Darrell is a past Chair for the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) Demonstration Pit Lakes project, where he initiated a strong collaborative relationship with Alberta Innovates to financially support the project and to initiate a research program at government-held facilities. He also drove the development and financing of a commercial scale TiO2 ceramic membrane re-risking pilot plant to clean process water at Albian Sands.
While at Shell, Darrell represented the company in the development of the Water Environmental Priority Area for COSIA. In this role, he successfully worked with representatives from 13 other oil sand operators to develop the Scope of Work and the Aspirational and Performance goals to improve environmental performance. Darrell also actively worked on the Jackpine Mine Expansion Regulatory hearing as panel member.
At WaterSMART, Darrell focusses on watershed management and water in agriculture, as well as sustainable management systems such as the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Darrell has a B.Sc. in Mineral Engineering and an MSc. in Agricultural Engineering focused on Water Resource Management, both from the University of Alberta.