalky white pellets. While she chats with fellow chemist Thomas McDonald, co-founder and chief executive of start-up Mosaic Materials, the bottle becomes warm to the touch, releasing heat as the porous materials inside absorb …