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Ken Omotani

Lead Researcher

Applied Research and Innovation Services

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With more than 35 years of environmental engineering experience across sectors from oil and gas and power generation to metal finishing, Ken Omotani brings a wealth of industry-based knowledge to SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services.

Using his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Omotani launched himself into a career that has taken him from aluminum smelters and pulp and paper mills to offices at energy industry giants, such as ConocoPhillips and TransAlta. Through senior technical and management positions, he implemented innovative technologies as cost-effective solutions to environmental problems.

Coming from ConocoPhillips, Omotani joined SAIT in 2016 as lead researcher for ARIS. Here, he manages applied research projects and business development with his multi-disciplinary team in Environmental Technologies with a goal of helping clients bring new products to the world. These technologies target environmental problems and are aimed at finding cutting-edge approaches to solve issues of all sizes.

Awards and achievements:

  • Member of a team that won an Emerald award for Electricity Framework
  • Presenter at the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop and the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant conferences
  • Served on committees such as Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, Greenhouse Gas Steering Committee and various committees of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

If I wasn't doing this: "I would be making beautiful jewelry — I have taken several courses over the past few years and am a certified bench jeweler."

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