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:
  • OCE supports industry-academic collaborations to promote manufacturing innovation

    Mar 24, 2015OCE supports industry-academic collaborations to promote manufacturing innovation
    Innovation in advanced manufacturing that will improve productivity and the quality of products in various industrial areas is now underway as a result of a commercialization initiative spearheaded by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • Airplane maintenance

    Ontario’s Aerospace sector set to soar

    Jan 19, 2015Ontario’s Aerospace sector set to soar
    The federal government’s recent announcement of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) has opened up exciting new funding opportunities for industry-academic R&D collaborations in aerospace. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) have partnered with CARIC to become the deliverer of CARIC programs in Ontario.
  • Alberta and Ontario connect for innovation

    Strong response from Alberta-Ontario partnership

    Nov 27, 2014Strong response from Alberta-Ontario partnership
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to be launching Round 2 of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program in partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) and the Governments of Alberta and Ontario.
  • Deep mine tunnel

    OCE partners with Ultra Deep Mining Network to drive innovation

    Nov 11, 2014OCE partners with Ultra Deep Mining Network to drive innovation
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is offering an exciting industry-academic collaboration opportunity for Ontario colleges, in partnership with the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN), through our Voucher for Industry Association R&D (VIA) program.
  • Big data word cloud

    Driving a provincial strategy for HPC and big data

    Oct 30, 2014Driving a provincial strategy for HPC and big data
    OCE is playing a vital role in Compute Ontario, a new research computing institution that will be instrumental in advancing a more strategic and holistic approach to the province’s HPC resources and capacity. Ron Van Holst, OCE’s director of research development in high performance computing, will provide interim leadership during its start-up phase.