Training and Development

Office of Applied Research and Innovation – La Cité

“You have ideas, but lack the time and resources to develop them? La Cité has the talent to help you with your next steps in developing new products and showcasing your know-how, at a lower cost to your business. If you are interested in sharing your ideas with us, we want to hear from you! Please write to the Office of Research and Innovation at or call 613-742-2483 ext. 2775.”

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (EOAN) and Collège La Cité are working together to support the agri-food sector in eastern Ontario. La Cité’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI) specializes in supporting innovation in biotechnology, smart prototyping, and food processing. Examples of completed projects are available here. For example, a local company, “Against the Grain Farms” in Winchester, was previously supported in the development of a flour mixture.

As part of applied research projects, companies have access to the expertise of professors, students, research staff, specialized equipment, and funding to support the development of their products. Innovation support services are tailored to the specific needs of companies. In the context of food development, the services offered may include life and product stability studies, the development of new food products, nutritional and microbiological analyses, and the enhancement of co-products.

To better explain the support that can be provided to food producers in the region, please view the following overview of about 7 minutes. It presents Collège La Cité’s research expertise in food development. Examples of completed projects will be presented, as well as the available equipment and staff expertise.

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PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Since 1995, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise has supported women entrepreneurs across Ontario to start, grow and scale their businesses. PARO facilitates access to funding, trade missions, contact development and business counselling where they are able to design, plan and achieve their dreams. For Foodpreneurs in particular, PARO provides specialized webinars, BizCamps and Cluster Innovation Tables (CITs) to bring women together with supports from the sector, connecting women to valuable resources in food production and packaging, marketing, and funding opportunities.

Satellite Offices at 261 Montreal Road, Vanier ON  K1L 8C7
Tel. 343-543-8370

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SOL-AIR Consultants

SOL-AIR Consultants brings together consultants who assist decision-makers in companies, cooperatives, organizations involved in the development of agriculture, agri-food, agritourism and the environment to carry out feasibility studies, marketing strategies, and business plans for the establishment or expansion of companies.

164 Main Street East, Hawkesbury, ON  K6A 1A3
Tel. 514-991-1777

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Société Économique de l’Ontario

The Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) business incubator, EntrepreneuriatSÉO, stands by you as an ally. It does not pretend to provide all the solutions to these challenges, but it is a valuable support for acquiring managerial skills and improving the management of your farm.

214 Montreal Rd Office 202, Ottawa, ON  K1L 8L8
Tel: 1 844 668 7333

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The Personalized Coaching Service offers young farmers the opportunity to increase the probability of success of their business by working with an experienced business mentor (offered in collaboration with the Fédération des gens d’affaires de l’Ontario [FGA] and Réseau Ontario).

The farm entrepreneur will be matched with an experienced business mentor for a minimum of 12 months with a commitment of one or two hours per month. Apart from the operational framework of the first meeting, which is defined by AgriMentor, the entrepreneur and mentor are free to define the dates, times, location (by phone, video conference or in person) and the course of the meeting.

Available in French only.

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Dimension E

UCFO is developing services to support women farmers in Ontario in their entrepreneurial endeavors. To better adapt their services to the realities, issues and needs specific to Ontario, they’re calling on those who are most affected!

Join them in a discussion group to share your needs and opinions on their services developed for Ontario women farmers.

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