The University of Lethbridge AGILITY program is a new university-wide initiative that has been designed to nurture and support innovation and entrepreneurship among U of L students on both the Lethbridge and Calgary campuses.

AGILITY is a program unique to the University of Lethbridge that builds on the strong foundation of a liberal education while preparing students for life and careers in the 21st century. No other post-secondary institution in Alberta has designed a comprehensive program that provides students access to knowledge about areas of innovation within key sectors of the Canadian economy, and supports students through course work, scholarships and fellowships, faculty and industry mentorship, and innovation and collaboration spaces.

AGILITY draws across all disciplines and Faculties and is focused on providing students with an innovation toolkit that will serve life-long entrepreneurial endeavours and innovation at all levels, and in all sectors, of enterprise. AGILITY equips students with the skills of resilience, responsiveness and adaptability to allow them to keep pace with an evolving labour market, as well as skills that will enable them to tolerate risk and thrive despite change or failure.

One key component of the AGILITY program in its first phase of rollout is a focus on enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of agriculture and agribusiness. With thanks to the generous financial support of Cor Van Raay Farms, the University of Lethbridge has built a program that also responds to our agricultural heritage and the fabric of the southern Alberta landscape.

The AGILITY program is a key pillar in the University’s Destination Project initiative and is poised to advance the position of the University of Lethbridge as a leading institution for experiential learning and preparation for life in the 21st Century. By encouraging and enabling innovation amongst our students, by connecting them to valuable resources both within and outside the university environment, and by celebrating and supporting their entrepreneurial spirit, the University of Lethbridge will continue to produce graduates who will be the thought leaders of tomorrow.

The AGILITY program is based on three interconnected components: knowledge and learning; financial support and incentives; and tools and infrastructure.

Knowledge and Learning

AGILITY will offer an academic experience to ignite an interest in technology, business and social innovation that consists of coursework, focused workshops and public lectures. These sessions will be led by industry leaders from across Canada, University of Lethbridge faculty and alumni, and regional businesspeople who have produced innovations in key sectors of the Western Canadian economy.

Financial Support and Incentives

AGILITY provides scholarships to attract and inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Several awards — the Cor Van Raay Scholarships — will be awarded to students focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in agribusiness and agritech continuing in the Fall of 2016.

Tools and Infrastructure

Through AGILITY, the University of Lethbridge will design, outfit and deliver a series of collaborative, flexible, open spaces for formal and informal learning, access to technology and collaboration. These “innovation zones” are the cornerstone of AGILITY’s applied learning activities. AGILITY spaces facilitate learning through hands-on, self-directed exploration of the latest software, hardware and applications, and they provide a physical location where students can access these tools and technologies for creativity, for advancing new ideas, or simply to gather to share knowledge, resources, or develop ideas.