26 May 2021Ended

CIFST Webinar: Building a Competitive Production Systems in Ontario's Agrifoods Sector: Accelerating the Adoption of Automation and Robotics Technology


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100 - 500
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May 2021


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Technology adoption is one of the most pervasive challenges limiting the global competitiveness and productivity of Canada’s agri-food sector. .. Read more Despite increased public investment over the past two decades in research and technology development, the agri-food sector in Canada has a lackluster record of adoption, which is jeopardizing its ability to compete globally and to meet new domestic opportunities. Identifying what is and is not being adopted by who and why or why not is critical to developing provincial, regional, and local policies, strategies, and programs that de-risk and accelerate the development and adoption of these technologies. This presentation examines survey findings on the barriers/drivers constraining/promoting innovative/disruptive technology transfer and adoption in Ontario’s agri-food sector, with a focus on automation and robotics. The presentation highlights interesting patterns, trends and relationships that appear to shape technology adoption, concluding with some policy implications for government and other stakeholders in the agri-food sector. Jeffrey Boggs, Associate Professor & Associate Director, Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University Margaret (Amy) Lemay, Research Fellow, Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University.

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Manohar Bhojwani

CEO at Diet foods international

Nagpur, India
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