Georgian College Food Entrepreneurs 2016 Conference

Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time
Held March 3 2016

Innovation is a beast that if tamed can lead to major success in the world of an entrepreneur who is just starting out. The ability to harness innovation and give it a business context is what we experienced at FEON 2016 held at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario. Entrepreneurs from all over the Ontario agri-food industry were present in all different forms from processing/producing all the way to retail. There was no shortage of opportunities to network and make meaningful connections. The conference was directed at facilitating networking and promoting growth to business owners and future innovators in the agri-food space which was done through discussion panels and presentations. The conference proved to be a perfect fit for P&P Optica as our spectroscopy technology has emerged as a new innovation in the agri-food space tackling issues in processing, safety and quality assurance.

Opening talks by Doug Alexander (AMI), Gerry Marshall (Warden County of Simcoe) and Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes (President and CEO of Georgian College) began the conference. Each one of them addressed the importance of reaching out to those around you, through collaboration, through your community and through a hand shake. It was an excellent succession of speeches setting the tone for the day.

P&P Optica was there not solely as a vendor but to represent the notion of collaboration that has been represented through present talks with Ippolito. Much of our recent successes have come from the ability to partner and help provide a solution to a unique problem. Georgian College allowed us to showcase our technology in an effort to gain a better understanding of the needs of smaller processors.

All in all, the day was a great way for P&P Optica to get acquainted with the business leaders of tomorrow with the hope that our chemical imaging for food processing applications can be leveraged to help them get there.