Carolyn Preston is a Principal Consultant, CKP & Associates Consulting. With more than 25 years working on technology innovation in oil sands, enhanced oil recovery, and coal mining, Dr. Preston has held a variety of leadership and engineering positions in industry and government. Today, she runs her own consulting business in Calgary, where she supports industry in making sustainable energy and water technology choices.
In 2015, Dr. Preston wrote the IEAGHG Report on the Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station, a detailed technical and business review of this global first-time project. Recently, at Teck Resources and CH2M, she led engineering and consulting activities for industrial water management at Canadian operating sites, as well as leading CH2M’s corporate laboratory in the USA. Dr. Preston has also held leadership roles in two collaborative oil sands and heavy oil industry-led technology innovation companies (CONRAD and PTRC), which both focused on economic sustainability and reduced environmental impact.
Among her achievements at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre in Regina, Dr. Preston initiated the Aquistore Project, Canada’s first deep saline carbon storage monitoring project. As part of her decade-long strategic technical leadership role on the project, Dr. Preston served as the Project Integrator for the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project, integrating science, engineering and public engagement activities on CCS issues. She also managed a major climate change mitigation technology development program for the Government of Canada focused on oil sands development.
Today, Dr. Preston is both a Professional Engineer and a Professional Chemist registered in Alberta, and she holds a BSc in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University at Kingston and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Toronto.