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  • Welcome to OCCI
    The Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is the scientifically acclaimed applied research division of Olds College. Olds College actively pursues involvement in applied research.
  • OCCI Programs
    OCCI provides student and new skills training and provide service to companies that seek new value in existing biofuel or waste-to-energy manufacturing sub-segments, such as waste recovery and valorization.
  • Compost
    The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class I composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County.
  • Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    The PTRC is a joint venture of Olds College and the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The ATRF funds and directs the operations of the PTRC.

Constructed Wetlands
The Constructed Wetlands, located on college grounds, provide incredible research opportunities in the area of waste-water treatment...

Dr. Robert Turner Research Centre
The progressive analytical labs generate answers and provide solutions for industry partners through innovative programs, partnerships, and scientific expertise.

CTC skidsteer in action
Compost, Greenhouse and Field Plots 
A full scale 1st class composting facility; Six dedicated greenhouse sections; Acres of quality agricultural land ....


Applied Research
Product and Process Development
Analytical Testing
Technology Verification and Demonstration
Access to Facilities / Lab Space / Field Plots/ Incubator Space
Training Services
Consulting Services
Access to Research Funding

Centre for Innovation

Since 1999, Olds College has played a leadership role in applied research activity aimed at advancing innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta. The mandate of Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is to enhance innovation in the agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management sectors through market-focused applied research and the development of enabling processes and new products.

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Phone: 403-507-7970
Fax: 403-507-7977

Committed to Research

Our commitment has resulted in a profound impact on the ability for hundreds of small and medium sized companies in the agriculture sector to explore new ideas, test innovative products and processes and incubate technologies prior to full commercialization. Located one hour north of Calgary in Olds, Alberta, OCCI offers entrepreneurs access to expertise, equipment, unique facilities and funding leverage. Within OCCI, there are four unique research areas that demonstrate excellence, as measured by the connection to student learning, industry partnerships, government investment and the unique facilities and expertise we offer. Our agriculture focus includes agronomy, livestock and food research, utilizing the College Farm, greenhouses, field plots, Composting Centre, analytical laboratories, Brewery and National Meat Training Centre. Research on sustainable turfgrass management is the led by the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre. Water quality and wetlands research is conducted in the unique cold climate constructed wetlands that spans 12 acres on our campus. Apparel technology research is the focus in our new Apparel Innovation Centre located in Calgary, Alberta. Our Bioindustry Resource Centre is an incubator that is ready for testing and demonstration of new technologies and processes.

NEW MANAGEMENT OF CTC (compost sales)

Olds College is pleased to announce that Stoney Soil Products Inc. will be managing the Composting Technology Centre (CTC) at Olds College beginning May 1, 2017.

The College has been working with Stoney Soil Products Inc. (Stoney) since 2014 in a closed loop system where local residential organics are composted at the CTC and then packaged into value-added soil amendments by Stoney and further retailed by local stores. 

Please contact Gerard Kulcsar from Stoney with any compost inquiries at 587-223-7645.

Toby Williams, Director
Olds College Centre for Innovation

Media & Resources

OCCI aims to share the impact of our work within our community. Dissemination of knowledge is achieved through various avenues including facility tours, workshops, publications and newsletters. Media inquiries or tour requests can be directed by email or 403-507-7970.

All Olds College media releases can be found here

Our Commitment

Our commitment has resulted in a profound impact on the ability for hundreds of small and medium sized companies in the agriculture sector to explore new ideas, test innovative products and processes and incubate technologies prior to full commercialization. This is proven through our recognition in the ‘Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada’ list over many years. OCCI collaborates on applied research projects with numerous government agencies, Campus Alberta members, and institutions across Canada and around the world. Research supports and informs the curriculum through exposing learners to the most innovative and up-to-date information available in a variety of disciplines.

Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada

RE$EARCH Infosource’s media releases

Top 50 - 2017



The applied research activities at OCCI have led to huge successes for industry, but also for Olds College faculty and students, who have had a unique opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in their field of expertise. Students are exposed to research opportunities through year round employment as student research assistants. Faculty are contracted directly to provide expertise on a project, or play a mentorship role for student researchers.

"Horizons" is an Olds College community magazine about the campus and student/faculty involvement with OCCI.

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There are ongoing opportunities available for students to provide assistance on applied research projects on a temporary part-time basis; conducting research in the areas of Environment, Agriculture, Turfgrass and Apparel.  Hours of work are to be scheduled for a minimum of a three hour shifts subject to student class schedule (September to April) or 7.25 hours five days a week during the summer (May to end of August).

Visit the Olds College website for all employment opportunities

Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.