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Recognizing Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in Thunder Bay

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Recognizing Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in Thunder Bay

Ontario Government Presents Honours to Local Innovators

Ontario is celebrating local innovators who are contributing to the success of the province's agri-food sector.

The regional recipients of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were celebrated and honoured today at a ceremony in Thunder Bay for their contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing products, helping support job creation, and building economic growth in Ontario. The award recipients in the Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming districts are:

Supporting innovation in the province's agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, a total of 50 regional agri-food innovation awards were announced across the province.
  • Since 2007, a total of 375 producers, processors and agri-food organizations received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector supports farmers, communities and the economy - employing more than 760,000 Ontarians and contributing over $34 billion to the province’s economy.

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Bill Mauro

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to congratulate each of the award recipients today, and in particular, Boreal Birch Syrup of Murillo in my riding. It’s through their ideas, creativity, dedication and hard work that we are helping ensure that Northern Ontario remains a world leader in the agri-food sector.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Jeff Leal

“I congratulate this year’s winners of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Their commitment to creative ideas strengthens Ontario’s world-class agri-food sector and positions our province for economic growth.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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