GIFS is at the centre of Saskatchewan’s massive agriculture biotechnology industry.
The province is home to 30 percent of this industry in Canada, and USask and Innovation Place in Saskatoon contain one of the world’s largest clusters for agri-food and bioscience, with centres like the Crop Development Centre, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), the Fedoruk Centre, the Canadian Light Source, two Federal research centres, a Provincial research centre, and more, Ag-west Bio, and more.
The thriving ecosystem also includes industry, producer groups, research organizations, Federal and Provincial centres, and numerous other stakeholders active along the agriculture and food value chain. This end-to-end capability that includes interaction with grower and producer groups is essential to ensure alignment with market need.
Saskatchewan is home to 30 per cent of Canada’s agriculture biotechnology industry, and Saskatoon contains one of the world’s largest clusters for agri-food and bioscience.
Saskatchewan’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Ecosystem includes, but is not limited to:
- The University of Saskatchewan:
- College of Agriculture and Bioresources
- USask College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
- USask College of Arts and Science
- USask Crop Development Centre
- Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
- Ag-west Bio
- The Global Agri-Food Advancement Partnership (GAAP)
- Innovation Place
- Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
- Bayer CropScience Canada
- Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI)
- NRGene Canada
- Canadian Light Source
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
- National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
- Saskatchewan Research Council
- Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)
- Many more
Opportunities for Collaboration
The co-location of all players involved in moving food from farm to fork in Saskatchewan, Canada and across the world presents exciting opportunities for companies looking to set up shop in North America’s market. Organizations like Ag-West Bio and the Global Agri-Food Advancement Partnership are positioned to provide support to these companies. In particular, GAAP is designed to foster and drive innovation and the growth of the agriculture and food sectors – to permanently position Canada as a world leader in these areas. There is abundant opportunity for innovation in agri-food and GAAP will help develop and deliver those opportunities by providing a soft landing for existing companies looking to gain access to the North American Market, growing early stage technology within Canada and advancing innovation from around the world.
Collaboration is critical for any ecosystem to function successfully. Recognizing this, GIFS works as a connector and catalyst, bringing these and other partners from across the agriculture and food value chain together to discover, develop and deliver agriculture and food production and processing systems.