Bioenterprise continues to solidify its reputation as the go-to organization in the Canadian agri- technology landscape.
The organization most recently hosted a delegation from a regional economic development agency in the Netherlands, and earlier this spring, participated in a mission to China to showcase opportunities for direct foreign investment in Canada.
Oost NL is the economic development agency in the eastern part of the Netherlands known for Food Valley (Wageningen University and its business cluster) and Health Valley (the Nijmegen Region), as well as strong contract research institutes. Representatives from the agency met with Bioenterprise and other Guelph-based organizations in conjunction with their recent trip to Toronto for Health Week.
The goal of these meetings was to build connections between Canadian and Dutch companies to help build and strengthen business relationships in the wake of the new Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, and Canada becoming a member of EUREKA. EUREKA is an international network for market-driven industrial R&D that boasts more than 40 members from around the world.
“We’re proud to be recognized internationally as the go-to organization for agri-technology in Canada, and are always pleased to participate in opportunities that allow us to showcase Canadian technology, innovation and expertise to visitors from around the globe,” says Bioenterprise CEO, Dave Smardon.
In March, Bioenterprise’s Senior Innovation Advisor, Dr. John Kelly travelled to China to support the Canadian Embassy in Beijing with its efforts to promote Canadian investment opportunities and raise Canada’s profile. Kelly delivered keynote presentations to more than 300 delegates, participated in meetings with embassy staff and Chinese officials, and took a leading role in highlighting investment, business development, and the research and development capacities of Canadian universities, as well as the numerous agricultural clusters across the country.
Kelly took part in meetings with Chinese government, research institutions, companies and industry organizations that have resulted in follow-up interaction between Chinese participants, Bioenterprise, and other companies. Bioenterprise also supported three accompanying companies from across Canada in their commercialization efforts including British Columbia-based Ecovatec Solutions Inc., Prairie Tide Chemicals Inc. from Saskatchewan and A&L Canada Laboratories Inc. based in Ontario. These interactions support continued foreign direct investment in Canada.
“These types of missions are immensely important for Canada to build its global innovation profile, and we welcome opportunities to support the federal government and our representatives abroad in raising the profile of Canada and our expertise and capacity in agriculture,” said Kelly.
About Bioenterprise Corporation
Bioenterprise Corporation is a national, non-profit business accelerator offering commercialization services to support the growth and expansion of businesses in the agri- technology sector. Since 2003, Bioenterprise has advanced agri-businesses by providing scientific and technical expertise, industry knowledge, business services, and global connections.
Bioenterprise Corporation 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 the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.