Olds College Welcomes Leona Staples as New Board Chair

May 16, 2017

 

Olds College Welcomes Leona Staples as New Board Chair

May 16, 2017

Olds College is excited to announce the Government of Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education has appointed Leona Staples as the new Chair of the Olds College Board of Governors. Leona was previously a member of the College Board of Governors for two terms.

“Leona Staples is a respected member of the central Alberta community and an expert in agricultural entrepreneurship and marketing,” explains Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, “Her experience in innovation and sustainability will help guide the College as it works toward achieving its vision to be the premier integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental stewardship.”

Leona Staples has roots firmly planted in the areas of business, innovation and agriculture. Owning and operating The Jungle Farm with her husband Blaine, the award winning farm and tourist destination has been in Leona’s family for 110 years. Since Leona and Blaine took over operations of the farm in 1996, they have thrived by positioning the farm as a tourist destination for families and consumers, and as a provider of quality fresh food products for the central Alberta community, in addition to their traditional grain and livestock operations. The farm hosts several family based activities, and features a variety of different projects, including a greenhouse, u-pick fruits and vegetables, and a seasonable vegetable box program that encourages consumers to eat healthy, fresh, locally produced food.

“I am honoured at my appointment to be the Chair of the Board of Governors at Olds College,” Staples asserts. “Agriculture is my passion, and with the College’s dedication to emerging technologies and Smart Agriculture, I look forward to working with the fellow members of the board as we help lead this industry into the future.”

Leona’s off-farm employment experience includes working for Alberta Agriculture as a District Home Economist, and managing the Goldeye Center, located near Nordegg, Alberta. She has an astounding record of voluntarism in local athletics, school organizations and regional and provincial agriculture groups. Leona has also been a guest speaker on agricultural entrepreneurship, innovation and women in agriculture at a number of national and international conferences.

Leona Staples is taking over from former Chair Robert (Bob) Clark.  Clark saw the College through years of great accomplishments, including growth of both programs and facilities.  As we welcome Leona Staples as our new Chair, we would like to thank Robert Clark for his years of dedication and service to Olds College.

Donna Maxwell has also been appointed to The Board of Governors of Olds College and brings with her expertise in governance, administration, and educational leadership. Board member Mark Kaun has been reappointed as a member of The Board of Governors of Olds College for his second term.

  • Olds College Announces New Vice President of Development

    Olds College Announces New Vice President of Development

    Olds College Announces New Vice President of Development

    October 18, 2017, Olds, Alberta: Olds College is pleased to announce Patrick Machacek has been selected as the new Vice President, Development. As the College’s senior representative responsible for fundraising and government relations, Patrick will oversee the Olds College $40 million dollar Beyond Campaign.

  • SuperCluster Shortlisted

    SuperCluster Shortlisted - Group shot

    Smart Agri-Food Supercluster Shortlisted

    October 12, 2017 - Calgary Alberta The Smart Agri-Food Supercluster (SASC) is one of nine supercluster proposals from across the country that has been shortlisted to provide a full application to the federal government to receive a piece of their $950-million supercluster initiative funding.

  • OC Partners With Local Musicians to Support Student Mental Health

    Voice. Guitar. Song

    Olds College, Local Musicians Partner for Student Mental Health Awareness

    Olds College and the Students’ Association of Olds College are partnering with five accomplished Albertan musicians to promote Mental Health and Wellness.  Voice. Guitar. Song. will be an evening of songs and stories, told in support of mental health and wellness initiatives for Olds College students. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11 in The Crossing Pub and Restaurant at Olds College, which is operated by the Students Association of Olds College (SAOC).

  • Fashion Student Competes in Toronto at National Competition

    Kaley Champagne

    Fashion Student Competes in Cashmere Collection 2017 Finals

    October 5, 2017

  • Olds College Launches New New Equine Reproduction Technician Certificate

    Mare and Foal

    Olds College Launches New Equine Reproduction Technician Certificate Program 

    September 28, 2017

    Olds College is introducing a new one-of-a-kind certificate program dedicated to equine reproduction. Launching in fall 2018, applications will be accepted October 1, 2017 for the new Equine Reproduction Technician (ERT) certificate program.

  • Recycling Sculpture On Display

    Pop Can Sculpture

    Alberta Depot’s Unique Art Piece Now Featured at Olds College

    original Media Release crafted by Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation

    August 31, 2017

  • Province Provides Major Funding for Olds College Student Mental Health

    Mental Health Funding

    Alberta Advanced Education Announces Major Funding for Olds College Student Mental Health

    September 5, 2017

  • Olds College Announces New Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
    Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

    Olds College Announces New Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

    August 28, 2017

    Olds College is pleased to announce Mustansar Nadeem has been selected as the new Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. 

  • Olds College Announces New Vice President, Academic and Student Experience and Chief Innovation Officer
    Debbie Thompson

    Olds College Announces New Vice President, Academic & Student Experience and Chief Innovation Officer

    July 31, 2017

    Olds College is pleased to announce Debbie Thompson has been selected as the new Vice President, Academic & Student Experience and Chief Innovation Officer.   

  • 2017-07-25-CiCan-International-Conference

    CiCan Conference

    Olds College Hosts Colleges and Institutes Canada International Conference

    July 23, 2017

Additional Information

Contact Us

For more information contact

 


Randy Butler

Communications Advisor

Phone: (403) 507-7717
Email: rbutler@oldscollege.ca 
Location: Learning Resource Centre, Room 720