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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 Olds College Centre for Innovation’s Composting Technology Centre receives and recovers the organic matter from fruits, vegetables and plants through a natural cycle (OC Composting Centre feature). Collection of those materials from the towns of Olds, Didsbury, and Sundre, contribute to the compost distributed back to the communities through year round compost sales.  Area gardeners and homeowners can return the valuable organic matter and nutrients to the earth as part of a healthy food cycle.

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

Reclamation and Remediation

Olds College has a long history of research work on bioremediation of contaminated soil and water, reclamation of previously disturbed sites, and the use of native plants and organic amendments including biochar and compost. This work has been conducted both locally and internationally. The recently completed Olds College Botanic Gardens III and Constructed Wetlands will in addition to treating the College’s storm and waste water and providing solid information to help improve the management of Alberta’s wetlands, be a site to conduct research to determine the best and most effective wetlands plant species, indigenous to Alberta, that can be used for bioremediation of various contaminants.

Water & Water Quality

Although Canada’s supply of fresh surface water amounts to an area which is larger than most countries, there are increasing local issues and challenges. The Olds College Botanic Gardens III and Constructed Wetlands initiative was designed to treat the College’s storm and waste water, while providing solid information to help improve the management of Alberta’s wetlands.

The Constructed Wetlands comprise an area that is about 87,000-plus square meters (approximately 22 acres). The constructed wetlands are equipped with real-time data monitoring and collection systems that provide this facility with a capability that is unmatched anywhere in the country. The constructed wetlands are composed of three series of “polishing wetlands” that are mainly used to treat the College’s storm and waste water and one series of triple-lined research ponds/wetlands that are used to research the effectiveness of wetlands to treat and remove various types of contaminants from waste water without the risk of contaminating ground water. Both the polishing and triple-lined research wetlands are used for research purposes. The main difference is the type of contaminants that each one of them can accommodate. The overall purpose of the constructed wetlands is to treat and decontaminate waste and produced water – thus achieving Alberta’s Water for Life strategy by producing high-quality recycled water through the removal of sediments, contaminants and undesirable nutrients. The constructed wetlands are adjoined to an aesthetically-pleasing Botanical Garden.

Together the constructed wetlands and the Botanical Garden, provide an outdoor laboratory for students, an industry training site, and a nucleus for community programs – all in one. In addition, there is a modern amphitheatre and stage surrounded by a stunning natural backdrop within this state of the art facility. (more on Olds College Botanical Gardens  and Constructed Wetlands

Canada Water Week - Freshwater Leadership