- From left to right: Greg Devries, Hilco Tamminga, Minister Jeff Leal, David VanDamme, Charles Devries, Phil Bultje, Premier Wynne
New Steering Committee to Help Identify Opportunities for Industry Growth
Premier Kathleen Wynne honoured local agri-food industry innovators today and announced a new Growth Steering Committee to help drive agri-food industry growth and create jobs across the province.
The Growth Steering Committee will be co-chaired by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Deputy Minister Deb Stark and Ontario Pork board of directors Chair Amy Cronin. It will identify and pursue future opportunities, and design a growth measurement system. It will bring together industry and government leaders and experts to identify opportunities to help the industry meet the Growth Challenge. At last year’s summit, Premier Wynne challenged the industry to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020.
The summit also recognized the work of local agri-food businesses whose new ideas and products are creating jobs, growing local economies and bringing quality Ontario food to consumers.
Three Leaders in Innovation awards were also presented to:
- The Rheault Distillery of Hearst for its quadruple-distilled wheat-based alcohol made using northern Ontario grains, which are particularly well-suited to vodka production because of their higher sugar content.
- The Garlic Box of Hensall for bringing back Ontario’s commercial garlic production. By developing a range of value-added products such as oils, salts, condiments and seasonings, all made with locally grown garlic, and by flash-freezing whole peeled cloves. The Garlic Box is providing customers with Ontario garlic year-round.
- Truly Green Farms of Dresden for running a 22.5-acre carbon neutral greenhouse, which uses the carbon dioxide that GreenField Ethanol emits. Not only does using the CO2 promote tomato growth, it ensures that 15,000 metric tonnes of planet-warming gases stay out of the atmosphere each year.