Rural Innovation in Manitoba: Reducing Barriers to Commercialization and Growing Capacity in the Agri-food Sector

While there is creativity, thinking and science across Canada, the Conference Board of Canada reports an “innovation gap” that is mostly related to commercialization – the transformation of ideas and knowledge into value. The research and activities undertaken in this project aim to close the knowledge gap that exists around understanding the complex of issues that slow down innovation in the Manitoba Agri-Food sector. This project focuses on innovation in rural Manitoba, a less studied area, where limited information exists about the commercialization aspects of innovation.

Read more about this project:  RIM Project Factsheet

Insights into the commercialization process is gained through five case-studies following innovative Manitoba food products and processes from idea to commercial sales.

Amber Birch Syrup – The Canadian Birch Company – PDF

Seabuckthorn Puree – Solberry Incorporated – PDF

Wild Rice in Minutes – Floating Leaf Fine Foods – PDF

Direct Steam Injection Puree Process – Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products – PDF

Cricket based Protein Powder – Crik Nutrition – PDF


Consultation Events with organizations that support Manitoba businesses.

Supporting Innovation for Businesses in South West Manitoba 

Supporting Agri-Food Commercialization in Manitoba


Reporting Results.

RIM Commercializing Food Processing Innovation in MB

Exploring risk adversity in business culture in southwest Manitoba


This research is supported and funded by Growing Forward 2