Cenovus (pronounced se-NO-vus): Cen for a new century. Novus from the Latin root word meaning new. Our Foster Creek project surrounded by boreal forest

What's important to us

At Cenovus, we’re committed to being a responsible developer of one of Canada’s most valuable resources – the oil sands. We apply fresh, progressive thinking to minimize our impact on the environment while safely producing energy resources the world needs.

We are proud of how we’re developing this resource and we stand behind our actions.

  • We make safety a priority at our work sites and in the communities where we operate
  • We foster a vibrant work environment that encourages diverse and innovative ideas
  • We build strong relationships and invest in our communities to help residents share in our success
  • We support economic development in Aboriginal communities near our operations – including about $1.5 billion spent since 2009 on goods and services supplied by Aboriginal businesses
  • We value innovative thinking, which helps us continue to improve our environmental performance in areas such as water use, land disturbance and greenhouse gas emissions
  • We collaborate with our peers, academics, governments and others to address the issues facing our industry
  • We focus on achieving predictable, reliable performance and maintaining the company’s financial resilience

We’re focused on creating value through the development of our vast oil sands assets in northern Alberta, where we drill for oil and use specialized methods to pump it to the surface. We also have established conventional natural gas and oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan and 50 percent ownership in two U.S. refineries. Cenovus is one of Canada’s top 35 largest companies by market capitalization and our shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol CVE. We're based in Calgary, Alberta and have more than 4,500 staff members across our operations.

Making the impossible possible

Innovation is part of culture at Cenovus and our achievements are a direct result of the energy of our people. We take pride in turning new ideas into opportunities. See how making the impossible possible is what makes the future look bright at Cenovus.

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Our Cenovus

Everyone at Cenovus, no matter where they work, contributes to executing our strategy and reaching our goals. After all, it’s our Cenovus.

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Rigorous. Respectful. Ready.

As a company we've made a commitment to be rigorous, respectful and ready in all that we do.

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The Student Experience

Our students receive real-world experience and mentorship, find out what they have to say about working here.

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Challenging the status quo

Harbir Chhina, our Executive Vice-President in charge of our oil sands operations, talks about how we’re always looking to improve how we develop the oil sands.

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Find out more about our environmental practices.

Our Wedge Well™ technology

Technology is the key to reducing our environmental footprint. We're dedicated to finding ways to apply new ideas and new approaches to our operations. Learn about the innovative Wedge Well™ technology we're using to improve our recovery rates and reduce our impact on the environment.

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Find out more about how our technologies work together.

Why I work safely

Our employees and contractors talk about the importance of working safely at Cenovus.

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Find out more about our Safety commitments.

How we get oil out of the ground in the oil sands

We’d like to introduce you to a different kind of oil sands – that uses drilling to access the oil. Watch this animation to learn how we drill and then use steam to separate oil from sand that’s deep underground. It’s called steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD.

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Find out more about SAGD and the technologies that enhance it.

Keeping a watchful eye on wildlife

A remote camera program at our Christina Lake and Foster Creek operations helps us monitor how wildlife interacts with our above-ground pipelines. This time-lapse video showcases a selection of images captured over the course of a year and a half. The photos help to confirm what animals are in the area, observe whether their behavior is healthy, how they interact with our facilities and whether our operations have any impact on things like migration pathways. This helps us make improvements in our operating areas and limit our impact as much as possible. Find out more.

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Get to know us

Think you know the type of person who works at an oil company? You might be surprised. We have stories. We’re passionate about things. We’re real people. We’re also proud of what we do and how we do it. Why? Because oil plays a big role in the energy mix.

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A flying rig

Picture a drilling rig. Now, picture a flying rig. Sound hard to believe? It's a Cenovus oil sands innovation that allows us to fly a drilling rig into a remote location one piece at a time. And since everything is flown in, no roads are needed.

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Oil sands: separating fact from fiction

With all the information out there about the oil sands, it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. What are some of the common myths our staff often hear about the oil sands? Get the facts straight from them.

We’ve also created a website, More2theStory.com which compiles information from a number of sources to give you the scoop on energy and on oil.



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Take a tour of our camps

If you’re thinking of applying for a field-based position with Cenovus in northern Alberta, this video will give you an idea of what the accommodations are like.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • The rooms are clean, private and comfortable
  • There are lots of food options – from fresh produce and lean protein to comfort food and treats
  • Outside of work, there’s lots to do: work out, play team sports, watch a movie, read a book, and much more
  • It’s safe and secure – our security teams help enforce our zero-tolerance policies

Visit the Careers page to learn more about working for us.



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Start Safe

See how cenovus is committed to working safely, every day.

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Find out more about our Safety commitments.

Restoring caribou habitat in northern Alberta

We’re testing a number of treatments — mounding the ground, planting coniferous trees, adding woody debris and leaning tree stems into the pathways — with the goal of restoring the forest structure and giving young trees a chance to grow more quickly, while making the seismic lines less attractive as travel corridors as regrowth is taking place. Cenovus is measuring and monitoring the results of the pilot phase of the project and sharing what we learn with others through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

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Find out more more.