Regina Economic Development Launches Strategy to Become a Global Agriculture and Food Hub
Posted: October 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. CDT|Update: 8 hours ago
REGINA, SK, 25 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Economic Development Regina launched the Agriculture and Food Innovation Strategy to Regina, with the vision to become the hub of agriculture and food for Canada and the world.
With this strategy, the Greater Regina area will be known as a place of opportunity to start, develop, attract and develop agro-industry; have a skilled and educated workforce and access to expertise to help the sector reach its full potential; have essential infrastructure and support the growth of the sector; and the GRA will become an agricultural powerhouse where the sector is sustainable, innovative, competitive and resilient.
“Regina’s The opportunities for agriculture and food are incredible – and it’s amazing to see this group of leaders come together to create a strategy that will claim our position as a global leader, ”said the mayor Sandra Masters, City of Regina. “This has a huge impact on our city and our residents, and I look forward to seeing the future growth of our agri-food and agri-food community here in Regina. “
Led by an Agriculture and Food Steering Committee made up of leaders from across Regina’s agriculture and food sector that have been appointed by EDR’s board of directors, the strategy sets short, medium and long term goals that will have a positive impact on the ERM for generations to come.
“Agriculture and food represent an important multisectoral opportunity for the GRA economy,” said Kyle Jeworski, co-chairman of the steering committee. “The strategy builds on our region’s traditional strength and highly respected global reputation in primary agriculture and envisions an economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture and food cluster for the GRA. “
Co-chair Dr. Gina Grandy nods, adding, “We are building on our natural strengths to create new opportunities and a new way forward for businesses and residents; a win-win for everyone in the GRA. “
With $ 1.7 billion in investment announcements in recent months, Regina’s the agro-food sector is on the rise. With the launch of from Canada first Agtech accelerator financed by venture capital in 2021, Viterra and Cargill both announced they would build canola crushing plants and Red Leaf Pulp announced they would build from Canada first non-wood pulp mill. In addition, Emmertech has launched a $ 45 million Agtech VC Fund which is expected to close around $ 60 million by the end of 2021 and Reginastart-up, precision.ai, closed a $ 20 million seed company to advance their work in sustainable farming practices through precision spraying.
Regina is surrounded by more than 80% of from Canada farmland and is already home to the world’s best agricultural producers. The GRA has a strong business infrastructure, numerous flagship companies, a diverse talent pool and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem that together create a solid foundation for continued growth and success. The real opportunity for GRA is to build on this already strong agricultural economy by stimulating innovation and sustainability, resulting in new end uses of crops and expansion of the value-added processing chain.
“Our vision to be an agriculture and food hub for the world is ambitious and achievable,” said John lee, President and CEO of Développement économique Regina. “We already have the ingredients to make it happen and now is the time to bring the vision to life.”
EDR Agriculture and Food Steering Committee
- Dr. Gina Grandy (co-chair and member of the EDR board of directors), Dean, Hill and Levene schools business at University of Regina
- Kyle Jeworski (co-chair and board member, EDR), CEO, Viterra North America
- Mourad Al Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and member of the board of directors of ingredients and EDR
- Elan Ange, CEO, O&T Farms
- Eric Dillon, President and CEO, Conexus Credit Union and Member of the Board of Directors of EDR
- Michel hofffort, President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada
- Shaun semple, President and CEO, Brandt Group enterprises
Read Regina’s Agricultural and food innovation strategy here.
About Regina Economic Development
EDR is the leading agency for the economic development and tourism marketing of the Greater Regina area. We are a non-profit, public-private partnership governed by a volunteer board of directors, with the City of Regina as its sole shareholder. EDR has a special role as a strategist and activator in our community. We connect people with opportunities – improving the quality of life and prosperity of citizens.
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