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Extension and
Food Safety Services
199 Dr Bernie MacDonald Drive
Bible Hill, NS Canada
B6L 2H5

Phone: (902) 896-0277
Fax: (902) 896-7299

32 Main Street
Kentville, NS Canada
B4N 1J5

Phone: (902) 678-7722
Fax: (902) 678-7266

Bioventures and
Innovation Centre
173 Dr Bernie MacDonald Drive
Bible Hill, NS Canada
B6L 2H5

Phone: (902) 896-8782
Fax: (902) 896-8781



Innovation Centre

Overview of Innovation Centre and Services (PDF)

Perennia's Innovation Centre is an environmentally-friendly 25,000 sq ft facility supporting the commercialization of primary agriculture and marine-based inputs into marketable, higher value products. The Centre is located in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

Perennia Innovation Centre is a Green Building following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles. Some features include an abundance of natural light, solar wall on roof top, bike racks and showers to promote active living and a highly reflective roof to avoid heat build- up. Tours are available upon request.

The Centre offers services and space for both start-ups and established companies wanting to expand their current product line or needing specific process improvement consultation. Services are offered to both resident tenants and off-site clients.

Companies located at the Centre have access to an entrepreneurial community and affordable office/lab space with flexible lease terms in one of the best business and research climates in Nova Scotia. They benefit from rubbing shoulders with other tenants, and can access the knowledge base at neighbouring Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus.

Become a Resident Tenant

The Innovation Centre offers approximately 13,000 sq ft of flexible space which can be custom designed to meet the needs of a client's operation. The Centre provides great flexibility in lease terms and the ability to expand space as companies grow. Tenants may also access services from the in-house pilot plant and analytical labs on a fee-for-service basis.

Electricity costs, internet and telephone set-up is the responsibility of the tenant. Ample free tenant parking is available.

For leasing cost, please contact Erin Boutilier at (902) 896-2444.


Pilot Plant
A 1,200 sq ft pilot plant is available for use by clients on a fee-for-service basis. This facility is available for processing agri-food products. An assortment of pilot-scale processing equipment is in place and under procurement for food processes. Equipment capacity includes ultrafiltration, freeze drying, rising film evaporation, modified gas packaging, vacuum infusion, rapid freezing, filling and sealing technologies. Some equipment is installed permanently but most equipment is portable and can be moved into location and connected quickly to overhead utilities as needed.

Analytical Laboratory
The Centre's technical staff can provide both microbial and chemical analysis. In the microbiological lab, our scientists will assist clients in identifying potential risks and developing appropriate risk management systems. Staff can also provide assistance with the implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs to ensure safe production from start to finish. The chemistry services provide support and testing to identify potential toxic substances in the product.

Food Product Development Laboratory
The Centre is equipped to support clients in the development of novel food products and processes. The lab is used for formula development, sample production, product re-engineering, extraction and purification of bioactive compounds. Sensory evaluation through tasting panels can be arranged through partner facilities. Sensory analysis is used to measure food attributes such as taste, texture, appearance and odour.


At the Innovation Centre, your company will benefit from a range of business and support services that are designed to help speed a company’s success and time to market. All services are provided on a fee-for-service basis, as requried by the tenant.

Product Testing
Pre-nutritional testing/macro-nutrient analysis such as: protein, fat, fibre, etc.; shelf life studies; chemical composition analysis; and sensory analysis.

Extraction services include: bio-actives extraction; anti-oxidant determination; purification of selected bio-based materials; and, profile analysis of bio-actives.

Quality and Food Safety
Perennia's Qualty and Food Safety Division provides the following services: HACCP plan development; Global Food Safety Initiative Program (SQF, BRC) development; Good Management Practices; sanitation programs; Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations; employee training; and initial assessments, mentoring and maintenance.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Eric Albert, Chief Science Officer
902 893 4152 | Email

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