Ontario Celebrates Regional Agri-Food Innovators
Recipients Recognized at Award Ceremony in Cambridge
Ontario is recognizing and celebrating local agri-food innovators whose ideas and projects are strengthening the province's agri-food sector.
The regional recipients of the 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured during a ceremony in Cambridge today for their contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing products, supporting a sustainable environment, helping support job creation, and boosting economic growth in Ontario.
The award recipients in Grey County, Perth County, Simcoe County, Waterloo Region and Wellington County are:
- Beef Improvement Ontario (BIO) - Elora
- Best Baa Dairy - Fergus
- Bighead Hops - Meaford
- Clear Valley Hops - Collingwood
- Escarpment Laboratories - Guelph
- Harvest Hop & Malt - Guelph
- Jewels Under the Kilt - Fergus
- Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency - Guelph
- Paul Bechtel - Baden
- Perth County Ingredients - St. Marys
- Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) - Guelph
- Stratford & District Agricultural Society - Stratford
- The New Farm - Creemore
Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- In 2015, 50 award recipients will be recognized, including the top Premier’s Award, Minister’s Award, and three Leaders in Innovation award winners.
- Since 2007, a total of 425 producers, processors and agri-food organizations have received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
- Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 780,000 jobs and contributes more than $34 billion towards the province’s GDP.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,300 businesses that employ over 95,000 people across the province.
“Ontario is known for its leading-edge agri-food sector that continues to grow and foster new innovation and ideas. The 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recipients demonstrate creative and ingenious ideas and business concepts. By investing in the success of people and a dynamic and innovative business climate, our government is helping drive the sector’s growth and position Ontario for economic success both at home and abroad.”
“I’m so proud to be part of today’s celebration and honoured to meet the entrepreneurial recipients of the 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Each year, I am blown away by the fresh ideas our farmers come up with to make Ontario even better. These are creative individuals who are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector succeed with projects that are benefitting not only businesses and local communities, but Ontario as a whole.”