Showcasing Guelph’s agri-innovation excellence on an international stage

Guelph, Ont. November 13, 2018— On November 11 and 12, Global Affairs Canada’s Investor Outreach, the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph hosted the Canadian Innovation and Investment Opportunities in Agriculture media tour. The tour included 12 international journalists from countries including Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Japan, USA and Mexico.

Global Affairs Canada selected Guelph as one of four Canadian media tour stops based on the City’s outstanding agri-food research sector and the cluster of innovative companies found here including foreign investors. The other scheduled Canadian stops were Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Calgary.

“This was an excellent opportunity to promote Guelph’s premier agri-innovation cluster to international investment prospects,” says Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph. “Agriculture and food technologies are cornerstone industries for Guelph with business, commercialization and innovation support second to none.”

As part of the Guelph tour stop, journalists visited the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, and joined a networking lunch with key stakeholders from Guelph including representatives from the City, University, Global Affairs Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Innovation Guelph and Bioenterprise Corporation.

The tour included visits to some University of Guelph research institutes including Arrell Food Institute, Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility and the Guelph Food Innovation Centre, and visits and meetings with some of Guelph’s leading agri-innovation companies including Ceva Animal Health Inc., NSF International, Mirexus Biotechnologies and Sleeman Breweries.

“It was a privilege to participate with the City in this media tour and receive this kind of international exposure,” says Nick Porcellato, head of industry and government affairs from Sleeman Breweries. “This is our 30th year in business and we were thrilled to share our company’s story with this group, from our start as a small entrepreneurial business to the multinational company that we are today.”

The Canadian Innovation and Investment Opportunities in Agriculture media tour was an initiative of Global Affairs’ Investment and Innovation Bureau aimed to position Guelph and Canada competitively with global business leaders and influencers, and to raise Canada’s profile as a business location of choice for international agri-food and agri-technology investments.

The programming for the Guelph tour was developed by staff from the City in partnership with the University of Guelph. To learn more about opportunities to Invest in Guelph, or if you are interested in locating your business in Guelph, visit or call 519-837-5600.

About Invest in Guelph

Invest in Guelph represents the business development outcomes identified in the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy Prosperity 2020. Invest in Guelph aims to position and promote Guelph as an ideal place to do business.

About Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada supports municipal economic development agencies as part of its Foreign Direct Investment activities. Foreign investment plays a critical role in Canada’s economy, with benefits that stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and improve productivity. Canada offers an inviting business climate for foreign investors given our enviable financial, political and economic stability; a highly skilled, diverse and well-educated workforce; and access to large and growing markets.

For more information

Barbara Maly, Economic Development Manager
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2822
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Kurtis Wells, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2079
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