PIN Conference

The 2016 Post-Secondary International Network (PIN) Conference

July 10 - 16, 2016



What is the PIN Conference

The Post-Secondary International Network (PIN) was formally launched  in Chicago by Salvador Rotella, Chancellor of the Chicago City Colleges, and it was held in the central offices on Michigan Avenue in 1979. Initially, membership included a number of community colleges and institutes of technology from the USA and Canada. Gradually, however, institutes from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Bahrain and South Korea were added to the network to make it a truly international network.

The main purpose of the PIN is to foster a close interaction among the technical/community further education colleges, institutes of technologies and polytechnics in member countries in order to improve and expand the means by which they serve their own community, and recognizing the community's place in an international setting. The PIN provides an international forum for studying and debating critical issues that affects post-secondary education.


Welcome to PIN 2016

Olds College, in the heart of Central Alberta, is proud to host the Post-Secondary International Network’s (PIN) 2016 Executive Leadership Conference in the Town of Olds.

We look forward to welcoming post-secondary leaders from across the world to our beautiful province in July 2016.

About Olds, Alberta, Canada

The Town of Olds is one of Canada’s most progressive communities. With the influence of the College, it has evolved into an environmentally conscious community with an eye to the future. It boasts North America’s fastest internet and offers plenty of options for the outdoor enthusiast. While in Olds, you will be engaged in an “experiential” immersion into Olds College and rural Alberta.


Land Sciences Centre

About Olds College

Located 45 minutes from the Calgary International Airport and just a little over an hour east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Olds College programs offer learning opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, land and water resource
management, animal science, business, fashion, and apprenticeship training. Established in 1913, Olds College has a student population of over 1400 FLE students with the campus spread out over 2,000 acres including 35 major buildings. 

Olds College awards certificates, diplomas and applied degrees designed to meet the needs of both learners and the communities served by Olds College. A number of additional programs and services are offered to meet the needs of the region including adult basic education, career training, and non-credit courses as well as athletic, cultural and recreational activities.

Message from the President

As President of Olds College, we look forward to hosting you as a delegate or guest to the Post-Secondary Network (PIN) 2016 Executive Leadership Conference from July 10-16, 2016. Olds College is truly a remarkable place. We take pride in the notion that we are trailblazers, and that our programs are among the most respected in the nation.

Our core set of values focus on offering specialized education complete with hands on-learning. We are also intent on fostering partnerships and relationships with our community and industry stakeholders. Olds College is committed to be the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management.

In keeping with our conference theme “ALL IN”, themes of the speakers will include: Inspire, Invigorate, Involve, Indulge, Influence and Invest. Delegates and guests will also have the opportunity explore Olds College, the Town of Olds, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Stampede, the marvel of the Rocky Mountains, the economic engine of the Athabasca Oil Sands and the mysteries of Dinosaurs in the Badlands.

We look forward to your visit to Olds College, in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Presidents Signature
Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson
President of Olds College

Your Host Hotels


The Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College
Delegates and guests will spend five nights at the recently constructed 82-room, extended-stay Hotel, built on the grounds of Olds College. Amenities include Hypnos Sleep System beds with premium Eden Indulgence linens, flat screen TVs, ergonomic workstations, free Wi-Fi Internet and Keurig Coffee station with a selection of Starbucks coffee.

Guests can look forward to a state-of-the-art fitness facility, pool, hot tub, waterslide, and fully equipped business centre. The facility also includes an onsite restaurant and lounge bar. Also featured is the Olds College Teaching Brewery which houses the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Diploma Program and also the commercial component for Olds College beer products.

The Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College has been ranked as the 17th Best Hotel for families in all of Canada by TripAdvisor. Please click on the TripAdvisor link.


Delta Lodge

The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
You will spend two nights nestled in the majestic Canadian Rockies at an elevation of 1,522 meters. The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis offers a true combination of world-class, year round activities with distinguished comfort and hospitality. The Resort is your base camp to an outdoor adventure playground, offering a variety of guestrooms and suites, multiple dining and entertaining options, a full conference facility, and is home to the Summit Spa and Fitness Centre. Kananaskis Country is known for its kilometres of hiking trails, horse trails, mountain biking, backpacking and fishing. Within 45 minutes of Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise, participants will see why people travel from across the world to take in the Canadian Rockies.

2016 PIN Conference Program

July 10-15, 2016

(click to see schedule)

Sunday, July 10, 2016
12:00pm – 3:00pmConference Registration Check - In (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
1:00pm – 3:00pmPIN Executive Committee Meeting (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
3:00pm - 5:00pmRolling Round Tables (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
5:15pmShuttle - from Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre
5:30pm - 6:30pmOpening Show (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
6:30pm – 8:30pmWelcome and Dinner (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
8:30pm Shuttle - from Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre to Pomeroy Inn and Suites


Monday, July 11, 2016
6:00am – 8:30amBreakfast (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
8:45amShuttle - from Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre
9:00am – 10:00amPresidential Panel (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
10:00am - 10:15amBreak
10:15am – 12:00pmCurrent Issues: Breakout Session (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)

Shuttle - Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre to Calgary

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Tour the Apparel Innovation Centre in Calgary (INvestigate) return to Pomeroy Inn and Suites approx. 4:30pm

5:30pmShuttle - Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Kaun Family Farm
6:00pm – 8:30pmWestern Cookout at the Kaun Family Farm


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
6:00am - 8:30am Breakfast (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
8:45amShuttle - from Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre
9:00am - 10:00amPIN Talks (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
10:00am - 10:15amBreak
10:15am - 11:45pm

Dr. Reuben Puentedura on SAMR Model: Technological Integration into Higher Education

(INtegration) (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)

11:45pm - 12:45pmLunch
12:45pm - 2:00pmDr. Jon Landis from Apple on Mobile Pedagogy in Higher Education (INnovation) (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
2:00pm - 2:30pmOpportunity to visit with Apple guests (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
2:30pm - 2:45pmBreak
2:45pm - 4:45pmCampus Tour 
5:45pmShuttle - from Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Pasu Farms
6:00pm - 9:00pmDinner at Pasu Farms 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016
6:00am – 8:30am Breakfast (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
8:45amShuttle - from Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre
9:00am – 10:15amKen Steele: Innovative Trends in Higher Education (INtrigue) (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
10:15am - 10:30amBreak
10:30am – 12:00pm

Ken Steele: Interactive presentation on Fostering Innovation in your

Institution (INfuse) (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)

12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch: Ken to share Top Ten Bright Ideas (INspire) (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
1:00pm - 2:15pmIdentify and Share (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
2:15pm - 2:30pmBreak
2:30pm - 4:30pmPIN Members have Business Meeting (Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre)
5:00pm - 6:30pmTravel to Calgary
6:30pm – 9:00pmEvening at District Ventures with Arlene Dickinson: "All In" Presentation
9:00pm - 10:00pmReturn Travel to Olds


Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:30am - 8:30am Breakfast (Pomeroy Inn & Suites @ Olds College)
8:30amShuttle - Pomeroy Inn and Suites to Calgary
9:00am – 9:00pmA day at the Calgary Stampede (INtense)
Settle into Delta Kananaskis


Friday, July 15, 2016
7:00am – 8:30amBreakfast 
9:00am - 12:00pmMorning with Dr. James Honan Case Study (INtense)
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch
1:00pm - 4:00pmAfternoon with Dr. James Honan (INduce) 
4:00pm - 4:30pmDelegate Feedback 2016 Conference and Considerations for 2017 Conference
7:00pmClosing Function at Kananaskis with Entertainment (INhale)


Saturday, July 16, 2016
8:00amDepartures .....or.....Optional Day Excursion
8:30amOptional Day: Depart Delta Kananaskis
10:00amLake Louise: One of Alberta's most popular tourist spots, Lake Louise offers amazing photo opportunities of the glacial lake.  You can walk Lakeshore Trail on the west side of the lake or the Lake Agnes Trail.

Moraine Lake was once featured on the Canadian twenty dollar bill and is a short climb to the top of a rock to get the famous "20 Dollar View". There are numerous pathways and you can canoe on Moraine Lake for an additional charge.


Depart Moraine Lake to Calgary



Special Excursions

As part of the PIN 2016 program, delegates and guests will have the opportunity to take in a number of world class excursions. Here is what you can expect:

The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains, North America's largest mountain system, are widely known for their vistas of spacious subalpine valleys and rugged, exposed rock faces. The Canadian segment of the Rockies extends 1200 km north from the American borders of BC and Alberta, flanked on the west by a distinct trench and on the east by rolling foothills.

Canadian Rockies 

The Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is called “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. The annual 10-day event attracts more than one million visitors each July with rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races, a midway carnival, live music, festival events, arts and culture.

The “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” remains a treasured link to our history and a celebration of rodeo and agriculture. While the professional rodeo and chuckwagon events are the signature experience, the Calgary Stampede also features a vast array of arts and agricultural exhibits, musical performances, intriguing cuisine, shopping and an extensive midway full of rides and games.


The Badlands

The Canadian Badlands of Alberta is a unique travel and tourism destination in Canada's "Wild West." With scenic drives from urban centres, the Canadian Badlands has unique coulee landscapes and hoodoo rock formations. The region in Alberta is famous for rich deposits of fossils, including dinosaur bones, unearthed at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinosaur Provincial Park and showcased at the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum.

For more information, contact:

Kerry Moynihan
General Manager, PIN 2016

Direct: 403.556.4762
Fax: 403.556.4710


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