OCE In The News

  • June 9, 2016 – Electronic Products and TechnologyOntario’s SMEs to benefit from advanced computing initiative

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is teaming with IBM Canada to support the economy and job creation by bringing advanced computing technologies and resources to the province’s small and medium-sized businesses. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the $54.5-million IProject, a multi-tiered initiative that will help 500 small and medium-sized Ontario companies become more globally competitive.

  • June 9, 2016 – The OntarionU of G scientists look for ways to grow better marijuana
    In January 2016, University of Guelph botanist Mike Dixon, and his research team of three graduate students, received $210,000 from Ontario Centres of Excellence. The money will be used to fund research investigating new irrigation technology for the growth of medicinal cannabis. The system monitors the water status of the plant every 15 minutes through wireless sensors connected at the stem, in the hope of maintaining standardization for the growth of all cannabis plants.
  • June 9, 2016 – Yonge StreetOCE and Government of Ontario team up to focus on CleanTech innovation
    Kathleen Wynne recently announced plans to allocate $74M of Ontario’s $325M Green Investment Fund to fight climate change while driving the development of the economy through creating jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. The government partnered with the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) whose mission to commercialize innovation across many industries, including CleanTech, attracts entrepreneurs, startups, academia and investors alike.
  • June 9, 2016 – Ottawa Business JournalProvince's collaboration with IBM to boost local SMEs, says Invest Ottawa
    Invest Ottawa is one of the organizations that will benefit from the provincial government’s announcement Monday that it invest up to $22.75 million in I3, the IBM Innovation Incubator. The Ontario Centres of Excellence will oversee the project in which participating businesses will access IBM’s technology resources, including its cloud-based development platform, to help them spend less developing their new technologies.
  • June 9, 2016 – TechAllianceZepeel Receives OCE Smart Start Funding
    One of the very unique ventures happening in London right now is Zepeel, a completely mobile video dating app. Zepeel is being developed right here in London by rtraction Canada Inc. And the venture has just achieved a huge milestone, being approved for OCE Smart Start funding. CEO Steve Szikszay says the funding will be used for software development and training. The OCE application was endorsed by TechAlliance President & CEO Marilyn Sinclair, as well as TechAlliance Business Analyst Jeremy Ward.
  • June 8, 2016 – Northumberland ViewOntario Invests Nearly $100 Million to Boost Cleantech Innovation and Create Jobs
    Ontario is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing nearly $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund into projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and support cleantech innovation and jobs. For this initiative, the government is partnering with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, which drive the development of Ontario's economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.
  • June 8, 2016 – Canadian ManufacturingOntario sets aside nearly $100M for cleantech incentives, investments

    The Ontario government is committing just short of $100 million to energy efficiency incentives and clean technology investments. Making the announcement at Toronto’s Morgan Solar, Premier Kathleen Wynne said the funds will come from the province’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund and be funneled toward two separate initiatives.

  • June 8, 2016 – Digital JournalScarX Therapeutics closes $2 million Series A financing
    ScarX Therapeutics, a Canadian biotechnology company commercializing innovative treatments for dermal scarring (fibrosis), has closed a $2 million Series A financing. The company will complete a Phase I clinical trial of its lead candidate, SCX-001, in human volunteers, with the eventual goal of creating better functional and cosmetic patient outcomes.
  • June 8, 2016 – CBCSelf-driving cars to be tested on Ontario roads

    Ontario will be the first province in Canada to allow road tests of automated vehicles, according to Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.  The province will allow testing of self-driving cars, as well as related technologies, starting on Jan. 1 of the new year. The provincial government is also pledging an additional $500,000 to the Ontario Centres of Excellence Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle Program. That program pairs academic institutions with businesses to further transportation technology.

  • June 8, 2016 – Barrie ExaminerAboriginal restaurant, fine food and better hockey bag are winners of entrepreneurship competition

    Brandon Pitawanakwat is working hard to see his dream come true – the Crowned Eagle, a restaurant in Collingwood that will specialize in Aboriginal fine food. Pitawanakwat, a Georgian College student, is the first-place winner in the latest exC!te Experience competition offered through Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC).

  • June 8, 2016 – BetaKitMAGNUSMODE FOUNDER EXPLAINS HOW TECH CAN HELP PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE SPECIAL NEEDS

    Throughout her childhood, Nadia Hamilton and her family helped her brother, Troy, who has Autism, navigate through life at home with step-by-step illustrated guides for everyday activities like brushing teeth.

  • May 9, 2016 – CHCH televisionGadgets & Gear of the future
    While many of the conventions we hear about have superheroes and movie stars in the spotlight, our Phil Perkins attended a gathering where innovators and academics get all the attention. As he learned, lots of the tech shown are still in the beginning stage but may become an integral part of our lives in the future.
  • May 4, 2016 – Accelerator CentreAC Client Knowledgehook wins Google’s Game Changer Award at 2016 Demo Day

    Canadian edtech startup Knowledgehook today received Google’s Game Changer Award at the tech giant’s annual Demo Day in Silicon Valley. Travis Ratnam and James Francis were among the co-founders of 11 new tech companies invited to Silicon Valley to pitch today to a room full of top investors, venture capitalists and judges.

  • April 26, 2016 – Carleton NewsroomThree Carleton Student Projects named Finalists in 2016 IDeA Competition

    Three projects from students in Carleton’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design and Sprott School of Business have been named finalists in the 5th annual Council of Ontario Universities’ annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition. The IDeA competition challenges Ontario undergraduate university students to use their creativity in order to identify an accessibility-related issue and create an innovative and unique solution. Students work individually or in teams, engaging with industry, government and community partners including members of the disability community.

  • April 26, 2016 – Peterborough ExaminerLoyalist examining using insect powder for food
    Loyalist College has entered into a partnership with Entomo Farms on an applied research project using cricket powder for human consumption.
    The college has been awarded funding to collaborate with Entomo Farms on the project, which will be housed within the college’s state-of-the-art Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory. Under the lead of Loyalist College biosciences Professor Dr. Kari Kramp, this research project aims to validate Entomo Farms’ scientific methods, illustrating the environmental, social and nutritional benefits of insect farming and the adoption of insect protein as an integral part of human, pet and livestock diets.
  • April 25, 2016 – Mohawk CollegeShining the spotlight on entrepreneurialism at Mohawk

    Melanie Sodtka sees a day when the hard work and creativity of Mohawk students and alumni ring up sales on campus. Sodtka is the Faculty Lead of SURGE, Mohawk’s entrepreneurial hub. SURGE offers year-round workshops, training, mentorship and competitions. All of the activity is aimed at fostering innovation and supporting students aspiring to launch their own businesses.

  • April 22, 2016 – Brampton GuardianAngel investors share secrets of securing funds

    Would-be entrepreneurs recently learned that there are several funding sources on standby waiting to help them take their placemat ideas and launch them in into marketplace products. At the Funding Your Startup seminar held in April at Mississauga’s RIC Centre, creative minds heard representatives from four Ontario-based angel investor groups confirm that they are eager to fund good ideas and good people.

  • April 20, 2016 – Sarnia ObserverAbout 30 people attend Lambton College-hosted workshop

    Options for companies looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions were on the docket at a Lambton College-hosted workshop Wednesday. About 30 people, including faculty, students, industry representatives and one Sarnia city counsellor, sat in at the Lambton Event Centre for a discussion on tracking carbon and on potential funding sources for greenhouse-gas-cutting projects. Tim Gibbins, with Ontario Centres of Excellence, a provincially funded not-for-profit focused on commercializing new technologies, talked about a $74-million Cleantech Innovation Initiative pot that will soon be available for large Ontario polluters looking to reduce emissions.

  • April 18, 2016 – Digital JournalImmunoBiochem Corporation Partners With the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics at the University of Toronto to Advance New Antibody Drug Conjugates
    ImmunoBiochem Corporation, a Canadian biopharmaceutical company developing novel Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs), and the Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB) have partnered to develop new therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer and other solid tumors. Under the collaboration agreement, which also grants ImmunoBiochem an option for the exclusive licensing of new intellectual property, CCAB is supporting the development of fully-human therapeutic antibodies against ImmunoBiochem’s lead cancer target. ImmunoBiochem will then engineer the new antibodies into ADCs and intends to complete their preclinicaldevelopment and take the new molecules into the clinic.  
  • April 13, 2016 – BetaKitCanadian startups Pacta & Knowledgehook to pitch at Google Demo Day

    Two Canadian startups are set to pitch before investors and judges. at Google’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters on May 4 for Google Demo DayWaterloo-based Knowledgehook, an OCE-supported company that creates gaming software that analyzes the academic performance of math students, and Halifax-based PACTA, which enables companies to keep track of their signed contracts on any device and across teams through smart contracts, are among the 11 chosen startups. They will pitch in front of judges Steve Case, chairman of Revolution and Case Foundation, Frank Chen, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Bedy Yang, a managing partner at 500 Startups.