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PTAC is a not-for-profit association that facilitates collaborative research and technology development to improve the financial, environmental and safety performance of the Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry.

The purpose of PTAC is to provide a mechanism that facilitates collaboration on R&D to the benefit of those involved. PTAC acts as a matchmaker between those that have problems or opportunities and those that have potential R&D solutions. PTAC brings stakeholders together to identify areas where R&D will make a difference, and to launch specific projects to address these problems or opportunities. PTAC promotes industry participation in the resulting R&D and assists with securing funding from a variety of sources.

PTAC also facilitates the transfer of commercial technologies from other industrial sectors for application in the hydrocarbon energy industry.

The initiative for PTAC started with the Vice Presidents Breakfast Club, an informal group of executives responsible for conventional oil and gas production operations in 25 Canadian oil companies. Concerned about the decrease in industry R&D, it commissioned a study to ascertain interest in a new approach – one based on collaboration. This led to a multi-stakeholder workshop and steering committee that designed the PTAC organization.

In addition to hosting Technology Information Sessions, Workshops and Forums, PTAC publishes an electronic newsletter, e-talk, and maintains a comprehensive web site which is accessible to anyone on the internet. Visit our website at to access information on the following:

  • Index on ongoing R&D Projects
  • Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
  • PTAC Newsletters and Annual Reports
  • Technology Information Sessions
  • Workshops and Forums
  • Links to our Members
  • On-line Membership Application
  • Funding sources for R&D
  • PTAC Events Calendar


  • ARC Resources Ltd.
  • BP Canada Energy Company
  • ChevronTexaco
  • ConocoPhillips Canada
  • Devon Energy Corporation
  • EnCana
  • EnerMark Inc.
  • Enhance Energy Inc.
  • Husky Energy Inc.
  • IFP Technologies (Canada) Inc.
  • Imperial Oil Limited
  • Kereco Energy Ltd.
  • Laricina Energy Ltd.
  • Nexen Inc.
  • Norsk Hydro Canada Oil & Gas Ltd.
  • Paramount Resources Ltd.
  • Pengrowth Management Limited
  • Penn West Petroleum Ltd.
  • Petro-Canada Resources
  • Pioneer Natural Resources Canada Inc.
  • PrimeWest Energy Inc.
  • Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc.
  • Shell Canada Resources Ltd.
  • Suncor Inc. – Resources Group
  • Talisman Energy Inc.
  • Total Exploration & Production Ltd.
  • Trident Exploration Corporation
  • Unconventional Gas Resources Canada

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