Protein Industries Canada Supercluster Update
Work continues on the development of PIC's organizational structure and the funding agreement with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The following are highlights from the past month:
Industry Consultations complete
Industry consultations were held in Saskatoon on June 15th, Edmonton on June 18th, and Winnipeg on June 19th, all facilitated by Kim McConnell. There is a great deal of interest and support across all three provinces, and around 80 to 90 people attended each session. The presentation is posted on the PIC website. We would like to thank Abdul Jalil and his team at Western Economic Diversification Canada for the help in executing these consultations.
Thought Leaders Conference
The kick-off event for PIC, the “Thought Leaders Conference” is being organized for October 3-4, 2018 in Winnipeg. A program is under development, and a sponsorship drive for the conference is underway.
An executive search consultant is now engaged and has started the search process for a permanent CEO. We plan to have a candidate hired by early September. We welcome candidate suggestions - please send to the email address listed below.
I have been working with ISED to complete all the materials necessary for due diligence on the $153 M funding. Everything should be completed by early July in preparation for an expected mid-August Federal Treasury Board deadline. PIC’s financial ask for the current year will be provided, along with an indication of fund draw-downs for the following years.
We have met with all three provincial governments on the Venture Fund; follow-up to come.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada alignment
We have been working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on aligning PIC with the National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable, chaired by Murad Al-Katib.
A membership agreement is being drafted. More information on this to come.
An administrative office has been set up at Innovation Place in Regina, with Rhonda Ekstrom helping to coordinate PIC activities.
Office hours are 7:30 to 11:30 am Monday through Thursday.
#150K – 2 Research Drive
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7H9
Tel: (306) 949-0049
Visit proteinindustriescanada.ca for more information about PIC.
Please contact me or Rhonda if you have questions that are not addressed here.
Rhonda Ekstrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Hart: Frank.Hart@greystone.ca
I wish everyone a restful long weekend. Happy Canada Day!
PIC Board of Directors