Francis Vorhies, Contributor to Forbes.com, has written an article examining the potential he sees in LEAP with regards to the oil sands, biodiversity, transparency & accountability. He states “This is a very good step forward, as the tool includes actions to establish a baseline, define objectives, model and implement work plans, and monitor results.” Read […]


The Edmonton Journal has posted a new video to their site presenting Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) LEAP & Algar Restoration Project, a 2013 Emerald Awards Finalist. The two minute video briefly overviews the award nominated project and is available for you to watch here. For more information on the annual Emerald Awards, visit […]

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In 2012, Silvacom’s Energy & Environment Manager, John Peters, joined members from the Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) in Aberdeen, Scotland for their presentation “Innovative Environmental Scenario Analysis and Management Tools in Canada’s Oil Sands Region: Landscape Ecological Assessment and Planning (LEAP)”. The technical paper from the conference has been posted publicly on the […]


Pipeline News North, an industry magazine focusing on the progressive aspects of the oil and gas industry in Alberta and British Columbia, has recently posted a news article highlighting Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) bold implementation of LEAP. Check out the article here.

Measuring Ecosystem Services

It is well known that development activities put pressure on natural ecological processes and biodiversity. LEAP projects are contributing to the provisioning of some of these important ecological functions (e.g. wildlife habitat, water quality regulation and carbon sequestration), which in turn provide benefits to people in the form of ecosystem services. In a nutshell, ecosystem […]