Our Culture

Members of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) team come from all different backgrounds and stages in their career and are united in the common goal of creating prosperity in Ontario through innovation in industry-academia collaboration. Our culture is fast-paced, challenging and rewarding.

With backgrounds in science and engineering, industry, entrepreneurialism, academia and government, our staff foster relationships and build networks to help innovative ideas move beyond the lab and talented people make a difference in our economy.

Roles and individual performance measurement at OCE are focused around six core competencies: Problem-solving; collaboration; accountability; communication and interpersonal skills; technical knowledge; initiative and leadership. Our compensation package is made up of salary and a comprehensive mix of benefits designed to safeguard employees and promote wellbeing.

Our Values

Partnership: We believe in the power of teamwork and building effective partnerships both internally and externally. The result is a culture based on transparency and the sharing of information.

Trust and Respect: We trust and respect our staff, clients and stakeholders and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism.

Flexibility and Agility: We believe in serving clients and partners according to their needs and timelines. We set service standards and hold ourselves accountable to these goals. We identify with the entrepreneurs we work with.

Risk-taking: We are in the "new ideas" business. We value creativity and believe in lifelong learning. We accept the risks associated with furthering development of innovative ideas and people.

Accountability: We are accountable for our individual and collective decisions and actions as they impact our relationships and the performance of the organization.

Positive Work Environment: We support diversity and believe that OCE functions best when staff is like-minded – not necessarily alike. And, we support programs that facilitate work-life balance.

Healthy Workplace

At OCE, we believe our employees are our greatest asset. OCE is committed to fostering a positive environment in which all staff has the opportunity to excel. A safe, supportive environment where mutual respect is paramount and individuals have the tools and influence to improve and develop their careers — while simultaneously maintaining a healthy work-life balance — is key to our shared success. In developing our staff and working environment, OCE is able to sustainably build on its success and exceed future expectations. A Healthy Workplace is central to wellbeing and, by extension, innovation. 


Diversity is OCE’s strength, and we have grown and prospered as a result. Valuing diversity at OCE is recognizing the environment of innovation and creativity that results from a workplace that embraces individual backgrounds, experiences, ideas and talents. We will always strive to create a workplace where each member of staff is encouraged to grow and develop to their full potential. Without the unique perspective of all of our employees we would not be where we are today.

See a list of OCE’s current career opportunities.