By 2020, agriculture in south central Ontario will be diversified, profitable, and healthy with many opportunities for the rural entrepreneur to flourish and expand.


The purpose and mission of the Erie Innovation and Commercialization is:
1. To pursue a regional approach to agricultural diversification to ensure the continuing economic stability and sustainability of the sector.
2. To harness the regions potential and become a rural economic powerhouse in Ontario and Canada.
3. To establish Erie Innovation and Commercialization as a strategic partner for continued development of an integrated and globally competitive economic region.

John Kelly - Vice President, Erie Innovation and Commercialization

Dr. John Kelly is currently the Vice-President of the Erie Innovation and Commercialization with the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers'
Association . . . MORE.



Steve Peters - Alliance of Ontario Food Processors

Steve Peters is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors. He is a former MPP for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London from 1999-2011. . . . MORE.

Jim Grey - IGPC

Jim Grey is Chief Executive Officer of IGPC Ethanol Inc., Canada's first farmer and community owned ethanol production facility based in the Aylmer Industrial Park. . . MORE.

Clark Hoskin - Norfolk County

Clark Hoskin is Manager of Tourism & Economic Development for Norfolk County. He is certified as an Economic Development Professional, and has worked in the industry for 15 years. . . MORE.
Frank Ingratta - Ingratta Innovations

Frank Ingratta was appointed as Deputy Minister in December of 1997. For more than 30 years, Frank provided service to Ontario's agri-food industry and rural communities in diverse positions within the constantly evolving Ministry of Agriculture and Food . . . MORE.
Harold Schooley - Apple Hill Farm

Harold Schooley represents the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association where he is Chair of the Research Section and ex-officio board member. He is a Chair of the Board of Directors of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and a Director of the Norfolk Fruit Growers Association....MORE.
Mary Shabatura - Shabatura Farms Ltd.
Art Smith - Ontario Fruits and Vegetable Growers' Association
David Sparling - University of Western Ontario

Dr. Sparling is Professor and Chair of Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation, funded by the Ontario Agricultural Adaptation Council, at the Richard Ivey School of Business. . . MORE.