Energy and Environment

Alberta’s energy industry is critical to the province’s prosperity. Strongly tied to oil and gas activity is Alberta’s environmental services sector, known internationally for excellence in water treatment, waste management, soil remediation, forest-land reclamation and the development of climate-change solutions.

Alberta’s agriculture and forestry sector is the second largest component of Alberta’s economy.  It provides a significant source of raw materials, including agriculture and forestry fibre, for use in the province’s bioeconomy, which includes the production of food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy from renewable, biological resources. 

NAIT’s supports these vital drivers of western Canada’s economy through applied research essential to the region’s oil and gas, oil sands, and alternative energy subsectors. This includes our commitment to delivering applied-research solutions that strengthen the sector’s environmental sustainability.


Centre for Oils Sands Sustainability - Industry Solutions

Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability 

The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability is a state-of-the art research lab staffed by an expert team of applied scientists, engineers and technicians.

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Boreal Research Institute - Industry Solutions

Centre for Boreal Research

The Centre for Boreal Research is an innovative applied research facility in Peace River, 500 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, staffed with a team of research scientists and technicians.

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Research Chair: Andrew Sedgewick - Industry Solutions

Research Chair:
Andrea Sedgewick

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of upstream surface oil sands development, including mining, extraction, tailings and water management.

Research Chair: Dr Amanda Schoonmaker - Industry Solutions

Research Chair: 
Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker

Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker was named NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Boreal Reclamation and Reforestation in July, 2015.  Since 2011, she has been the Forest Reclamation field research coordinator at NAIT’s Boreal Research Institute.

Research Chair Dr. Bin Xu - Industry Solutions

Research Chair: 
Dr. Bin Xu

Dr. Bin Xu joined NAIT as the NSERC Research Chair in Peatland Restoration in 2013. Based out of NAIT’s Boreal Research Institute in Peace River

NAIT Investigates Cleaner Fuel for Trucking Industry - Industry Solutions

NAIT Investigates cleaner fuel for trucking industry

A new applied research partnership at NAIT could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing diesel fuel with a clean-burning, non-toxic alternative.

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