Introduction to the Canadian Oil Sands, Calgary, October 15-16, 2013

Venue: Calgary - Downtown

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 15, 2013 / 8:30 am - (MST) End Date/Time: Oct 16, 2013 / 4:30 pm - (MST)
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This two-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Canadian oil sands industry. The course examines the entire industry value chain, from subsurface resources through to the marketplace, and how the various segments of the industry interact. Participants will gain an understanding of oil sands resources and reserves, industry regulation, in situ and mining/extraction bitumen recovery processes and projects, bitumen upgrading processes and projects, present and future product markets, existing and proposed pipeline systems, product pricing mechanisms, the competitive landscape and major industry players. The course reviews the major challenges facing the oil sands industry and provides forecasts for industry growth. The course is suitable for both technical and non-technical personnel. 

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.  

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Oil Sands Industry Overview
  • Basic Concepts: Oil Sands and Bitumen Properties
  • Resources and Reserves
  • Oil Sands Industry Regulation
  • In Situ Bitumen Recovery
  • Oil Sands Mining and Bitumen Extraction
  • Upgrading: Converting Bitumen into Valuable Products
  • Markets: Canada, the United States and Beyond
  • Market Access/Pipelines
  • Market Fundamentals: Global and Canadian Oil Prices
  • Industry Challenges
  • Oil Sands Industry Outlook
  • Conclusions

Date: Oct 15 - 16, 2013

Length: 2 days (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Location: Calgary, AB

Delivery Method: Classroom Training

CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units

PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours

Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion

Fee: $ 1,995.00 CAD



Calgary - Downtown

Conference Speakers

Bob Dunbar is the President of Strategy West Inc., a Calgary-based consulting firm with a focus on Canada's oil sands industry. He has more than 40 years of Canadian and international energy industry experience, including more than 20 years in the oil sands industry and more than 20 years as an energy industry consultant. He commenced delivery of oil sands industry training in 2001. Bob's oil sands industry experience includes engineering and senior management positions with integrated petroleum companies. He was Manager of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board's Oil Sands Department during the oil sands industry's formative years . Bob's expertise and knowledge of the Canadian oil sands industry is widely recognized. He is frequently contacted by the media for his views on the industry and has made presentations on Canada's oil sands industry at conferences in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Bob has an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has completed several management programs including the Canadian Securities Course and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.