Minister Chrystia Freeland visits the Jefo Campus
Inaugurated in 2017, the Jefo Campus has become a centre of knowledge exchange and preferred venue for business gatherings in the Saint-Hyacinthe region
On January 15, 2019, Jefo welcomed Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, as well as several national and local authorities and innovative business leaders for a press conference regarding the governmental support for five Saint-Hyacinthe businesses.
Together, Dose Juice Inc., SimLeader, Metchro Products Inc., E-Cargo Tarps Inc. and PrevTech Innovations Inc. will receive $1,959,143 from the Governments of Quebec and Canada to improve production capacity and finance marketing and exports efforts to support their development and diversification in foreign markets.
Mrs. Freeland, a former journalist who was recently in charge of overseeing Canada’s negotiation team for the NAFTA, said that “innovation is an important economic driver that contributes to the growth of businesses and the creation of good jobs for the middle class. Today we are celebrating five businesses in the region whose innovative approaches have strengthened the local, Quebec, and Canadian economies.”
The Minister also congratulated Mr. Jean Fontaine, President and Founder of the Jefo Group, for the prosperous company he created and who has known how to benefit from the international agreements signed by the Ministry. Jefo, who celebrated 35 years in 2017, has commercialized its species-specific products in over 50 countries, on all continents.
The Jefo Campus, an investment of 15 million Canadian dollars, is a state-of-art building aimed to become a centre of knowledge exchange for the entire region. “At Jefo, we believe that sharing knowledge is essential to fulfill our mission that is: To imagine, develop and share the next era of precision nutrition. But the purpose of the Jefo Campus goes beyond that: we wanted to provide a valuable contribution to the next generation of leaders, not only in the agribusiness but in all other industrial segments, and this meeting today has proved that we are on the right path. We are proud of our roots and we want to show the world the extraordinary know-how of the people from Saint-Hyacinthe region,” said Mr. Fontaine.