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Agriculture and Food Innovation: Opportunities for Niagara

October 17, 2016 @ 1:00 am - 2:30 pm

The Niagara Region offers a unique ecosystem in Canada. A variety of native plants are a great source of food, yet many have long been forgotten. Meanwhile soil and climate conditions allow the region to also grow non-native plants of very high value, yet these are not traditional and their applications not well known locally. This talk aims to cover a few examples and how much more value can be generated from processing our own agricultural products and marketing these to the World.

Event Details

Pi-Lab Dean’s Productivity and Innovation Speaker Series

October 17, 2016

1:00 pm – Registration
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Presentation from Hugh Scholaert
Location: W213, Niagara on the Lake Campus, Niagara College

About the Speaker
Hugh Scholaert holds an M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies. He is an entrepreneur who created a company which eventually became a major TSE-listed firm. Having retired in 2012, Hugh acquired Ridge Berry Farm in Pelham where he is currently experimenting with a variety of agricultural techniques and processes. He is also working to develop new products from the plants that grow both naturally and that are cultivated on his property. Since July of this year, he has been working with National Research Council Canada as an Industrial Technology Advisor for the Niagara Region. He is a self-professed “foodie” and a long standing member of SlowFood Niagara.


About the Moderator

Dr. Musabbir Chowdhury directs the productivity and innovation research programs as the director of Productivity and Innovation Lab (Pi Lab) at the college. In addition, he is a Professor in the School of Business. He consults on business productivity and strategic innovation issues and has served as a consultant and adviser to a number of corporations around the world. Professor Chowdhury holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, a Ph.D. in educational technology from Walden University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interactive Media from Sheridan Institute, and Bachelor and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from National Aviation University. He also attended MIT, Cornell, INSEAD, and Stanford University for professional development.



About the Dean’s Productivity and Innovation Speaker Series

Dean’s Speaker Series brings inspiring business leaders and academics to the Pi-Lab to share with our learning community the lessons learned from their experiences, new ideas, trends, and challenges of today’s business world.


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October 17, 2016
1:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Room W213, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus