Industrial & Technological Benefits Partnership Opportunity

We can be your gateway to the innovation marketplace.

Ontario Centres of Excellence has a vast network of SMEs and start-ups.  A not-for-profit organization, we work with industry to facilitate collaborations with Canada’s largest concentration of world-class researchers at universities, colleges and research institutes. OCE’s commercialization and start-up activities provide access to new innovative technologies and help companies benefit from Canada’s R&D.

OCE’s role in Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) is to partner with prime contractors to help offset their obligations under the policy.  With our direct access to the R&D marketplace, we can match academic research with your needs, identify and support industry-academic collaborations, and help build public-private partnerships.

Our feet-on-the-ground business model deploys a 40-member team of highly qualified, experienced Business Development Managers who build relationships with academic researchers, entrepreneurs and start-up companies to create collaborations and projects that drive Canada’s innovation and productivity.  

Focusing our team on Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) and leveraging our strong relationships with industry, OCE can help your company gain maximum direct and indirect credits under the Investment Framework. 

Unprecedented network of companies and entrepreneurs

Leader in innovation with 28-year track record of success

  • Depth of experience in building industry-led collaborations to commercialize innovation arising out of academic institutions
  • Experience in creating public and private consortia
  • Deep engagement with academia and the R&D sectors to actively identify emerging technologies and investment opportunities 
  • Extensive experience working with key sectors including advanced manufacturing, communications and digital media; energy and environment and advanced health
  • Trusted relationships with provincial and federal governments leading to expanding suite of programs offerings and OCE’s whole-of-government funding approach
  • Will invest over $660 million in funding for innovative projects over the next three years
  • Design, build and manage programs to meet strategic objectives

Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities,  tests the latest in flight simulation at Discovery 16

Collaborative industry-led sector initiatives

OCE's ITB role

We are positioned to invest in Canada’s SME productivity and to support the commercialization of emerging technologies. In working with our industry partners, we develop and deliver to you a ready-made, customized plan that fulfills your strategic objectives and ITB Offset obligations while generating optimal value for you.

Industry Canada is familiar with OCE’s model for working with prime contractors in managing their ITB Offset funds.

For More Information

Contact Michele Davies 
416-861-1092 x 1034

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Here are some stories in areas in which OCE is active that will be of particular interest to prime contractors:
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    Dec 18, 2015New partnership will advance cybersecurity innovation
    As security in online information storage, networking communications and commerce becomes a global priority, enhancements to the technology that keeps information safe are more important than ever.
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    OCE and SOSCIP launch final round of Smart Computing R&D Challenge

    Nov 26, 2015OCE and SOSCIP launch final round of Smart Computing R&D Challenge
    After a highly successful first round of funding, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the SOSCIP consortium are launching a second and final round of the Smart Computing R&D Challenge.
  • New program will grow agri-based industrial bioproduct development in Ontario

    Nov 09, 2015New program will grow agri-based industrial bioproduct development in Ontario
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) are fostering innovation in the province’s growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector.
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    Industry-academic collaboration in aerospace gains altitude

    Oct 28, 2015Industry-academic collaboration in aerospace gains altitude
    Close to 160 researchers, entrepreneurs and representatives of the aerospace industry participated in a partnering forum this month designed to identify collaboration opportunities. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the event marked the launch of OCE’s second Aerospace R&D Challenge.
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    Making Ontario a leader in intelligent transportation

    Sep 10, 2015Making Ontario a leader in intelligent transportation
    Helping the province's transportation industry grow and succeed, this program encourages businesses and academic institutions to develop and commercialize innovations in connected and automated vehicle technologies. With government funds and matching funds from industry partners, close to $3 million has been invested in fifteen projects aimed at making Ontario roads smarter and safer while improving traffic flow.