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BLOOM Winding Down Operations

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, it is with regret that I announce that BLOOM is winding down its operations in April 2019.

Hard to believe we’ve been around since 1993, when we first started and were known as OCETA.

It’s been a pleasure to meet with and work with so many interesting and talented people and organizations over the years.

Thank you to our government funders at the federal and Ontario levels, as well as the broad mix of stakeholders that actively participated in and supported our programs and projects.

Also, a thank you to those organizations that provided key accounting, tax, financial, human resource and legal corporate services to BLOOM (namely BDO, RBC and McMillan).

We are very proud of our many accomplishments – and are pleased that part of BLOOM’s legacy will live on.

We have transferred our award-winning ‘Water & Beer’ and ‘Water & Wine’ online platforms to the River Institute based in Cornwall, Ontario.  They will host these free resources on their websites. Watch for further announcements from them.  The contact person for these resources is Natasha Pozega (npozega@riverinstitute.ca).

It has been a nice run, but as the saying goes, it is now time to move on.

All the best in your future endeavours – and transitioning to a low carbon, sustainable economy!

Kevin Jones
President & CEO
BLOOM

Closing the Loop: An On-Site, Circular Economy Solution for Grocery Retailer Food Waste

Closing the Loop: An On-Site, Circular Economy Solution for Grocery Retailer Food Waste

Optimizing a ‘farm to fork’ food strategy has been an objective within the grocery sector in recent years, through initiatives such as improved access to locally grown fresh and wholesome raw and prepared foods. But the ‘farm to fork’ voyage represents only one part of the story.  What happens to the organic by-products generated byContinue Reading

BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program – Round 2 Projects Announced

BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program – Round 2 Projects Announced

BLOOM is pleased to announce that grant funding has been approved to support the completion of six clean technology demonstration projects. The projects are diverse and represent key sectors of Ontario’s economy. The demonstrations are unique collaborative projects involving both a cleantech solution provider and an end-use customer ‘host’ who is representative of the broaderContinue Reading

Demonstrating the Benefits of a Carbon Neutral Farm in Rural Ontario

Demonstrating the Benefits of a Carbon Neutral Farm in Rural Ontario

On March 15, 2018, more than 45 diverse stakeholders, including dairy farmers, industry associations, government agencies, and local community groups, attended an Open House at Harcolm Farms in Beachville, Ontario for one reason: to celebrate the first installation in North America of a small, factory built farm-scale anaerobic digester that captures methane from dairy cattleContinue Reading

BLOOM and Earthshine Lay Out a Bold Vision and Approach to Support the Sustainable Growth of Ontario’s Craft Beer Industry

BLOOM and Earthshine Lay Out a Bold Vision and Approach to Support the Sustainable Growth of Ontario’s Craft Beer Industry

Ontario’s craft beer industry is already a major success story. It has grown rapidly and now boasts about 234 independent craft breweries operating in more than 110 communities across Ontario, with many more planning to ‘turn on the taps’ in the near future. According to Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM, “Ontario’s craft beer storyContinue Reading

A Celebration of Water Stewardship and Innovation at Sawdust City Brewing

A Celebration of Water Stewardship and Innovation at Sawdust City Brewing

On September 29, 2017, more than 40 diverse stakeholders gathered at Sawdust City Brewing Company in Gravenhurst, Ontario to recognize Sawdust as a provincial leader in water stewardship practices, and to celebrate the installation of an innovative on-site wastewater management and treatment system. According to Michael Fagan, Senior VP, BLOOM, “What was amazing about thisContinue Reading

BLOOM Case Study on the Importance of Water Data to Improve Craft Brewery Operational Performance

BLOOM Case Study on the Importance of Water Data to Improve Craft Brewery Operational Performance

For Ontario craft brewers, understanding where water is used and where wastewater is generated provides valuable insight into how they can improve their water management performance.Continue Reading

BLOOM Releases Videos on Lake of Bays Brewing Leadership in Wastewater Management

BLOOM Releases Videos on Lake of Bays Brewing Leadership in Wastewater Management

A craft brewer often only becomes aware that they have a wastewater issue, when they are informed by the municipal or provincial regulator. This then leads to business disruption, higher costs and reputational risk.Continue Reading

BLOOM Releases Case Study on Wastewater Management in Ontario’s Bakery Sector

BLOOM Releases Case Study on Wastewater Management in Ontario’s Bakery Sector

BLOOM released a pilot project case study today: ‘Driving Adoption of Innovative Solutions in Ontario’s Bakery Sector – Demonstrating the Approach and Benefits of Source Reduction as Part of Wastewater Management’. The pilot showed that a first step to improved wastewater management is a structured review of current practices and their impact.  By reducing wastewaterContinue Reading

BLOOM Case Study Demonstrates On-site Wastewater Solutions for Craft Breweries

BLOOM Case Study Demonstrates On-site Wastewater Solutions for Craft Breweries

BLOOM is pleased to announce the release of Driving Adoption of Innovative Solutions at Ontario Craft Breweries – Demonstrating the Performance and Benefits of an Integrated On-Site Wastewater Management Solution, a pilot project case study to improve water management performance in Ontario’s craft breweries. The objective of the pilot was to show that a representativeContinue Reading