A collage showing the different aspects of the Olds College Smart Farm

Olds College was recognized with a Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for their innovative creation of the Olds College Smart Farm and smart agriculture ecosystem.   

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Olds College Receives Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award

A collage showing the different aspects of the Olds College Smart Farm

April 27, 2021, Olds, AB:  Olds College was recognized with a Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for their innovative creation of the Olds College Smart Farm and smart agriculture ecosystem. 

The Olds College Smart Farm is at the heart of the Smart Ag Ecosystem at Olds College. Launched in the summer of 2018 on a 100-acre parcel of land, it has now expanded to encompass the College’s entire 2,800 acre farming operation. 

“We are delighted to have received a Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award. Our Smart Ag Ecosystem encompasses our Smart Farm, smart ag applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship programming, and ag technology academic programming to create a place for producers, industry partners, SMEs, students and faculty to look at the opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture industry and investigate solutions to transform agriculture for a better world,” comments Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College. “I would like to thank our peers and CICan for recognizing Olds College with this award.” 

The CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices from institutions across the country, as well as individual leadership and achievements.

“It is because of dedicated people working hard every day to improve educational programs and campus life, that colleges and institutes are able to offer such remarkable student experiences and training opportunities,” says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “This strong leadership was on full display this year, as COVID-19 forced all of us to adapt and innovate to meet unprecedented challenges. We are thrilled to honour these leaders and innovators who make the entire system stronger, more inclusive, and more responsive to the needs of students as well as employers.” 

In December 2020, Olds College was recognized as one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges by Research Infosource, and in February 2021, Dr. Joy Agnew, Associate Vice-President, Applied Research at Olds College was named in the Top 50 most influential people in Canadian Agriculture by Canadian Western Agribition (CWA).