Category Archives: Features

Big progress in the ‘Energy City’

Over the past five years, Estevan has been in the midst of significant economic growth as its diverse resource-based economy continues to fire on all cylinders.  Recent advances in agriculture, clean coal, carbon gasification, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have helped secure the community’s long-term economic success, transforming the city…

New country, new career, new future: Great Plains College

Chris Ayala came to Canada to build a better life for his wife and two children. The price he paid was three-and-a-half years without seeing them once. A carpenter by trade, Ayala moved to Edmonton from the Philippines in 2008.  When that job dried up, his immigration agency found him…

PTAC’s role in the sustainable development of Canada’s world-class hydrocarbon resources

By Soheil Asgarpour, PhD., P.Eng. The Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) is a not-for-profit organization that was created to promote collaborative research and technology development for the Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry.  In 1996, downsizing and tight budgets resulted in a dramatic decrease in research and development spending for the oil…