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X Prize founder, bestselling author and futurist Peter Diamandis to make Canadian speaking debut at OCE’s Discovery

May 2, 2013

Peter Diamandis at Discovery

TORONTO – May 1, 2013 – Dr. Peter Diamandis, noted futurist, X Prize founder and New York Times bestselling author will make his first Canadian appearance as the opening-day keynote speaker at OCE’s Discovery conference.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Diamandis has agreed to bring his visionary insights on innovation, technology and business to Discovery,” says OCE’s President and CEO, Dr. Tom Corr. “This is an opportunity for the thousands of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors who attend Discovery to hear and learn from one of the most creative and provocative thinkers in his field.”

Discovery takes place May 27 and 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.  

"I am honoured that Dr. Peter Diamandis will deliver the keynote at Discovery 2013; we are fortunate to welcome this visionary speaker,” said Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi. “His attendance reinforces Discovery’s reputation as Canada's premier innovation showcase and I know that his insights will inspire innovations that will result in more jobs for young Ontarians.”

At Discovery, Dr. Diamandis will share his thoughts on how disruptive innovation (a game-changing innovation that creates new opportunities in an existing market) in exponentially growing technologies including digital manufacturing, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and nanomaterials, will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than in the previous two centuries.

“As a place where innovators and investors gather to connect and learn, Discovery is the ideal venue to talk about the fact that all of the world’s problems can be solved while presenting terrific business opportunities as well,” says Dr. Diamandis. “I look forward to sharing my messages and hopefully inspiring people to think big.”

Having obtained degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from MIT and his MD designation from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Diamandis is currently Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, which leads the world in creating large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs beneficial to humanity. The board of X Prize Foundation includes film director James Cameron, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, Google co-founder Larry Page and author/inventor Ray Kurzweil.

As co-founder (along with Kurzweil, a past Discovery speaker) and Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, he counsels some of the world’s top enterprises on exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to accelerate their business objectives.
Dr. Diamandis is also recognized as a leader in the commercial space arena having founded and run Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.

His 2012 book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (co-authored with Steven Kotler) was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks.

Named Canada’s Best Trade Show 2010 and 2011 and now in its eighth year, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, the environment, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 2,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors.

More information on Discovery.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.
OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

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