Tag Archives: innovators

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


Focus on 2016’s smallest Top 7 Intelligent Community: Whanganui, New Zealand

In the previous blog article, I wrote about my recent visit to the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in Columbus, Ohio. Annually, the ICF Summit brings together Mayors and officials from local and regional government, business and technology leaders from around the world to explore how Intelligent Communities enable growth and empower citizens. Some of… Read More


Size isn’t a requirement for an “Intelligent Community”

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in Columbus, Ohio, the reigning Intelligent Community of the Year for 2015. Annually, the ICF Summit brings together Mayors and officials from local and regional government, business and technology leaders from around the world to explore how Intelligent Communities… Read More


The Higher ED Blog: Who are commercial counterurbanites, and what brought them to your community?

About REAPontario’s guest authors for this week……. Michelle Madden is the editor of Higher ED. She is also the Outreach Manager for the Economic Development Program and a graduate of the LED master’s program.  She has authored a number of the articles in this series on behalf of the students, and has published several of her own… Read More


The Winkler Initiative: Lessons in Immigrant Attraction to Rural Areas, Part 2

Why does it work …. and can it be replicated in other communities? The previous blog post described the “Winkler Initiative” and its origins. Today’s post focuses on why it worked, and whether it could be replicated in other communities. In a 2005 Working Paper on the Winkler Initiative [pdf] the authors state: “Winkler serves… Read More


Healthy and Tasty Cuisine found at Laza Catering

Introducing Melku Gebrekristos From an early age, Melku Gebrekristos wanted to run a business. As a young woman in her home country of Eritrea, she built and ran floral and nursery operations but she always had a food business in the back of her mind. Today Melku is the proud owner of Laza Catering, selling… Read More


Water Buffalo: An Emerging Market in Ontario, Part 2

  Esmira Latifova, likely the province’s most knowledgeable person on Ontario’s water buffalo industry, participated in the recent REAPontario workshop in which she described a number of challenges and opportunities. Challenges include: Can marketing co-operatively build this new industry? How can we narrow significant gaps between consumers, producers and processors? Is it time to make… Read More


Water Buffalo: An Emerging Market in Ontario, Part 1

Water Buffalo Mystique Water buffalo may bring to mind exotic locales, peasant farmers, and agrarian lifestyles, but in certain circles their products – especially buffalo mozzarella – bring top dollar to gourmet restaurants and grocers. In Ontario, water buffalo production is almost entirely run by immigrants. This two-part article presents a basic overview of water… Read More


Canada’s Agri-Food System Get Good Marks: OECD

Conditions for Successful Innovation What conditions surround innovation in the agri-food business sector business, and how do these relate to increased productivity and environmental sustainability in Canada? This large research question is at the heart of Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in Canada, recently released by the OECD as part of its Food and Agricultural… Read More


Stemmler’s Meat & Cheese Receives Nearly $200k in Government Funding

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support organization specializing in Canadian government funding.  Author Chris Casemore along with team members, describes how an agri-food business worked with Mentor Works to secure funding to expand its business and identifies three funding programs that may be of interest to your business.   Ontario’s Stemmler’s… Read More