Congratulations to Innovation Guelph clients Be Seen Be Safe Ltd. and Katan Kitchens! The Guelph-based businesses were two of six recipients from Waterloo-Wellington to receive the 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, and were honoured at a ceremony hosted by Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph on November 9, 2016.
The companies were recognized for their contributions to boosting economic growth in Ontario by creating new products that support job creation, adding value to existing products, supporting a sustainable environment, and supporting the province’s efforts to double the growth rate of the agri-food sector.
“Innovative businesses like these show us just how dynamic our agri-food sector is in this region and across the province,” said Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph.
Established in 2012, Be Seen Be Safe Ltd. is a farm biosecurity and disease management platform that leverages GPS technology to create virtual borders around farms. When feed suppliers, veterinarians and other regular visitors cross the “geofence,” an app on their smartphone generates an automatic entry into the virtual visitor log. Should an outbreak occur, the system sends an alert to other farms and service providers in the area. Producers in Canada and around the world are adopting the system, making it faster and easier to respond to outbreaks of dangerous diseases.