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SPARK V3 Symposium is presented by Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS). This year we are BACK and ready to showcase new high-growth potential emerging companies! This is our 3rd annual SPARK Symposium designed to accelerate Canadian Ag Tech and Green Tech companies who are seeking to expand their businesses and add new product lines! 


 DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2024

 LOCATION: The GrandWay Events Centre (7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora)


11.30 am Doors open

12-1 pm Lunch available

1-4 pm Pitches and presentations 4-5 pm Networking 

New this year!

We are asking each participant to pay a $25 attendance fee. All of the funds raised will be matched by GRAS! Live at the event you will have a chance to vote for your favourite pitch, via a poll, and one of the pitch companies will be awarded the funds. Pre-registration is required, tickets will not be sold at the door.

**No refunds will be issued for this event.**


Emcee: Dr. Deb Stark, Independent Director

Deb calls herself a leader and a learner with a lifelong interest in Canadian agriculture and the people who feed us. She is a former Deputy Minister of OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and Chief Veterinary Officer for Ontario.She spends her time volunteering and sitting on boards including the University of Guelph (Vice Chair), Ontario Genomics (past Chair), the Golden Triangle Angel Network and most recently, the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network.


Keynote Speaker: John Wilkinson, Wilkinson Insights Incorporated

John is uniquely positioned to speak to the GRAS Board on issues which matter to us … Research, Innovation, Business Development, and the Environment.

 Currently the CEO of Wilkinson Insight Incorporated, he serves as Vice Chair of the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance, and is on the Board of Directors of Greenfield Global, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Ontario Arts Foundation. He also serves as an Advisor to many start-ups, including SilicoLabs, Curious Public and Stageview TV.

 John was the Liberal MPP for Perth-Middlesex, then Perth-Wellington, from 2003-2011 and was the first Certified Financial Planner elected to the Ontario Legislature.He served in the Provincial Cabinet as the first full-time Minister of Research and Innovation, where he implemented the $1.6 billion Ontario Innovation Agenda.

He was also the Minister of Revenue and shepherded the largest Ontario tax reform in forty years. Finally, he served as the Minister of the Environment where he oversaw the passage of the Water Opportunities & Water Conservation Act to steward Ontario’s fresh water supplies.


Speaker: Mike McMorris, Livestock Research Innovation Corporation

Mike grew up on a farm just outside Elora and graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He has worked with OMAFRA, Beef Farmers of Ontario, Agricorp, AgSights and is now CEO with Livestock Research and Innovation Corporation. He is passionate about creating a better future through innovation, knowing that any move toward that future ultimately comes down to people.


Pitch Companies


 CATTLEytics offers dairy farmers and cattle owners tools to farm smarter. They design and maintain software and data systems that enable proactive animal health management. Their hardware solutions, such as cattle thermometers and automated dosing devices, further elevate efficiency. Their dairy management software will empower farmers to manage their operations seamlessly while promoting sustainability metrics.



 Healthy Hydroponics InnoTech helps growers with broad-spectrum microbiome and disease detection for their crops. They use the latest genomic technologies and data-driven insights to simplify early pathogen detection, remediation and crop loss prevention.


3)        NATURE RECOMBINED - ApiSave

 The ApiSave™ product is designed with combating antibiotic resistance in mind. Their extract has shown to be extremely effective against multi-drug resistant harmful bacteria. Also, their product is 100% natural. They plan to market quickly to save bees from extinction and maintain food security worldwide.



Proteins Easy Corporation implements the science surrounding recombinant production of fusion proteins for the biotechnology industries worldwide, be they biocatalysts for the biodomain and green chemistry, antibodies, antigens, enzymes, growth factors, hormones, biomaterials, or cosmeceuticals.


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