COGRAD was founded in 2015 as a result of funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada. The vision of the Centre is to provide an internationally accredited analytical facility committed to advancing and supporting industry and/or government mandated environmental monitoring obligations. This will be achieved through the development of faster and cheaper analytical monitoring techniques, tools designed to delineate sources of crude oil exposures, design of innovative strategies to remediate and monitor crude oil components in the environment and forensic studies leading to new areas of analytical research.

Implementation of newly developed analytical technologies and methodologies by private laboratories will lead to the creation of new employment opportunities and diversification of the economy in Western Canada.  New scientific tools developed at COGRAD will be invaluable to the Oil and Gas industry allowing them to fulfill their current and future environmental monitoring mandates with increased confidence in the produced scientific data.