In­no­va­tion theme of Ru­ral Sum­mit

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In­no­va­tion will be one of the main themes of the March 22 and 23 Ru­ral Busi­ness Sum­mit at the Col­lège d’Al­fred.

Visit www.som­metaffaires­ru­ for more in­for­ma­tion on the meet­ings that are de­signed to con­nect busi­nesses seek­ing busi­ness al­liances to in­no­vate, di­ver­sify and grow.

It is also a chance to ac­quire knowl­edge on the eco­nomic land­scape of ru­ral Eastern On­tario and projects of­fer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties.

At one work­shop, Christo­pher Rees, Econ­o­mist and Man­ag­ing Part­ner of Suthey Holler As­so­ci­ates, will speak on the prom­ise rep­re­sented by the Ecosys­tem.

The ini­tia­tive will trans­form the for­mer Al­fred Cam­pus of the Univer­sity of Guelph into an in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre for Prescott-Russell and all of Eastern On­tario. The fo­cus will be on agri­cul­ture, food, food trans­for­ma­tion and bio­prod­ucts.

The fa­cil­ity is com­posed of 368 acres of prop­erty, the ma­jor­ity of which is des­ig­nated as farm­land and about 15 build­ings of­fer­ing 184,000 square feet of space. The build­ings in­clude a main ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing, a res­i­dence and a recre­ation com­plex. The com­po­nents of the Ecosys­tem in­clude an Agri­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (AIC), La Cité col­lé­giale and its In­sti­tute of Agri-Food Train­ing and Re­search (IFRA), the “Farm” ded­i­cated to agri­cul­ture re­search, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tered by a not-for-profit cor­po­ra­tion and L’Union des cul­ti­va­teurs fran­coon­tariens de l’On­tario, the En­tre­pre­neur­ial Academy and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism ac­tiv­i­ties of Prescot­tRus­sell.

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