Mountain View County Pledges Support to Olds College’s Werklund Agriculture Institute

June 15, 2017


Mountain View County Pledges Support to Olds College’s Werklund Agriculture Institute

June 15, 2017

One of Olds College’s strongest supporters has once again committed to supporting Olds College students, programs and the viability of central Alberta.  Mountain View County (MVC) has pledged its support to the College’s Beyond campaign through a $500,000 donation towards the Werklund Agriculture Institute (WAI).

“WAI at Olds College will be a hub for leadership, education, and applied research in smart agriculture, and will be the world’s premier destination for an integrated agriculture leadership learning experience.” explains Tanya McDonald, Vice President of Advancement at Olds College. “This gift from MVC will utilize the matching component of the $16M donation made by David Werklund and Susan Norman in March of this year.”

One of the unique elements of the learning experience within WAI is the Producer Mentor Program (PMP), in which students will partner with world class agriculture producers in a full year-long cycle of agriculture production. Students will be engaged in the application of smart agriculture practices, data gathering, analysis and critical decision making. A significant portion of the PMP will include production competitions which will take place annually. Thanks to the support of MVC on this project, this dedicated aspect of the WAI will be named as the “Mountain View County Production Competition Program”.

"We do believe that there is a role for government to invest in education and for government to support the efforts of the private sector and private individuals when they do the same,” explains Bruce Beattie, Reeve of Mountain View County. “These public – private partnerships can be beneficial in providing the programming and infrastructure necessary to deliver the educational components that ensure today’s and tomorrow’s learners are prepared for the ever-evolving world of modern agriculture".

This generous gift elevates Mountain View County’s lifetime giving total to over $1 Million. The County is now recognized at the Founder’s level for donating.  Past support from Mountain View County has been allocated to student awards, the expansion of the National Meat Training Centre, and our Heavy Equipment Operator program.

“On behalf of Olds College, I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to Mountain View County for investing in Olds College, our students, and the future of Canadian agriculture by supporting smart agriculture,” states Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, President of Olds College. “The support that we have received from MVC is a testament to the strong partnership between our College and the County and to our shared values and commitment towards agriculture, community and economic development.”

Through the Beyond campaign, Olds College has set out to raise $40M to support world-class facilities, programming and partnerships that will create an enhanced student experience. The College’s goal is to raise this money by 2020, in support of four main projects, including The WAI, The Animal Health Education Centre, The Hub: Integrated Learning Commons, and The Community Wellness Campus. More information on the Beyond campaign can be found at

About Olds College - Olds College is the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Olds College first opened its doors in 1913, and now includes programming that covers Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Land & Water, Fashion, Business, Hospitality & Tourism, and Trades & Apprenticeships.

About Mountain View County – Incorporated in 1961, Mountain View County is a rural central Alberta municipality that straddles the Queen Elizabeth II Highway corridor and has a population of over 13,000.

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