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Ontario Celebrates Regional Agri-Food Innovators

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Ontario Celebrates Regional Agri-Food Innovators

Recipients Recognized at Award Ceremony in Baltimore

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 Baltimore 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 Durham Region, Hastings County, Kawartha Lakes County, Muskoka District, Northumberland County and Prince Edward County are:

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Jeff Leal

“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.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Lou Rinaldi

“I am pleased to be a part of today’s celebrations and to have the honour of meeting the innovative recipients of the 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence awards. These are 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.”

Lou Rinaldi

MPP for Northumberland Quinte West

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