OCE In The News

  • October 5, 2015 – snapd BarrieventureLAB Announces BOOST Grant for Local Young Entrepreneur
    ventureLAB, the Regional Innovation Centre serving York Region, Simcoe County and Muskoka District, recently announced the competition results for its funding program for young entrepreneurs called BOOST. This year, $5,000 was made available as a non-repayable grant for each of the eight entrepreneurs and this year's recipient was Shelby Taylor, Founder & CEO of Earth to Kids, Inc. and local smOffice Winner. This year, ventureLAB partnered with Bank of Montreal and Ontario Centres of Excellence for the judging of the applications. 
  • October 5, 2015 – Country 93.5: Kingston NewsSt. Lawerence College News

    15 companies in Eastern Ontario will benefit from a new applied research project at St. Lawrence College. The college has received funding from Ontario Centres for Excellence to help the companies develop and improve their internet presence. 10 students involved in the SPARK Production House at St. Lawrence will work with the companies to develop a customized strategy.

  • October 5, 2015 – Toronto StarDoctors' Notes: It's time to turn research into tangible solutions
    The conference room down the hall from my office in the U of T Faculty of Medicine has a wall covered floor-to-ceiling with PhD theses. These mighty volumes represent years of scientific exploration and discovery. Sometimes during meetings I wonder if somewhere in these tomes sits a discovery that was never translated into a major medical breakthrough. Researchers in Canada have advanced our knowledge of the world through basic science. But we have been less successful at turning these discoveries into new treatments, drugs and therapies that can help Canadians. This chasm, between discovery and innovation — between lab and community — is referred to as the “valley of death.”
  • October 5, 2015 – Exchange MagazineGround-breaking global waste reduction effort strengthens Ontario's green economy
    Last Friday, Tyromer Inc, a company established by the University of Waterloo to commercialize a better way to recycle scrap tire rubber and more importantly, to manage scrap tire waste, announced the opening of its groundbreaking facility, Tyromer Waterloo.
    Tyromer received early financial support from Michelin Development Company, Ontario Centres of Excellence and University of Waterloo to scale up its technology.
  • October 5, 2015 – AutosphereTyromer Celebrates Grand Opening

    On Sept. 18, Tyromer Inc, a company established by the University of Waterloo to commercialize a better way to recycle scrap tire rubber, announced the opening of its facility in Waterloo, Ontario.
    The technology, invented by Professor Costas Tzoganakis of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, turns scrap tire rubber into a new, versatile, high quality rubber material – Tyromer-TDP (Tire-Derived Polymer).
    Tyromer received support from Michelin Development Company, Ontario Centres of Excellence, the University of Waterloo, Ontario Tire Stewardship and AirBoss Rubber Compounding.

  • September 18, 2015 – Canada NewswireGround-breaking global waste reduction effort strengthens Ontario's green economy
    Today, Tyromer Inc, a company established by the University of Waterloo to commercialize a better way to recycle scrap tire rubber and more importantly, to manage scrap tire waste, announced the opening of its groundbreaking facility, Tyromer Waterloo.
    Tyromer received early financial support from Michelin Development CompanyOntario Centres of Excellence and University of Waterloo to scale up its technology.  Ontario Tire Stewardship provided a research grant for Tyromer to strategically focus on the devulcanization of scrap tire rubber crumb. AirBoss Rubber Compounding, the second largest custom rubber compounder in North America, provided valuable industry knowledge and helped validate Tyromer-TDP as a viable rubber compound replacement in the manufacture of tires, and provided technical assistance in the construction of the Tyromer Waterloo facility.
  • September 17, 2015 – Money.caCleantech Capital Inc. Announces LOI With Char Technologies Inc. for Proposed Qualifying Transaction
    Cleantech Capital Inc., a capital pool company, announced it has entered into a letter of intent with respect to a proposed business combination with Char Technologies Inc., an OCE-supported leader in natural gas cleaning.
  • September 15, 2015 – CrowdbabbleCrowdbabble Continues to Move Forward with First Round of Funding

    Crowdbabble, a B2B startup providing a social media analytics platform for marketers, has announced today that it has secured a round of seed funding from The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Only 3 years old, this is Crowdbabble’s first round of funding since its inception. Before today, the company bootstrapped to become a self-sustaining Internet startup that is now at the DMZ at Ryerson University in partnership with Ryerson Futures Technology Accelerator.

  • September 1, 2015 – Greater Peterborough Innovation ClusterAMUSÉ COFFEE CO. LAUNCHES IN PETERBOROUGH: "FASTSTART" YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM HELPS LAUNCH FRENCH INSPIRED COFFEE COMPANY

    FastStart is Peterborough’s youth entrepreneurship skills training partnership that brings together TrentFleming College and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster. With support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, FastStart is designed to increase entrepreneurship skills and awareness among Peterborough area youth and help them develop solid business plans and take products and services to market. Lindsay’s Amuse Coffee Co. specializes in Fair Trade Organic whole bean coffee, loose tea, and French-inspired pastries, and has introduced Peterborough to exciting new ways of enjoying some classic favourites!

  • September 1, 2015 – Inside BellevilleBelleville entrepreneur launches system to keep emergency workers and drivers safe

    A Belleville-based entrepreneur is hoping residents of the city will help him out in testing a new product aimed at creating a safer environment for rescue workers and citizens whenever sirens are blaring on the street. Tim Newman is behind an invention called BRAKERS (Broadcasting to Radios Ahead Keeps Emergency Responders Safe). He created software that can be installed into an emergency services vehicle with support form Ontario Centres of Excellence.

  • August 28, 2015 – WireServiceSmarter Alloys, Led by University of Waterloo Alumni, Returns to Waterloo Region
    For Ibraheem Khan, PhD, there was really only one option when it came to deciding to relocate his company’s headquarters. A former University of Waterloo graduate, Dr. Khan is an admirer of the Waterloo Region’s vibrant lifestyle and access to talent, making the Region his primary choice with which to add his company’s, Smarter Alloys, unique flair to our diverse and entrepreneurial culture of innovation.
  • August 27, 2015 – Canadian Healthcare TechnologyMackenzie Health launches second phase of Innovation Unit

    Mackenzie Health has announced the second phase of its Innovation Unit, a living laboratory with 34-beds that is about to implement and test smart messaging and clinical alerting, in conjunction with partners BlackBerry, Cisco and Thoughtwire.
    The innovative hospital also announced the launch of its Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2 – pronounced Mi squared), which will manage the innovation unit.
    Mi2 has benefited from a $350,000 award from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, given earlier this year, along with contributions from the partners that have boosted the amount invested in the project to over $1 million in cash, equipment, software and services.

  • 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.