OTTAWA, ON – Bioenterprise Corporation, a national, non-profit agri-technology business accelerator is the recipient of BIOTECanada’s Gold Leaf Award for Ecosystem Builder for its demonstrated leadership, showing significant contributions to the Canadian biotech ecosystem through its engagement and responsibility.
The award recognizes organizations involved in attracting investment, commercializing innovation, and establishing globally competitive Canadian companies that will provide long term, highly skilled employment opportunities for Canadians. An ecosystem builder is an organization that has distinguished itself through its contributions to Canadian communities beyond their respective business and economic impact.
“Bioenterprise is dedicated to building our capacity to assist early stage, agri-businesses by bridging the commercialization gaps in the ag economy, spurring additional investment, and serving as a one-stop shop for innovative agri-tech companies,” says Dave Smardon, President and CEO of Bioenterprise Corporation. “The companies we are helping to advance to market not only foster the development of economic and commercial growth in Canada, but are providing meaningful solutions to some of the greatest global challenges we face today and as our population continues to grow.” adds Smardon.
On hand to present Bioenterprise with their award was Andrew Casey, President and CEO of BIOTECanada; the Honourable Kelvin Ogilvie, Senator; the Honourable Judith Seidman, Senator; Mr. Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph; Mr. John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville, and Ms. Carol Hughes, Member of Parliament, Assistant Deputy Speaker.
From left to right: The Honourable Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Senator; The Honourable Judith Seidman, Senator; Andrew Casey, President & CEO, BIOTECanada; Jennifer Kalanda, Marketing Manager, Bioenterprise Corporation; Mr. John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville; Ms. Carol Hughes, Member of Parliament, Assistant Deputy Speaker; Mr. Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
“Biotech innovation has already significantly changed the way we grow and consume food, allowing us to create drought- and disease-resistant plants, and crops as well as fruits and vegetables with increased nutritional value and shelf life. However, innovators need more than a good idea. They need investment capital, talent and mentoring to take a great innovation and make it commercially viable. In this context, accelerators such as Bioenterprise are key players in the Canadian ecosystem, offering biotech entrepreneurs and SMEs expertise in bringing ideas to market and creating globally competitive, scalable ag-biotech Canadian companies,” says Andrew Casey, President and CEO of BIOTECanada.
As a celebration of Canadian innovation, BIOTECanada’s Gold Leaf Awards program is an opportunity to recognize both companies and individuals who have contributed to the biotech industry. Launched in 2001, these prestigious awards are given annually by Canada’s national biotechnology industry association, BIOTECanada. The Awards’ importance to the recipients and the industry more broadly, has grown significantly over the years. The remarkable individuals and companies recognized through the Gold Leaf Awards are leading examples of the core strengths of Canada’s biotech ecosystem.
About Bioenterprise Corporation
Bioenterprise Corporation is a national, non-profit business accelerator offering commercialization services to support the creation, growth and expansion of businesses in the agricultural technology sector. Since 2003, Bioenterprise has focused exclusively on agri-technology, providing companies with scientific and technical expertise, industry knowledge, business services and global connections. Bioenterprise is funded through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. www.bioenterprise.ca
BIOTECanada is the national industry association with over 200 members located nation wide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors. In addition to providing significant health benefits for Canadians, the biotechnology industry has quickly become an essential part of the transformation of many traditional cornerstones of the Canadian economy including manufacturing, automotive, energy, aerospace and forestry industries.
Jennifer Kalanda, Marketing Manager