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Olds College Welcomes Paul Thiel as New Thought Leader in Smart Agriculture

November 05, 2021

Olds College Welcomes Paul Thiel as New Thought Leader in Smart Agriculture

Olds College welcomes Paul Thiel as its next Thought Leader in Smart Agriculture.


The Thought Leader is an advisor, connector and collaborator for Olds College and Canada’s Smart Agriculture Ecosystem. The role is designed to engage an individual for a two to three year period,  as a way to support Olds College’s engagement and leadership in education, training and applied research in agriculture and technology. 

Thiel takes over from Art Froehlich who served in the role from 2018 to 2021. He will chair the College’s Producer Panel, advise the College leadership in its growth and development of the Smart Farm and related programming, as well as, foster strategic partnerships and engagement within the broader community that Olds College is a part of. 

“Mr. Thiel is an accomplished agri-business executive with over 35 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry. He has a deep understanding of agriculture and the current issues and opportunities facing the industry,” comments Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College. “His leadership will support the growth of our programs and applied research for the benefit of industry and our learners, as we work to achieve our social purpose of transforming agriculture for a better world.” 

Thiel held several executive positions with Bayer Crop Science, including Vice President, Product Development & Regulatory Science, before retiring. Olds College would like to thank Mr. Froehlich for his contribution to the success of the College and the Thought Leader role. We look forward to our continued work together in support of Canada’s Agri-food sector.

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