Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 09, 2014 13:33 ET

Harper Government Supporting Southwestern Ontario's Green Technology Sector

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2014) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of up to $3 million in Competitive Green Technologies to help position Canada as a global leader in using green, sustainable agri-based technologies.

Uniting experts from industry and academia, Competitive Green Technologies will lead collaborative pilot-scale testing of purpose-grown agricultural fibres and residues in bioplastic and biocomposite products, leading to new uses for non-food crops in industrial materials. Natural fibre composites are quickly becoming a rising market and a desirable substitute to synthetic, petroleum-based fibre composites in that they are low cost, lightweight, recyclable and readily available.

This promising technology will one day move from the lab to the market, helping farmers turn agricultural waste into new revenue streams while reducing their environmental footprint.

Quick Facts

  • Competitive Green Technologies is a corporation that commercializes green technologies that lower the environmental footprint. The company is currently focusing on compounding bio-composite resin with non-food and non-forest crops of biomass, such as switchgrass and oat hulls, and adding value to post-consumer and post-industrial agricultural film.
  • This investment is made through the Industry-led Research and Development stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


"Our Government is proud to support this collaborative research project, which will lead to new and innovative agriculturally based products that will help farmers safeguard the environment."

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"Our Government recognizes the value in partnering in projects that provide growth and prosperity to Canadian farmers and the sector, and we are excited to help find new ways to stimulate the economy while protecting our environment."

  • Member of Parliament Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex)

"This investment in Competitive Green Technologies' industry-led research project is a testimony to the Government's commitment in growing the rural economy of Canada, creating skilled jobs in this focus sector and a sustainable competitive advantage in agriculture and agri-foods and beyond. The objective of this research is to commercialize new bioplastics in collaboration with the University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, to add sustained value to Canadian agriculture, and to reduce dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels through the creation of price-performance competitive bio-based materials."

  • Atul Bali, CEO of Competitive Green Technologies

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  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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