The aim of the CFE iHub is to foster and help co-ordinate innovation in the food and environment sectors to enhance sustainability and activates circular, regenerative practices. Together with Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future and COIL initiatives, the CFE iHub has cultivated a rural-urban living lab where entrepreneurs, researchers, social innovators and community members generate and implement novel solutions to complex challenges within the food and environment sectors.
This approach enables CFE iHub partners to leverage existing partnerships, resources, and programs, while facilitating collaboration and communication across many interconnected projects and opportunities. The CFE iHub works alongside the Smart Cities Office, the front doors, and supporting project partners to further connections. The CFE iHub has one county connector and one city connector who help navigate the projects and identify opportunities for businesses. The connectors continuously establish the appropriate connections based on which sector is of interest to the business.