The Lab + Hub
The community lab
The Community Lab is a working demonstration farm where farmers, students, and researchers can travel, learn and build skills around new technologies, learn about and gain access to tools to increase productivity in farming, and mitigate challenges related to climate adaptation.
The Lab will focus on three pillars: Education, Skills Development, and Demonstration of new technologies.
Education - Learners will be able to earn a certificate in Applied Innovation from the University of Toronto. This certificate will be available through an online, asynchronous program available to distance learners around the world. It will also be available to individuals with facilitated instruction onsite at the Lab.
Skills Development - We have partnered with the Logistics Institute to offer a professional designation in innovation P. A.In. (Professional Applied Innovator) in concert with their existing P. Log. (Professional Logistician) designation. Programs will be available on weekends and during the week for individuals and corporate teams as they seek professional designation.
Demonstration - The goal of the Lab is to become a Global Centre of Excellence where farmers, researchers, and students can learn about and practice using new tools and processes. Existing demonstration tools include Geothermal, Solar, Design, and small scale ranch and farming activities. We intend to showcase the use and integration of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Drones/Robotics. 3D printing/CNC machines, and other exponential technologies.
The innovation hub
The Innovation Hub is an incubator, accelerator, and commercial vehicle to scale or support the scale of ideas that will disrupt and enhance farming practices in Canada and around the world.
The Hub will focus on technologies around: AgTech, CleanTech, DesignTech, and FinTech.
AgTech - Technology specifically targeted and focused on agriculture as well as migration of technology from other sectors/industries that could benefit farmers and the agriculture industry.
CleanTech - Technology specifically focused on use/reuse of waste, adoption of energy saving or creating technologies, maintenance of water/water-tables, and adoption of hydrogen technologies wherever possible.
DesignTech - Technology focused on integrating people and places with nature in a sustainable manner. This includes building materials, methods, and design of indoor and outdoor space.
FinTech - Technology to help individuals and communities gain access to markets and reduce the cost of contracting. This includes supply chain technologies and tracking of inventory/assets.