The Calgary-Olds Smart Agri-Food Corridor is a leading smart agri-food corridor in Canada. A unique partnership between Calgary Economic Development and Olds College, the corridor leverages Calgary’s global corporate presence and distribution hub with Olds College's Smart Farm applied research pillar and integrated learning. Through the corridor, companies and entrepreneurs have access to a world-class agribusiness environment that supports the development and scaling of new technologies designed to drive innovation in smart agri-food production.
The Calgary-Olds Smart Agri-Food Corridor offers proximity to a major urban centre with direct access to a significant agriculture base. Surrounded on all sides by agricultural lands, Calgary bridges the urban/rural gap and gives companies direct access to large-scale agricultural operations. With Olds College located only 45 minutes from downtown Calgary, the Corridor offers direct access to more than 2,800 acres as a living lab for agri-food and agtech development. With one of Canada’s busiest airports, two Class 1 railroads, and road access to key North American and international markets, Calgary is an ideal distribution hub for firms to sell their products globally to millions of consumers. Within a one-day drive, you can access a market of more than 11 million customers and rail transit from West Coast ports averages only 48 hours. Alberta exports primary and processed agricultural and food products to over 150 countries.
Robust agribusiness ecosystem
The Corridor provides companies and entrepreneurs access to a world-class agriculture environment that supports the development, scaling and commercialization of new technologies throughout the food value chain. The region has dedicated agricultural colleges and training institutions, giving access to top talent in Canada for ag and a specialized workforce. Presence of anchor firms who are key decision makers in the industry, employers of high-value jobs and are leaders in agricultural innovation.
Innovation ecosystem support
Meet some of the organizations supporting innovation ecosystem growth in agribusiness across Calgary and Alberta.
Innovation is happening here
There are a tremendous amount of innovative players in this space. See what innovation is happening here:
Revolutionizing the livestock industry. AeroFodder aeroponically produces high-quality, nutritious feeds and the technology required to grow them. They are collaborating with SAIT and Olds College to produce some of the best feeds available on the market.
Turning waste into … mushrooms. With the support of the Olds College Centre for Innovation and the ATREK Fund, Ceres Solutions up-cycles the by products from the beer brewing process into gourmet mushrooms and livestock feed.
All of your farm. All in one place. Recently acquired by TELUS, Decisive Farming offers collaborative, whole-farm management solutions that empower customers to organize tasks, allocate resources and perform farm activities more efficiently.
Empowering the community to think and act differently about food. Deepwater Farms provides the highest quality, sustainable, aquaponically grown and freshest product to local restaurants and grocery stores.
Harnessing the power of insects. Enterra manufactures and markets sustainable, insect-based feed ingredients. Their feed products provide a natural alternative to unsustainable or resource-intensive ingredients normally used.
Livestock Water Recycling
Innovation grows here. Livestock Water Recycling is the world’s leading provider of manure treatment technology. They work with farms around the world to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, concentrate and segregate nutrients for strategic fertilizer application, and recycle clean, reusable water.
Olds College Smart Farm
Farm of the future. Olds College’s Smart Farm is a digital connected demonstration farm using smart connected equipment for hands-on development, integration and testing of new agriculture technology and practices. Learn more about the innovation and projects happening here
Farming reimagined. The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, allowing tasks to be complete autonomously and farmers to focus on operations.
Cultivating fresh produce for all. InFarm distributes its smart modular farms throughout urban environments to offer an alternative food system solution that is both affordable and transparent.
Lovingly Made Ingredients
Great tasting, high protein results. Lovingly Made Ingredients’ aim is to use local resources and produce great tasting food ingredients in the most sustainable way possible.
Growing tomorrow’s future, today. NuLeaf Farms is an indoor farming technology company utilizing advanced vertical farming technology to make healthy, locally grown foods accessible to all.
Team Calgary partners
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