Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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For four years in the 1980s, Dan Wicklum defended the line of scrimmage as a linebacker with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders. Now, as the chief executive with Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), he’s playing both sides of the ball: defending the oil sands from criticism of their environmental record and working to move the organization toward its goals of accelerating the pace of improved environmental performance. COSIA was launched in March 2012 in response to international concern over the environmental effects of oil sands development. Twelve of the biggest players in the industry came together to say they would share technology and know-how to help each other improve operations. They picked Wicklum to lead the way, bringing together industry, government and academia to improve the performance and perception of Alberta’s energy sector.