OLDS, AB, April 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Two Canadian colleges—one from Alberta
and one from Ontario—officially signified their intent to deliver
Canada's sole, national post-secondary Brewmaster program by signing a
new east-west partnership agreement today.
By formalizing this agreement, Niagara College has committed to share
its expertise and knowledge with Olds College as it launches the
Brewmaster program in western Canada. Alberta's Olds College and
Ontario's Niagara College will deliver common curriculum and courses
and will use identical infrastructure and brewing equipment to educate
Brewmaster students under terms of the new agreement signed today on
the Olds campus.
"This is an historic day for Olds College as not only do we become the
first teaching brewery in western Canada, but this Brewmaster program
also marks our first new, two-year diploma program in the past five
years," President Dr. H. J. (Tom) Thompson said today. "In Niagara
College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute, we also gain a wonderful
national partner with impeccable credentials and impressive
Dr. Steve Hudson, Acting President of Niagara College, said the
expansion of its Brewmaster program to Olds College is a testament to
the program's success.
"When we created our Canadian Food and Wine Institute, our objective was
to create a Canadian presence focused on food, wine and beer, and
academic programming that can serve as a model for applied education,"
he said. "We are delighted that Olds College approached us to establish
this collaborative relationship. The program has elements of
agriculture, business and hospitality. It is an exceptional program,
and will only grow stronger drawing on Olds' strong agricultural
background and Niagara's strengths in hospitality."
The Olds College teaching brewery will be housed in the Pomeroy Inn and
Suites at Olds College, a hotel and conference centre currently under
construction on the campus. It is expected to be ready to handle the
first class of Brewmaster students beginning in September, 2013.
Olds College Vice-President Academic and Research Dr. Jason Dewling
anticipates the Brewmaster program will deliver a track record of
academic achievement he envisioned from the outset.
"This Brewing Program supports Olds College's on-going efforts to define
and deliver academic uniqueness and performance excellence," he said
today. "Furthermore, I'm pleased that today's national program
agreement delivers clear support for the mission and mandate of the
Canadian Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship at Olds College."
Project teams from both colleges will collaborate on all aspects of
development for the Olds Teaching Brewery to complete installations and
operational testing by the target start-up date.
Based on Niagara College's unprecedented success with its commercial
Teaching Winery, the college launched its two-year Brewmaster and
Brewery Operations Management Diploma program in 2010. Its first class
of about 20 students will graduate in June, 2012.
SOURCE Olds College
For further information:
Jason Dewling, Vice President, Academic & Research,
Olds College (403) 556-8337/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Toby Williams, Project Manager, Canadian Institute for
Rural Entrepreneurship at Olds College (403) 507-7702/
Gordon Hunchak, Director Marketing & Communications
Niagara College (905) 735-2211, ext. 7567/(905) 650-7820