Pembina Institute

Jennifer Grant — on leave

Associate Regional Director, Alberta and the North

Jennifer Grant is the Pembina Institute's associate regional director for Alberta and the North, and former director of the Institute's oilsands program. She has worked with the Institute since 2006 on the cumulative environmental impacts of Canada's oilsands development.

Jennifer is passionate about collaborative approaches to problem solving and enjoys working with a variety of actors in an effort to advance Canada's transition to a clean energy future. She holds a master of science degree in ecosystem management from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of science in biological sciences with distinction from the University of Victoria. Outside of work, Jennifer recharges her batteries by exploring the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies on skis, bike or by foot.

Jennifer Grant is available for speaking engagements through Pembina's Speakers Bureau.

 

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Publications

Losing Ground

Why the problem of oilsands tailings waste keeps growing

Published Aug. 19, 2013

By Jennifer Grant, Erin Flanagan

This fact sheet reviews the current state of tailings waste in Alberta, including compliance with provincial regulations.

Published June 20, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Eli Angen

This report a number of metrics of oilsands production on a per-barrel basis, including land disturbance, air emissions, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and tailings production.

Published April 29, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

In 2011 the Pembina Institute released Solving the Puzzle — our report outlining 19 policy solutions for responsible oilsands development. Here we evaluate progress to 2013 on implementing the solutions presented in that report.

Beneath the Surface

A review of key facts in the oilsands debate

Published Jan. 28, 2013

By Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers

This report examines some common claims about the environmental performance of oilsands producers and the environmental impacts of oilsands production.

Clearing the air on oilsands emissions

The facts about greenhouse gas pollution from oilsands development

Published Nov. 23, 2012

By Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot

This backgrounder provides an overview of how oilsands production and expansion contributes to greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management

Two decades of ineffective policies have left their mark on the Canadian landscape

Published Sept. 22, 2011

By Jennifer Grant, Nathan Lemphers, Lindsay Fischer

Filling the proposed KXL pipeline with oilsands will result in nearly a 50 per cent increase in oilsands production. Until environmental management of the oilsands is improved, KXL will cause significant environmental harm due to increased oilsands production.

These briefing materials provide a summary on the impact of oilsands development on land, species at risk, First Nations, water and tailings and greenhouse gases.

Published May 19, 2011

By Jennifer Grant

Pembina Institute's feedback on the draft Lower Athabasca Integrated Regional Plan.

Published April 28, 2011

By Jennifer Grant, Simon Dyer, Marc Huot, Danielle Droitsch

Solving the puzzle: environmental responsibility in oilsands development outlines 19 specific solutions available to help the Alberta government adequately address the environmental impacts of oilsands operations.

Published Feb. 28, 2011

By Marc Huot, Jennifer Grant

Submission to the advisory panel charged with developing a world-class monitoring system for the oilsands in Alberta.

Toxic Liability

How Albertans Could End Up Paying for Oilsands Mine Reclamation (Report)

Published Sept. 14, 2010

By Nathan Lemphers, Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

The pace and scale of oilsands mining continues to increase in Alberta despite a poor understanding of the environmental liabilities: reclamation costs associated with cleaning up the environmental impacts created from mining. In Toxic Liability, the Pembina Institute has compiled the first public estimate of these liabilities, and it looks like Albertans could be left on the hook for the lion's share ($10 to $15 billion) of the cleanup bill.

Toxic Liability

How Albertans Could End Up Paying for Oilsands Mine Reclamation (Fact Sheet)

Published Sept. 14, 2010

By Nathan Lemphers, Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

The pace and scale of oilsands mining continues to increase in Alberta despite a poor understanding of the environmental liabilities: reclamation costs associated with cleaning up the environmental impacts created from mining. In Toxic Liability, the Pembina Institute has compiled the first public estimate of these liabilities, and it looks like Albertans could be left on the hook for the lion's share ($10 to $15 billion) of the cleanup bill.

Northern Lifeblood (fact sheet)

Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from the Risks of Oilsands Development

Published July 21, 2010

By Jennifer Grant, Simon Dyer, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg

This fact sheet, Northern Lifeblood — Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from the Risks of Oilsands Development, provides an overview of threats to the Mackenzie River Basin and actions that leaders in the North can take to protect their waters.

Northern Lifeblood

Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from Oilsands Risks

Published July 21, 2010

By Jennifer Grant, Simon Dyer, Nathan Lemphers, Jennifer Dagg

This report, Northern Lifeblood — Empowering Northern Leaders to Protect the Mackenzie River Basin from the Risks of Oilsands Development, investigates current and future threats to the Mackenzie River Basin, including the risks associated with the 170 square kilometres of toxic tailings lakes in the Athabasca watershed. The report also details opportunities for both northern leaders and the federal government to proactively protect northern waters.

Defending the North

Respect the Process: Ensuring Implementation of the Joint Review Panel Recommendations for the Mackenzie Gas Project

Published March 30, 2010

By Jennifer Grant

A giant natural gas basin lies beneath Canada's Northwest Territories. And the drive to recover that gas is on, with a proposal in the works to open up three major production fields and to build two pipelines to southern markets. It's called the Mackenzie Gas Project and it has the potential to open the doors for the biggest industrial development Canada's Arctic has ever seen.

At a Crossroads

Achieving a Win-Win From Oil and Gas Developments in the Northwest Territories

Published March 4, 2010

By Amy Taylor, Jennifer Grant

The Canadian government, as a resource manager for the Northwest Territories' oil and gas resources, is at a crossroads — it has to decide how to manage oil and gas development in the territory. This fact sheet makes the case for a win-win development scenario, which would provide maximum benefit to the public (the resource owners), while allowing oil and gas companies to earn fair returns on their investments.

At a Crossroads

Achieving a Win-Win From Oil and Gas Developments in the Northwest Territories

The Canadian government, as a resource manager for the Northwest Territories' oil and gas resources, is at a crossroads — it has to decide how to manage the development of the oil and gas resources in the territory. A win-win development scenario would allow companies to earn fair returns on their investments while providing maximum benefit for resource owners today and in the future. With a view to achieving a win-win development scenario for oil and gas developments in the territory, this discussion paper reviews and evaluates the existing Frontier Lands Petroleum Royalty Regime; the system for awarding lease rights for oil and gas; and key opportunities for the Government of the Northwest Territories to capture revenue from oil and gas developments within the territory.

Opening the Door to Oilsands Expansion

The Hidden Environmental Impacts of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

Published Jan. 18, 2010

By Greg Brown, Jeremy Moorhouse, Jennifer Grant

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project will facilitate the expansion of the Alberta oilsands, causing significant environmental impacts.

Published Dec. 4, 2009

By Greg Brown, Jeremy Moorhouse, Jennifer Grant

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project will facilitate the expansion of the Alberta oilsands, causing significant environmental impacts.

Published Oct. 26, 2009

By Jennifer Grant, Katherine Mackenzie

The final report of the Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change outlines the work done at the summit, the final declaration of the participants, and their plans for action.

Published June 4, 2009

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

The Oilsands Myths guide provides concise, referenced information on oilsands environmental impacts and management. An overview slide show is also available.

Published June 4, 2009

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

This slideshow identifies a growing body of oilsands “spin” from federal and Alberta politicians and the oilsands industry and counters them with the plain facts about oilsands impacts.

Taking the Wheel

Correcting the Course of Cumulative Environmental Management in the Athabasca Oilsands

Published Aug. 18, 2008

By Chris Severson-Baker, Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant

Recognizing the urgent need for environmental management and the benefits of engaging stakeholders, the Pembina Institute puts forward recommendations for a new multi-stakeholder approach to environmental management in the Athabasca oilsands.

This report, commissioned by the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) and authored by the Pembina Institute and Alberta Research Council, brings together experiences from the application of offset policies in other jurisdictions with perspectives from industry, First Nations, government, academics and environmental groups in Alberta. It concludes that biodiversity offsets should be considered to address the growing impacts on biodiversity from resource development in the Boreal, including in Alberta's oilsands region.

Fact or Fiction

Oilsands Reclamation

Published May 26, 2008

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

Fact or Fiction: Oilsands Reclamation is a critical review of current policies and practices governing oilsands reclamation.

Download the full report.

Download the fact sheet.

Fact or Fiction (Fact Sheet)

Oilsands Reclamation

Published May 26, 2008

By Jennifer Grant, Dan Woynillowicz, Simon Dyer

Oilsands mining has transformed the Athabasca region of northeastern Alberta, and every year the lack of effective reclamation standards and the poor reclamation record of the oilsands mining industry becomes a bigger and bigger problem.

Download the fact sheet.

Download the full report.

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