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Ontario Celebrates Agri-Food Innovators in Northwest Ontario

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Ontario Celebrates Agri-Food Innovators in Northwest Ontario

Province Honouring Award Recipients

Ontario is recognizing the work of local agri-food innovators whose ideas and passion strengthen their businesses, grow the agri-food sector, boost the economy and create jobs.

2016 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recipients are being recognized for their contributions to boosting economic growth in Ontario by creating new products that help to support job creation, add value to existing products and support a sustainable environment.

The award recipients from Northwest Ontario are:

Award recipients are also helping Ontario meet the Premier's Agri-Food Growth Challenge by supporting the province's efforts to double the growth rate of the agri-food sector and create 120,000 jobs by 2020.

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, established to recognize and foster agri-food innovation across the province.
  • In 2016, 50 award recipients were recognized, including the top Premier’s Award, Minister’s Award, and three Leaders in Innovation award winners.
  • Since 2007, a total of 475 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 790,000 jobs and contributes more than $36.4 billion towards the province’s GDP.
  • Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector remains strong with the presence of more than 3,800 companies, 96,600 jobs across the province.

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“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 continued economic growth.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“I am pleased to congratulate the innovative recipients of the 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence from the Northwest. These projects- the Cloverbelt Food Co-Op in Dryden and My Pride Farm in Thunder Bay- are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector succeed with projects that are benefitting not only their business and their local communities, but Ontario as a whole and helping to grow a promising Agri-Food industry here in Northwestern Ontario.”

Michael Gravelle

MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Recognizing the recipients of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation is a great reminder of the creativity, dedication and hard work that goes into helping ensure that Ontario remains a world leader in the agri-food sector. I am proud to have the opportunity to recognize My Pride Farm in my riding of Thunder Bay-Atikokan and the Cloverbelt Food Co-op in Dryden who serve to highlight the significant contributions and potential that exists in Northwestern Ontario.”

Bill Mauro

MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

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