Funded by Canada’s largest oil sands companies, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) operates as a networking and funding hub for academics, oil sands producers and government intent on researching methods to lessen the ecological impacts of oil sands development. Described by one pundit as “crowdsourced problem solving for the oilsands,1 it currently funds 308 active projects, totalling $545 million.2 COSIA, Project Portfolio 2017: Improving Environmental Performance through Open Innovation,