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.
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.
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.
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.
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.