Last week, we had the pleasure of bringing together 34 individuals from 30 different organizations across the cellular agriculture ecosystem in Canada.
Co-hosted by New Harvest and Transition Accelerator on La Cité College’s campus in Ottawa, we held a first-of-its-kind workshop focused on addressing Canada’s unique value proposition in this emerging space. We believe this meeting was the spark needed to create a local collective entity dedicated to advancing this field within the Canadian context.
As someone who has been advancing cellular agriculture in Canada since 2019, the event was a dream come true.
It was incredible to see the community come together and openly discuss the challenges and opportunities specific to cell ag in Canada to set a path forward for our field. We talked about incentives, infrastructure, supply chains, and more.
Highlights included presentations from James Meadowcroft of the Transition Accelerator on Sectoral Transformations, pointing to learnings from previous transitions, such as in energy, and from Dr. Don Gerson, New Harvest Board Member, on the hopeful realities of building large scale bioprocess facilities. La Cité’s team showed several interested participants the labs where they are hosting and supporting multiple cell ag companies, too.
After two days of workshop sessions we arrived at a set of key community-led collective actions to be pursued in the near and medium term that will best set us up for shared success.
Many thanks to Transition Accelerator, Consecon Foundation, La Cité College, Lejjy Gafour, and New Harvest’s donor community for making this event possible.