Oil Sands Advisory Group report

On June 16, the Government of Alberta announced that it had taken receipt of the Oil Sands Advisory Group’s consensus report on the implementation of a 100 megatonne emissions limit for the oil sands. The advice included early actions designed to encourage additional emissions reductions as well as additional actions in the event that emissions begin to approach the limit. The government will now proceed to consult with key stakeholders on its findings before proceeding with policy design and implementation.


In July 2016, the province established an Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) composed of members from industry, environmental organizations and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to advise government on the oil sands aspects of the Climate Leadership Plan and ensure that its initiatives are effective and widely supported.

Specifically, the group’s primary focus was to:

  • consider how to implement the 100 megatonne per year carbon emissions limit for the oil sands industry.
  • develop durable, effective structures and processes to address local and regional environmental issues (i.e., air, land, water, biodiversity, cumulative effects).
  • provide advice to government on investing carbon price revenue in innovations to reduce future emissions intensity.

The diverse composition of the advisory group will ensure government hears all perspectives so ultimate decisions and actions are well-supported amongst stakeholders.

Terms of reference

Mandate letters


Dave Collyer, Co-Chair - Industry

David Collyer is currently a business consultant and serves on corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Mr. Collyer retired in December 2014 as president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), a position he held from September 2008. He was responsible for leading CAPP’s activities in education, communications and policy / regulatory advocacy on behalf of its members representing over 90% of the upstream petroleum production in Canada.

Previously Mr. Collyer was president and country chair for Shell in Canada, capping a 30-year career with a broad range of technical, business, marketing and senior leadership roles in the oil and gas industry.

Melody Lepine, Co-Chair - Communities

Melody Lepine is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and has worked for the First Nation for 16 years, currently as director of Government and Industry Relations.

Melody has made her home in Northeastern Alberta for the past 40 years and has proven herself as highly effective in representing the interests of individuals and communities in consultations with both industry and government.

She is a current member of the Alberta Environment and Park’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge Advisory Panel and board member of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association.

Veronica Bliska

Veronica Bliska is the reeve of the Municipal District of Peace and has served her community as reeve since 2007 and as a councillor for nine years prior to that. Veronica is also currently chair of the Northern Alberta Elected Leaders, chair of Peace Library System (one of the seven systems in the province) and a director on the Northern Transportation Advisory Alliance.

Much of Veronica’s work has been in land use planning, including 15 years on the executive of the Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency, working on the provincial land use framework and as a board member of the Community Planning Association of Alberta.  Veronica and her husband Don operate a grain farm located in the Peace Region north east of the Town of Grimshaw.

Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell has been a national representative for Unifor, Edmonton since 2000. In this role, Mr. Campbell is a staff negotiator for the energy and chemical sector, and a contributor to the Unifor Energy Sector Council.  Prior to his role at Unifor, Mr. Campbell was president of the CEP Local 707 in Fort McMurray, and he began his career as a millwright in Alberta’s oil sands. Mr. Campbell has extensive experience representing the concerns of energy sector workers and developing solutions that meet their needs.

William R. (Bill) Clapperton

Bill Clapperton is vice president - regulatory, stakeholder and environmental affairs of Canadian Natural Resource Ltd. He has been an officer of the company since January 2002 and was previously the company’s manager, surface land and environment.

Ann Dort-MacLean

Ann Dort-MacLean is currently chair of the Fort McMurray Environmental Association and the former president of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association. Ann has extensive experience representing the environmental and social interests of the Fort McMurray community.

Ann has served as the executive director of Girls Incorporated of Northern Alberta since 1992, a non-profit organization with a mission through gender-specific training and programming to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Before her work with Girls Incorporated, Ann was a senior administrator with the Friends of the Athabasca Oil Sands and councillor for the City of Fort McMurray.

Anne Downey

Anne Downey is vice president of operations for Statoil Canada and responsible for resource development and continuous operations for the Leismer Asset and associated facilities.

Anne joined Statoil in 2009 as director of operations for Leismer, bringing her previous industry experience with mine and exploitation from her work with Gulf Canada and Petro-Canada.

Simon Dyer

Simon Dyer is Pembina Institute’s associate regional director for Alberta and former director of the Institute's oilsands program. A registered professional biologist, Simon has worked on natural resource management issues in western Canada since 1999.

In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work to support environmentally responsible energy development in Alberta and Canada.

Tim Gray

Tim Gray is executive director of Environmental Defence. As program director for the Ivey Foundation, Tim helped lead the negotiation and implementation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, a collaboration of 21 forest companies and nine environmental organizations, covering 76 million hectares of public land.

Tim previously worked as national conservation director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, a project manager for WWF Central America and executive director of CPAWS-Wildlands League.

Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom

Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom is Chief of the Woodland Cree First Nation, with a population of 1,300 people, 700 of whom live on the Reserve at Cadotte Lake.

Chief Isaac just completed a one-year term as Deputy Grand Chief, Treaty 8. He served a three-year term as a councillor for Woodland Cree First Nation before being elected as Chief. Chief Isaac is also a journeyman millwright.

Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell is vice president, environment & sustainability at Cenovus Energy and is responsible for leading a team that provides strategic advice, guidance and support to Cenovus on key environment and sustainability issues.

His team works with the leadership of the company to integrate sustainability issues into the strategic planning process and identify areas where Cenovus has an opportunity to develop an innovative program or new approach to an issue that will help improve performance and advance a progressive approach to resource development.

Jon joined Cenovus’s predecessor company in 2004 and has worked in the fields of sustainable development; environment, health and safety management systems; stakeholder engagement; land use planning; species at risk; and greenhouse gas management for nearly 20 years.

Richard Sendall

Mr. Richard F. Sendall has been senior vice president of strategy and government relations at MEG Energy Corp. since November 2011. Mr. Sendall previously served the company as vice president of business & strategic planning and vice president of regulatory and public affairs. Mr. Sendall’s 31 years of oil sand development experience also include as director, heavy oil technology at Suncor and work with Petro-Canada, Dome Petroleum Limited and Amoco Canada.

Arlene Strom

Arlene Strom is the vice president sustainability & communications at Suncor Energy Inc., a position she has held since 2013.  She is responsible for stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, reputation and brand, communications and issues management. She is also responsible for Suncor’s sustainability and outreach strategy, climate change strategy, environmental excellence support and for the management of the Suncor Energy Foundation.