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