Christine Daly is a wetland biologist and Senior Reclamation Advisor in an Oil Sands Strategic Technology team at Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest energy company. The environmental sector has always been a passion for her, but growing up in rural Ontario, the Alberta Oil Sands were not initially on her radar. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science with Honours, where her early research focused on the ecology of the Great Lakes, and a M.Sc. in Biological Sciences which focused on Oil Sands wetland reclamation. Both degrees are from the University of Windsor. Christine’s M.Sc. research allowed her to work closely with several companies developing and reclaiming the oil sands assets, which ultimately landed her a job at Suncor as a wetland reclamation research coordinator. Now, eleven years later, she is accountable for developing innovative solutions to some of the industry’s biggest reclamation and environmental challenges. For example, Christine led:
- (a) the design & revegetation of the marsh wetland on Wapisiw Lookout, the first reclaimed oil sands tailing pond;
- (b) developed Suncor’s Corporate Caribou Strategy to support sustainable caribou populations in NE Alberta;
- (c) the creation of one of the world’s first reclaimed fen peatlands, called the Nikanotee Fen (Nee-ga-no-tee; Cree for “future”); and
- (d) formation of a potentially-game changing Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Association (COSIA) Land challenge and pilot project, which support development of zero footprint seismic technology.