​COSIA names new chief executive; new strategic plan coming

John Brogly is COSIA's new acting chief executive. Image: COSIA

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance has named John Brogly its new acting chief executive, following the departure of founding chief executive Dan Wicklum in February.

The organization made the change public by way of a message from Brogly in its latest newsletter, which also said COSIA is working on a new strategic plan for the next five years.

Brogly participated in the formation of COSIA and has worked in leadership with the organization since its launch in 2012. He first served as director of COSIA’s water environmental priority area and then moved to director of its tailings environmental priority area.

Prior to COSIA, Brogly was manager of engineering support for bitumen production at Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s Horizon oilsands proejct, where he developed tailings management plans, according to his COSIA bio.

“Long before COSIA was formed I was steadfast in my belief that Canada should be proud of the oilsands and that the world should know about the unparalleled innovative science, engineering and passion that goes into producing each barrel of oil extracted from Canada’s oilsands,” Brogly said in his message on Monday.

“Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, COSIA, like all organizations, will continue to evolve in response to the ebbs and flows of industry and the challenges and opportunities presented by the market. That evolution will be driven by a new five year strategic plan focused on accelerating innovations in key areas, and more broadly and effectively communicating those innovations and resulting successes,” he said.

“I am confident that COSIA is aptly positioned to implement this new strategic direction and to continue the invaluable contribution of accelerating environmental performance in Canada’s oilsands.”