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One of the great advantages of doing business in Prince Edward Island is our COLLABORATIVE business environment, with ready access to key decision makers and superior support services to help navigate companies to achieve business success.. We have a network of professional service providers, access to international networks and public and private funding and investment opportunities. And through the construction of state-of-the-art research, manufacturing and scale-up facilities, we can help companies through-out the life-cycle of their business.


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Charlottetown Research & Development Centre

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth. AAFC, along with its portfolio partners, reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Atlantic Agritech Inc

Atlantic AgriTech Inc. is an agricultural and environmental research and consulting company located in Prince Edward Island, providing contract agricultural and environmental research services to clients from across North America since 1991. Facilities include a GLP compliant office and field/laboratory space, as well as a complete line of farm and research equipment suitable for conducting a wide range of agricultural and environmental research studies.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. ACOA programs support companies by providing information and resources to start and expand, to innovate and acquire and adapt technology and build skills.

Atlantic Veterinary College

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is the only institution in Atlantic Canada educating doctors of veterinary medicine, with more than 1,500 graduates now working in private practice, academia, research, government, and industry worldwide. AVC is a leading research institute known around the world for its researchers and highly collaborative spirit. Home to the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology, AVC’s research represents an exciting intersection of animal health, human health, the environment and public health. We are a cornerstone of Prince Edward Island’s thriving bioscience industry that has developed an impressive concentration of global research strengths at our doorstep. AVC is well-known for its expertise in: aquatic animal health, veterinary epidemiology, biomedical research, animal health and welfare, comparative biomedical sciences, infectious disease, and public health.

AVC Rodent Facility

Bereskin & Parr (IP SERVICES)

Bereskin & Parr is a highly regarded IP boutique firm recognized as a well-rounded team with coveted expertise in trademark portfolio management, patent prosecution and IP litigation. They also specialize in regulatory issues, advertising and marketing, and copyright and digital media.

BioCommons Research Park

The BioCommons Research Park is a $30 million campus-style facility spread across 65 acres. The park provides commercialization support to the bioscience sector, with technology and infrastructure to accelerate products through the development cycle and into the marketplace. The BioCommons is currently home to several biotech companies, including: Somru BioSciences, Dosecann, Canada’s Island Garden, and Island Abbey Foods.


PEI’s BIO FOOD TECH was established in 1987 as the Food Technology Centre to provide technical support to the food processing industry in Prince Edward Island. Since then, BFT has strategically developed its infrastructure and attained recognition as a quality technology provider to many local, regional, national and international clients. They currently provide services to the food and bioprocessing industries from concept to pilot to market through the following three integrated business divisions – Food Technology, Bioscience Technology, and Lab Services.

BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research and product development BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information and skills development tools so the industry can focus on strengthening Canada’s biotech business.


BioVectra Inc. is a leading bioscience business located in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, focused on contract manufacturing and product development of active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical intermediates, and bio-reagents. BioVectra is an industry leader in microbial fermentation, with 64,000 L of fermentation capacity.

Borden Ladner Gervais (IP SERVICES)

BLG is an integrated national firm that provides a broad range of legal solutions to clients, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals based in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. BLG is a diverse team that draws upon the strengths of knowledgeable and skilled individuals who represent a variety of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds.

Build Ventures (PRIVATE CAPITAL)

Build Ventures, formerly known as Atlantic Canada Regional Venture Fund, is a $65 million fund based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is focused on early-stage technology companies across the Atlantic region. We are looking to work with passionate founders who are committed to building great companies.

Canada’s Smartest Kitchen

Canada’s Smartest Kitchen offers a full suite of services, from concept development to market entry, for the agrifood, fisheries and functional food sectors by blending our culinary expertise, our advanced technology capabilities and our food science knowledge with our network of businesses, research organizations, academic institutions and government agency partners.

Center for Aquaculture Technologies

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies is a contract research organization (CRO) providing support for R&D and commercialization activities in the aquaculture industry, with particular expertise in GxP-compliant research.

Centre for Aquatic Health Services

The Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences at the Atlantic Veterinary College (UPEI) is an academic centre of expertise in finfish health research to expand the economic value created by Atlantic Canada’s aquatic food animal industries through epidemiology and disease intervention research activities. AVC-CAHS provides globally recognized expertise in epidemiology and evidence-based research to support aquatic health policy decisions for both government and industry. AVC-CAHS is a founding partner in the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment of Aquatic Animal Diseases, hosts the PE Innovation Research Chair (Dr. Larry Hammell) in Epidemiology for Aquatic Food Animal Production, and co-hosts the Canada Excellence Research Chair (Dr. Ian Gardner) in Aquatic Epidemiology.


CNS CRO (Contract Research Corporation) is a private, pre-clinical neurological disease specialty laboratory, offering a range of proprietary cell-based and animal models for pre-clinical evaluation of test compounds for neurodegenerative disease. CNS CRO also has extensive expertise in behavioural and cognitive assessment.


Connolly Group provides your employees leading edge benefits to protect them while they contribute to your company so they can be comfortable knowing that they and their families are covered if a medical situation should arise. For you and your family, we build comprehensive plans for your protection both on a day-to-day basis, and for your future financial plans.

Cox & Palmer (LAW SERVICES)

Cox & Palmer is a full-service regional law firm with over 200 lawyers providing advice to individuals and businesses in a broad range of sectors across all major industries. Proud to be recognized by Canadian Lawyer as a number one Atlantic Canadian law firm, we continue to attract, develop and retain top legal talent.

Direct NutriSciences

Direct NutriSciences is a full service healthcare company based in Canada that offers complete marketplace solutions for pharmaceutical grade OTC and nutraceutical products. We have developed a reputation for producing the gold standard in product efficacy, manufacturing excellence and delivering the best value equation for our customers.

Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance (ECODA)

Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance (ECODA) is a private, not-for-profit company that benefits oilseed growers, processors and exporters in Eastern Canada by establishing oilseed crop options that match regional factors and market needs. With a growing international demand, ECODA links reputable partners from across the value chains for soybeans and canola to contribute to Canada maintaining and strengthening its global market share for these products and associated oilseed products.

Emergence Bioscience Business Incubator

Emergence is a not-for-profit virtual business incubation program dedicated to assisting innovative start-ups and growth stage companies in the bioscience and food sectors. Our multi-year incubation program provides clients with the support and guidance they need to bring their products and services to market – providing a “soft landing” for innovative international ventures seeking to start-up or establish themselves in, or expand into North America. Emergence currently serves a portfolio of close to 70 mostly startup and early-stage client companies.

Export Development Canada (EDC)

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. EDC is a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government. The Charlottetown office opened in June 2017 to provide insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. EDC also supports Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. Much of their business is done in partnership with other financial institutions and through collaboration with the Government of Canada.

Finance PEI

Finance PEI is a crown corporation of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and is the lead financing group for the Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI), providing financing programs and support services to entrepreneurs and SME’s.

First Angel Network (PRIVATE CAPITAL)

Founded in 2005, the First Angel Network Association (FAN) is a member based, not-for-profit with a focus on bridging the capital gap for Atlantic Canadian companies. Created by angel investors who wanted to make a difference in the local economy, FAN provides a high quality investment experience for both angels and entrepreneurs. FAN provides a confidential, disciplined, high-quality private equity investment experience, along with delivering education and networking opportunities for new and experienced angels in the areas of investment readiness, angel investing and commercialization.

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, promotes the country’s international trade and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.


Grant Thornton is an accounting and business advisory firm which provides a wide range of audit, tax and advisory services to industry, private companies, charitable organizations, and other entities that require professional services. Grant Thornton International has offices in over 130 countries. The Canadian firms, comprised of Grant Thornton LLP and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, have about 125 offices, with locations in almost every province. On PEI, there are locations in Charlottetown, Montague, and Summerside, as well as satellite offices in O’Leary and Souris.

Innovation PEI

Innovation PEI is focused on accelerating economic development in Prince Edward Island by investing in people, innovation, and infrastructure. We are targeting key sectors with a high potential for economic growth within the province. These sectors include advanced manufacturing and processing (including value-added food development and production), aerospace and defence, bioscience (including agriculture and fisheries), information and communications technology, financial services and renewable energy. The agency is made up of three divisions, including: Business Development and Innovation, Global Trade Services, and Business Attraction and Emerging Sectors.

Integrated Project Services (IPS – Technical and Engineering design)

IPS-Integrated Project Services is a full-service engineering firm dedicated to helping clients succeed with capital projects and improve operations. We specialize in complex facilities in hi-tech and highly regulated industries providing knowledge, skill and passion in the areas of technical consulting, engineering, construction, commissioning and qualification.


For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to help ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems. Through our global network of state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading technical expertise, we provide innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services to customers worldwide. We provide a systemic approach to supporting our customers’ Quality Assurance efforts in each of the areas of their operations including R&D, raw materials sourcing, components suppliers, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and retail channels, and consumer management.

Island Capital Partners (PRIVATE CAPITAL)

Island Capital Partners is an early stage venture capital fund that is in the business of investing in high potential Prince Edward Island entrepreneurs and startups. We bring investment, experience, mentoring, and networking to our portfolio companies. The fund’s management team (Alex MacBeath, Ron Keefe, Paul Lypaczewski, Steve Nicolle and Stefanie Corbett) all have personal roots in Prince Edward Island and have extensive global operational experience in the corporate and startup worlds.


JLT Canada, a member of JLT Group, is one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. Located across six cities in Canada, our 190+ employees and network partners access the resources of our global team to offer a combination of flexibility and expertise. Major offices are located in Vancouver, Victoria, Guildford, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa. In addition, JLT Re,  a global reinsurance broker and consultancy with over 700 professionals in 15 countries, also has local presence in Canada.


LATIN ACCESS was created by Patricia Díaz in 1993 in response to the challenges and opportunities posed by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and globalization at large. Patricia was born in Mexico City and has lived in Atlantic Canada since 1983. She has successfully operated her own Intercultural Communication Services in Prince Edward Island, Canada since 1985, and has been a member of Rotary International since 1989.


LaunchPad PEI is a non-profit incubator that supports the growth of new technology companies in Prince Edward Island, providing valuable support services in a professional work environment for new companies in PEI to grow through secure office space, access to a dedicated business development officer, local networks and partners, and government programs and services. As a designated business incubator in the Startup Visa Program, LaunchPad PEI provides an anchor for foreign businesses to immigrate and grow in Prince Edward Island. Unlike other incubators, LaunchPad PEI does not take equity in your company.


LearnSphere operates as a consortium of over 40 Canadian companies and institutions. Together we represent a critical mass of content that fuels incremental business opportunities and delivers unique learning, development and consulting solutions for SME’s and non-profit organizations throughout Atlantic Canada and all over the world. Our clients include governments, corporations, and international development markets.

McInnes Cooper (LAW SERVICES)

McInnes Cooper is among the 25 largest business law firms in Canada. We serve clients across North America and abroad from six offices in Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Charlottetown. With nearly 200 lawyers and 250 professional resources, we are positioned to offer clients a range of legal services. We provide services to industry-leading clients in every major sector and with experience in all jurisdictions.


MRSA is a Chartered Professional Accounting firm located in Charlottetown, providing services in accounting, business management, consulting, and taxation.


MRSB opened its doors more than 39 years ago as a small accounting practice started by founder Shaun MacIssac, CPA, CA. His goal was to provide exemplary service to businesses and individuals on Prince Edward Island, helping them to achieve their short-term and future financial goals. The company has since grown to a team of over 55 advisors and five professional divisions, with offices across PEI.

National Research Council Canada – Charlottetown

The NRC’s Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre located in Prince Edward Island helps clients to sustainably convert Canada’s natural resources into products. We work directly with clients to realize technological advances with aquatic and crop resources destined for natural health products, foods and beverages, fibres, bioenergy, bioremediation, bio-based chemicals and other bio-product sectors. A team of researchers and technicians provide you with the right mix of our technical services, technology development support, collaborative research arrangements, licensing opportunities, credible scientific advice and access to specialized facilities.

National Research Council Industrial Research program (NRC IRAP)

The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. With offices across the Country, NRC-IRAP is comprised of industrial technology Advisors, providing innovation technical and business advisory services, financial assistance programs, networking and linkages, and confidentiality of business information. We provide innovation and funding services customized to your specific needs, with the goal to help you accelerate the growth of your business through innovation and technology.

Natural Products Canada

Natural Products Canada (NPC) originated with the idea that Canada could be a global leader in the multi-billion-dollar natural products sector. From shore to shore to shore, Canada is bursting with natural resources, scientific expertise, business accumen, and innovation support programs. NPC is Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research of natural products, funded by the National Centres of Excellence along with numerous private and public partners who share the belief in this untapped opportunity. Getting a natural product to market is a challenging process. NPC is fostering and aligning the commercialization ecosystem to bring validated natural products to market – faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.

Nature’s Crops International

NCI is a premier supplier of organic, non-GM, and expeller pressed oils (Natures Crops Specialty Oils). They manage the supply chain of high value non-commodity products derived from specialty grown crops for a range of industries, including functional food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and specialty channels.

Paul Dick & Associates

Paul Dick and Associates Ltd. (PDA) specializes in the creation of outstanding value to Animal Health and associated companies through the use of innovative best in class business, research and development and regulatory strategies that are creative, timely in producing results that matter, and, value adding to our customers. A pioneer in the world of Animal Health consulting and a clear leader in Canada and the other animal health markets globally.

PEI Potato Quality Institute

The PEI Potato Quality Institute is a not-for-profit organization consisting primarily of potato producers to provide testing, research and other related services in a timely and cost effective manner to potato growers. The Potato Quality Institute is the only lab on PEI accredited by CFIA and is one of five accredited in Canada.

Regis Duffy Bioscience Fund (PRIVATE CAPITAL)

A $1 Million fund created to invest in Bioscience related activities in Prince Edward Island. The fund assists emerging science based businesses in Prince Edward Island that are at the commercialization or near commercialization stage of their development to receive up to $100,000 in equity.

Skills PEI

SkillsPEI is a Division of the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning. It was established in 2009 to manage the delivery of training and skills development programming funded by the Canada-Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreement and Canada-PEI Workforce Development Agreement.

Stewart McKelvey (LAW SERVICES)

Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients’ trust and meeting and striving to exceed their needs. The firm invests in its people, technology and its business to ensure the continued delivery of quality service that clients have come to expect from the firm.

Summerside Business Park

The Summerside Business Park is a 34-acre site that is well-established as a diversified light-manufacturing park. In addition to a diverse range of manufacturing operations, the park is also home to a call centre. Lease space from single offices to production space is available in increments of 2,000 to 14,000 square feet.


Synapse Applied Research and Industry Services (Synapse) is an independently-incorporated company. It was created to help transfer the expertise and knowledge housed in the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) into products, processes, services and insights that can provide practical social and economic benefit beyond the university environment.

University of Prince Edward Island

With annual research expenditures of more than $16.4 million and a growing reputation for research achievement, the University of Prince Edward Island ranks as one of the top ten research-intensive undergraduate universities in Canada. Ultimately, UPEI’s goal is to firmly support an innovative research culture throughout campus and to encourage the practice of knowledge translation and utilization in all research endeavours at UPEI.

West Royalty IndustrIal Park

The West Royalty Business Park is a 100-acre site that is home to approximately 50 businesses and employs approximately 1,500 people in a diverse mix of manufacturing and service operations.

The site has a few select and full service business lots available, with both three phase power and fibre-optic connections. The park also includes an array of lease space, ranging in size from 1,500 to 33,000 square feet, subject to availability.

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