OCE In The News

  • August 13, 2014 – The Funding PortalOCE and Futurpreneur team up to help young entrepreneurs access increased financing
    Young Canadian entrepreneurs will now have access to increased start-up funding thanks to a new agreement between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation).
  • August 5, 2014 – The Orillia PacketSharing Place mapping out a plan
    How do food banks evolve to meet the needs of their ever-growing clientele and become less reliant on outside help to serve those in need?
    Orillia-based agency, The Sharing Place, is working with Ontario Centres of Excellence to answer that question.
  • July 30, 2014 – TechVibesStartup Accelerator GrindSpaceXL Now Accepting Fall Cohort Applications in Kingston
    Launch Lab and Queen’s University, in partnership with Invest Ottawa and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, announced this week they are currently accepting applications for their fall cohort of startups looking to accelerate their early-stage technology to the next level.
  • July 15, 2014 – Lakehead UniversityLakehead’s NSERC grant recipients examining wind energy, climate change
    Lakehead University software engineer Dr. Rachid Benlamri is one of several of that institution's researchers approved for funding.
  • July 14, 2014 – Ryerson UniversityEngineering grad set to make waves in business
    The first student in Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science to win all three stages of the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards is now using the business knowledge and financial support he gained from the process to take the plunge into business. Seyed Nourbakhsh, a 2013 chemical engineering graduate, is the founder of Formarum, an OCE-supported company offering the first-ever automated recreational water disinfection system.
  • July 11, 2014 – Electrical Review MagazineSmart Grid research in Ontario, Canada: 
Accelerating grid evolution
    It comes as no surprise Ontario, with iconic Niagara Falls on its doorstep, has a long history of developing large-scale hydro-electric networks. Over the past century, as the power grid serving Ontario’s booming economy became more complex and sophisticated, researchers at Ontario universities developed a long list of ground-breaking solutions to energy system challenges. Read how Ontario Centres of Excellence is helping.
  • July 10, 2014 – Waste EdgePushing Boundaries: Exciting new technologies promise to optimize energy from waste opportunities
    Extending the life of energy producing landfills in cold climates. Converting exhaust heat from trucks into a power source for heating and cooling systems. Introducing real-time monitoring to biogas plants.

    As the waste to energy (WTE) market continues to expand, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is supporting companies whose creative new technologies, such as those mentioned above, are transforming waste management, creating jobs and helping to improve the environment.
  • July 10, 2014 – Canadian Industrial MachineryVertical integration is a risk that pays off
    Think carefully about the effect that outsourcing parts of a manufacturing process can have on your company’s capacity to innovate and its ability to compete in the global market before letting go of in-house capabilities.
  • July 9, 2014 – Canadian Healthcare TechnologyOntario aims to become a brain-science innovation hub
    Claiming the highest concentration of brain researchers in any jurisdiction worldwide, Ontario is now aiming to turn its neurological knowledge into products that can be commercialized. If successful, the project could produce an amazing array of therapies for patients and an economic bonanza for the province.
  • 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.