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Industry Collaborations and Partners

AG-Bio Centre

AG-Bio Centre

For 17 years, AG-Bio Centre has been supporting the growth of more than 300 startups and SME’s in the agri-food, biotechnology and environmental science sectors by providing entrepreneurial guidance based on an open innovation approach and backed by a network of experts in business and research. Located in Levis –in the Quebec City area, Ag-Bio Centre is growing rapidly and is now looking forward to expand his network nationally and internationally. Ag-Bio Centre is the only business incubator-accelerator specialized in the agribusiness that is officially recognized by the provincial and federal governments. Our provincial network is well in place and we believe that we can contribute to the Bioenterprise community while benefiting from his initiatives and collaborative philosophy. Learn more by visiting www.agbiocentre.com. 

Contact AG- Bio Centre at info@agbiocentre.com.



BIO|FOOD|TECH is a confidential, contract research, processing and analytical services company which provides specialized services to companies and entrepreneurs in both the food and bioprocessing sectors. The professional team is made up of food scientists and technologists, microbiologists, engineers and technologists.  BIO|FOOD|TECH's Concept to Pilot to Market support for innovation involves prototype development, scale-up and manufacturing in its CFIA-registered pilot plants. Over 100 clients are assisted by BIO|FOOD|TECH each year. The accredited Lab Services Division assists companies every day with analysis to enable export of their products internationally. Food production /safety workshops are regularly scheduled for industry registrants; Artisan Workshops training is made available for food and beverage artisans, upon requests. Learn more by visiting www.biofoodtech.ca 

British Columbia Innovation Council


British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. BCIC accelerates technology commercialization by supporting start-ups and developing entrepreneurs. With their partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. Learn more by visiting www.bcic.ca

Canada's Smartest Kitchen


For food companies of all sizes, Canada¹s Smartest Kitchen¹s multidisciplinary team creates better tasting food products tested by consumers. Their proprietary SMART Process for food product development supports startups and multinationals alike with a customizable suite of services that can inject value at any stage in a product¹s pathway to market. Under the creative leadership of Peter Crooks, Executive Director, the team has established an internationally recognized network of industry professionals. With sought-after expertise ranging from in-depth retail category experience to export readiness, this strategic network provides invaluable insight to de-risk the product development process. Learn more by visiting www.smartestkitchen.ca



EMILI - Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative - is a CEO-led not-for-profit, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, combining Canada’s industrial strengths in agriculture and artificial intelligence and machine learning (together, “AI”). EMILI seeks to accelerate the development of AI technologies for the agricultural sector and embed them in Canadian companies; transforming the capabilities of Canadian agricultural firms and propelling Canada to the pinnacle of global leadership in both agriculture and AI. EMILI is a commercially-developed, globally competitive supercluster with a co-investment model that will leverage over $521 million in funding to grow Canadian companies; including linkages with NRC’s $60M planned advanced manufacturing centre in Winnipeg. EMILI is designed to increase business R&D, enhance competitiveness and productivity of traditional firms, as well as foster growth of new companies/jobs across all sub-sectors of the agriculture economy and all regions of Canada. Learn more by visiting www.emilicanada.com.

Food Starter

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Food Starter is a not-for-profit food business incubator helping food and beverage innovators of all kinds, from pre-revenue entrepreneurs to growing small and medium-sized businesses, to commercialize new products and grow their businesses. The Food Commercialization Program helps entrepreneurs take food ideas to market quickly and profitably. The program consists of a 3-staged training and support program that helps food entrepreneurs through every stage of their business' development. Learn more by visiting www.foodstarter.ca.

Genome Atlantic

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Genome Atlantic is a not-for-profit corporation that helps Atlantic Canada reap the economic and social benefits of genomics and other ‘omics technologies.  With a mission to ‘create good things from life’, Genome Atlantic is the region’s only organization that uses DNA-related solutions to help businesses grow. Working with a broad range of partners, and as part of a national network of genome centres, Genome Atlantic has enabled more than $90 million in genomics-driven R&D solutions in Atlantic Canada’s agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries, energy, the environment, forestry, human health, and mining sectors. Learn more by visiting: www.genomeatlantic.ca.

Grain Farmers of Ontario


Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover over 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province. Learn more by visiting www.gfo.ca.

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

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The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre is a focal point for your entrepreneurial endeavors in Central Ontario.  Based at Georgian College in Barrie, the Centre offers students and community-based entrepreneurs, services and supports to help speed their business ideas to the marketplace. 
The Centre provides entrepreneurial training, connections, access to funding, and mentoring which help entrepreneurs clear the business and technology hurdles they may face.  The Centre is linked to many partners in the region and beyond that can broaden the support to reach strategic partners and advisors to entrepreneurs as they transition from concept to startup to first customer and beyond. Our promise: Further, Faster. Learn more by visiting: www.georgiancollege.ca



Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization, working to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of the business model. Innovacorp also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and oceans technology. Learn more by visiting www.innovacorp.ca

Innovation Stockyard


Innovation Stockyard is a business incubator located in St. Joseph, Missouri. Situated where the highest concentration of Animal Health Corridor companies reside, Innovation Stockyard offers strong expertise and a unique specialization in animal health ideas, but can also provide support services for any innovation across the biotechnology spectrum. Utilizing their one-on-one approach to test, develop and prepare new ideas for market launch, this organization is dedicated to giving new innovations their best chance for success. Both their team and board members have extensive animal health industry experience in all aspects of business management and scientific research, with the added benefit of managing a 25,000 sq. ft. on Missouri Western State University’s campus. The Innovation Stockyard team provides support and assistance to emerging companies through a comprehensive suite of technical and business services. Learn more by visiting www.innovationstockyard.com

Lambton College

Lambton College

In support of bioprocess technology development and optimization, Lambton College’s Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre performs collaborative applied research projects and contracted fee-for-service analyses to deliver its partners direct assistance in advancing biochemicals, biomaterials, and modern bioprocesses. Providing access to funding, technical expertise, and a robust array of labs and equipment, the Centre offers Canadian SMEs in industrial biotechnology the resources they need to commercialize innovative processes and novel technologies. By also presenting experiential learning and employment opportunities for Lambton College’s students to work one-on-one with industry personnel, the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre is growing the professional knowledge and skills base of the next generation of Canada’s workforce in the industrial biotechnology sector. Learn more by visiting www.lambtoncollege.ca

Niagara College


Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors, and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. Teams conduct projects that deliver innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small- and medium-sized businesses. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. Learn more by visiting www.ncinnovation.ca


NSF International

NSF International

NSF International in Canada provides expertise and accredited food services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, quality management software, retail and restaurants. NSF offers expert auditing, consulting and training across all areas of food safety. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, food package testing, and product and process development. Learn more by visiting www.nsfcanada.ca

Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc.


Nutrasource is a full-service contract research organization and consulting firm specializing in health products. With 100+ employees in four offices across three countries, our experienced team partners with sponsors to bring products to market through strategic product development, regulatory and clinical trial consulting and analytical and bioanalytical testing. Learn more by visiting www.nutrasource.ca.

Ontario Genomics 

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Ontario Genomics [formerly “Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)”] connects companies, researchers, and policymakers to support the early stages of genomics technologies’ move from the lab to solve real world problems in the clinics and industry. We aim to understand both the challenges and opportunities in the agricultural, and other, sectors, and work with you to find innovative solutions to address these needs.  Learn more about how Ontario Genomics can help your business or contact Elaine Corbett, Senior Manager, Business Development & Research. Ontario Genomics is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and is a provincial node for the federal granting agency, Genome Canada. Learn more by visiting www.ontariogenomics.ca



Perennia Food and Agricultural Inc. is a provincial development agency with the mandate to provide technical and specialized services to the agri-food and seafood sectors. Located in Truro/ Bible Hill, Kentville and Halifax Regional Municipality we are Nova Scotia's only development agency focused solely on our food sector and maximizing its value. Our 40-person team includes specialists in crops, livestock, quality and food safety, seafood, product development, analytical services, and pilot scale processing. The Perennia team' number one goal is helping food-related companies grow and take advantage of new opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. We are objective, innovative, problem solvers. Learn more by visiting www.perennia.ca.

Prince Edward Island ADAPT Council


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The PEI ADAPT Council works collaboratively with the Island’s agri-entrepreneurs to foster rural economic development by expanding the sustainable production, manufacturing and distribution of Island agricultural products.  By investing in the commercialization of new agricultural products and business expansion opportunities, ADAPT provides a broader role than the traditional early-stage business support model. Learn more by visiting www.peiadapt.com

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech


The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a non-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbortsford and Chilliwack). As a consortium, SRCTec understands the necessary infrastructure and programs required within the Region, in order to create jobs, foster innovation and drive skilled training.  SRCTec is committed to the technology-led economic and educational development of the region. Learn more by visiting www.srctec.org

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