Oil Sands Community Alliance Names New Executive Director

The Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) is pleased to announce the organization’s new Executive Director, Perry Berkenpas. Berkenpas takes over for Karim Zariffa who previously served as the organization’s Executive Director and is poised to continue OSCA’s work to ensure we continue to be a trusted and effective organization in the region. With over 38 […]

Oil sands industry continues to take measures to minimize COVID-19 exposure with stage 2 of the province’s relaunch strategy

Fort McMurray – Since March, 2020 oil sands companies have taken aggressive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and have been following Alberta Health Services (AHS)-mandated guidance. Companies have implemented and sustained the following measures:  Implemented screening questionnaires and procedures. Stringent self-isolation protocols. Implemented physical distancing in the workplace, on buses and flights. Enhanced […]

OSCA releases latest Sustainable Community Indicators report

Data to help leaders in RMWB make future policy and investment decisions Fort McMurray – The Wood Buffalo Region population is diverse, on average is a little older, we have less unemployment and housing is more affordable according to the most recent Sustainable Community Indicators report released by the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA). The […]

Join us for the Future Workforce Trends in the Oil Sands Information Session

On September 11th, as part of the Oil Sands Conference and Tradeshow, OSCA will be hosting a workforce information session featuring panelists from Petro LMI, Suncor, MEG Energy, Mikisew Group of Companies, and Worley. The Future Workforce Trends in the Oil Sands information session will take place from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on the Main Stage at the […]

Road Safety Concerns along Highways 63 and 881 must be addressed

Despite the cyclical nature of the oil sands industry, there is one constant – the safety of workers, contractors, and the public. Over the years, companies in the Athabasca oil sands region have made significant efforts to improve safety records by incorporating protective policies into their day-to-day operations. In fact, industry has set itself an […]

Introducing OSCA’s Oil Sands Job Board

Interested in working in the oil sands? You can find recent job postings available in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area with our member companies by visiting our job board. Please note, OSCA does not handle any hiring for our members or their oil sands projects; please contact and apply with the companies directly. Browse open […]

Canadian Index of Well-Being Survey Launches in Wood Buffalo

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing Committee of Wood Buffalo has launched a survey in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to better understand the quality of life of the residents of the region. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) regularly reports on the quality of life of Canadians – nationally, provincially, and locally. The CIW […]

ED Blog – Queensland offers lessons for fly-in, fly-out practices

When faced with a governance challenge, it is always practical to look to other jurisdictions with similar challenges to see what research has been done and actions have been taken. While every community is unique, there is always something that can be learned from these situations and applied to the here and now. In a […]

ED Blog – Mayor’s camp motion another roadblock for struggling energy industry

The struggles in Alberta’s energy sector are hurting communities across the province and the country. When you combine these economic factors with the disruption and devastation that the fire of 2016 brought, Fort McMurray is particularly feeling the impact. In a community that has learned to live with economic ups and downs, our resilience is […]