Gala 2017 Banner

2017 Olds College Gala

Friday, March 24, 2017 | Reception 5 p.m. | Plated Dinner 6:30 p.m. | Ralph Klein Centre


Gala 2017 Banner

2017 Olds College Gala

Friday, March 24, 2017 | Reception 5 p.m. | Plated Dinner 6:30 p.m. | Ralph Klein Centre

Join us for an evening of inspiration and innovation
that will ignite your excitement for Olds College.

"The Growing the Legacy Gala is an opportunity to celebrate the values that have made Olds College a leading choice in post-secondary education for over 100 years. Join us as we gather with friends, partners and supporters in celebration of our success. With your support we will continue to Inspire, Innovate, and Ignite.

Innovation Lives Here!"

- Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, President, Olds College

Thank You For Attending Gala 2017!

View our Gallery from the event!

2017 Gala Photo Album

Viwe the Gala Photo Gallery

Introducing our 2017 Olds College Gala Ambassadors

Each year, Olds College names two students as Gala Ambassadors, representing the student body and serving as our Masters of Ceremonies for the prestigious annual event. The College is proud to introduce Cassidy Holt & Rachele Clavagnier for the 2017 Gala.

Ambassadors must be in good academic standing and play a proactive leadership role at Olds College. Students are selected by a panel of College staff. In addition to their dedication to their studies and extra-curricular activities, our Ambassadors put hours into training, media events and rehearsals. These outstanding volunteers truly showcase the dedication of our students to support the growth and sustainability of Olds College.

Gala Ambassador Rachele

Rachele Clavagnier

Rachele Clavagnier is a student in the Fashion Marketing Program at our Calgary Campus. Born in Africa but growing up in Cremona, Alberta, Rachele has a very engaging personality and clear focus on where her program at Olds College will take her in the future. She has extensive humanitarian experiences from around the world and is happy to be settled in Calgary now to achieve her career goals. 

"To be one of the Olds College Gala ambassadors is such an exciting opportunity. Being able to not only represent an excellent institute, but in particular the Fashion department, is such an incredible honour and privilege." - Rachele

Gala Ambassadors

Gala Ambassador Cassidy

Cassidy Holt

Cassidy Holt is in her second year of the Agriculture Management program with a production major. She will be returning in the fall of 2017 for the Applied Science and Bachelor of Agribusiness Degree. Growing up and working on a 15,000 acre grain farm and raising cattle is what drives her passion for her program at the College. Cassidy is also the Captain of the Broncos women's hockey team.

"It is an absolute honour to be the Olds College Gala Ambassador. I am looking forward to working with Rachele and I am excited to experience the event. I know it will be unforgettable." - Cassidy

2017 Keynote Speaker Michael Pinball Clemons

Featuring our 2017 Gala Guest Speaker, Michael “Pinball” Clemons.

Michael "Pinball" Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership and personal integrity. Considered one of the best athletes Canada has ever known, his real legacy may well lie with the thousands of people he has inspired, both on and off the field. Clemons stands only 5 feet 6 inches; he weighs 170 pounds. Despite this—because of this—he led a spectacular CFL career, obliterating records, and winning Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts, as both a player and their head coach. (When you win as a coach, he has said, it's like winning 42 times at once.)

Clemons was also the Argos' CEO, and is now their vice chair. Away from the game, Michael "Pinball" Clemons has an undying commitment to community—especially to youth—that is simply unparalleled. He lends his name and time to countless high-profile causes, including the Argos' Stop the Violence campaign, which encourages the active participation of communities, schools and government in educating youth and curbing increasing gun violence.


Tickets for this event have officially sold out. For information on how to support the event,
contact Anne Woods at or 403.556.8210


Thank You to our 2017 Gala Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Shunda Construction


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Cam Clark For Olds
Fortis Alberta

Cervus Logo

Silver Sponsors

La Z Boy

Milaney Construction
Services LTD

Red Deer Rebels Logo
Sophia Models International

Canalta Hotels Logo

Marshall Farms

MountainViewPublishingRose LLP

McLeod LawNetook Logo
Rosehill Auction Mart
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Bronze Sponsors

Canterra Seeds

Mark Kaun

Mountain View County

Red Shed Malting