Penokean Hills Farms Awarded SSMARt Innovation Company of the Year


The 12th annual SSMARt Innovation Awards hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) were held at Grand Gardens, Downtown Sault Ste. Marie on November 15, 2017.

Innovation Company of the Year – Penokean Hills Farms

In 2005, a group of local family farmers from Algoma decided to collectively sell a high quality, healthy, and locally produced brand of beef native to Northern Ontario, giving local consumers increased access to a clean product.

Since that time, the company was consolidated and bought by two of its members who are local farmers with a deep family history of farming high-quality products and a passion for the community.

This company adheres to strict beef raising guidelines, working with a beef scientist from the University of Guelph on best farming and beef raising practices.

Products are processed in Algoma and distributed across Ontario. In 2015, the company purchased the local abattoir located in Bruce Mines. As the only abattoir in the entire Algoma district, it serves not only as an important asset to their farms, but to many other local farmers in the community.

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All winners were awarded custom designed and locally made 3D printed trophies, created by Maker North, a local tech company specializing in 3D printing.

Innovation in Digital Media – Jeronamo Solutions for Vibe Eatery & Juice Co.

Steve Butland Innovation Educator of the Year – Mark Carlucci, Teacher and Robotics Mentor with White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School

Innovation Project of the Year – Wishart Law Firm LLP and the Wishart Municipal Group

Innovation Startup of the Year – Black Fox Fishing

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship – Youth Odena and Food Bank Farm

Innovation Leader of the Year – Kevin Rusnell with Digital Intelligence Group (DIG)

Innovation Youth of the Year – Stormer Santana

Click on for more information and links on all of this years SSMARt award winners!