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Dr. Carolyn Preston has spent more than 30 years at collaborative organizations fostering new technology and innovation development and commercialization to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water management practices, and enhance profitability in the energy and mining industries.
Through her independent, Calgary-based consulting company, CKP & Associates, Dr. Preston is the author of a series of publicly-available Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) Technical Reports for the IEAGHG R&D Programme and the US Department of Energy. The reports focus on the commercial implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage of CO2 to highlight key learnings that will facilitate a deep understanding of the challenges of CCUS commercialization and to assure replication of commercial installations globally. These reports over integrated CCUS projects at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station, the Shell Scotford Upgrader (Quest Project), and the Valero Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas (Air Products Carbon Capture Project).
CKP & Associates provides technical strategic and technology commercialization services to industry, governments and academics in Canada and internationally. It has been in operation since mid-2010.
During 2016, Dr. Preston also held the Suncor Applied Research Fellowship in Measurement, Monitoring and Instrumentation at NAIT’s Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability.
Among her previous positions, Dr. Preston was director of the CH2M Applied Sciences Laboratory, CH2M Canada’s regional service leader in industrial water consulting, executive director and CEO of both the Canadian Oilsands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC), Project Integrator for the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project, and manager of external R&D programs at CanmetENERGY in Devon, Alberta, Canada.
A registered professional engineer and professional chemist in Alberta, Canada, Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University at Kingston and a Master of Science and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Dr. Preston also undertook a Chevening Fellowship in the Economics of Energy in the United Kingdom during 2007.