Technology Access Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability 

We are committed to a future where the environmental and economic challenges of the oil sands have been solved.  In collaboration with our partners, our diverse and resourceful team is helping to achieve this by applying scientific principles, bringing our knowledge to practice and connecting partners with shared interests.  This will lead to the restoration of pristine, functional landscapes for Albertans.​

We bridge the gap between existing oil sands environmental research and relevant solutions, taking innovative ideas from bench to scale-up. We work with businesses and industry to develop technologies that improve the economic and environmental performance of the oil sands industry. 

Technology Access Centre

The Technology Access Centre for Oils Sands Sustainability is part of a network of 60 TACs across the country. As a TAC, we help Canadian-based businesses get their products, processes and services market-ready by:

  • Offering objective advice and specialized technical services
  • Providing training related to new types of equipment and processes
  • Conducting applied research to develop solutions that address company challenges.

Learn more about Technology Access Centres across Canada. 

Research areas

Learn more about our research specializations and the impact we've made in these areas with our industry partners.

Latest from the centre

May. 09, 2022 – May. 11 Event

Flocculation and Thickening Short Course

Join us for a course over three virtual sessions that offers participants a comprehensive understanding of tailings flocculation, thickening and rheology.

  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Online, LIVE
Jun. 01, 2021

Solving one of the most complex challenges in oil sands mining

NAIT researchers help industry to develop a solution for managing clay in tailings.

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May. 02, 2021

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

NAIT and its partners are developing an automated, in-field clay analyzer to help speed up the reclamation of tailings ponds.

Our experts

PhotoFull nameTitleSpecialization(s) 
Andrea Sedgwick Ledcor Applied Research Chair in Oil Sands Environmental Sustainability, Manager, Technology Access Centre for Oil Sands Sustainabilitywater treatment, oil characterization interface properties, tailings, oil sands characterization, mining, and extraction
Heather KaminskyNSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Oil Sands Tailings Management advanced ore characterization, fundamentals of tailings, water treatment, impact of clay minerals on oil extraction and tailings
Jason Ng Research Associatechemical engineering, surface and interface, tailings dewatering, sensing technologies, oil sands characterization
Maksuda KhatunResearch GeologistXRD and XRF interpretation, mineralogy, chemostratigraphy, petrology, petrophysics, sedimentology 
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