Partnering for sustainable innovation

Posted: Jun 23, 2021

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Bioenterprise and Verschuren Centre Inc. sign MOU

Guelph ON/Sydney NS, 23 June 2021: Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and the Verschuren Centre Inc. have agreed to collaborate to boost innovation and sustainability. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in support of sustainable innovation in agriculture and the bioeconomy.

For Bioenterprise, the partnership means greater connectivity with opportunities and resources in Canada’s bioeconomy and the possibility of more collaborative initiatives with companies and organizations in Atlantic Canada. These opportunities include access to world-class pilot-scale facilities and technical teams to support process and product optimization.

 “The potential of Canada’s bioeconomy is significant, and with the growing global demand for sustainable innovation across all aspects of business and industry, we are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the Verschuren Centre,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “This partnership strengthens the Engine’s presence in Atlantic Canada and continues our efforts to build a truly national network of resources and expertise  for food and agri-tech innovation in Canada.”

The Verschuren Centre’s expanding client base of industrial biotech companies will gain access to Bioenterprise’s national network of expertise, mentorship and business support services for emerging and growth-oriented companies, as well as potential commercialization partners for innovative research.

“We are thrilled to expand our national engagement by partnering with Bioenterprise to continue building the exciting and rapidly evolving Canadian bioeconomy,” says Dr. Beth Mason, CEO of the Verschuren Centre. “Together, we can help accelerate some incredibly exciting small and medium-sized Canadian businesses to effect positive change on the global landscape.”

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.

The Verschuren Centre Inc., was established to support a transition to a green and circular economy through the commercialization of innovative clean technologies. The Centre has a team of experts alongside large scale piloting capacity in key areas to help companies advance their clean technology and accelerate uptake in manufacturing and primary production industries. Areas of specialty include industrial and agriculture bioprocessing, carbon and polymer materials, thermal energy transitioning & storage and climate mitigation in aquaculture. Through the Centre’s collaborative approach and cutting edge pilot-scale test facilities, clients can grow and retain their IP, while connecting with partners, markets and business development support to reach commercial scale. Learn more at


For more information:
Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise, or 519-821-2960
Beth Mason, Verschuren Centre, or 902-563-1182

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