Patrick Machacek - Olds College, Vice President, Development and Strategy
Patrick Machacek serves as Olds College's Vice President, Development and Strategy, which includes the Olds College Smart Farm: a 2,500 acre living lab that provides the agriculture sector with a venue for commercial scale applied research, product development and demonstration focused on accelerating agriculture technology and agri-food innovation. It is attracting investment and engagement from companies ranging from multi-national ag and tech companies to SMEs. During the past 30 months, the Olds College Smart Farm has generated investments in excess of $25 million and delivered 18 agriculture technology research projects in areas of study such as: autonomous ag, on-farm data collection and utilization, regenerative agriculture, and precision ag. At the same time, the Smart Farm serves as a cutting-edge learning environment for students, producers and the agriculture sector, and provides Olds College students with a hands-on learning experience centred on the future of ag and technology that is positioned apart from all other programs offered in Canada.