Join Rebecca DeMott and Dean Halewich as they discuss the work Pathways Alliance is doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands production by about 22 million tons per year by 2030, and to ultimately achieve net zero emissions from production by 2050. The Pathways Alliance was formed when the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Alliance, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, and the Oil Sands Community Alliance all came together as one organization. It consists of Canada's largest oil sands producers who operate facilities representing about 95 per cent of Canada's oil sands production.
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Rebecca DeMott is a professional engineer with more than 13 years of experience working in the oil and natural gas industry. Rebecca’s career began in the field directly supporting day-to-day oil sands production and operations, and then shifted to become part of the Environment and Regulatory team, focusing on climate policy and GHG strategies. Currently, Rebecca leads the technical group in charge of carbon dioxide storage as well as providing project management support and facilitating collaboration between the different Pathways Alliance project teams as the industry works toward the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Rebecca holds a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Dean Halewich is a professional engineer with more than 27 years of experience working in the oil and gas sector. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Safety, Risk Management and Innovation at Canadian Natural and is accountable for ensuring that environmental, social, and governance factors are considered in the company’s strategy and that the use of technology and innovation deliver results. He is also responsible for championing industry collaboration initiatives including the development of the Pathways Alliance GHG capture, transportation, and carbon storage projects to support the oil sands goal of reaching net zero emissions from their operations by 2050.
His broad experience includes leading diverse teams and focusing on various areas, including facilities, pipelines, technology and innovation, as well as Canadian Natural’s strategy to reduce GHG emissions.