Ontario Celebrates Regional Agri-Food Innovators
Recipients Recognized at Award Ceremony in London
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 London 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 Brant, Chatham-Kent, Norfolk and Oxford County are:
- 971082 Ontario Inc. - Merlin
- Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery - Waterford
- Bright Cheese & Butter - Bright
- Celmar Dairy Ltd. - Norwich
- Lakeside Game Farm - Lakeside
- Streef Produce Limited - Princeton
- TVF Farms Inc. - Chatham
- VG Meats - Simcoe
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 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.”