Meet Denise Dewar: Innovation Advisor (Crop Agriculture, Value Chain and Regulatory Affairs)


Denise brings a wealth of industry insight and personal experience in crop agriculture to advise companies looking to bring new products to the Canadian marketplace.  She works 1-on-1 with the innovative thinkers of Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, advising on matters from strategic business connections to detailed regulatory considerations.


Denise is no stranger to advancing agricultural innovations. Throughout her career, she has supported companies in obtaining regulatory permits at all levels of government, in Canada and beyond. Her work over the years with multinational corporations, farm groups, non-profit organisations, and technological associations has allowed many agricultural innovations to be marketed nationally and scaled for export.


Location: St. Thomas, ON


What is one fun fact about you?

I got married on October 2nd, 2021! My husband moved from Washington DC to Canada, and we are creating the next chapter of our lives in Canada.

What is your connection to food and/or agriculture?

I studied Agriculture at the University of Guelph and have a Masters in Crop Science. I’m an Aggie! I’ve been working in crop agriculture for more than 25 years.

What is your favourite part about working at Bioenterprise?

I really enjoy connecting with new innovators & entrepreneurs in agriculture. It’s exciting to hear the new and interesting ideas that are being explored in Canadian agriculture.

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

I would love to play the guitar! I have a good singing voice, and it would be fun to play guitar and entertain friends & family.

Heard any good advice lately?

The best way to predict your future is to create it.” ― Abraham Lincoln

What meal or dessert is a family favourite in your household?

My husband is a chef!! I am spoiled. He won my family over with his famous Peach Cobbler dessert.

What do you think is the future of agriculture?

Governments around the world, including Canada and the US have set net-zero GHG emissions for agriculture by 2050. This will re-focus innovation and research in new ways, and at the same time it will be important for agriculture to continue to increase productivity. International experts predict there will be 10 billion people on the planet by 2050. Canada is a major contributor to feeding the world. We will need to continue to increase our productivity while reducing emissions. There is much work ahead for us

Learn more about Denise and the rest of the Bioenterprise team here

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