National agri-food innovation network adds new partners in Manitoba 

Bioenterprise Canada has expanded its footprint in Manitoba by welcoming two new partners to Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine.

The University of Manitoba (UM), home of the Richardson Centre for Food Technology and Research, and Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM) have both become Knowledge & Development Partners in the Engine.

“We are excited to expand our presence in Manitoba and in Western Canada through our new agreements with the University of Manitoba and Bioscience Association of Manitoba,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon. “Manitoba has tremendous depth in the agri-food sector and a strong research and innovation ecosystem, and we look forward to exploring the new avenues of collaboration this partnership will bring to the Engine’s network across Canada.”

The Richardson Centre for Food Technology and Research is a state-of-the-art facility on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus that connects researchers from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences with the food and agriculture value chain by engaging in collaborative research and development activities. The Centre focuses on advancing food quality and human nutrition through traditional and innovative food processing techniques.

Bioscience Association Manitoba is a non-profit organization supporting its 110 members across the province as the voice of Manitoba’s bioscience industry. Targeting agricultural biotechnology, health biotechnology and cleantech biotechnology, BAM extends valuable resources and training opportunities to its members to help the sector improve skills, enhance research and development, and achieve commercial success.

Bioenterprise Canada brings two decades of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, funders and investors, government, and industry partners to help businesses in the agri-food sector nationwide connect, innovate, and grow.

The organization is marking its 20th anniversary in 2023 and celebrating its evolution from an early focus on building a bioeconomy and finding bio-based energy resources to support a transition away from fossil fuels to today’s focus on sustainability, food security and climate change solutions.

Two years ago, Bioenterprise launched Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine with a vision of creating a truly national and united innovation ecosystem for the sector. Since then, Bioenterprise has been building collaborations and welcoming partners from across Canada under the shared vision of strengthening food and agri-tech innovation nationwide.

“It’s long been our vision to create an agri-food innovation environment that is more collaborative, more cooperative and more national. I’m incredibly proud of the fantastic progress we’ve made over the last two and a half years to build and grow that network, and I appreciate organizations like our new partners in Manitoba becoming part of it,” says Smardon. “By bringing people and organizations together through the Engine, we can harness the innovative spirit and growth potential of our agriculture and agri-food sector for the benefit of all Canadians.”

Bioenterprise Canada currently has over 350 members and partners nationwide, with six locations, 13 innovation advisors and 20 Science and Innovation Advisory Committee members.