Category Archives: Innovators

The case for business succession immigration program in Canada

Think about this for a minute: small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy, yet fewer than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada currently have a succession plan in place. So, to someone such as myself who has concerns about the future of the Canadian economy, this is a little frightening.… Read More

New Business Loan Program for New Canadians

More than any other barrier to starting and maintaining a business, immigrant entrepreneurs identify access to capital as a challenge. Small business bank loans are difficult to obtain at the best of times, even for well-established businesses owned by Canadians with a credit history. For newcomers, the possibility of securing a bank loan may seem… Read More

SMART Green: Funds for Ontario Manufacturers to reduce Greenhouse Gas

In partnership with Government of Ontario, this fall the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters launched the SMART Green fund. This $25 million fund will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and improving their energy efficiency. As stated on the official web page for the fund: The program will improve the competitiveness of… Read More

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference – Final Day – Human Capital & Migration

One of the interesting sessions at the CRRF conference came from the “human capital and migration” team of the Rural Policy Learning Commons. Linamar Campos (Université de Montréal) spoke about the experience of agriculture temporary foreign workers in communities of rural Quebec. The main issue, as has been noted by many others, is that temporary… Read More

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference – Days 3&4 – Rural Data and New Regionalism in Canada

Rural Data Angela Pollak (University of Western Ontario) spoke about the seeking and use of rural information. The concept of information poverty structured her study of how rural individuals access all types of formal and informal information. Perhaps not surprisingly, rural information is more informal with many different implications for how local decisions are made.… Read More

CRRF Day #1 Opening Plenary – Climate Change is The Focus

“What can one do to draw attention to climate change, a phenomenon that may affect all of our lives but which to many of us seems overwhelming and unstoppable?” If your name is Erlend Moster Knudsen, you undertake a very long run to draw attention to this problem. A science communicator and climate researcher, in… Read More

CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years!

The annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation starts tomorrow (October 12, 2016) in Guelph. Tomorrow I will be attending the Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years. CRRF brings together researchers, policy analysts and… Read More

One Meal at a Time, Generous Kitchen Opens Hearts and Minds in Hamilton

When Brittani Farrington and her husband moved to Canada from Michigan a few years ago so that he could pursue a PhD, little did she know that some volunteer interests would develop into a new business adventure with other newcomers, specifically three women who had fled violence and arrived in Hamilton with their families, and… Read More

Immigrant Entrepreneurs – ‘Good News’ stories from USA

In this blog space, I have reported on numerous studies, introduced immigrant entrepreneurs based in Ontario, and described data of interest to those in agri-food. Today’s post features some interesting, “good news” stories from the United States, all of which were found on the website of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture or NIFA… Read More

Ontario Farmers’ Markets Trends include the Growth of Immigrant Farming

This time of year is a great time to focus on one of my favourite topics, farmers’ markets. As we reach peak summer harvest, markets across the province are booming! As noted on the official website of the Ontario farmers’ markets, these markets are loved by shoppers, communities and farmers alike. Increasingly discerning shoppers appreciate… Read More