The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is joined by members of the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster and government.

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Smart Agri-Food Supercluster Shortlisted

October 12, 2017 - Calgary Alberta The Smart Agri-Food Supercluster (SASC) is one of nine supercluster proposals from across the country that has been shortlisted to provide a full application to the federal government to receive a piece of their $950-million supercluster initiative funding.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is joined by members of the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster and government.Focused on creating value by removing barriers in field systems that span the value chain from input providers to growers, processors, grocers and the public, the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster is a multi-stakeholder consortium comprised of over 50 firms representing industry, academia, growers and government.

“We are honoured and very excited to be selected to submit full application,” comments Stuart Cullum, Olds College President. “Our goal is to accelerate agri-food innovation efforts through a unique collaboration framework. We will be working with our phase one applicants and existing partners to more fully define the Smart Agri-Food Superclusters governance, operating processes and principles, as well as to fully outline our foundational projects.”

The Smart Agri-Food Supercluster secretariat will be housed at Olds College and encompasses partners from across Canada.“Through strategic investment, the Supercluster will help position Canada as an agriculture leader creating new jobs, investment and enhancing market access for the ag sector, while improving social and environmental performance,” comments Bill Whitelaw, Chair of the SASC Steering Committee. “We want to approach innovation from a systems perspective, in order to create a Canada-wide platform to help link together key partners and expertise in the country’s agri-food value chain.”

“As one of several partners backing the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster, we are looking forward to working with SASC to come up with innovative solutions to advance the agriculture sector, and position Canada as a prefered global supplier of safe, sustainable food,” comments Doug Beever, Senior Director Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Agrium.

The 53 partners that currently make up the SASC, include: Agrium, TELUS Communications, Farmers Edge, Inc., BIXSco, Olds College, A & L Laboratories, ABB Canada, Advanced Agricultural Finance Inc., AgriTrend/Trimble, Alberta Cattle Feeders, AVAC Ltd, Bayer Crop Science, Cargill Ltd, FarmLead Resources, Fertilizer Canada, Gas Plume Imaging, Hydro Ottawa, Indian Business Corp, Lystek International, MDA Systems Ltd, ViewTrak Technologies Inc., Weather Innovations Consulting LP, Zedi Canada, Alberta Clean Technology Alliance, Alberta Innovates, Assiniboine Community College, Beef Cattle Research Council, Calgary Economic Development, Canada Beef, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Bio Carbon Canada, Canadian Meat Council, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Carleton University, Duck’s Unlimited Canada, Centre for Sustainable Development/Earth Institute, Genome Alberta, Government of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Lakeland College, National Capital Commission, Niagara College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, City of Ottawa, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, TECTERRA Inc, University of Alberta Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Manitoba, and WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.