Evidence-based Science Analysis & Advice

Driving the discovery and adoption of agri-innovations

PUTting RESEARCH INTO ACTION

25 years of trusted science analysis & advice

Driving the discovery, development, commercialization and adoption of agri-innovations

Since 1998, VISTA Science & Technology has been supporting Canada's agri-food research and innovation system to drive the discovery, development, commercialization and adoption of agri-innovations. We understand the challenges of putting research into action in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Whether you are discovering or developing new agri-innovations, putting research into practice, or investing in or funding agri-food research, you will benefit from our independent, evidence-based analyses, advice and solutions.

Our philosophy

THE PROMISE OF SCIENCE

The promise of science is a compelling force in society. It represents our confidence in science to find solutions for our most urgent and critical social-ecological challenges. As a rigorous method of intellectual inquiry, science is our most credible and reliable source of knowledge. Our investments in research and science are a testament to our shared vision of the promise of science.

For more than 150 years, Canada's agriculture sector has embraced the promise of science to become a global leader in sustainable food production.

Unlocking the promise of science to accelerate discovery, development, commercialization and adoption of new research to drive agri-innovation is an ongoing challenge defined by complexity, uncertainty, risk and ambiguity. Understanding this complexity is key to effectively navigating and negotiating an increasingly uncertain future to realize the promise of science.

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our services

Driving agri-innovation

With our independent, evidence-based analyses, advice and solutions you will:

Manage and mobilize research for enhanced benefits and impact

Gain novel insights and foresight on emerging agri-food science, research, and innovation opportunities

Make agri-food science and research more accessible, meaningful, and useful

Put agri-food research into action

Research

Research

Research

Science and research are the cornerstones of a competitive, sustainable agri-food sector. More than ever the agri-food sector needs new scientific knowledge and technologies to address the ever increasing challenges of feeding a growing population while simultaneously addressing and adapting to climate and sustainability crises. VISTA's Innovation Positioning Framework is a proven, evidence-based approach for accelerating the discovery, development, commercialization and adoption of new research and science to drive agri-innovation.

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We offer:

Strategic research planning

Research prioritizing and positioning

Research impact assessments

Technology market and commercialization assessments

Communication

Communication

Communication

Science communication is about telling stories that engage, inform, educate and inspire diverse audiences in the promise of agriculture science.  VISTA has been telling stories about Canadian agriculture science and research for 25 years.

We offer:

Proposal writing and consulting

Knowledge mobilization

Global knowledge syntheses

Policy

Policy

Policy

Policy, governance, and regulatory frameworks are vital pieces of a thriving agriculture innovation system.  Science and research are vital for effective policy, governance and regulatory frameworks.  It’s a complex relationship.  Whether it’s “policy for science” or “science for policy”, we have the tools and experience to support your needs.

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We offer:

Global science, research and innovation (SRI) policy reviews

SRI trend analyses

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VISTAS of Discovery & Innovation

A collection of our thoughts, ideas, research and news about agri-innovation

AgKTT Framework

An Agriculture Knowledge Translation and Transfer (AgKTT) Framework

Knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) is essential for research to have an impact.
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Northern Food Systems in Transition: The Role of the Emerging Agri-Food Industry in the Northwest Territories (Canada) Food System

Grounded in a food systems approach, we used a correlative, evolutionary SWOT analysis to profile the nascent NWT agri-food industry within the context of the existing NWT food system.

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