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News Releases

  • Jared Cohen, Founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw, to Give Keynote Address at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Jared Cohen, Founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw, to Give Keynote Address at Discovery 2017
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is thrilled to announce Jared Cohen as the keynote speaker for Day One of Discovery 2017, being held May 15-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • Ontario companies compete for $20,000 in accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Ontario companies compete for $20,000 in accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2017
    Five groundbreaking companies from across Ontario that focus on accessibility and assistive technology will compete in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition.
  • Eight high-potential social enterprise ventures to pitch for $25,000 in awards at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Eight high-potential social enterprise ventures to pitch for $25,000 in awards at Discovery 2017
    Eight Ontario-based social enterprise ventures will compete for $25,000 in awards at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) second annual Social Enterprise Pitch Competition, being held on May 15 at Discovery 2017.
  • Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017

    Apr 11, 2017Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and global strategist Marc Goodman to the Discovery 2017 Day One Cybersecurity Panel as a featured presenter.
  • Discovery 2017 welcomes Gina McCarthy, EPA head under President Obama

    Apr 04, 2017Discovery 2017 welcomes Gina McCarthy, EPA head under President Obama
    A leading advocate for public health and the environment for over 30 years, Gina McCarthy will be the Day Two keynote speaker at Discovery 2017.
  • Helping Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up

    Mar 02, 2017Helping Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up
    TORONTO, MARCH 1, 2017 – The Ontario Government, through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), is now accepting applications for two highly popular features of its annual Discovery conference: the Social Enterprise Zone (SEZ) and the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition. The Social Enterprise Zone will showcase 24 Ontario-based social enterprises, helping them make valuable connections to potential investors, partners and customers. The application deadline is March 24, 2017 at 12 noon, and applications can be made on the OCE Discovery website.
  • $28.8-Million Innovation Challenge Supports a Sustainable, Innovation-Based Economy

    Mar 01, 2017$28.8-Million Innovation Challenge Supports a Sustainable, Innovation-Based Economy
    The Ontario government today launched a new, $28.8-million challenge to help innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario address public sector business and service challenges. The Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) is part of the Ontario government’s Business Growth Initiative (BGI), and will be managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Ontario government. The SBIC will stimulate the growth of SMEs by supporting them in developing and demonstrating innovative technologies with the goal of these new solutions driving innovation in the public and private sectors.
  • Ontario Promotes Auto Parts Competitiveness

    Feb 16, 2017Ontario Promotes Auto Parts Competitiveness
    At the Canadian International AutoShow, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) announced 20 new technology innovation projects that will advance Ontario's global competitiveness in the automotive sector.
  • Ontario and Israel Partner on $20-Million Research Network

    Feb 07, 2017Ontario and Israel Partner on $20-Million Research Network
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) have launched a new, $20-million bilateral program.
  • $20-Million Fund Will Support Innovation at Ontario's Colleges

    Jan 24, 2017$20-Million Fund Will Support Innovation at Ontario's Colleges
    The new $20-million Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund (CARDF) announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne will promote new economic growth, the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Colleges Ontario said today.