Alberta colleges and polytechnics create agriculture and food research collaborative
By sharing data, expertise and research capabilities, partner institutions aim to collectively enhance agriculture and food research, and support the evolution of policy and advocacy for the industry.
Seven of Alberta’s colleges and polytechnics have signed a declaration to collaborate to advance agriculture and food research in Alberta. The new partnership includes the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Olds College, Grande Prairie Regional College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, Medicine Hat College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
“Individually Alberta’s Colleges and Polytechnics play a critical role in supporting agriculture and food research, collectively our impact is even greater,” says Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College.
“In 2020, Alberta’s agri-food sector was a $56 billion industry and is the largest employer in Alberta. It will continue to be a foundational industry for our region’s economic success and while our institutions are already doing much to collaborate in support of its growth and prosperity, this declaration further solidifies our intent to work in an integrated fashion.”
A commitment to collaborate with industry as co-leaders in building the economy is an institutional priority within SAIT’s 2020-2025 strategic plan, New World. New Thinking. Learn more about applied research and how SAIT is working with industry to solve the issues of today, while developing the innovations of tomorrow.