Our Partners

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) partners with key players in the innovation ecosystem to drive commercialization, technology transfer, and the development of highly qualified personnel. From referrals to collaboration agreements and co-investments, OCE works with its partners to make companies more innovative, facilitating increases in their growth and profitability through industry-academic collaborations.

Funding Partners

OCE’s funding partners include:

Provincial Partners

Federal Partners

Strategic Partners

OCE has a number of strategic partnerships with organizations, formalized by Memoranda of Understanding:

  • Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF)

    OCE and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures are partnering to deliver the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program, which supports cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia to solve key industry challenges in both provinces.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

    OCE and BDC are partnering on the Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) program to help small businesses and entrepreneurs gain access to additional funding and resources more conveniently through a one stop application process. 
  • Canadian Commercialization Consortium (C3)

  • Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)

    OCE and the CEMI are working with industry and NSERC on the Mining Manufacturing program. The initiative funds university and industry based, transformative R&D in productivity, energy, water and waste relating to Ontario’s mining industry and its value chain.
  • China-Canada Innovation Park (CCIP)

    China-Canada Innovation Park (CCIP) was established out of the partnership between OCE and HanHai ZhiYe Investment Management Group. 
  • Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
  • Extreme Startups

    OCE collaborates with Extreme Startups as part of the SmartStart program, which supports entrepreneurial post-secondary STEM students and recent graduates to develop a start-up company.
  • Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF) 

    OCE and Futurpreneur Canada are co-investing $1 million in young entrepreneurs through a joint fellowship program. The fellowships grant up to 10 projects $100,000 each over two years, as well as mentoring and business coaching services.
  • HanHai ZhiYe Investment Management Group 

    OCE and HanHai have partnered to lead the establishment of a China-Canada enterprises innovation centre, including a Sino-Canadian scientific and innovation collaboration and exchange platform that will enable HanHai and OCE to develop an Ontario-China network of entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program

    Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

    OCE works collaboratively with IRAP at the regional level to facilitate the competitiveness of SMEs in Ontario.
  • International Commercialization Alliance (ICA)

    With 48 founding members from 18 countries and a secretariat managed by CCR, the ICA aims to add value to each member country by facilitating an exchange of ideas, knowledge and lessons learned from successes and failures; and by identifying opportunities to coordinate and cooperate on global commercialization opportunities and challenges.
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    Invest Ottawa

    OCE and Invest Ottawa (formerly OCRI) have forged a partnership to benefit up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Ottawa region.
  • National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

    OCE collaborates with NACO to provide a window of quality investment opportunities through OCE’s portfolio companies.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

    OCE works with NSERC to deliver and fund collaborative projects, with both organizations leveraging their respective resources to foster industry-academic partnerships in Ontario. The OCE business development team assists in the delivery of the NSERC Engage program, and the partnership is further augmented through co-funding initiatives.
  • OMERS Ventures 

    OCE's collaborative agreement with OMERS will provide additional mentoring, relationship-building opportunities, potential funding and other resources to support qualified early-stage companies and entrepreneurs as they develop, commercialize and market their products and services.
  • Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC)

    OCE is partnering with OAC on the Ontario Aerospace R&TD Challenge, the first initiative under the Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge program (VIA). The Ontario Aerospace R&TD Challenge supports areas of technology that are strategically important to the Ontario aerospace sector.
  • Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)

    OCE and The OBI are deploying innovative Entrepreneurship Fellowships to mentor and support scientists (e.g., neurotechnology, science or engineering) in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities and to ultimately establish neuroscience-related companies in Ontario.
  • PARTEQ Innovations

    PARTEQ Innovations is the lead institution in the Rideau Commercialization Network, established in 2011 by the OCE Technology Transfer Program. Working with RCN, PARTEQ administers a joint Proof of Principal Program, aimed at adding value to innovative technologies created by institutional researchers across Eastern Ontario.
  • Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM)

    OCE is partnering with the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery to fund collaborative life sciences and game-changing biopharmaceutical research projects between the two provinces. 
  • Social Innovation Generation at MaRS (SiG@MaRS)

    OCE and SiG@MarRS have established a partnership to further social innovation in addressing social and environmental challenges, building on the recognized expertise of both organizations and facilitating cooperative action.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    OCE is partnering with SSHRC to deliver the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships, an innovative initiative to fund individual scholars and researchers in social sciences and humanities research. The program supports knowledge mobilization activities and Innovation/Intellectual Property developed in an Ontario publicly-funded research institution (college or university).

Ontario Academic Partner Institutions



Ontario Research Partner Institutions