Edmonton, Alberta – The governments of Canada and Alberta have signed a memorandum of understanding that will lead to the development of new and improved oil sands technologies, resulting in a smaller environmental footprint and creating new jobs for Canadians.

“Research is how we are going to find solutions to the challenges we currently face, and may face down the road, as we continue to develop the oil sands,” said Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta. “Because we need to be more than a preferred international supplier of energy, we must also become a preferred international supplier of innovation.”

The memorandum will create a cluster of expertise that fosters collaboration on the sustainable use of the oil sands, with industry, academia and other research organizations encouraged to participate. The research will be led by Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.

The agreement builds on a history of collaboration in research and work done by the National Centre for Upgrading Technology, created in May 1995 as a research program co-managed by the governments of Canada and Alberta.

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