OCE In The News

  • 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.

  • January 27, 2016 – CBC NewsWindsor wants to become test site for self-driving vehicles

    Bringing self-driving vehicle testing to cities like Windsor, Ont. will take a concerted effort from all levels of government, say city officials. Windsor is one of the latest Canadian cities vying to become a site for autonomous vehicle testing. Partnering with the region's university and colleges, the city is making a pitch to Ford of Canada in a letter expected to be sent out next week.

    Read more at CBC online...
  • January 27, 2016 – Toronto StarBreaking new auto research ground

    Automotive research is no longer restricted to the manufacturers. Apple and Google are two examples of high-tech companies getting involved and universities have their hands in it, too. When it comes to post-secondary automotive research programs, there are four universities in Ontario that are collectively earning good grades including some working with Ontario Centres of Excellence.

    Read more in The Toronto Star...

  • January 27, 2016 – University of GuelphResearchers Get OCE Funding for Canine Cancer Study
    University of Guelph scientists working to improve cancer therapy for dogs — and potentially to enhance human cancer treatment — have received a $100,000 grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

    Read more at University of Guelph online...
  • December 17, 2015 – Cornwall Standard-FreeholderState-of-the-art drones to assist Cornwall's St. Lawrence River Institute

    The fish under the waves of the St. Lawrence River don't know it, but they will assist in the testing of new, unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles (UAVs) or drones. St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences personnel will be taking part in utilizing the UAVs, which have been developed by RME Geomatics, a division of Rocky Mountain Equipment Canada Ltd. with the assistance of a grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence.

  • December 11, 2015 – Accelerator CentreHow Dematic is investing in R&D to solve complex problems
    Through a partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering, and leveraging grants from both Collaborative Research & Development (CRD) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Dematic has been researching and developing advanced mathematical models and machine learning algorithms to solve complex automation problems.
  • December 7, 2015 – KineticaKinetica’s ground-breaking technology to be utilized in Toronto’s landmark YC Condominiums
    Kinetica is pleased to announce that its ground-breaking Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD) technology will be used in the landmark YC Condominiums in Toronto. The VCD technology will ensure the slender 66-storey residential tower is resilient to unwanted vibrations caused by high winds and earthquakes. The building, to be located at Yonge and College in Toronto, also brings the technology to a mere 10 minute walk from where it was developed at the University of Toronto's Department of Civil Engineering.
  • December 3, 2015 – EMS WorldFive Ontario Tech Projects Highlight Remote Patient Monitoring and Care
    More than $3 million is being invested in five public-private partnerships through an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) program focused on use of technology to remotely monitor and care for Ontario patients.
  • December 3, 2015 – Fierce Mobile HealthcareHospital aims to close doctor-patient gap, boost post-surgical care with app pilot

    A Canadian hospital is deploying a mobile app to replace paper and pen in charting patient pain, reduce potential painkiller addiction among the chronically ill and gain the ability to track bigger patient populations in and out of the hospital setting. Toronto General, in December, is set to launch an 18-month app pilot for its two-year-old Transitional Pain Service (TPS), according to an article at mHealth Intelligence. The Manage My Pain app was created by the hospital and York University, and is financially supported by the Ontario Centres of Excellence's AdvancingHealth program.


  • December 3, 2015 – Digital JournalAlayaCare and Its Partners Awarded OCE's AdvancingHealth Innovation Fund
    AlayaCare, providers of next generation home care software solutions, announced today that it has been selected as an award recipient of the AdvancingHealth Program. Along with its partners, AlayaCare will launch virtual care technology that enables home care providers to administer care via remote patient monitoring (RPM), telehealth and video conferencing. The AdvancingHealth Program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), is designed to facilitate partnerships between Ontario public healthcare organizations, companies and academic institutions to increase innovation in Ontario's public healthcare sector.
  • December 3, 2015 – Belleville IntelligencerLoyalist partners on research project
    Loyalist College is partnering with the Canadian Bioceutical Corporation on an applied research project using the college’s state-of-the-art Supercritical CO2 Extraction Laboratory in the Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre on campus. 
  • December 3, 2015 – Algonquin CollegePerth Construction Industry to Receive Innovation Boost
    It’s a Residential Living Lab, an applied research facility where students, faculty, and businesses in the Perth area will come together to tackle everyday business challenges. The facility was unveiled today as part of an introduction of the project to the broader Perth community. On hand to help celebrate the launch: construction associations like the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, construction companies, and education focused groups like Ontario Centres of Excellence.