Olds College knows that it has a responsibility to facilitate innovation throughout the ag sector and help producers, business and industry find solutions to real-world problems. We also know that successful research begins with building the right team.  That’s why Olds College was delighted to recruit Dr. Joy Agnew as the Associate Vice President of Applied Research and head of the Olds College Centre for Innovation in January 2019. 

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Finding Solutions for Real-World Problems

Olds College knows that it has a responsibility to facilitate innovation throughout the ag sector and help producers, business and industry find solutions to real-world problems. We also know that successful research begins with building the right team.  That’s why Olds College was delighted to recruit Dr. Joy Agnew as the Associate Vice President of Applied Research and head of the Olds College Centre for Innovation in January 2019.

Joy most recently worked at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Humboldt, SK. As the program manager for agricultural research services at PAMI, Joy led dozens of projects related to grain storage and drying, biomass handling and logistics, fiber harvesting and processing, agronomy, bioenergy production, and technical and economic feasibility analyses for the agricultural industry. 

Joy’s comes by her interest and appreciation for ag research naturally; she grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert Saskatchewan and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in 2000. She went on to complete her Master of Science. in compost science at the University of Alberta in 2002 and returned to the U of S to work as a research engineer for the SaskPork Chair in Environmental Engineering. One of her projects as a research engineer rolled into a Ph.D. program in the area of greenhouse gas and odour emissions from manure spreading, which she completed in 2010.

Joy has worked as an adjunct professor at the U of S, where she has taught several first and second year engineering courses, and acted as an industry adviser on several graduate student advisory committees. 

During the 2020 growing season, Joy and her team of 20 researchers and support staff within the Olds College Centre for Innovation will be implementing a wide-range of smart ag applied research and demonstrations projects, each of which will provide vital information, data, solutions, and learning opportunities for our students, producers and industry partners.