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Oil Sands Community Alliance ready for 2017 with new Executive Director

Karim Zariffi has been named the executive director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA).

Zariffi will begin his duties on February 6, 2017 and is set to take over for Reegan McCullough who served as the organization’s executive director since early 2014.

“We are extremely pleased to find a candidate like Karim who has the depth of knowledge and experience in the oil sands to assume the OSCA Executive Director role,” said Ben Brunnen, VP Oil Sands, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). “Having previously lived and worked in the community, he is familiar with the issues in the region and knows many of the stakeholders.”

As part of the role, Zariffi will be responsible for various duties including sustaining financial matters in our community in 2017, strategic infrastructure investment, wildfire recovery efforts, and strengthening relationships.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue pursuing my passion for the oil sands and the regional communities in this new role,” said Zariffa. “We have much work to do with our committees to address a variety of socio-economic issues and improve the quality of life in our region.”

Zariffi has worked with industry leaders, to provide strategic direction and project management in the areas of regulatory approvals, environmental impact assessment, government relations, stakeholder engagement and Aboriginal consultation.

Prior to being officially announced as the executive director of (OSCA), Zariffi was the Manager of Aboriginal and Stakeholder Relations at Athabasca Oil Corporation.

Zariffi was also the Corporate Social Responsibility Lead for Total E&P and worked for Suncor Energy.

OSCA works closely with the operators and developers of the oil sands, related industries, aboriginal communities, and other organizations in the goal of building a thriving community and to enable to the responsible growth of Canada’s oilsands.