OCE In The News

  • June 13, 2013 – Greenhouse Canada Wanted: Ontario farmers to grow hazelnuts
    Erie Innovation and Commercialization is looking for farmers who are interested in being part of one of Ontario’s newest crops – hazelnuts.
  • June 13, 2013 – London Economic Development CorporationWestern University Entrepreneur Aims To Commercialize New Tremor Treatment
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) have awarded Jack Lee, who holds a Master of Science degree  (Physiology and Pharmacology) from Western University, with an OCE-OBI Entrepreneurship Fellowship to help commercialize technology that will assist in the treatment of tremors, the most common of all movement disorders.
  • June 9, 2013 – University of Toronto, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical EngineeringA Discovery of Talent and Drive
    IBBME’s graduate students were in the spotlight at the recent Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference, held during the last week of May. The conference, known as an “innovation to commercialization” meeting, is the largest of its kind in Canada.
  • June 7, 2013 – Queen's University Faculty of Engineering and Applied ScienceDo Home Energy Meters Save Energy?
    The Queen's University multidisciplinary team of Wilson Hung (Chemical Engineering), Emma Simpkin (Chemical Engineering), and Zain Shahzad (Commerce) were awarded 1st Prize for their Utilities Kingston project "Do Home Energy Meters Save Energy?" at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 13 Connections Program competition in the Ontario Power Authority category.
  • June 5, 2013 – Simcoe County, Collingwood ConnectionLocal student makes a successful pitch
    Collingwood Collegiate Institute student Quinesa McKenna threw a winning pitch. McKenna was one of six winners, out of 96 entries from across the province, at the Make Your Pitch Competition organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. McKenna made her final pitch at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference.
  • June 3, 2013 – Law TimesNew Award Honours Gowlings Partner
    Announced at Discovery, Ontario Centres of Excellence will establish an award in honour of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP partner David McFadden. The award, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, will invite university and college students to come up with ways to address the energy challenges facing the province.
  • June 3, 2013 – Enterprise BulletinStudent hits home run with entrepreneur pitch
    A Collingwood high school student just became her own boss for the summer. Quinsea McKenna, a Grade 9 student at Collingwood Collegiate Institute, was selected as a finalist in the provincial government’s Young Entrepreneurs’ Make Your Pitch competition on Tuesday at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference.
  • June 3, 2013 – Ryerson University Newsroom Student innovators win big at Discovery conference
    Ryerson student and alumni-led innovations in energy, brain surgery, inclusive technology and crowd-sourcing jewelry manufacturing were recognized recently at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference in Toronto. Collectively, they received more than $100,000 in the Experiential Learning Program (ELP) Competition, Student Video Competition and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)-OCE Entrepreneurship Fellowship presentations.
  • June 2, 2013 – London Community News Western Engineering students win Ontario Centres of Excellence Connections Competition
    Western Engineering students placed first overall in the University category of the Connections Competition at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference in Toronto this week. The team from Western, who partnered with the City of London, presented their design project of a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge.
  • June 1, 2013 – Software HamiltonGroupnotes wins OCE experiential learning competition
    OCE’s Experiential Learning Program (ELP) competition, held at this week’s Discovery trade show and conference, saw emerging entrepreneurs from funded partner programs showcase their business models to a panel of judges with the hopes of taking home one of three top prizes.
  • May 31, 2013 – BNN.caTaking hands free to a whole new level
    What if you could control your smartphone with your mind? BNN's Michael Hainsworth discovers InteraXon's brain-sensing headband. He spoke to Ariel Garten, company founder at the Discovery Ontario Centres of Excellence Conference.
  • May 30, 2013 – Digital Media Zone Blog Komodo OpenLab and Mejuri each win $25,000 at Discovery
    This week, the Ontario Centres of Excellence held their Discovery event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Digital Media Zone, along with some of our entrepreneurs and startup teams, were there. Along with the two-day event, Discovery awarded the winners of their Experiential Learning Program which is designed to support post-secondary students and recent graduates to become the next entrepreneurial leaders. Two startups from the Digital Media Zone, Mejuri and Komodo OpenLab, both won awards, each valued at $25,000!
  • May 30, 2013 – George Brown Applied Research Blog On Discovery, and Making Manufacturing
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence hosted the annual OCE Discovery conference earlier this week, featuring those involved in the Ontario innovation ecosystem. GBC Research was there showcasing our own centres of excellence: the Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt), the Green Building Centre, and our Advanced Prototyping Labs. An opening keynote by Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize, was instructive as much for his points on what he calls "exponential technology" and "crowd sourcing genius" as for the fact that the underlying message was that it is the private sector, not the public, that needs to lead innovation.
  • May 30, 2013 – Global Accessibility News Western University students invent device for swimmers with disabilities
    Western Engineering students Shuang Song, Joseph Santarelli and Nicole Kucirek know their idea could be considered all wet. But it just might be a winner. The Western team developed a sensor that provides swimmers using an iPod or MP3 player with an audio warning when they are reaching the end of a pool. The team will showcase their inventionat the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.
  • May 29, 2013 – Columbia International CollegeColumbia Student Wins Entrepreneur Contest
    Columbia student George Oni, a senior from Nigeria, was one of six winners in a provincial high school entrepreneurship contest. His idea of KEMIES, “a range of apparel products that are interchangeable and can be customized,” generated a great deal of interest and earned him a spot in the finals. He was then named a contest winner after pitching his business plan to judges yesterday at Ontario’s Centres of Excellence Discovery conference, held in Toronto.
  • May 29, 2013 – Exchange MagazineCarleton Students Sweep Council of Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition
    Carleton took home the top three prizes at the 2013 Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition, held at OCE's Discovery. A 3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand won the top prize in the Council of Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, designed to break down barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • May 29, 2013 – Western NewsWestern, city bridge project takes top Connections prize
    Western Engineering students Rob Volcko, Thomas Zolis, Emily Keyes, Marco Furano and Arthur Gonzales placed first overall in the university category of the Connections Competition at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference in Toronto this week. The team, who partnered with the City of London, presented their fourth-year design project of a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge at Talbot and Bathurst streets.
  • May 29, 2013 – GowlingsGowlings’ David McFadden honoured with creation of energy innovation award
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) announced at its Discovery conference that it will be honouring David J. McFadden QC, a Gowlings partner and prominent energy lawyer, with the establishment of an annual innovation award in his name: the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge.
  • May 28, 2013 – itbusiness.caYoung Ontario entrepreneurs to get a $1 million funding boost
    On Tuesday, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) announced they will be investing in up to 10 projects over the next two years. OCE and CYBF made the announcement at the OCE Discovery conference in Toronto.
  • May 28, 2013 – Carleton Newsroom Carleton Students Sweep Council of Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition
    Carleton took home the top three prizes at the 2013 Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition, held at Discovery. A 3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand won the top prize in the Council of Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, designed to break down barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.