News release

New Industry-led Perennia Board Meets

A new industry-led board of directors for Nova Scotia Crown corporation Perennia has been appointed.

The board held its first meeting today, June 2, at Perennia's offices in Bible Hill.

"I am very pleased that these experienced and capable individuals have agreed to participate as board members to help Perennia promote innovation that can increase the value of our agri-food industry in Nova Scotia," said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. "They have had strong impacts on Nova Scotia's economy, especially in the rural agri-food, seafood and food service sectors."

The Minister of Agriculture will chair the board. Members were selected based on their expertise in business, academia, primary agriculture, and processing and agri-food production.

The members are:

  • Noël Després, Comeau Seafoods Ltd., Saulnierville, Digby Co.
  • Dannie Hansen, Louisbourg Seafoods Inc., Louisbourg
  • Bill Hay, TruCorp, Truro
  • Ray Ivany, Acadia University, Wolfville
  • Charles Keddy, C.O. Keddy Nursery Inc., Kentville
  • Victor Oulton, W.G. Oulton and Sons Ltd., Windsor
  • Christina Penney, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., Bedford
  • Edgar Samson, Premium Seafoods, Arichat, Richmond Co.
  • Don Sproule, retired farmer and businessman, Bridgetown, Annapolis Co.
  • Milton Wood, Oxford Frozen Foods, Oxford, Cumberland Co.

Perennia has three divisions: extension and advisory services; quality and food safety; and bioventures, business and innovation development.

The Perennia team, working out of offices in Kentville and Bible Hill, works with clients to provide extension and other services, including:

  • creating internationally recognized quality and food safety programs
  • supporting farmers in acquiring new knowledge that can address production issues on the farm
  • offering leased incubation space for new product development
  • conducting research to transform underutilized land- and marine-based bioresources into high-value products like nutraceuticals, functional ingredients and non-food based bioproducts.

More information about Perennia and its services is available at www.perennia.ca .

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A new industry-led board of directors for Nova Scotia Crown corporation Perennia has been appointed.

The board held its first meeting today (June 2nd) at Perennia's offices in Bible Hill.

Members were selected based on their expertise in business, academia, primary agriculture and processing and agri-food production.

The board will help Perennia promote innovation to increase the value of the agri-food industry in Nova Scotia.

For more information about Perennia and its services, visit Perennia dot C-A.

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