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Discovery brings world-class keynote presenters to the main stage

March 25, 2015



In its first nine years, Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) Discovery has played host to some leading names, and minds, in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, futurists and Singularity University co-founders Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, author Margaret Atwood and lean startup guru Steve Blank have all been part of Discovery in the past.

And the list grows this year with the most robust keynote program Discovery has ever presented.

Appearing as Featured Keynote this year is YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, making his Canadian speaking debut in conversation with CBC’s senior business reporter Amanda Lang. This is followed by an audience Q & A. Hurley’s presentation will come at the end of Discovery’s second day.

On Day One, April 27, the keynote speaker is Eric Ries, pioneer of the Lean Startup movement, appearing remotely for a conversation and Q&A moderated by Financial Post columnist Rick Spence.

Featured presenters include Singularity University faculty members Neil Jacobstein, former president and current co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Track at SU, and David Roberts, former VP and award-winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, sharing their thoughts on disruptive technology, advancing tech, security and cyber-security.

Discovery’s numerous panels and competitions will also feature participation from prominent names in robotics, aerospace, disruptive innovation and health, financial services and agriculture technologies.