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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.

OCCI's Areas of Focus

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:


Turfgrass Research

Crops and Horticulture

Apparel Innovation Centre



The Apparel Innovation Centre, located in Calgary, Alberta, is North America’s apparel research and development facility, dedicated to fostering creative growth in the apparel industry. The AIC supports commercialization of market-driven innovations, significantly increasing the global competitiveness of the North American apparel industry.

Opened in 2015, the Apparel Innovation Centre was established with funding from Western Economic Diversification and is jointly operated by Olds College and Alberta Garment.


The AIC is openly accessible to companies, entrepreneurs, and researchers on a fee-for- service basis. Services include:

Apparel Testing The apparel Innovation Centre conducts world-class testing of apparel and materials. Specifically, the AIC has one of the only full-scale Thermal Comfort Testing Chambers in North America, and it has the only full-scale Hot Fluid and Steam Protection Testing chambers in the world. Some of apparel testing capabilities include:

  • helping to create work clothing that is more protective
  • testing materials and apparel against hot liquids and steam hazards
  • accurately and consistently evaluating the thermal comfort performance of apparel in a variety of environmental conditions from sub-zero to 40 degrees Celsius, with varying humidity levels
  • testing apparel against occupational health and safety standards

Product Development From concept to final prototype, the AIC helps entrepreneurs and companies create innovative apparel products. Some of our product development services include:

  • Idea generation/consultation
  • Design assistance
  • Prototype creation
  • Digitization of patterns
  • Size grading
  • Tech pack development
  • Sizing set production
  • Consulting services


The AIC has the latest product development tools, from the design room to the production floor, which include 60+ advanced machines.


Contact the Apparel Innovation Centre to understand the AIC’s capabilities and to get a quote.

Michael Bussoli, B.A.
General Manager - Apparel Innovation Centre
Cell: (403) 671-2890
Location: Apparel Innovation Centre, #2, 640 - 42 Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta, Canada