OCE In The News

  • November 24, 2014 – TechVibesCanada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun

    Canada’s startup support system begins with a strong foundation. There is support and resources available not only to the prospective business owner, but to curious children who could be the next generation of entrepreneurs.
    In high school the support continues as adolescents are required to begin planning their paths to post-secondary education.  Programs like the OCE’s “Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch” competition, are designed to help students set themselves apart as they become more serious about entrepreneurship.

  • November 21, 2014 – The Globe and MailThese six great neuroscience ideas could make the leap from lab to market

    Research labs across Ontario are full of ingenious – and even life-saving – inventions that often never make it to market. Ontario Brain Institute and Ontario Centres of Excellence are teaming up to rescue great ideas from eternally gathering dust.

  • November 20, 2014 – PR NewswireVive Crop Protection unveils its new manufacturing plant
    OCE-supported Vive Crop Protection, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of its new manufacturing plant to enable commercial production of its advanced product formulations. These technologies leverage Vive's patented Allosperse®delivery system, providing enhanced agronomic performance and new application opportunities for farmers.
  • November 19, 2014 – The Fountain Pen3rd Annual Youth 'Make Your Pitch' Contest Begins
    Ontario is giving young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public through the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
  • November 19, 2014 – The Fountain PenU of G Recieves Grant From Provincial Youth Jobs Strategy
    A $400,000 grant from the provincial government through Ontario Centres of Excellence will enable the University of Guelph to expand its student entrepreneurship centre, supporting young people in starting and growing their own businesses.
  • November 18, 2014 – MaRS News and InsightsMining & Metals + Internet of Things: Industry opportunities and innovation

    The mining industry is as vital to today’s global economy as ever before, yet it is at a crossroad. It is an industry that is currently combating multiple adverse global trends such as falling commodity prices, a slowing global economy and skilled labour shortages.The industry, for the most part, understands what must be done. The calls for innovation in the mining industry are deafening and the Internet of Things is making its way into mining sites near you. For entrepreneurs who want to sell their Internet of Things-based solutions to the industry and help miners address challenges, this is music to their ears. Or is it?

  • November 18, 2014 – Wilfrid Laurier UniversityDonna Kotsopoulos appointed Acting Associate Vice-President: Research
    Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos will lead the Office of Research Services at Wilfrid Laurie University and report to Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, who will serve as Acting Vice-President: Research in addition to her role as Vice-President: Academic and Provost.
  • November 18, 2014 – The Globe and MailColleges catch the startup wave
    Across Canada, startup-minded college students are enrolling in entrepreneurship-focused diplomas, applied degrees and specialty certificates. With support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, most Ontario colleges are embedding entrepreneurship courses for all disciplines while others are expanding opportunities for business students to work directly with companies on projects relevant to their bottom line.
  • November 17, 2014 – Ontario NewsroomMake Your Pitch Fostering High School Entrepreneurs

    Ontario is giving young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public through the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
    The competition challenges high school students to pitch their business idea in a two-minute video. The videos will be evaluated by judges from the business community and the public can vote for the best pitch online.

  • November 17, 2014 – Sault OnlineMake Your Pitch!
    Ontario is giving young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public through the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition. Twenty finalists will present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery Conference in Toronto this April. The finalists will also receive business coaching.
  • November 17, 2014 – Hamilton SpectatorA smarter way to keep your swimming pool clean

    Imagine having a device for your swimming pool that not only takes care of sanitizing and monitoring chemical levels, but is also self-powered and runs on the movement of the water. With support from OCE's SmartStart Seed Fund program, Seyed Nourbakhsh and his team at Formarum have created a system that does just that (formarum.com or @FormarumInc).
    Formarum is an engineering company that has designed the world's first self-powered smart sanitizer for swimming pools. Dive Smart Sanitizer is an intelligent all-in-one system that makes pool sanitation less expensive, safer and easier.

  • November 11, 2014 – Daily ExchangeDurham College receives additional $20,000 in Ontario Centres of Excellence funding to support work with IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc.
    The Durham College (DC) Office of Research Services and Innovation (ORSI) announced that it has received $20,000 in additional funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to support its ongoing applied research work with IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc. (IFTech), an Oshawa-based start-up company that specializes in wearable technology related to immersive gaming and virtual world simulation.
  • November 10, 2014 – McMaster Daily NewsWho wants a slice? Mac research team partners with Pizza Pizza to fight waste
    A team of researchers from McMaster University, led by engineering professor James Cotton, are slicing up traditional commercial ovens to help prevent heat loss and wasted energy during the cooking process.
  • November 10, 2014 – CTV News TorontoOnline tool offers researchers a new way to sort through all the studies
    A Canadian startup's web widget is offering doctors and researchers help in digitally navigating the staggering volume of medical studies and articles being published each day around the world.
  • November 6, 2014 – Truck NewsNavigating the roadblocks
    Figuring out how to make a self-driving truck is the easy part. Integrating autonomous technology into society is where the challenge truly begins.
    OCE's new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle program is hoping to find solutions to those complex challenges.
  • October 27, 2014 – Canadian ManufacturingPartnership formed to propel Ontario’s aerospace industry
    A trio of organizations are teaming up to increase innovation in Ontario’s aerospace sector.

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) are partnering with the newly formed Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) to identify and develop opportunities for increased industry-academic research and development collaborations in the province, home to Canada’s second largest aerospace sector.

  • October 23, 2014 – Digital JournalContent, Technology and Investment Leaders Join Forces on Reality Shaking Event in November
    Co-founded by Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Immersed conference features two days of sessions by worldwide Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D experts. It takes place at 99 Sudbury in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, November 23rd to Monday, November 24th.
  • October 17, 2014 – Watertown Daily TimesMassena Memorial first hospital to use device developed by son of local doctor
    Massena Memorial Hospital made history this week when it became the first hospital in the United States to use a new piece of OCE-supported technology for a hip replacement surgery.
  • October 10, 2014 – Erie MediaCollege helps local businesses with websites
    An Ontario Centres of Excellence grant worth $40,000 will allow Niagara College to help up to 16 companies with their websites, to help them increase their online presence.
    The 2014 funding comes after a successful pilot phase carried out by the college’s research and innovation division in 2013.
  • October 10, 2014 – Design EngineeringDEX 2014 adds speaker lineup
    DEX will feature a lunch-time keynote by Gillian Sheldon, Business Development Manager with the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Ms. Sheldon will speak about the opportunities for small-to-medium-sized companies to partner with the world-class engineering research facilities and personnel at Ontario’s leading universities.