OCE In The News

  • June 30, 2014 – Drug Discovery TodayOCE and OBI partner with CQDM on $3 million inter-provincial drug discovery innovation programs

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) are partnering with CQDM to bring an additional $3 million to two programs dedicated to breakthrough technologies to accelerate drug discovery and development.

  • June 25, 2014 – Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of ChinaChina-Canada Enterprises Innovation Center Inaugurated
    On April 15, 2014, China-Canada Enterprises Innovation Center was inaugurated at China (Beijing) International Technology Transfer Convention 2014.
  • June 24, 2014 – The Barrie Examiner Lakehead, local publisher partner for project

    A local web-based business recently partnered with a Lakehead University software engineering team to develop a software system that will help bring the company to a leading-edge position in its market.

    Third Sector Publishing, based in Orillia, has an online resource, CharityCAN (charitycan.ca), which provides information on more than 85,000 Canadian charities and foundations, as well as the individuals and organizations that donate to them. In co-operation with the Globe and Mail, the company recently launched the Top 1,000 Non-Profits Report, modelled on the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business ranking of corporations.

    The project with Lakehead is focused on the rapidly growing research field of big data, the term used to describe the vast and complex amount of data available online.

    “For any business that relies on the organization and retrieval of online data, this exponential growth — caused by continually increasing computer power — is a challenge,” said Anderson Charters, president of Third Sector Publishing. “The more complex our data becomes, the more important it is that we have sophisticated methods and tools to automate search tasks.”

    Under the direction of Lakehead’s Rachid Benlamri, professor of software engineering at the Thunder Bay campus, a research team including two master’s students and two research assistants is working with Third Sector Publishing to develop a software system to automate the content search requirements of CharityCAN.

    “This groundbreaking research is an exciting project for us, as there (have) not been many papers studying big data,” said Benlamri. “Our students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and creativity to cutting-edge research and witness, first hand, how it will be used in a real company.”

    The project is funded in part by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, which sees this project as the first step in what could lead to bigger projects in the future. Two federal funding bodies — the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Connect Canada — also support the project.

    “We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity of working with Dr. Benlamri and his research team,” said Charters. “The software and information technology developed from this project will help Charity become more effective and solidify its leading position in the non-profit prospect research market.”

  • June 20, 2014 – Oshawa This WeekFostering growth in Durham's tech industry
    It looks like something out of a Batman movie.

    Yet the black suit which draws the eye and spurs the imagination is not part of any movie set, it's the product of work done by a local Oshawa startup company. It's one of many tech businesses operating across Durham Region and part of an industry some hope could change the face of the local economy.

  • June 20, 2014 – FinSMEsClear Blue Technologies Raises $500K in Funding
    Clear Blue Technologies Inc., a Toronto, ON, Canada-based Smart Off-Grid company, raised $500k in funding.

    Backers included existing investors Grenville Strategic Royalties and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

  • June 20, 2014 – Lakehead UniversityLocal Business Partners with Lakehead Researchers on “Big Data” Project
    A local web-based business has recently partnered with a Lakehead University software engineering team to develop a software system that will help bring the company to a leading edge position within its market.
  • June 20, 2014 – Toronto StarNeed a clinic or pharmacy that speaks your language? It’s just a click away
    Finding the closest clinic or pharmacy where someone can serve you in your mother tongue is now a click away on your smartphone or computer, thanks to a free website/app with a memorable name — iamsick.ca — created by three U of T students.
  • June 20, 2014 – McMaster Daily NewsThe new face of Canadian tech: how a McMaster valedictorian is reinventing smart TV

    Matthew Gardner quite literally built his company from the ground up.

    When the McMaster engineering student assembled a small development team in February, 2013, he spent the next three months sleeping on the living room floor of a rundown rented house in Kitchener, Ont. The tiny room also served as the team's ad hoc workspace when they weren't putting in long hours at a local startup accelerator, HYPERDRIVE.

  • June 11, 2014 – The Globe and MailHow universities are growing the next generation of billion-dollar startups
  • May 4, 2014 – The Kitchener-Waterloo RecordInexpensive chip could alert millions to unsafe water
    A simple butterfly wing and support from Ontario Centres of Excellence helped Simarjeet Saini develop a water contamination sensor that may save thousands of lives.
  • May 1, 2014 – Life Science LeaderDriving The Innovation Agenda In Life Sciences: The Case Of Ontario, Canada
    Continued discovery is the lifeblood of the life sciences sector. As researchers across the globe race to find the next disruptive treatment or technology, government has a critical role to play in creating the conditions for innovation to flourish.
  • May 1, 2014 – The Timmins Press Big boost for entrepreneurs in Ontario's North
  • April 26, 2014 – Western University NewsNew programs target youth entrepreneurship
    Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, visited Western this week to announce a $51-million investment on behalf of the province, creating new programs to help young people start companies and create jobs by providing business skills and capital as well as opportunities to gain experience and expertise through research and development internships. Four of the programs are being delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • April 25, 2014 – London Community NewsProvincial plan to create job creators launched in London

    Peter Devlin wants to set the province on fire.
    The president of Fanshawe College said so as Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, announced on Thursday morning (April 24) the college and Western University would benefit from a new $51 million suite of programs designed to make the province more entrepreneurial and turn new graduates into job creators instead of job seekers.


  • April 25, 2014 – CTV LondonEntrepreneur boost from cash for youth jobs strategy
    OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr joined Minister of Research of Innovation Reza Moridi and others for an announcement of the launch of four new OCE programs in London.
  • April 24, 2014 – The Sault Star Innovation Centre receives more program funding
    For the second time this week, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre has received an injection of government money including $198,000 to be used to provide a venue for up to 30 small and medium-sized start-up enterprises and late-stage researchers from across Northern Ontario to showcase their leading-edge technology at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference.
  • April 17, 2014 – Yonge Street MediaOntario and Alberta launch collaborative innovation program
    The provincial governments of Alberta and Ontario have reached an agreement to work with academic and industry partners to collaboratively pursue research projects that have strong potential for commercialization, according to an announcement made earlier this month.
  • April 14, 2014 – Hamilton SpectatorLiON’s LAIR prowling for new entrepreneurs
    Springtime symbolizes growth and rejuvenation. It is only fitting then that for the past several years springtime has also meant the start of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Factory's LiON'S LAIR Competition, a competition designed to drive businesses forward and stimulate growth and economic activity in our region.
  • April 11, 2014 – PLANT MagazineAlberta, Ontario collaborate to commercialize R&D
    Alberta and Ontario are putting up $4 million with another $2 million from industry to develop R&D projects that have commercial legs and strong economic potential.
  • April 8, 2014 – MediaplanetWhat drives innovation in North Ontario?

    Mediaplanet interviews Dr. Tom Corr to explain the challenges and opportunities Northern Ontario presents.