Commercialization of Agricultural Technology (CAT) Program


The Commercialization of Agricultural Technology (CAT) Program, financed by the Province of British Columbia, was a pilot program designed and delivered by BCIC. The program was directed towards the agriculture, food and bioproducts sectors of British Columbia to:

  1. Increase knowledge transfer of new technologies and innovations to businesses
  2. Strengthen the ability and capacity of businesses to commercialize new knowledge
  3. Increase awareness of the extensive resources available to BC entrepreneurs
  4. Assist businesses to overcome barriers to commercialization in BC

The program provided financial awards to innovators and entrepreneurs in BC (or representatives of a BC-based privately-held business) who were looking to successfully commercialize their science and technology based innovations in the agriculture, food and bioproducts sectors.

There were two stages to this program:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. Proof of Concept (POC)

In 2009, 19 projects received $190,000 for business plan development in the Expression of Interest stage of the program. Four projects received an additional $600,000 for commercializing their technology in the Proof of Concept stage of the program. Through the CAT Program, 19 business plans were created, three companies were assisted in furthering their commercialization plans and one new company was created as a spin-off.

Expression of interest (EOI) – Award recipients
Proof of Concept (POC) – Award recipients


“This award has been immensely helpful to AgriForest to build a facility to commercialize new micropropagation technologies for commercial scale production of agricultural and horticultural crops. The new facility will also help promote Agri-Tourism in the province and educate young students, agriculturists, environmentalists, home gardeners and growers about the role of new technologies in commercializing recently released plant varieties. AgriForest is thankful to BCIC for funding this project which will have sector wide benefits and help the company with tremendous opportunities to expand further.”

Dr. Kamlesh R. Patel,
President & CEO, AgriForest Bio-Technologies Ltd.
Project Title: Sunlight-Based Plant Micro-propagation for Commercial Production of Agricultural and Horticultural Crop

“The barriers to entry into the food business are enormous, and maintaining market share can be equally daunting. We are very fortunate to have the British Columbia Innovation Council available to help companies like Daiya Foods Inc. commercialize their innovations. BCIC truly helps companies have a competitive advantage.”

Mr. Greg Blake
Daiya Foods Inc.
Project Title: Manufacturing of a Non-Dairy Slice From Natural Agricultural Plant Ingredients

“The CAT award enabled IFSC to take its technologies from the Proof of Concept stage through beta level testing and to industrial scaleIFSC is providing its products and services internationally and will continue to grow this business from a BC base. The award provided by BCIC has proven to be the critical initial input that has developed a potentially highly successful new international business for British Columbia. “

Dr. Perry Lidster
President and CEO, Innovative Food Systems Corp. (IFSC)
Project Title: Sanitation Technologies for Modified Atmosphere Packaged Fruits, Vegetable, Flowers


Diacarbon Energy (formerly Paramount Agri-Research Inc.), EOI award recipient

MONSystems, EOI award recipient

L.W. Truscott Farms

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