Nipissing University joins Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine

Guelph/North Bay – Nipissing University has become a Knowledge & Development Partner of Bioenterprise Canada, known as Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations opens new doors into northern Ontario for the Engine’s national network and offers the Nipissing community, including agri-food and food-tech innovators, access to mentorship, partnership and funding support available through Bioenterprise Canada.

“Nipissing University’s resources, skills and expertise will be a valuable asset to Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine and our efforts to encourage and expand agri-food innovation in northern Ontario,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon. “A key strategic priority for Bioenterprise is sustainable innovation and Nipissing’s research focus on environment and natural resources with regional impact will complement and enhance our work in this area.”

Nipissing’s research in these fields looks at complex environmental challenges on both a local and a global scale, and integrates Indigenous knowledge systems, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

“Partnering with Bioenterprise Canada helps to create new connections where we can contribute to finding sustainable solutions and help support our community partners as well as innovation in the North,” says Barbi Law, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (Interim) at Nipissing University. “This new partnership will provide access to learning opportunities related to the processes around Intellectual Property, entrepreneurship and commercialization, new collaborative opportunities for our researchers, and experiential learning for our students.”

About Bioenterprise Canada

Bioenterprise Canada is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing 20 years of industry experience and a global network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow.

About Nipissing University

Nipissing University received its charter as an independent University in 1992 and was created to address the specific needs of Northern Ontario. The university’s strategic priorities regarding the student experience as well as academic and research excellence is grounded in this commitment. As a proud, primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, science, and professional programs, Nipissing consistently ranks among the top undergraduate universities in the country for student satisfaction, student support services, residence life and mental health services.


For more information:

Dave Smardon, CEO, Bioenterprise Canada or (519) 821-2960

Carly Johnston, Communications Officer, Nipissing University or (705) 474-3450 ext. 4035