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Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue

Inform strategy and advance the development dialogue with a shared, balanced perspective.

Do you have a stake in oil sands development?

Understand the pros and cons of competing development choices for the Canadian oil sands. Initiated in 2009, the forum requires an annual membership, consisting of three research cycles. Each cycle features an interactive member-IHS workshop, original research, a special report and proprietary data. All members have direct access to our research directors and client-only website; in addition, advisory members help select the topic for the next research agenda. Created to bring together a broad set of stakeholders, the Dialogue provides an independent, objective platform for discussing and delivering balanced information on development tradeoffs, limitations and opportunities. Subscribe today to:

  • Join strategic discussions surrounding operator, infrastructure and pricing issues
  • Understand the business environment for long-term investments
  • Keep pace with market trends and discover opportunities
  • Interact with key stakeholders and government officials
  • Inform public debate and future policy decisions
  • Learn more about the history and outlook of oil sands development

What’s Included


Download any of the following reports using the “Download Now” button in the upper right hand corner of this page:

  • Crude by rail: The new logistics of tight oil and oil sands growth, December 2014
  • Special Report: Comparing GHG intensity of the oil sands and the average US crude oil, May 2014, including appendix
  • Oil Sands Economic Benefits: Today and in the future, January 2014
  • Special Report: Critical Questions for the Canadian Oil Sands, October 2013
  • IHS CERA Insight: Keystone XL Pipeline: No Material Impact on US GHG Emissions, August 2013
  • Special Report: Assessing Marine Transport for Oil Sands on Canada’s West Coast, June 2013
  • IHS CERA comment to US State Department on Keystone XL Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, April 2013
  • Special Report: Extracting Economic Value from the Canadian Oil Sands: Upgrading and refining in Alberta (or not)?, March 2013
  • Special Report: Future Markets for Canadian Oil Sands, January 2013
  • Special Report: Oil Sands, Greenhouse Gases, and US Oil Supply: Getting the Numbers Right – 2012 Update, November 2012
  • Special Report: Major Sources of US Oil Supply: The Challenge of Comparisons, October 2011
  • Special Report: The Role of the Canadian Oil Sands in the US Market: Energy Security, Changing Supply Trends, and the Keystone XL Pipeline, June 2011
  • Special Report: Oil Sands, Greenhouse Gases, and European Oil Supply: Getting the Numbers Right, April 2011
  • Special Report: Canadian Oil Sands Face US GHG Policy Uncertainty, April 2011
  • Special Report: Oil Sands Technology: Past, Present, and Future, January 2011
  • Special Report: Oil Sands, Greenhouse Gases, and US Oil Supply: Getting the Numbers Right, September 2010
  • Special Report: The Role of Canadian Oil Sands in US Oil Supply, April 2010
  • Multiclient Study: Growth in the Canadian Oil Sands: Finding the New Balance, May 2009
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the IHS CERA Oil Sands, Greenhouse Gases, and US Oil Supply: Getting the Numbers Right? (updated July 2011)
Standard Membership

Special Reports
Topical research on three topics (available for public redistribution)

Detailed Data Reports
Supporting figures and background information (members only)

Two invitations to three focus group discussions (members can nominate guest participants, subject to IHS approval)

Research Team Privileges
Timely responses from on-demand IHS Energy researchers

Service Web Site Access
Repository for research report, data and other deliverables

Advisory Memberships

In addition to standard membership deliverables, advisory membership includes:

Agenda Development
Participation in topic selection for the future research agenda

Advance Copies of Special Reports
Invitation for suggestions on draft versions of Special Reports, pre- publication

* IHS retains full editorial control of each special report and will remain solely responsible for the reports' content.

2014 Research Topics

Crude/Oil Sands Movement By Rail
Get facts and data on the increase in crude via rail in North America. How much crude oil moves by rail today and will do so in the future? What rules and regulations govern rail movements? How will these change?

Why the Oil Sands?
Identify the key catalysts behind oil sands development. This investigation will leverage four years of IHS research to explore key factors that drive oil sands development despite a pessimistic outlook by opponents.

Topic 3:Final topic to be selected 2nd half 2014.


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