Technology Information Sessions (TIS)
As a service to members, PTAC facilitates Technology Information Sessions (TISs) for interested companies. TISs provide member companies with an opportunity to present new technology or research and development projects to industry in order to solicit interest, gather feedback, invite participation, or seek potential funding. These sessions provide benefits to both the presenting company and those in attendance. Connections are made that help both the presenters and those in attendance identify industry partners to complete proposed research or technology development projects, such as field/pilot testing. TISs also provide a targeted opportunity to report back to industry on field tests or pilot results and provide information on new technology-related services. For PTAC’s service and supply members, a PTAC TIS can also be an excellent method of marketing new technology to the Canadian oil and gas industry.
What is a TIS?
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. Essentially, at what we call a Technology Information Session (or TIS for short), a company makes a presentation in front of a group of industry experts, and these experts relay to PTAC as to whether they would be interested in creating a consortium or establishing a joint industry project (JIP) on whatever subject matter, technology, etc., is being presented at the TIS. TIS’s are run at a PTAC supplied venue for 1.5-2 hours, usually from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m. over a light lunch provided by the proponent.
Why hold a TIS?
A TIS can be conducted by a PTAC member in order to:
- Solicit interest, feedback, participation or potential funding for new R&D projects.
- Solicit additional funding or participation for ongoing projects.
- 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.
- Provide information on technology related services offered by members (such as funding, legal and tax).
- Market new technology or proven technology that is new to the Canadian oil and gas industry.
Who can host a session?
All organizations hosting a TIS through PTAC must be a member. PTAC members receive complimentary registration for all TISs, while non-members pay a fee of $50.00+GST.
How much does a TIS cost?
As mentioned above, all TIS proponents must be a PTAC member, and must pay for all 3rd party catering costs. Outside of these costs, a TIS is 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
TIS Presentation Guidelines:
A proponent typically needs to accomplish five key objectives during a Technology Information Session:
- Tell the potential customers about the research or technology offered or proposed by the proponent and why it is important.
- Tell potential customers how the proponent will deliver what has been offered or proposed.
- Provide sufficient background to establish confidence with potential customers that the proponent can deliver what has been promised.
- 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.
- Tell the customers what the next steps are and approximate timetable.
If you are interested in hosting a TIS or would like to discuss further, please contact [email protected] or call 403-218-7700.