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  • Bringing local home

    Mar 27, 2013Bringing local home
    What do fresh, organic, local food and civil engineering have in common? Principles of water quality, soil mechanics, sustainability...and 21-year-old University of Waterloo undergraduate student, Emily Peat.
  • OCE’s International Commercialization Forum highlights challenges and opportunities

    Mar 22, 2013OCE’s International Commercialization Forum highlights challenges and opportunities
    From OCE's International Commercialization Forum: despite the uncertain world economy, there are many forces on the side of global innovation, including the Internet and big data; trade opportunities created by the growth of emerging economies; and government support in creating conditions that foster competitiveness.
  • Advancing manufacturing in Ontario

    Mar 15, 2013Advancing manufacturing in Ontario
    OCE is helping to sponsor a series of roundtables currently taking place across Ontario to examine challenges facing manufacturers and allow participants to express their opinions on how to move forward.
  • Engineering a smarter future for London: London Hydro and Western University open Smart Grid lab

    Mar 08, 2013Engineering a smarter future for London: London Hydro and Western University open Smart Grid lab
    The Watts Lab for Smart Grid and Innovative DG Control Studies, a $1-million state-of-the-art university research lab, located at London Hydro marks the first time in Ontario that a power distribution utility is establishing a university lab on its own premises.
  • NeuroQore takes novel approach to crowdfunding for neurotechnology

    Feb 28, 2013NeuroQore takes novel approach to crowdfunding for neurotechnology
    Ottawa-based start-up NeuroQore recently launched a $1.2 million online fundraising campaign to support clinical trials of its transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology through global funding platform, Indiegogo.
  • Taking charge of the electric vehicle process

    Feb 22, 2013Taking charge of the electric vehicle process
    ChargeMyCar.ca is an online portal supported by OCE's Social Innovation Program, which launched this month with a booth at the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow. It’s the first time consumer-level electric car chargers have had a dedicated display at the show, signalling the growing mainstream awareness of EVs.
  • OCE Remembers Leading Business Development Manager

    Feb 12, 2013OCE Remembers Leading Business Development Manager
    It is with sadness that Ontario Centres of Excellence celebrates the life of business development manager Dave Doran of Kitchener-Waterloo who passed away of pancreatic cancer January 29, 2013.
  • CONII joins OCE: A common sense integration

    Feb 07, 2013CONII joins OCE: A common sense integration
    The Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) is being integrated with OCE, a development arising out of a discussion between the colleges, OCE and the Ministry of Economic Development of Innovation and subsequently agreed upon by all parties.
  • Passionate about plants, space and students

    Jan 31, 2013Passionate about plants, space and students
    Dr. Mike Dixon is a professor and researcher at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Sciences. He is a prolific researcher with research interests in various horticultural technologies and applications and a long history of innovation, commercialization and projects with OCE.
  • Unleashing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

    Jan 25, 2013Unleashing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
    Spoonity co-founders Max Bailey and Myron Gomes recently travelled to Toronto to showcase their business, along with 31 other companies by young entrepreneurs, at an OCE-hosted event to celebrate the success of the two-year Experiential Learning Program (ELP). The companies lined the halls of the University of Toronto's historic Hart House building, leading to a grand ballroom that saw 150 guests attend a 90-minute presentation about the impact of the program.
  • Innovative Stormwater Solutions now playing at IMAX Head Office

    Jan 18, 2013Innovative Stormwater Solutions now playing at IMAX Head Office
    Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Aquafor Beech Ltd, Imbrium Systems Inc., Unilock, Rattray Marsh Protection Association, Maxxam, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Environment Canada, the University of Guelph and Ontario Centres of Excellence came together to design and execute a retrofit project in the IMAX corporate Head Office parking lot in Mississauga, Ontario as a demonstration site to showcase various innovative stormwater management technologies - on their own and as a collective system.
  • Smart solutions for conserving water and energy

    Jan 11, 2013Smart solutions for conserving water and energy
    More than 80 leading water system experts from the across the province gathered at an event hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence to discuss challenges, identify current technology solutions and how they can be improved as well identify technology gaps that could be addressed through research and development.
  • Diamond Cut Diamond

    Jan 03, 2013Diamond Cut Diamond
    The year went out with a bang for OCE board members William J. McClean and Dr. Molly S. Shoichet, who were advised just days before the end of 2012 that they were to be awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.
  • ShopLocket makes Christmas merry for retail entrepreneurs

    Dec 19, 2012ShopLocket makes Christmas merry for retail entrepreneurs
    Katherine Hague is giving her fair share of gifts this holiday season, but it isn’t in the traditional way. Katherine’s company ShopLocket is giving the gift of easy e-commerce to thousands of entrepreneurs in over 40 countries around the world.
  • Santa’s little helper: Sortable.com makes decision-making easy this holiday season

    Dec 13, 2012Santa’s little helper: Sortable.com makes decision-making easy this holiday season
    If you're not a techie you want to know which electronics make good gifts; if you are a techie you want to make sure you're giving (or getting) the very best. Either way, you want to do your research first – but at this point, is there time?
  • Crowdfunding coming to Ontario?

    Dec 03, 2012Crowdfunding coming to Ontario?
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased about the Ontario government’s decision to look into ways to relax the rules that restrict crowdfunding, the use of technology and social media to raise funding for early-stage companies.
  • Daniel and the Dragons’ Den

    Nov 29, 2012Daniel and the Dragons’ Den
    He entered the den and faced some of Canada’s fiercest venture capitalists head on. And, much like his biblical counterpart, this Daniel — Danny Crossman, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Impakt Protective — showed no fear, stood his ground and emerged triumphant (and with $350,000).
  • New U of T PhD sets his sights high

    Nov 23, 2012New U of T PhD sets his sights high
    Michael Montgomery’s PhD studies in Structural Engineering at the University of Toronto taught him that the sky’s the limit – literally. But even he didn’t think he’d be a CEO at the age of 31.
  • Three young OCE entrepreneurs among Top 20 FuEL Award Winners

    Nov 13, 2012Three young OCE entrepreneurs among Top 20 FuEL Award Winners
    Armen Bakirtzian, CEO of Waterloo-based Avenir Medical Inc.; Arjun Kumar, founder and CEO of Kela Medical in Whitby, ON; and Ronald Richardson co-founder and Vice President, Sales of Kanata, ON’s Benbria Corporation rose to the top of nearly 100 nominees to emerge as Top 20 winners in PROFIT’s FuEL (Future Entrepreneurial Leaders) Awards.
  • Paul Webster

    Next generation entrepreneur behind next dimension of control for advanced manufacturing in Ontario

    Nov 09, 2012Next generation entrepreneur behind next dimension of control for advanced manufacturing in Ontario
    Queen’s University Physics PhD graduate Paul Webster has picked up a thing or two about business. Now the 2012 Martin Walmsley Fellowship recipient. Webster credits financial and business support received from OCE, Queen’s and NSERC for getting the company to where it is today and for getting him personally out of the lab and into a job he was able to create for himself.