Allan J. Buttle is genuine founding figure in the formation of the ACAC, as he was one of the original participants in meetings in the early '60s discussing the creation of a collegiate athletics conference in Alberta. At the time, Buttle was the originator, developer, and the first Athletic Director/Administrator at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Athletics Department. He even chose the team name (Trojans) and the uniform colors (green and gold at the time). Al enjoyed a long career at SAIT eventually being promoted to creating and overseeing a comprehensive, model student services program.
His proudest achievement might have been the construction of the SAIT Campus Centre which incorporated a triple gymnasium, hockey rink, classrooms, meeting spaces and student services facilities, all under one roof. During his time at SAIT, Buttle served as secretary on the ACAC Executive from 1964 to 1969. After retiring from SAIT, Buttle was the first ACAC Executive Director from 1982 to 1989, establishing the original ACAC office in Calgary.