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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    Developing novel products and services in ultra-deep mining

    Sep 10, 2015Developing novel products and services in ultra-deep mining
    Close to $500,000 in funding has been awarded to five projects from four Ontario colleges to work with this industry partners to create the industry tools and technologies needed to improve resource extraction more than 2.5 km under ground.
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    OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge

    Jun 30, 2015OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge
    More than 150 representatives from industry, academia and government attended a special forum hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence on June 24 to identify potential collaborations in smart computing.
  • OCE and CENGN team up to deliver next generation communications and networking technologies

    Jun 24, 2015OCE and CENGN team up to deliver next generation communications and networking technologies
    A new partnership between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) aims to address this pressing need for more robust networks by accelerating the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based communications technology research.
  • CVAV connected car

    OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships

    May 27, 2015OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships
    Fueling innovation is exactly what Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and some of its partners are doing through programs that will move more automotive-based research from the classroom to the showroom.
  • Supporting technological innovation in aerospace

    Mar 24, 2015Supporting technological innovation in aerospace
    Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Ontario Aerospace Council have worked together in supporting collaborative R&D in the province’s aerospace industry, through a $2.5 million program supporting the development of technology of strategic importance to Ontario’s aerospace sector.