About Us


Accelerating the growth of digital agriculture

EMILI is an industry-led non-profit committed to accelerating Canada’s growth as a leader in digital agriculture. We work with producers, industry, and academia to advance the adoption of intelligent technologies, and provide people with the skills required to succeed in a digital economy. EMILI is proudly based in Manitoba with projects that span the country. 

Our Strategic Pillars

We are guided by four strategic pillars to provide people with the connections, skills, training, and resources they need to excel in digital agriculture. View our current projects to see how we’re putting our pillars into action.

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Innovation and research

We support agricultural innovation by aligning and collaborating on research to advance the mobilization between academic research and industry R&D.

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Intelligent technology integration

We help to develop Canadian agricultural technologies by creating space to test digital solutions and techniques on a full-scale commercial farm.

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Skills, training, talent

We engage with diverse stakeholders and technologies to create opportunities for people from non-agriculture backgrounds to obtain the skills they need to thrive in a digital agriculture career.

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Capital enablement

We connect agtech and agri-food startups with resources, mentorship, and financial support to help develop digital agriculture technologies and attract new business to Manitoba.

Our History

In 2016, EMILI was founded by business and academic leaders with the common goal of growing the digital agriculture economy in the Canadian prairies. Since then, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of partners to help accelerate Canada’s growth as a leader in digital agriculture. Here are some of our accomplishments:

5,500+ acres for agtech demos
$235k+  of funding toward 16 agtech companies
91,967+ youth engaged in digital agriculture
241+ industry-industry partnerships formed
268+ industry-academic partnerships formed

Collaborate with Us

Working together, we can increase the integration of intelligent technologies, empower people with digital skills, support start-ups on the prairies, and accelerate Canada's growth as a leader in digital agriculture.

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EMILI is an ADT Supporting Member

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In November 2022, EMILI joined Ag Data Transparent (ADT) as its first supporting member. ADT is an American non-profit organization that assists producers with understanding and evaluating contracts associated with collection, storage, transfer, and use of their agricultural data.