Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) is a Canadian hydrocarbon industry association that serves as a neutral non-profit facilitator of collaborative R&D and technology development, and operates in partnership with all industry stakeholders to transform challenges into opportunities.

By effectively leveraging financial resources and technical expertise through our proven model, PTAC has been able to able to support collaborative networks which advance innovative R&D and technology development projects, that address pertinent industry challenges through activities which reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, enhance environmental stewardship, advance regulatory development, and provide our industry with the social license to operate.

PTAC was created as a not for profit organization to promote collaborative research and technology development for the hydrocarbon energy industry. In 1996 the Vice President’s Breakfast Club saw a dramatic decrease in R&D spending as a result of changing industry demographics, down-sizing and tight budgets.  They recognized that a new model for developing technology was required.  PTAC was created at that time to be a neutral association promoting increased collaboration among all industry stakeholders.  This has allowed for identification of issues from multi-stakeholders and the combination of financial and intellectual resources to launch industry projects reducing duplication of effort and maximizing resources on non-competitive issues.

In 2015, a need to provide an efficient and effective mechanism to coordinate, initiate, fund, complete, and communicate on environmental research was recognized. In order for industry and government regulators to achieve a socially and environmentally responsible recovery of Canada’s petroleum resources, effective, market-driven collaboration must be cultivated. This led to the creation of PTAC’s Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund (AUPRF).

AUPRF is an industry-sponsored fund supported by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC). The fund supports applied, peer-reviewed research that increases knowledge, assists in decision-making, and develops solutions to industry environment, health and safety/social issues. The science supporting AUPRF projects is based on independent, peer-reviewed research performed by consultants and university and government scientists.  The reports arising from this research are thorough and objective. They identify required improvements as well as practical cost-effective solutions.

Our Mission: Our mission is to facilitate innovation, collaborative research and technology development, demonstration, and deployment for a responsible Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry.

Our Vision: Our vision is to help Canada become a global hydrocarbon energy technology leader.


PTAC: The Road to Collaborative Research & Technology Development

Collaborative Technology Development

PTAC Project Performance Summary

PTAC Collaborative Innovation Map