Research & Development

Product Development Network

The PARC region is ideally situated in the resource rich region of Manitoba which creates a competitive advantage for firms looking for product development close to major services.  The Government of Manitoba offers various tax credits and incentives to encourage research and development in the province.

We are well-connected and can assist you to identify suitable market intelligence that you need to grow your business in the PARC region. We are confidential and here to help.  Here are just a few examples of our network.

Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation (PCDF)

Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation (PCDF) was established in Roblin, MB as a special operating agency of the Province of Manitoba in 1996.  The organization is lead by a board of directors consisting of farmers from the Parkland, who provide direction for small plot research information on crops and cropping programs that will lead to new crop developments, diversification and value added opportunities in the Parkland.

PCDF plays an integral part with the Agri-Food Innovation and Adaptation Knowledge center of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). Each year an annual report of researched crops is developed and made available to the public.

Phone: (204) 773-6178

Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is in the midst of exciting and ongoing research. Located in Smartpark Research and Technology Park at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB, the Centre is dedicated to the discussion, discovery, and development of functional foods and nutraceuticals, with a focus on the crops of the Canadian Prairies. 

Phone: (204) 474-9989

Composites Innovation Centre

The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) is Manitoba’s premier expert on composite research and biomaterials located in Winnipeg, MB.  A bio-fibre pilot processing facility was established to assist with testing new prototype bio-fibre products.

CIC is funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to support bio-material research and commercialization.  CIC is involved in a mix of projects with numerous businesses, government agencies and educational institutes.

Phone: (204) 262-3400

Food Development Centre

The Food Development Centre is a special operating agency of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development with the Province of Manitoba that is located in Portage la Prairie, MB.  The Centre provides state-of-the-art facilities for applied research and development for the food, beverage and feed industries.  Clients can develop and produce new food products and processing technologies in its Federally-licensed pilot plant.  Resources and services include:  pilot plant, product development, process development, nutritional labeling, regulatory affairs/HACCP, library information services and education.  
Toll Free (CDN): (800) 870-1044
Phone: (204) 239-3150

Brandon Research & Development Centre

The Brandon Research Centre (BRC) is one of the five original Experimental Farms established by the federal government in 1886. Located in Brandon, MB, the centre is part of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) national network of 19 research centres across Canada researching crops such as canola, wheat, oats, barley and pulses.

Phone: (204) 578-6500

Canadian International Grains Institute

Incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit market development organization, the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) in Winnipeg, MB is dedicated to promoting Canada’s field crop industries in international and domestic markets through educational programming and technical activities. Representatives from grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries worldwide are invited to participate in CIGI programs and seminars. Since its inception, close to 24,000 individuals from 110 countries have attended the CIGI program.

Phone:  (204) 983-5344

Biolin Research

Biolin Research Inc. is a private company in Saskatoon, SK that carries out R & D, consulting and education activities to help clients profitably grow, process and/or use the fibers produced in the stems of flax and hemp plants. Such fibers can be used in pure linen and linen blend textiles, insulation, plastic composites, geotextiles, absorbency products, specialty papers and other products.  Their projects include work in agronomy, quality measurement systems, mechanization, microbiology, processing technologies and end-use applications.

Phone: (306) 668-0130

Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute

Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) is an applied research, development and testing organization in Portage la Prairie, MB with clients in the agricultural, transport, military, aeronautics, forestry and mining industries.  Services include design, development, fabrication and evaluation of vehicles, machinery and components.

Phone: 204-239-5445

Canadian Grain Commission, Grain Research Laboratory

The Canadian Grain Commission is a Federal Government Agency that operates under the Canada Grain Act.  The commission has played an historic role in positioning Canada as the world leader of high quality grain through its establishment of grading guidelines.  The 700 employees in the Winnipeg head office provide a number of value added services for farmers, elevators, researchers and industry leaders.

Phone: 1-800-853-6705 or (204) 984-0506

Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre

The centre provides technical assistance to the malting barley and brewing industries.  The malt academy provides educational opportunities to professionals in a unique facility that are used to evaluate malting and brewing characteristics as well as new varieties for malt barley.

Phone: (204) 984-4399


Parkland Agricultural Resource Co-op, Box 759, Grandview, MB Canada, R0L 0Y0

Phone: 204-546-2915    Fax: 204-546-2909