There are various event-hosting opportunities PTAC members enjoy. As a neutral facilitator of innovation, collaborative research, and technology development, PTAC looks to form multi-stakeholder consortia in the areas of applied research, engineering studies, field pilot projects, and commercialization of technologies.

Who can host a session?

All organizations hosting an event through PTAC must be a member. PTAC members receive complimentary registration for all events, while non-members pay a fee of $50.00+GST.

How much does hosting cost?

As mentioned above, all event hosts must be a PTAC member, and must pay for all 3rd party catering costs*. Outside of these costs, event hosting is a free service that each PTAC member is entitled to in correlation with the size of their organization:

  • (1-100 employees) 1 free TIS per membership year
  • (101-200 employees 2 free TIS per membership year
  • (201-300 employees), 3 free TIS per membership year
  • (Over 300 employees) 4 free TIS per membership year

If you’re interested in hosting an event at PTAC, please contact [email protected] or call 403-218-7700.

Technology Information Sessions (TIS)

What is a TIS?

At a Technology Information Session (TIS), company present in front of a group of industry experts in the hopes of gaining brand, product, and/or service awareness. Attending experts relay to PTAC as to whether they would be interested in co-funding, creating a consortium, or establishing a joint industry project on whatever is presented at the TIS. Unless otherwise noted, TIS’s are run at the PTAC conference center for 1.5-2 hours, usually from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m. over a light lunch provided by the proponent and networking.

Why hold a TIS?

  1. Solicit interest, feedback, participation or potential funding for new R&D projects.
  2. Solicit additional funding or participation for ongoing projects.
  3. Find industry partners to complete proposed R&D or technology development (such as field test or pilot sites) or to report on field test or pilot results.
  4. Market new technology or proven technology that is new to the Canadian oil and gas industry.

TIS Presentation Guidelines:

  1. Tell the potential customers about the research or technology offered or proposed by the proponent and why it is important.
  2. Tell potential customers how the proponent will deliver what has been offered or proposed.
  3. Provide sufficient background to establish confidence with potential customers that the proponent can deliver what has been promised.
  4. Obtain feedback and solicit questions from potential customers to upgrade or focus what has been proposed, or to ensure the customer has gained a clear understanding of the issue.
  5. Tell the customers what the next steps are and approximate timetable.

Lunch and Learn webinar

What is a Lunch and Learn?

Lunch and Learn webinars are set up similarly a TIS but with one clear distinction… providing knowledge instead of asking for funding. New learnings, best practices, etc. is presented to attendees both in-person and online. Webinar services are provided by PTAC but if the hosting company has their own software to use, arrangements can be made. Unless otherwise noted, Lunch and Learn webinars are held at the PTAC conference center for 1.5-2 hours, usually from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m. over a light lunch provided by the proponent and networking.

Why hold a Lunch and Learn?

  1. Share real-world examples
  2. Present key insights or research
  3. Provide first-hand lesson on the latest products or updates
  4. Supply information on technology related services offered by members (such as funding, legal and tax).

Innovation Café

What is an Innovation Café?

Innovation is crucial to the success of every business. It’s crucial, now more than ever, that Canadian businesses have a plan for sustainable business growth and an innovative approach to product development. Innovation Cafes are informal mix-and-match educational and inspiring breakout sessions with members of the O&G community. Unless otherwise noted, Innovation Cafes are held during breakfast for 1.5-2 hours. No catering costs are involved as these events are hosted off-site. Attendees must cover their own costs for food and beverage if they so choose.

Why hold an Innovation Café?

  1. Unleash the full potential of our networks.
  2. Promote collaboration, learning, and creative solutions.
  3. Network with like-minded professionals.