Frank Ingratta - Ingratta Innovations

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.

Frank started his career in the Ministry’s London Office as an Extension Horticulturist and then 14 years at the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario at Vineland as a research scientist and chief research scientist. 

This was followed by senior management positions as Director, Plant Industry Branch; CEO, Crop Insurance Commission; and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Agricultural and Rural Division.

Frank holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in fungal physiology from the University of Toronto.  He and his family reside in Guelph.

Retired in 2006, Frank and Joan currently have created an advisory company “Ingratta Innovations Inc.” providing services to the Agri-Food and Social Services sectors.

Frank has continued to be involved with the agricultural sector through participation and leadership of project teams and advisory boards. Projects have included development of a healthy foods strategy with the OFVGA, consolidation of program delivery of government programs in the Atlantic provinces, strategies for the potential expansion of the vegetable processing industry, a pork industry strategy, recommendations for mitigating the impact of minimum wage increases and the development of a strategy for managing horticultural research and innovation. Frank has also worked with the Ontario Agrifood Policy Institute and is vice chair of the board of directors of the George Morris Centre.

Most recently Frank has participated in five research projects within the Orchard and Vineyard Transition Program and provided an advisory role in the development of an overall strategy for the tree fruit and grape industry in the Niagara Peninsula.  In 2009, Frank was appointed to Chair the Grapes for Processing Industry Advisory Committee and Chair of the 2009 Price Negotiation Committee for the grape and wine industry. Frank works with the city, chamber of commerce and the University of Guelph in the development of an economic innovation cluster.