OCE In The News

  • June 25, 2012 – Water CanadaVideo: How Blue is your bottom Line?

    Back in May, Kerry Freak, Editor of Water Canada moderated a session called “How Blue Is Your Bottom Line?” at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery 12 conference. The conversation considered the environmental and economic value of water, particularly in cities. How do cities become smarter about their water use? Panellists also discussed creative policies and programs for water users at all levels.


  • June 21, 2012 – Backbone Magazine Financial Tech Start-up EidoSearch Wins Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign
    An innovator in simplifying sophisticated numerical queries landed a big boost in May when it was named winner of the Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign. EidoSearch, the brainchild of Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang, a Ryerson University professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and former M&A investment banker David Kedmey, out-pitched a coterie of impressive entrepreneurs to take home top honours—and the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pack—at the Innovation Campaign’s live pitch-off held during the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery12 show in downtown Toronto.

  • June 18, 2012 – Newswire.ca CQDM Partners with MaRS Innovation, Ontario Brain Institute and Ontario Centres of Excellence to Launch Life Sciences Funding Program Within Ontario-Québec Corridor
    Together with key partners from Ontario, the Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) is creating a new initiative to fund collaborative life sciences research projects between the two provinces.

  • June 13, 2012 – Ingersoll Times New smart phone app will help make infant formula 'just right'

    Like the porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, infant formula needs to be just right, with the combination of powdered product and water not being nutrient deficient nor toxic from excessive mineralization. Soon there'll be an app for that. Ingersoll resident and water expert Heather Gingerich is developing a smart phone application called “Baby Bear Care” for caregivers of formula-fed infants in communities like Ingersoll, which has highly mineralized water.


  • June 9, 2012 – Stratford Beaconherald.com The benefits of learning by doing
    At a time when gaming is trying to simulate the real world, it seems as though education is following the trend, again. Apprenticeship has existed as long as there have been trades because some things are learned better by doing. Recently, more universities are offering project-based, or experiential, learning programs.

  • June 9, 2012 – Mentor Network MENTORREADY – LESSONS FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST BUSINESS MENTORING EVENT
    On May 14, MENTORnetwork was involved in producing the World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery12 Conference. 328 mentors and protégés completed 24 x 3-minute speed mentoring sessions, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process.

  • June 8, 2012 – Village Gamer Ontario Centres of Excellence Named Latest Partner in Communitech HYPERDRIVE Program

    As Canadian start-ups gear up for Communitech‘s highly anticipated HYPERDRIVE program, launching mid-June and set to get under way in early July, high-profile partners and funders are following suit to offer their support to the promising tech initiative. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is the latest partner to contribute its resources to what is considered the next generation of funding incubators.


  • June 7, 2012 – itbusiness.ca Startup news round-up: June 7, 2012

    In today's startup news: The Ontario Centres of Excellence is the latest partner in Communitech's Hyperdrive startup program.


  • June 7, 2012 – PRNewswire Ontario Centres of Excellence Named Latest Partner in HYPERDRIVE Program

    As Canadian start-ups gear up for Communitech's highly anticipated HYPERDRIVE program, launching mid-June and set to get under way in early July, high-profile partners and funders are following suit to offer their support to the promising tech initiative. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is the latest partner to contribute its resources to what is considered the next generation of funding incubators.


  • June 7, 2012 – Globe and Mail Jumping on the accelerator bandwagon
    Accelerator programs are fast becoming a hot phenomenon, offering advice, support, mentoring and seed capital to emerging tech companies in a quick fashion. And they’re attracting scores of entrepreneurs trying to quickly get off the ground.

  • June 5, 2012 – Start-Up Canada OCE DISCOVERY IN REVIEW – IT TAKES A COMMUNITY
    It takes a community to build a culture for entrepreneurship and innovation to flourish and to genuinely stimulate and support the emergence and growth of our entrepreneurs. No one actor can do this alone – it requires everyone pulling together in concert.

  • May 30, 2012 – U of Toronto News Liat Margolis participates in The Water Workshop
    On May 28th, Daniels Assistant Professor Liat Margolis participated in “The Water Workshop.” This daylong event, held at the University of Toronto, brought together academics and stakeholders from the Southern Ontario water sector.

  • May 29, 2012 – Western Engineering News Hydro One announces new research chair at Western University
    Building on a decade-long relationship, Hydro One Networks Inc. continues to invest in teaching and research at Western University with the appointment of Rajiv K. Varma, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as the Hydro One Chair in Power Systems Engineering, effective January 1, 2012.

  • May 28, 2012 – SmartMetersOntario Government Funds Smart Grid Research
    Phase II of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Special Energy Fund program has awarded Laurier Physics and Computer Science researcher, Hongbing Fan, funding for his smart grid research project. Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Brad Duguid, made the announcement at OCE Discovery 2012 in Toronto. Fan’s project is to develop a communication middleware system for smart grid. Fan is an associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Physics and Computer Science.

  • May 28, 2012 – The Economic Times (India) Our innovation sets global trends: Tom Corr, President & CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
    At a time when economies across the world are grappling with problems, Canada's Ontario province is busy establishing its identity as a region where innovation and entrepreneurship obtain wholehearted support. This is important for Canada as a whole, as Ontario houses 38% of its population and contributes 41% of its $1.7 trillion GDP. Although one may wonder what is new in a state government promoting entrepreneurship to generate economic growth and employment, the difference lies in approach and execution.

  • May 25, 2012 – Wilfrid Laurier News Dave Inglis wins $25,000 at the Ontario Centres of Excellence start-up competition, Co-Founder of Concussion Toolbox Inc.
    Emerging from Laurier’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, the Concussion Toolbox - a start-up co-founded by recent graduate Dave Inglis - was named winner of a prestigious business plan competition run by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) at the annual Discovery Conference on May 14-15, 2012 in Toronto. A $25,000 prize was awarded to help launch the new venture.

  • May 25, 2012 – Ryerson News Student wins $25,000 for developing anti-theft retail technology
    Two Ryerson companies came up big winners at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery 12 conference last week. Peytec, a Digital Media Zone company, won $25,000 in the Experiential Learning Competition and EidoSearch won $100,000 in the Backbone/Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign contest. The contests are aimed at finding inspired Canadian technology ideas and helping entrepreneurs bring them to the marketplace.

  • May 24, 2012 – Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario government funds Laurier Physics and Computer Science research
    Laurier Physics and Computer Science researcher, Hongbing Fan, received funding for his Smart Grid research project through Phase II of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Special Energy Fund program. The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, made the announcement May 15 at OCE Discovery 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  • May 24, 2012 – Electronic Products & Technology Algonquin students score with OCE buzzer beater effort
    Ottawa-area entrepreneur Jeff Courtice was on a mission to significantly improve the manner in which timekeeping and scorekeeping in Canada’s national sport of hockey is performed.

  • May 22, 2012 – Itbusiness.ca The five Cs of highly effective startups
    The leaders behind Canadian startup wonders Polar Mobile, Big Viking Games, and technology investment firm Wesley Clover reveal the secrets of their success.