Press Release: Foresight and COSIA award cleantech companies $250k to reduce GHGs

Vancouver, CANADA – August 22, 2016 -- Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) announced the winners of the initial stage of

the “COSIA-ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge” to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The

challenge aims to reduce GHGs and increase energy efficiency by identifying cleantech solutions

for capturing heat lost during oil sands production.

AMSEnergy Corp and Heat Matrix Group BV were selected from a pool of global innovators

that submitted solutions to the COSIA-ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge. They will receive

funding to develop their solutions over the next six months, as well as in-kind contributions such

as lab space, marketing support, equipment and materials, and mentoring. Following this stage of

the challenge, one company will be selected to receive additional funding and invited to field test

their technology in western Canada. The winner will be announced in early 2017.

The COSIA-ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge is the first in a series of challenges sponsored by

the Advanced Resource Clean Technology Innovation Centre (ARCTIC), Foresight’s flagship

program. ARCTIC accelerates clean technology development by bringing together industry,

entrepreneurs, and the public sector to find and fund solutions for resource sector challenges in

western Canada.

“The clean technologies developed by these companies have the potential to deliver

environmental and economic benefits,” said Neil Huff, Managing Director of Foresight. “Not

only will they help Canadian oil sands producers reduce their environmental impact, but they

will potentially create local manufacturing jobs, build capacity, and drive the need for locally

sourced equipment and services.”

“This COSIA-ARCTIC Challenge accelerates the pace of development to find and adopt

technologies and systems that will help reduce GHG emissions in the oils sands, and in other

sectors and industries” said Dan Wicklum, COSIA’s chief executive. “By incentivizing the

world’s best minds, we are creating opportunities to develop transformative technologies that

will address climate change and contribute to a cleaner energy future.”

ARCTIC has proven to be a successful model for sourcing innovative cleantech solutions to real

challenges in the oil sands. In addition to the Waste Heat Challenge, COSIA and Foresight are

collaborating on a second ARCTIC challenge that is focused on hot water production in oil sands

mining facilities.

The ARCTIC program is funded with support from Western Economic Diversification (WD) and

the BC Innovation Council (BCIC).

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Foresight is a BC-based not-for-profit that provides early-stage cleantech innovators with the

resources, expertise, and partners they need to accelerate their growth and eventually

commercialize their products. Foresight startups have gone on to create millions of dollars in

investment and 70+ jobs in Canada. ARCTIC is Foresight’s flagship program and brings

together industry, entrepreneurs, and the public sector to find and fund cleantech solutions for

resource sector challenges in western Canada. Find out more at and

follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.


COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) is an alliance of 13 oil sands producers,

representing over 90 per cent of production from the Canadian oil sands. COSIA’s vision is to

enable responsible and sustainable development of Canada’s oil sands as a global energy source

while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative

action and innovation in areas of greenhouse gases, land, tailings and water. Since COSIA’s

inception in 2012, member companies have shared more than 814 environmental technologies

worth almost $1.3billion. Find out more at and follow on Twitter @COSIA_ca.