Posts Categorized: Large Business

Afforestation and Beneficial Use of Phosphogypsum Stacks


NutrienAt facilities near Edmonton, Nutrien (formerly Agrium) is taking an innovative approach to reclamation and the beneficial use of phosphogypsum (PG), a gypsum by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. What may be the first-ever forest planted on a PG stack, the project is inspiring other industrial landowners to consider different approaches to reclamation.

By establishing woody crops—primarily willow, hybrid poplar and white spruce–on 325 hectares of PG ...

Beaver Creek Wood Bison Project

Syncrude Canada Ltd & the Fort McKay First Nation

SyncrudeWhen a large corporation in Alberta’s oil sands teams with a neighbouring First Nations community to repurpose reclaimed land, it’s a good thing. But when a threatened species of wood buffalo flourish, creating a genetically pure line of animal that is culturally significant to this and future generations of the First Nations people of Ft. McKay, it’s a great thing.

In 1993, 30 wood bison from Elk ...

Sustainability Program

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Located on the shores of one of the world’s most picturesque lakes, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is tasked with minimizing its impact on the environment it inhabits. Through innovative practices and employee engagement, the hotel rises above and beyond expectations, becoming a role model for the hotel industry around the globe.

Some of the initiatives at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise include: an extensive recycling ...

Saddle Hills Telecommunication Solar Project


In 2016, the ATCO Electric Global Business Unit announced energization of one of Western Canada’s largest off-grid solar project, located at the Saddle Hills Telecommunication Site northwest of Grande Prairie. This ground-breaking system is capable of generating 75 kilowatts and storing 250-kilowatt hours of energy and will provide 100 percent of the power required at the isolated and unmanned site, which is an integral part of ATCO’s telecommunications ...

Afforestation for Phosphogypsum Stack Reclamation


Phosphogypsum (PG) is a gypsum byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry and is produced at a rate of five tons of PG per ton of phosphate fertilizer. Over 48 million tons of gypsum covering approximately 325 ha are stacked near Agrium facilities northeast of Edmonton. Traditionally, gypsum stacks are regarded as a waste byproduct and reclamation involves contouring the piles, covering with soil and seeding to a grass ...

Mattamy ecoEII NZEH Community – Cityscape, Calgary

Mattamy Homes

Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately-owned homebuilder, was chosen as one of five homebuilders by Owens Corning to participate in the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII). Mattamy designed five Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH) for the program, the first completed in November 2015 in Calgary’s Cityscape community. Each home is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes over a year. Mattamy constructed two research homes to test the NZE ...

NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail

NOVA Chemicals

In 2013, NOVA Chemicals announced it would create an environmental legacy project to commemorate a significant milestone for the company. The outcome is the NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail – opened in Fall 2015 – an 89-hectare (220-acre) area that reflects the province’s Water for Life strategy and wetland policies. The area near their Joffre Site petrochemical facilities demonstrates how wildlife habitat, agricultural, industrial and recreational land uses can exist ...

Implementing and Sharing Energy Efficiency Innovation

ConocoPhillips Canada

The ConocoPhillips Canada Energy Efficiency Program was established in 2008 to implement energy efficient technology at a large number of well sites and facilities spanning from northeast British Columbia to southeast Alberta.  The program’s goal is to make a significant reduction in the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint.  With the assistance of a grant from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) in 2011, this program has now ...

Sandhill Fen Technical Advisory Committee

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Reclamation research is integral to Syncrude fulfilling its commitment to return land disturbed by mining to a productive, biologically self-sustaining ecosystem. In 2008, Syncrude launched the Sandhill Fen Watershed Research Project to learn how to design and incorporate peat-forming wetlands into operational scale reclamation. The Sandhill Fen is the largest reclaimed wetland in the oil sands and the first ever landform constructed on a foundation of oil sands tailings. The ...

Suncor Nikanotee Fen

Suncor Energy Ltd

In 2013, Suncor achieved the extraordinary: the construction of the most common wetland type in the northern boreal forest region – the fen.  The Nikanotee Fen program advances reclamation and sustainability practices in the oil sands and the world by enhancing the ability to reclaim the diversity of wetland landscapes, thereby increasing the similarity of the reclaimed landscape to pre-disturbance conditions. Knowledge gained throughout the design, construction and monitoring phases ...