Automation and robotics, data integration and analytics, sustainability, traceability, producer premiums and smart farms. These words are all synonymous with the future of agriculture – and that future is now.
The technological movement and its rapid application and integration into agriculture are fuelling AgTech in becoming one of Canada’s high-growth tech areas, while at the same time becoming a key component of growth in the Canadian economy.
How Osler can help
As with any new opportunity in any industry, counselled and adept decision-making is key to managing and protecting the commercialization of the product or service. Having access to strategic and experienced counsel is crucial to seamlessly navigating this relatively new yet exciting direction in agriculture.
Osler provides highly skilled and innovative legal teams to advise and manage the evolving legal landscapes in these types of high-growth areas. We have professionals with the depth of experience in company formation, food safety, blockchain/food traceability, artificial intelligence, remote monitoring and drone management, food regulatory, privacy and data management, IP (biotech and patents), venture finance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and more. Our AgTech team includes Osler Special Advisor Brad Wall, the former Premier of Saskatchewan. Brad offers Osler clients his strategic insight and guidance, particularly in relation to the energy and agri-food industries.
Osler’s leading national Emerging and High Growth Companies (EHG) Practice is fully integrated in the EHG ecosystem. Relationships with venture capital funds, angel groups, universities, incubator and accelerator programs across the country that support such businesses (including our support of Creative Destruction Labs across Canada, The Next Big Thing, Uniting the Prairies, and many more) help us understand and navigate these developing industries and connect our EHG clients with sources of capital and other key resources.