Arrell Food Institute

  • Content Strategy
  • Social Media
  • Website Design
  • Website Development

Our journalists unlocked a trove of incredible stories that helped a world-class academic institute transform its identity and, in the process, win more than $100 million in funding.

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The Ask

The University of Guelph’s Food Institute had the ambition to become the Silicon Valley of the food industry and to win a highly competitive $77-million grant, but it lacked a communications and marketing strategy to get there.


SCL devised and executed a top-to-bottom communications and digital and social content strategy, designed to position the Institute as the winning candidate for the grant. We created and curated custom content— including narrative stories, infographics, videos and podcasts—and conducted seminars to educate university staff on social media strategies and methodologies.


The Food Institute received a total of $117-million as a direct result of the campaign. This consisted of the original $77-million grant, a $20-million donation from the Arrell family — the largest single gift in the University’s history — and an additional matching grant of $20-million.


Strategic Consulting, Brand Design, Web Design and Development, Content Management, Content Creation, Staff Training


Contact Us

Every project is a collaboration, and we can’t wait to put our heads together. Tell us what you need, and we’ll be in touch right away. Call Jonathan Harris at +1 (416) 248-4868 or email

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