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Get the District Ventures Kitchen Advantage District Ventures Kitchen provides business advisory services and structured training to help companies scale and grow their food processing businesses.


Benefits of working with District Ventures Kitchen:

  • Access to shared production and packaging equipment
  • Access to expert advisers and industry insiders to help you solve problems unique to your business
  • Training in all facets of starting and growing a food processing business – from selling to retailers and developing your production line, to implementing systems and building a solid business model to finding funding and setting up your own food plant
  • Mentoring from food sector experts and experienced entrepreneurs
  • Hands-on assistance to help food entrepreneurs bring their products to life and achieve market success
  • Accelerator rental spaces available for businesses who need a step between incubation and moving into their own plant

Take a look inside District Ventures Kitchen with this video!




Janice Bartley, Office Manager

Janice’s Experience:

Janice Bartley has worked with entrepreneurs and students for many years; as an administrator, she has created systems and infrastructure for both career and traditional colleges to ensure that trainees and staff can focus on providing exceptional learning experiences. She has many years of experience in hospitality industry training and uses that background to ensure that our programming is delivered in top-notch fashion.

How Janice Can Help You:

Janice is most people’s first point of contact at District Ventures Kitchen. She’s a keen listener and problem solver who quickly determines what info new clients and visitors need to start working with our team. Janice is also the key contact for accounting and other administrative questions. Contact Janice via email: [email protected]




Carlos Correia, Operation Manager

Carlos’ Experience:

Carlos has a successful food career peppered with a variety of food industry experience. He’s been a plant manager at various types of food production facilities creating products as diverse as meat, bakery and confectionery. He has also been a food entrepreneur himself so Carlos knows exactly what District Ventures Kitchen clients need to know about safe and efficient food production.

How Carlos can help you:

As a commercialization expert, Carlos can troubleshoot your production process and help you to adapt your plan so that it works well on our equipment. He meets with clients to make sure that they are set up to make their product successfully and to help solve the production challenges that may limit efficient and profitable production. Contact Carlos via email: [email protected]




Kevin Dragan, Production Coordinator

Kevin’s Experience:

Kevin is a food scientist and technologist responsible for making sure that everyone producing food products at District Ventures Kitchen has access to the correct equipment. He wrangles the schedule and conducts orientation and hands-on equipment training to ensure that everyone is working safely and efficiently on our production floor.

How Kevin can help you:

If you’re interested in using our facilities by the hour and want information about costs and scheduling, Kevin can provide an information package. He also conducts weekly tours of our facility each Friday (to sign up for a tour click here) and he can help you to troubleshoot if District Ventures Kitchen is the correct facility for your company. Contact Kevin via email: [email protected]



Mingki Choi, Marketing & Program Coordinator

Mingki’s Experience:

Having worked as a Marketing, Social Media and Events Management Lead for a Toronto-based grocery retailer, Mingki is no stranger to the food industry. Mingki’s career in marketing began in the UK, where she learned the ropes of digital marketing within the field of hospitality. Mingki hails from South Korea, with a background in journalism – she loves sharing stories!

How Mingki can help you:

As Marketing & Program Coordinator, Mingki acts as the main point of contact for existing and potential clients, training providers and industry experts in the District Ventures Kitchen network. Mingki Choi works closely with clients and senior managers to create marketing communications materials and organize, schedule and plan programming that meets client needs. Contact Mingki via email: [email protected]


Benefits of our leadership:

Bringing a wealth of experience and insight to District Ventures Kitchen, our board advises the District Ventures Kitchen team on strategy and provides the high-quality leadership our clients need to succeed.

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