Digital Plenary Event
August 9, 2021 – 7 p.m.
With our ongoing commitment to flexibility for our stakeholders, we expanded AgSmart to include the Plenary sessions and On-Demand educational videos via a digital platform. This will allow for engagement from those who are unable to be onsite for the live event. The digital sessions are complimentary for all to access.
With Support From
Opening Plenary – Presented by AgExpert
Are you ready for the future of farming?
How to boost your bottom line with data and digital tech.
Join us for a chat with Dr. Alex Melnitchouck, Chief Technology Officer of the Olds College Smart Farm. Alex will show you how switching to digitization now can get you a big return on your technology investment.
Hosted by Krista Kilback, Manager of Marketing and Sales, FCC AgExpert
Plenary Session – Presented by TELUS Agriculture
Rural connectivity matters: connecting our farms for growth
Advanced technology and data are driving the future of agriculture. Key to unlocking this future is rural connectivity. Join Neil Van Seters, VP of Global Products – Agribusiness at TELUS Agriculture, to learn how TELUS is supporting rural connectivity, including an innovative experiment on the Olds College Smart Farm, what’s needed to connect rural Canada, and how connected farms and 5G can drive better profitability, efficiencies and sustainability.
Plenary Session – Thrive by SVG Ventures
Advancing the Future of Agriculture in Alberta Through Innovation
In the last decade, there has been a boom in food and agricultural innovations to keep up with changing environmental and consumer trends. Every day, there are advancements in automation, animal health tech, controlled environment ag, next-gen foods, and more. But are farmers and producers actually adopting these new technologies? Alberta’s leaders in agricultural innovation convene to listen to the voice of the farmer and discuss their plans to support Albertan producers as new technologies and challenges continue to emerge.
Plenary Session – Olds College
The Olds College Smart Ag Ecosystem…where we are and how did we get here?
Olds College’s Smart Ag Ecosystem encompasses our Smart Farm, smart ag applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship programming, and ag technology academic programming to create a place for producers, industry partners, SMEs, students and faculty to look at the opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture industry and investigate solutions to transform agriculture for a better world.
This session will include key members of the College’s Smart Ag Ecosystem and will cover how Olds College identified the gaps related to skill development, training opportunities, knowledge transfer, infrastructure, expert capacity, and entrepreneurial support system required to build a culture of innovation on campus and in the agriculture technology sector in Canada. The presentation will highlight how the Olds College Smart Ag Ecosystem is building its capacity to fill these gaps.