Our history

We’re competitors working together to meet our shared goals. It’s been that way since the beginning of our alliance.

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March 2012

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Major oil sands companies came together to form COSIA. Their goal: To reduce the environmental impact of oil sands development faster by collaborating to drive innovations and technologies through collaborative action and innovation.

October 2013

The Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA)

Nine oil sands companies–all with operations in the Athabasca area–formed OSCA. Their purpose was to facilitate engagement and build relationships with municipalities, governments, Indigenous groups and industry.

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June 2021

The Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance

Canadian Natural, Cenovus, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor announce the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance. Their goal is to achieve net-zero emissions from oil sands operations by 2050.

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ConocoPhillips Canada joins the alliance

The Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance expands to include ConocoPhillips Canada. These six companies operate about 95% of Canada’s oil sands production.

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JUNE 2022

Pathways Alliance forms

The Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance, COSIA, and the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) become Pathways Alliance. As president, Kendall Dilling leads the integration and work of the new organization.

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Progress on our proposed carbon capture and storage project

Pathways secures the right to continue exploratory work on our proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project from the Government of Alberta.

With anticipated co-funding from Canadian governments, Pathways has outlined a planned $16.5 billion investment in the foundational CCS project and a further $7.6 billion on other emission-reduction projects.

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Pathways attends COP27 as part of the Canadian delegation

We proudly helped represent Canada at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It was an opportunity to contribute, collaborate and learn from others.

At the end of 2022, we also attended the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal.

Our people, their stories

Passionate, dedicated people are behind every innovation and every step forward.