OCE In The News

  • May 20, 2013 – cartt.caDiscovery 2013 OCE confab features new mobile showcase

    Some of Ontario’s best and brightest minds will be showing off their newest ideas, innovations and solutions at the eighth annual Discovery 2013 innovation conference and tradeshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 27 and 28.

  • May 9, 2013 – MediacasterMobile Innovation Not for Dummies: OCE Partners with Mobile Institute
    Mobile Innovation will be the face of this year’s Digital Zone, itself a key component of the upcoming OCE Discovery trade show and conference. Discovery 2013 is staged by Ontario Centres of Excellence, event organizers have this year partnered with The Mobile Institute to deliver a dozen engaging panel presentations and more than 30 speakers to address and explore the next frontier of digital media: mobile innovation.
  • May 8, 2013 – Canadian ArchitectU of T's Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory launches new website
    With support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design's Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab, has launched a new website which will allow it to share the results of its work with a much broader community.
  • May 8, 2013 – Simcoe.comCCI student makes her pitch
    A CCI student is looking for support in her pitch to win a provincial contest. Quinsea McKenna has entered the Make Your Pitch contest, organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Employment. The goal of the contest is to help young entrepreneurs realize their dreams and start their own business. McKenna, a Grade 9 student at CCI, felt it would be a great summer job.
  • May 8, 2013 – Fort Frances Times Online Local student hoping to win ‘pitch’ contest
    Of the 93 elevator pitch videos entered in the entrepreneurial “Make Your Pitch” contest, Tanner Bell’s is the only one from Northwestern Ontario. And he’s hoping everyone will go to makeyourpitch.ca, watch his idea for a new company, and vote so he can become a semi-finalist and attend a two-day business convention in Toronto at the end of May.
  • April 16, 2013 – Soo TodayEnticing companies to do business in Sault Ste. Marie
    The Federal Government announced on April 12 a grant of $117,500 in FedNor funding to establish a Northern Ontario Innovation Pavilion at Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery Conference being held in Toronto May 27-28.
  • April 14, 2013 – PCI MagazineQueen’s University Researchers Develop Coating that Repels Water and Oil-Based Deposits
    A new technology developed at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, could see contaminants, ice, fingerprints and graffiti losing their grip on a wide range of surfaces.
  • April 12, 2013 – Ryerson UniversityDigital Specialization program inspires business launch
    The Digital Media Zone (DMZ) has added a couple of urban farmers to its roster of entrepreneurs. Graduates Zach Weingarten and Damian Matheson co-founded Foodstory, a website that allows consumers to purchase food from farmers’ markets online. They recently competed as one of 10 finalists in OCE's Social Enterprise Student Competition.
  • April 12, 2013 – Soo Today Sault included in Northern Ontario showcase in Toronto
    Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced that the Harper Government is investing to establish a Northern Ontario Innovation Pavilion at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference to be held in Toronto, May 27-28.
  • April 5, 2013 – Imprint, The University of Waterloo's Official Student NewspaperStudent-run banking initiative wins $20,000 social enterprise award
    After successfully pitching the judges at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Social Enterprise student competition March 21, the first student-run financial institution in Canada is one giant step closer to opening its doors.
  • April 2, 2013 – Financial PostForget the cooking shows! Manufacturing is where it’s at for today’s grads

    As part of the 2013 federal budget, federal finance minister Jim Flaherty announced some much-welcomed support for Ontario’s manufacturing sectors, including a new $200 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario. The question is: Will the supply of skilled labourers be able to meet demands of sectoral growth?

  • April 2, 2013 – CBC Morning Edition Kitchener-WaterlooFirst Canadian student-run credit union to open in Waterloo
    Releaf Financial is a burgeoning student-run financial institution that serves post-secondary students in Waterloo. The retail banking and financial planning service will help students manage the cost of their education.
  • March 28, 2013 – Manufacturing AutomationOCE gives thumbs-up to funds for touchscreen coating
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is investing $200,000 in a Queen's University innovation that could soon make smudgey touchscreens a thing of the past.
  • March 27, 2013 – Ming Pao TorontoStudent designed bank project wins $20,000 award
    A non-profit bank for students at University of Waterloo was one of the winners of Ontario Centres of Excellence second Social Enterprise Student Competition.
  • March 27, 2013 – Guelph TribuneFamily-friendly festival celebrates all things water
    The City of Guelph and partners including Ontario Centres of Excellence are teaming up to present the first-ever H2O GO Festival, a celebration of water, at city hall Saturday, March 23.
  • March 27, 2013 – Greenhouse CanadaGIGAS veg crop unit undergoing field trials
    A major greenhouse robotics program in Ontario – this one with more of a vegetable focus and co-funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence – has been underway, the past few years, at the University of Guelph.
  • March 27, 2013 – Toronto StarTweet teacher in #digitalskills class
    Ryerson University student uses social media course to help his new business venture earn a spot in the finals of Ontario Centres of Excellence's student social enterprise competition.
  • March 27, 2013 – The Kingston Whig-Standard Aiming for smudge-free phones, tablets
    A Queen's University innovation that could keep smartphones and tablet screens smudge free has received a $200,000 investment to bring it to the marketplace faster.

    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is investing the money in a “smart” coating technology developed by Queen's chemists Dr. Guojun Liu and Dean Xiong.

  • March 13, 2013 – IT Business CanadaOntario SMBs offered access to high performance computing resources
    Could your business benefit from access to high performance computing (HPC) resources and collaboration with university researchers? If so, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) would like to hear from you.
  • March 6, 2013 – Therapeutics DailyScarX Finds New Uses for Old Drug in Dermal Scarring
    With funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence, ScarX Therapeutics, a 2012 Toronto-based start-up, is looking to introduce a topical anti-scarring product onto the market - a product that can be administered by the patient - to prevent scarring following surgical procedures.