2008 Oil Sands Trade Show Attracts Over 10,000 Visitors

    Crowds Drawn to Oil Sands Green Innovations, Education and Career

    EDMONTON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The 2008 Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference
drew nearly 10,000 registered attendees to Edmonton to view the latest
technologies, products and services for the oil sands industry. Organized by
dmg world media inc., the two-day event grew exhibitor space by 60 per cent
and exceeded 700 exhibiting companies from North America, Asia and the UK.
    "With Edmonton as Canada's gateway to the oil sands, we are thrilled to
bring the Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference back to the city this year,"
said Wes Scott, Event Director, dmg world media inc. "Sustainable energy and
the future of oil sands development are top of mind for industry
professionals, and the show provided a timely opportunity to discuss topics
that matter most. With exhibitor and visitor requests on demand, the
popularity of this show will continue to grow as the oil sands take centre
stage in the global market. We look forward to the 2009 Oil Sands Trade Show
and Conference, which will return to Northlands in Edmonton next September."
    One of the major attractions at this year's event was the GO GREEN
Pavilion where delegates and visitors were treated to the industry's most
cutting-edge green innovations focused on improving the environmental effects
of extraction, upgrading, refining, and transportation of bitumen. Companies
showcased at this venue included Eco-Technologies, Kyoto Containment Systems,
Environmental Services Association of Alberta, and Veolia Environmental
Services (UK) PLC.
    Another show feature was the 8th annual Athabasca Oil Sands Conference
that took place Tuesday, September 23rd focused primarily on high demand
topics facing the industry. Sessions included Pumping for the Future,
Operational Concerns, and Project Updates. The opening keynote address was by
Don Thompson, President of the Oil Sands Development Group, followed by a
luncheon keynote address by Kent Campbell, Acting Deputing Minister of the
Ministry of Energy & Resources - Government of Saskatchewan.
    "We are delighted Edmonton is the host-city for the Oil Sands Trade Show
and Conference," said Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Given Edmonton's proximity to the
oil sands, and our region's aspirations to be a world class petrochemical
centre, we are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase and explore
business opportunities with industry leaders. Given the focus on building an
environmentally sustainable industry, this is something that our region is
strongly committed to for the long term."
    Other significant features and presentations included: the Global
Petroleum Career Exposition; the Welding & Cutting Automation Forum; the
Annual "Sand Trapped" Golf Tournament; the Heavy Oil 101 seminar; a VIP
industry reception with opening remarks by Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel; and
the sold-out Mine Site Tour taking place in Fort McMurray September 25 and 26.

    The Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference is the most significant oil sands
industry event in the world and the third largest oil show in Canada. It is
renowned for its first-rate presentations of the latest technology in the
industry, including SAGD, project updates and its exhibition of oil
sands-related equipment. The event expanded exhibit space from 50,000 net
square feet to 110,000 net square feet, marking a record year for the event.
    The 2009 Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference will be held September 22 and
23 at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Shauna MacDonald, Brookline
Public Relations, Inc., (P) (403) 538-5645, (C) (403) 585-4570, (E)
smacdonald@brooklinepr.com; Arlene Worsley, Brookline Public Relations, Inc.,
(P) (403) 538-5641, ext. 106, (C) (403) 650-7086, (E)

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