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OCE's innovation showcase, Discovery, wins international award as best large-scale meeting/conference

August 27, 2013

TORONTO, August 27, 2013 – Discovery, Ontario Centres of Excellence’s annual innovation showcase, has another award to its name.

Having won back-to-back STAR awards for “Best Trade Show” in Canada in 2010 and 2011 in addition to hosting the Guinness World Records-setting speed mentoring event in 2012, Discovery’s 2012 edition was named “Best Meeting/Conference Program (Over $250,000)” by the International Special Events Society on August 24. Discovery bested finalist events from the United States and Germany to take home the honour.

“We are tremendously proud that Discovery has been recognized for its excellence once again,” said OCE president and CEO Dr. Tom Corr. “We know Discovery is an event of the highest quality and it’s nice to see all the hard work that goes in to pulling it together being acknowledged internationally.”

Judging criteria included event management, logistics, purpose, marketing and uniqueness.

OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment, entrepreneurship and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in key sectors of cleantech, advanced health, digital media, information and communications technologies, and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 2,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors.

The next Discovery conference takes place May 12-13, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Ontario Centres of Excellence (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 government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information visit

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