Connecting with Indigenous youth in North Bay

Feb 07, 2023


One of Bioenterprise Canada’s strategic pillars is building networks and creating opportunity for Indigenous and northern entrepreneurs and innovators in the food and agri-tech sectors, as well as young people.

In January, Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, had the chance to act on that priority by taking part in the Anishinabek Nation’s Agricultural Youth Forum in North Bay as both an event sponsor and an exhibitor. Canadore College, an Engine Knowledge & Development Partner, was also present with a booth.

The theme was taking care of land and water to grow food. Approximately 100 in-person and virtual attendees took part in the two-day event.

According to Bioenterprise’s Regional Manager for Northern Ontario Emily Nanne, who was at the forum, it was a terrific opportunity to get a better understanding of how Bioenterprise’s programs and services could best serve the priorities and objectives of the Anishinabek Nation.

“The most impactful aspect of the event was being able to hear the views of the youth on the panel and having one on one discussions with presenters about the projects they’re leading in their communities – and giving them an awareness of how we can support these at Bioenterprise,” says Nanne.

Several event participants won free sessions with a Bioenterprise innovation advisor, which gives them the ability to ask questions as well as receive some targeted introductions to members of the national Engine network.

As a follow up, Bioenterprise has been invited to attend and present at the Anishinabek Nation’s Economic Development, Lands and Resources conference in February.

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