N610 - Introduction to the Canadian Oil Sands

Course Overview
This two-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Canadian oil sands industry. The sessions examine 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. It is suitable for both technical and non-technical personnel. 

Participants will learn to:
•	Understand the nature of the Canadian oil sands deposits ("oil sands") and the oil derived from them ("bitumen").
•	Assess the quantity of bitumen in the oil sands and learn the implications to the Canadian oil industry of 
        such a large resource.
•	Recognize and understand commonly used oil sands technical terms.
•	Understand the regulation of the oil sands at the provincial and federal levels and the way in which the 
        regulatory framework is evolving.
•	Discover where mining versus subsurface ("insitu") methods are used to produce bitumen.
•	Understand both insitu and mining bitumen production methods.
•	Understand the process for refining ("upgrading") bitumen into petroleum products and how the products 
        are moved to market.
•	Predict future growth of bitumen production and the resultant importance of pipelines to that growth.
•	Appraise major current issues and challenges facing the oil sands.
•	Gain perspective on the reasons behind some of the opposition to continuing oil sands development.
•	Describe the oil sands industry with confidence.
•	Knowledgably discuss the impact of continued bitumen production growth on the oil industry, Canadian 
        economy and global energy supply.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
2-Oct-19 Calgary (2 days) $ 1,695 CAD
Course Syllabus
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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

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Clayton is a senior consulting geoscientist based in Calgary, Canada. For over 30 years, his wide-ranging career in the upstream oil business has resulted in employment or consulting engagements with oil, software and consulting companies. He has worked at various times as a geologist, geomodeler, workflow consultant, vice president, petrophysicist, operations manager, computer trainer and systems developer. Clayton started his career with Husky Oil working as a geologist in the Lloydminster heavy oil region. He later joined Halliburton where he worked with oil companies to transition their exploration processes from paper-based to computer-based methods. As vice president of a software startup, Clayton helped to develop innovative technologies for Canada's unconventional oil industry and he is a patent holder in the area of oilsands production. As a consultant, he has participated firsthand in the exploration and development of some of Canada's largest producing oilsands schemes. Clayton holds a geology degree from the University of Waterloo and is a member of APEGA, CSPG, CHOA and CWLS.

Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
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September 28, 2017, Subsurface Manager, Calgary
Good introduction course to oil sands
September 28, 2017, Pipeline Scheduler, Calgary
This is an excellent course for anyone wanting to get a complete overview of the Oil Sands industry. I am not brand new to the industry, but this course helped me piece together things I have learned over the years. Clayton is very knowledgeable and engaging. I would definitely recommend this course!
September 28, 2017, Key Account Manager, Calgary
Excellent overview of the entire industry Value Chain with good current data points and future outlook.
October 4, 2017, Auditor, Calgary
I found the course very useful in understanding the operations of oil sand and technicalities involved from extraction to marketting
March 1, 2017, Engineer, Calgary
This is an excellent overview of mining and in-situ oil sands projects. The structure invites participation and sharing. I enjoyed the interaction with Clayton the instructor. I think there were only a few topics where it was not clear when an opinion was being presented while it sounded like a fact.
March 8, 2017, Senior Trade and Investment Officer, Calgary
This course is a fantastic introduction to the oil sands industry. It helped me understand all the moving parts of the industry that get bitumen from extraction to markets.
September 29, 2016, geologist, Calgary
This high level course is a great way to get a broad breath of the oil sands industry in a quick 2 days. With lots of opportunity to ask questions beyond the basics you will walk away with a new found vocabulary and a firmer understanding of fundamental processes and activities related to oil sands industry.
September 29, 2016, Cost Control Technician, Calgary
I had a great instructor and the course material provided was excellent. The relevance of this course and the outlook on the Oil & Gas industry is phenomenal.
September 29, 2016, Petroleum Engineer, Calgary
I was satisfied with this course and the quality of instruction
September 29, 2016, Lead Cost Control, Calgary
Clayton was very engaging and knowledgeable. For someone looking for a high level overview of all Oilsands operations, I would definitely recommend this course.
February 11, 2016, Manager, Strategic Policy, Calgary
Clayton was very knowledgable and was able to answer almost all the questions. He also went into details when the class showed interest in further information. Showing core samples helped me understand the geology. Excellent instructor. Materials were well prepared and up to date.
February 12, 2016, Engineer, Calgary
The course material was up to date with current events, regulatory decisions and markets. This was really valuable.
September 24, 2015, scheduler, Calgary
Introduction to the Canadian Oil Sands course was extremely informative, interesting and well thought through course. It filled in a lot of gaps for me, and would be a great course for someone new to the industry, as well. Very well done. My only regret is that I didn't take this course three years ago, when I was new to the industry.
September 30, 2015, Internal Control Analyst, Calgary
The course gave me an overview of the Oil Sands Industry with the most up-to-date information.
April 2, 2015, Budget and Reporting Accountant, Calgary
The training provide a good overview of the oil sands activities and challenges. It is a useful course to whoever needs to get an understanding of the business and projects.
April 2, 2015, Consultant, Calgary
It's like flying a drone over the entire field. I completely got it after the class presentation.
November 20, 2014, Business Development Manager, Calgary
The course was very good, the instructor knows his material very well and has a good delivery style. I learnt a lot through those 2 days and would recommend it to everyone.
November 21, 2014, Commercial Operations Analyst, Calgary
This course is definately more than just an Intro and gives a good understanding of upstream portion of Oil and Gas, specifically production. Some parts such as environmental can be dry, but overall a great course.
November 26, 2014, Auditor, Calgary
Great course for someone with little or no experience in the oil sands industry. It gives a general view of the industry and the major issues affecting it.
November 26, 2014, Sr. Communications Advisor, Calgary
An excellent course with a lot of very relevant information on oil sands. Instructors are very knowledgeable and have strong training skills.