Meet the Winners of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation

Ontario is recognizing the work of local innovators whose ideas and passion are helping grow and strengthen the province’s agri-food sector.

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes the innovative contributions of producers, processors, agri-food organizations and rural communities in Ontario. Their innovations improve existing products, create new jobs and grow Ontario’s economy.


Since 2007, the program has received more than 1,700 nominations, with $4.25 million distributed to 525 award-winning innovators — including yours truly! We’re proud to have received the award in 2016 for our work in developing innovation market readiness assessment tools, including EAT: The Experience Assessment Tool.

?Year after year, these awards showcase outstanding individuals across the province whose innovative ideas are helping grow Ontario�s agri-food sector for today and tomorrow. I�d like to congratulate this year�s recipients and thank them for their commitment to strengthening Ontario�s world-class agri-food sector and positioning our province for continued economic growth,” said the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

In 2017, 50 award recipients were recognized, including the top Premier’s Award, Minister’s Award, and three Leaders in Innovation award winners.


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