Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 31, 2013 15:52 ET

Harper Government Invests in Innovative Bio-Resin Technology

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 31, 2013) - The Harper Government is enabling a company to commercialize a "green" bio-plastic, using innovative technology that was developed at the University of Guelph, MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex) announced today, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"Our government believes that strategic support for innovative Canadian businesses is a smart investment in our economy," Van Kesteren said. "This innovative Canadian-developed technology will enable producers to find new markets and add value to their products, boosting their bottom line."

Competitive Green Technologies received a repayable contribution of $360,000 from the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) to purchase and install equipment to produce biopolymer resin compounds from non-food biomass fibres. These compounds are to be used as input for the plastic moulding industry to make products such as bins and flower pots. The technology to formulate bio-resins was developed by the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph and the company has acquired a 10-year exclusive licence in North America.

"This investment has facilitated the commercialization of the first Canadian grown agricultural fibres based bio-composites for consumer markets. It is truly a harbinger of the development of a local bio-economy -- close to where the ag fibers are grown," says Mike Tiessen, President of Competitive Green Technologies. "It will set the stage for agri-innovation and help Canadian agriculture to integrate with the manufacturing sector, improve environmental sustainability and support an emerging bio-economy."

This project was supported through the Agricultural Innovation Program-a $50-million initiative announced under Canada's Economic Action Plan 2011. This program was part of the Government's commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting-edge science and technology and came to an end on March 31, 2013.

The new Growing Forward 2 policy framework which took effect on April 1 includes an AgriInnovation Program valued at up to $698 million over five years, designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation by supporting research, development and commercialization of new ideas that result in new products and technologies.

Growing Forward 2 includes an investment of more than $3 billion over five years in innovation, competitiveness, and market development. For more information on this agreement and the new AgriInnovation Program, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/growingforward2.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Jeff English
    Press Secretary
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Mike Tiessen
    President
    Competitive Green Technologies
    519-796-9323