OCE In The News

  • August 24, 2015 – Queen's GazetteDelicious pitch
    Gryllies, a company developing an alternative protein source out of cricket flour, captured the top prize at this year’s Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC) Summer Initiative Pitch Competition.
    The QIC Summer Initiative is supported in part by generous donors and the Government of Ontario. QIC and Launch Lab, Kingston’s regional innovation centre, have formed a partnership to nurture student innovation and entrepreneurship. Last year, they received a $900,000 grant from the Campus-Linked Accelerator Program, which is managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. 
  • August 13, 2015 – TechVibesLegworks Takes Top Spot at Accessibility Tech Pitch Contest

    A social enterprise company that has developed a next-generation prosthetic knee took first place in Ontario Centres of Excellence's Parapan Am Games-affiliated Accessibility Tech Pitch competitionToronto-based Legworkswas selected from 18 participants in a two-day elimination pitch competition.

  • August 13, 2015 – TechVibesCommunitech, Ontario Centres of Excellence Add New Dimension to Corporate Innovation Program

    Communitech is strengthening its corporate innovation program through a partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence. The partnership will facilitate access to research expertise at Ontario academic institutions and additional programming available through OCE.

  • August 13, 2015 – Metro TorontoToronto company's revolutionary knee providing new options for amputees
    A Toronto-based company will be delivering new knees to 200 amputees in developing countries thanks to a Parapan Am Games-affiliated technology competition.
  • July 24, 2015 – Hamilton SpectatorStorefront on James North transforming into business accelerator

    Hamilton's Forge Downtown is scheduled to open Sept. 1 as a "business accelerator," a place for young entrepreneurs hoping to commercialize their inventions. The effort is a collaboration between McMaster University, the Innovation Factory at McMaster Innovation Park and Mohawk College.
    The operation will be an offshoot of The Forge at the Innovation Factory, which opened less than a year ago and has worked with about 20 would-be entrepreneurs.
    The two operations will be funded by $1 million from the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Campus Linked Accelerator Program.

  • July 7, 2015 – BetakitTWO MAJOR CANADIAN INNOVATION CENTRES PARTNERING UP TO FUND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
    To support the world’s growing dependence on networks that can exchange huge quantities of information at high speeds, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Canada’s Centre of Excellence (CENGN) in Next Generation Networks are partnering up to accelerate the commercialization of Ontario-based communications technology research.
  • July 6, 2015 – Collision Repair MagazineInterest in autonomous vehicles on the rise, report finds

    The interest in autonomous vehicles (AVs) is surging, according to the latest report released by Canadian AV analyst Barrie Kirk.
    Kirk is the principal of Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE), a publication dedicated to "helping public and private stakeholders plan for the arrival of automated vehicles." His latest missive summarizes the flood of news in this sector.
    According to Kirk there has been a "huge increase" in interest around AVs in just the last 12 months. He points out that over 20 conferences have recently been dedicated to the subject. These conferences have covered topics ranging from the impact of AVs on municipalities, transit, logistics, auto insurance, policing, transportation, technology, to aging, the Internet of Things and fleet management.

  • June 26, 2015 – Standardbred CanadaHorses Communicating With People

    A group of Canadian entrepreneurs, working with organizations like Ontario Centres of Excellence, has developed a new wearable technology for horses that provides real-time data on a horse's health, and will let horses email their owner, trainer or a veterinarian if they’re not well.
    Similar to the wrist bands or gym fitness straps that people use, the SeeHorse wearable collects a horse’s vital signs and sends that information to a smart phone or other device, alerting owners, veterinarians or others when something is not quite right.

  • June 22, 2015 – University of Toronto Engineering NewsEngineers receive grant for ‘artificial liver’ that could help find more effective drugs
    A research team led by U of T Engineering Professor Craig Simmons (MIE, IBBME) received $300,000 this week to create a 3D model of the human liver. Funded by Ontario Centres of Excellence and pharmaceutical consortium CQDM, the project could help determine whether or not new drug molecules are safe for use in humans.
  • June 22, 2015 – Conestoga College NewsNew research project explores the use of robotics in recycling
    Starting this September, Conestoga’s Centre for Smart Manufacturing will be home to a new research project that will explore the use of robotics in electronic waste (e-waste) recycling. The project has been made possible thanks to $90,000 in funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
  • June 18, 2015 – Business London MagazineAn innovative stroke
    Looking for an edge top flight rowing teams including many national programs turn to London based Hudson Boat Works one of the three top manufacturers in the world producing custom handcrafted Olympic class rowing racing shells.
    The company has earned a winning reputation Hudson boats have won 80 medals at the Olympic and World Rowing Championships since 1984 in part. because of its tireless
    pursuit of developing lighter stronger and faster boats.
  • June 18, 2015 – BioSpace$1.5M To Accelerate Drug Discovery Within The Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor
    CQDM and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will fund five highly innovative and unconventional game-changing research and development projects to accelerate drug discovery in the Quebec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor. Partners are granting $1.5M to Quebec-based and, for the first time, Ontario-based researchers thanks to the partnership with OCE through CQDM's 2014 Explore Program, one of CQDM's flagship programs focusing on early concept validation of cutting-edge technologies that address the most crucial needs in drug discovery and development.
  • June 17, 2015 – PR NewswireCQDM and MaRS Innovation investing in new Encycle project to determine rules for making peptide drugs orally bioavailable
    Encycle Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Andrei Yudin of the University of Toronto in partnership with MaRS Innovation, is a Canadian start-up emerging as a market leader in finding orally-bioavailable molecules. Today, the company announced $840,000 in funding from CQDM and MaRS Innovation to generate a better understanding of the chemical properties required to make small peptide-like molecules, which Encycle calls nacellins, orally bioavailable. This funding, generated through MaRS Innovation's strategic partnerships programs with Pfizer Inc. and GSK, and CQDM's global membership program with Pfizer Inc. and Merck, brings Encycle's total funding to approximately $4 million, including an earlier investment in 2011 from Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • June 17, 2015 – PharmiwebOntario Supporting Biotech Industry
    Ontario is home to the largest life sciences industry in Canada and contributes to approximately 50 per cent of the country’s life sciences economic activity. Today five new partnerships involving Ontario organizations totaling $7 million were announced at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia including three with OCE involvement.
  • June 17, 2015 – TechVibesGovernment Invests $1 Million to Help Develop Better Treaments for Neurological Disorders
    Toronto's neuroscience efforts to find new drugs to treat and manage brain disorders—specifically, mood disorders and Alzheimer's disease—took another step forward as the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation announced a $1 million contribution to the Neuroscience Catalyst consortium, bringing the total raised for the open innovation fund to $3.7 million.
  • June 5, 2015 – State Science & Technology Institute OnlineMI, IA, VA, Others Target Future Demand for Autonomous, Connected Vehicles
    Several U.S. states, cities, and the Canadian Province of Ontario have recently announced initiatives in an attempt to position themselves as leaders in the rapidly growing industries of autonomous and connected cars.
  • June 5, 2015 – Electronic Products and TechnologyOCE accelerates auto innovation through program partnerships

    Fuelling the concept of innovation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and some of its partners are investing in programs aimed at moving automotive-based research from the classroom to the showroom.
    OCE, on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, will invest $1-million supporting driverless and connected vehicles, as well as teaming up with AUTO21 to provide 50 students with practical automotive industry R&D experience.

  • June 5, 2015 – Healio.comBetter, more affordable prosthetic knees to be mass produced for developing countries
    An expected commitment of $2 million from a combination of private investors, foundations and federal funds will allow the Toronto-based company, LegWorks, to mass produce an innovative, affordable prosthetic knee for amputees in developing countries, according to a press release.
    The contribution from the federal government is part of a $10 million strategic partnership fund provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) for Grand Challenges Canada innovations meant to improve health in developing countries. Other investors include MaRS Innovation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Ontario Centres of Excellence, as well as a number of private investors.
  • June 5, 2015 – Belleville IntelligencerON CAMPUS: Taking classroom experience to the orchard

    Since its inception in 1996, County Cider has expanded to accommodate a retail store, a patio, production facilities and new varieties of apples. To compete with multinational corporations and to meet heightened demand for its products, County Cider recently partnered with Loyalist College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technician program to evaluate their machining operations and recommend process improvements to increase productivity and flexibility.
    The initiative, which enables students to put their design skills to work, is made possible by a grant from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), marking the College’s first NSERC award.

  • May 29, 2015 – Financial PostWhat I learned about business from launching an app and clinching our first 1,000 users

    Earlier this year, Kabir Daswani launched Grabb, a mobile app that allows people to pre-order and pre-pay for meals — skip the line to save time.
    It’s been a steep learning curve, from registering Grabb as a business in the Queen’s University library to attracting its first 1,000 users, and Daswani learned a few lessons about launching a business.