Gettin “CIGI” With It-Canola Connect Camp



On the afternoon of day one of camp, we were off to CIGI (Canadian International Grains Institute) with a perfect view of the Canadian Human Rights Museum.

The host for our afternoon has traveled around the world with CIGI. Here’s what CIGI does:

CIGI’s technology facilities provide access to a large variety of processing equipment in one location. Combined with the knowledge and expertise of our staff, we have the capacity to meet the specific needs of customers seeking to investigate and optimize the use of Canadian field crops in their products.


We toured their milling and bio-product facilities in addition to pasta processing and noodles and Asian products. I learned something new that day-a noodle is cut and a pasta is extruded. I had never thought about the distinction before.


Of particular interest was the baking facility where CIGI’s pilot bakery can simulate practices used in large and small commercial bakeries throughout the world.

Pasta, noodles and bread are my absolute favourite foods (with the addition of my beloved potatoes of course).


At home in the same building is the CMBTC (Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre) which is a unique, one of a kind, non-profit organization created to add value to the Canadian malting barley industry. In addition to malting facilities, we visited both of the brewing facilities which are capable of brewing 11-300 litres of finished beer. The Friday afternoon was a warm one and our tour was drawing to a close, so beer sampling seemed like a very, very good idea!

The last stop for that day was an extended time at Jane’s restaurant at the Red River College¬†Patterson Global Foods Institute; the details of which will have to wait for another day and another post.

Kath’s quote: “Most people hate the taste of beer – to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome.” -Winston Churchill

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2 Comments to

“Gettin “CIGI” With It-Canola Connect Camp”

  1. Avatar May 22nd, 2015 at 2:01 pm Maria Says:

    Hi Kathy, this comment is completely irrelevant from this blog post. I am also from Winnipeg and read an article you wrote (2012) about being a volunteer baby hugger and just wondered how did you become one? and what does one have to do to be a baby hugger?

    Thanks, Maria

  2. Avatar May 22nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm Kathryne Says:

    I work at the Children’s Hospital. Contact Volunteer Services and let them know what you are interested in doing. There is a process to walk through. You can find out more info on their website. Enjoy.

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