June 1, 2023 Art and Reclamation

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Shannon Carla King has been creating and selling art since she was 13 years old. She grew up on a farm in the foothills of central Alberta and painting was her pastime outside of doing farm chores.

 My career in the energy industry was an opportunity in disguise when I discovered a purpose for my art: to share a message and educate others by depicting the beautiful landscapes created through reclamation, preservation and conservation. I am a product of my environment, growing up in a small farming community and having a long career in the energy industry as well as in the arts.

 I believe art can be used as a tool to advocate where reclamation and conservation typically does not have a voice in public spaces. If done well, this work is invisible to the public. It is also typically in spaces the public cannot access – yet it provides a home to many diverse species of vegetation (plants) and animals.

 My art means being true to myself, taking the most authentic amalgamation of all my experiences and ensuring I am not filtering out a part of me that is anything less than the sum of all my experiences.

Cody Battershill is an accomplished Calgary-based realtor and passionate energy advocate. Cody is a leading voice in the Canadian natural resource industry as the founder of Canada Action, a non-profit natural resource advocacy initiative.

Cody has become widely recognized for his unwavering commitment to promoting responsible energy development while championing a balanced approach to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

In addition to his outstanding work in real estate and energy advocacy, Cody is a devoted community leader, passionately involved in numerous organizations and initiatives in Calgary. In 2023, he received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) for his contributions to the province and Canada.

Tanya Richens is a Professional Agrologist with a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science. She’s worked in the field of oil sands reclamation for 23 years as a researcher, a regulator with the Government of Alberta, and with industry.

While much of her career has been focused on reclamation of oil sands mines, she now enjoys reclaiming borrow pits and sand & gravel pits used to support in situ oil sands development, and subsequently returning them to the Crown. Tanya’s experience in multi-stakeholder forums, policy development, and regulation of oil sands reclamation supports valuable conversations regarding regulator and stakeholder expectations for the reclaimed landscape.

Tanya is proud of the reclamation that is completed in Alberta and is always open to sharing information with whomever is happy to listen. Tanya is a dog-loving foodie who plans her vacations and motorcycle trips around food because it's a great way to learn about local people and cultures.

Deborah Jaremko is the Director of content and website management at the Canadian Energy Centre. The Canadian Energy Centre’s mandate is to promote Canada as the supplier of choice for the world’s growing demand for responsibly produced energy. It is an independent provincial corporation that is primarily supported by the Government of Alberta’s industry-funded Technology, Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.

Deborah is the former editor of jwnenergy.com and oilsands editor for the Daily Oil Bulletin. She was editor of Oilsands Review magazine from its founding in 2006 to its close in 2017. Colleagues have described her as passionate about her role and has the ability to produce a cutting-edge publication that is as palatable as it is informative.

Her editorial judgment is excellent, and she has been described as unusually passionate about the oil sands as an essential and viable petroleum resource.

Doug Swinton has been emersed in the arts since he was a kid, as documented in his grade school math books, which were embellished with countless doodles and drawings. The spectacular prairie and mountain landscapes of Calgary is where he has lived his entire life, where it also has provided endless inspiration for his bold, uninhibited style.

Doug is no stranger to the energy industry where his dad was employed as an engineer and was involved in many aspects of reclamation.

Doug’s paintings are housed in private and public collections around the world. In addition to being one of the most approachable and charismatic painters I have met – he generously shares his craft with amateur and professional artists alike.

His podcasts “Art and Gibberish” and “Straight Outta the Tube” are foundational to the arts community and its emerging artists. Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction is Alberta's largest, privately owned art facility. With over 10,000 products, having a working knowledge of these items is very important. It has been their practice to hire working artists in the store thus giving customers leading advice on what materials to use and how best to use them.

June 18 Calgary Petroleum Club

Join Canada Powered by Women for breakfast on Tuesday, June 18,2024 in Calgary, and be part of the conversation as they unveil new national research that explores women’s views on energy policy, its economic impact and effect on our standard of living. The ART of Reclamation will be present.

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June 9 Pure West Art & Artifact Auction

If there could be a more quintessential way to celebrate Western culture than an art show set on the banks of the Bow River, steps away from Fort Calgary and the traditional territorial grounds of the Treaty 7 Nations, we can’t imagine what it would be. 

The Deane House hosted an exceptional afternoon involving art, music, food and drink, and of course, western culture.

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May 15, 2024 CTV News Calgary

Children's book by local artist, author aims to spark interest in reclamation in young minds.


May 10 TEDx Calgary 2024

FLOW... it's the focused place in thinking and doing where we find inspiration, get more creative, and enter the space of mastery and peak performance.

Whatever a person's chosen discipline, it's a space where great ideas are born and where great actions come from: in workplaces, in communities, and in society. See the Interactive Partner space where art connects reclamation success stories to the actual sites.

TEDx Calgary

March 6 to 8 Edmonton Convention Centre CLRA AGM

Thank you to the over 700 delegates who joined me for a conversation on Unleashing the Power of Reclamation Success Stories: the dos and don'ts of communicating your reclamation projects.

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Adventures in Land Reclamation: Exploring Jobs for a Greener Future

Purchase this unique your STEM book written by Tanya Richens that helps kids explore jobs for a greener future.

I'm very proud to illustrate this book that focusses on real people who work in the reclamation industry.

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February 8th and 9th: ECO Canada at the Westin

A very impressive and curious crowd attended the ECO Impact 2024 Learning Series and Awards GALA. Filled with Canada’s environmental professionals, it was great to host Virtual Reality experience and artwork of some the best reclaimed sites in Canada.


February 2nd to 16th: Chinook Blast 2024 at The Edison

Thank you to everyone who stopped by February 2 to the 16th, at the Edison at 150 9 Ave to try the VR goggles and immerse yourself in the winter scenes of reclamation.

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January 2 to 31: Crowfoot Library Art Exhibition

January was the perfect month to get out of the house and visit your local library. Crowfoot Public Library hosted a unique interactive art exhibition for the entire month of January where visitors could learn about reclamation, conservation and experience a real reclaimed site using VR goggles.

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POP UP Gallery at CHARBAR October 20, 2023

This was a one night only, Pop-up Gallery of the ART of Reclamation at CharBar (618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary AB T2G 0G1) .

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Telus SPARK: Futures in Trades and Technology October 20 - 21, 2023

Futures In Trades and Technology's (FITT) purpose is to spotlight ideas, collaboration, education, training, new technology and careers across Canada's energy and technology industries, and to address misinformation that might surround them.

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The ART of Reclamation Workshop October 12, 2023

Red Deer Polytechnic was the place to be in October to learn what is happening in Canada to return disturbed land to a functioning ecosystem, some of the techniques used, and why these success stories are important. Attendees and students used their smart phones, VR goggles and created art to learn about sites where reclamation is taking place.


24th World Petroleum Congress

Thank you to everyone who joined me at the World Petroelum Congress in the Canada House (Hall B), Station 3349 from September 17 to 21st to see a unique exhibition of reclaimed Canadian sites.

How is your company sharing its reclamation success stories?

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Canada's Oil & Gas Sector is a World leader in Environmental Stewardship

Canada's #oilandgas sector is a world leader in environmental stewardship. That serves as inspiration for artist Shannon Carla King, whose paintings reflect the beauty of reclaimed natural spaces. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3NZ7piq


The ART of Reclamation:

Paintings show beauty of oil and gas site remediation in Canada

Artist Shannon Carla King aims to change the conversation about Canadian oil and gas

Calgary Arts Development

June 20, 2023

Episode 40

This week sees an artist follow her heart and reclaim her passion.

Artist Interview

CLRA National 2022 IN_TECH Reclamation Award (Group) Commission, Quebec City, QC

On June 15, 2023, the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) received a commissioned painting of their project as an award. PERG's work has demonstrated the importance of conserving peatland ecosystems in their natural state.

CLRA The Artist

Media Kit

See enclosed media kit for more information on Shannon and her history in the arts.

Click here for a PDF of the Media Kit