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Bioenterprise – CENGN collaboration supports digital innovation and commercialization

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Guelph/Ottawa, 29 JUNE 2021 – Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, are joining together to advance digital technology innovation and commercialization.

With Canadian society overall becoming more reliant on connectivity and digital technology, this new collaboration will help Bioenterprise harness CENGN’s technical expertise, talent and strong ecosystem of partners for the advancement of the food and agri-tech sector, a key driver of national economic growth.

The new partnership will give CENGN, an organization that delivers commercialization services to Canadian tech start-ups and scale-ups, greater access to opportunities in Canada’s burgeoning agri-food sector, an industry that is adopting digital and advanced networking technology at a rapid pace on farms and in food and agri-businesses across the country.

“We welcome this new collaboration with CENGN, which will help connect their expertise and resources in the technology sector with the Engine’s national food and agri-tech network,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “Digital technology and networks are an essential building block for the future of the agri-food sector and by working together with CENGN, we hope to help more small and medium-size businesses in our sector connect, innovate and grow.”

“Partnering with Bioenterprise presents a great opportunity for CENGN in our continued efforts to advance tech innovation and adoption in the Canadian agriculture sector,” says Jean-Charles Fahmy, President and CEO of CENGN.  “CENGN welcomes Bioenterprise as a member, recognizing the organization’s leadership and success in fostering the growth of Canadian businesses that amplify the effectiveness, safety, and positive environmental impact of agriculture in Canada.”

Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit to learn more.

CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through its test bed, technical expertise, talent development and partner ecosystem to enable its vision of advancing global technology innovation for the prosperity of all Canadians. The organization facilitates collaboration between tech businesses, industry leaders, academia and government. Visit for more information.


Dave Smardon
Chief Executive Officer

Rick Penwarden
Senior Manager, Communications
CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
613-963-1200 ex:329