OCE In The News

  • April 13, 2016 – BetaKitCanadian startups Pacta & Knowledgehook to pitch at Google Demo Day

    Two Canadian startups are set to pitch before investors and judges. at Google’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters on May 4 for Google Demo DayWaterloo-based Knowledgehook, an OCE-supported company that creates gaming software that analyzes the academic performance of math students, and Halifax-based PACTA, which enables companies to keep track of their signed contracts on any device and across teams through smart contracts, are among the 11 chosen startups. They will pitch in front of judges Steve Case, chairman of Revolution and Case Foundation, Frank Chen, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Bedy Yang, a managing partner at 500 Startups.

  • January 27, 2016 – CBC NewsWindsor wants to become test site for self-driving vehicles

    Bringing self-driving vehicle testing to cities like Windsor, Ont. will take a concerted effort from all levels of government, say city officials. Windsor is one of the latest Canadian cities vying to become a site for autonomous vehicle testing. Partnering with the region's university and colleges, the city is making a pitch to Ford of Canada in a letter expected to be sent out next week.

    Read more at CBC online...
  • January 27, 2016 – Toronto StarBreaking new auto research ground

    Automotive research is no longer restricted to the manufacturers. Apple and Google are two examples of high-tech companies getting involved and universities have their hands in it, too. When it comes to post-secondary automotive research programs, there are four universities in Ontario that are collectively earning good grades including some working with Ontario Centres of Excellence.

    Read more in The Toronto Star...

  • January 27, 2016 – University of GuelphResearchers Get OCE Funding for Canine Cancer Study
    University of Guelph scientists working to improve cancer therapy for dogs — and potentially to enhance human cancer treatment — have received a $100,000 grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

    Read more at University of Guelph online...
  • December 17, 2015 – Cornwall Standard-FreeholderState-of-the-art drones to assist Cornwall's St. Lawrence River Institute

    The fish under the waves of the St. Lawrence River don't know it, but they will assist in the testing of new, unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles (UAVs) or drones. St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences personnel will be taking part in utilizing the UAVs, which have been developed by RME Geomatics, a division of Rocky Mountain Equipment Canada Ltd. with the assistance of a grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence.

  • December 11, 2015 – Accelerator CentreHow Dematic is investing in R&D to solve complex problems
    Through a partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering, and leveraging grants from both Collaborative Research & Development (CRD) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Dematic has been researching and developing advanced mathematical models and machine learning algorithms to solve complex automation problems.
  • December 7, 2015 – KineticaKinetica’s ground-breaking technology to be utilized in Toronto’s landmark YC Condominiums
    Kinetica is pleased to announce that its ground-breaking Viscoelastic Coupling Damper (VCD) technology will be used in the landmark YC Condominiums in Toronto. The VCD technology will ensure the slender 66-storey residential tower is resilient to unwanted vibrations caused by high winds and earthquakes. The building, to be located at Yonge and College in Toronto, also brings the technology to a mere 10 minute walk from where it was developed at the University of Toronto's Department of Civil Engineering.
  • December 3, 2015 – EMS WorldFive Ontario Tech Projects Highlight Remote Patient Monitoring and Care
    More than $3 million is being invested in five public-private partnerships through an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) program focused on use of technology to remotely monitor and care for Ontario patients.
  • December 3, 2015 – Fierce Mobile HealthcareHospital aims to close doctor-patient gap, boost post-surgical care with app pilot

    A Canadian hospital is deploying a mobile app to replace paper and pen in charting patient pain, reduce potential painkiller addiction among the chronically ill and gain the ability to track bigger patient populations in and out of the hospital setting. Toronto General, in December, is set to launch an 18-month app pilot for its two-year-old Transitional Pain Service (TPS), according to an article at mHealth Intelligence. The Manage My Pain app was created by the hospital and York University, and is financially supported by the Ontario Centres of Excellence's AdvancingHealth program.

  • December 3, 2015 – Digital JournalAlayaCare and Its Partners Awarded OCE's AdvancingHealth Innovation Fund
    AlayaCare, providers of next generation home care software solutions, announced today that it has been selected as an award recipient of the AdvancingHealth Program. Along with its partners, AlayaCare will launch virtual care technology that enables home care providers to administer care via remote patient monitoring (RPM), telehealth and video conferencing. The AdvancingHealth Program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), is designed to facilitate partnerships between Ontario public healthcare organizations, companies and academic institutions to increase innovation in Ontario's public healthcare sector.
  • December 3, 2015 – Belleville IntelligencerLoyalist partners on research project
    Loyalist College is partnering with the Canadian Bioceutical Corporation on an applied research project using the college’s state-of-the-art Supercritical CO2 Extraction Laboratory in the Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre on campus. 
  • December 3, 2015 – Algonquin CollegePerth Construction Industry to Receive Innovation Boost
    It’s a Residential Living Lab, an applied research facility where students, faculty, and businesses in the Perth area will come together to tackle everyday business challenges. The facility was unveiled today as part of an introduction of the project to the broader Perth community. On hand to help celebrate the launch: construction associations like the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association, construction companies, and education focused groups like Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • November 30, 2015 – Singularity UniversityThe Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University

    Singularity University is not about the singularity and is not even a university. It is not about abundance and is not an exponential organization.
    Then what is Singularity University about?!
    Those are the claims I made and the questions I asked, and tried to address, during my recent presentation at a local meetup organized by Singularity University in the Netherlands. Check it out and judge for yourself.

    As startups go, YEDI has done pretty well. In only two years of existence, it has matched about 100 budding entrepreneurs and non-profit innovators with people to fund them. It has helped a good number of Russian immigrants improve their education, find their legs and get started in Canada. And earlier this month it was recognized for all it has done by being named the number one ranked business accelerator in Ontario and number three in all of North America at an award ceremony sponsored by UBI Global and Ontario Centres for Excellence.
  • November 30, 2015 – Sarnia ObserverSarnia-Lambton research improves in North American ranking

    A new ranking places the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park among the top five university business incubators in North America.
    The rankings by UBI Global and the Ontario Centres for Excellence saw the Western Research Parks, including the Sarnia park on Modeland Road, improve on their seventh place ranking in 2014 by moving into the fifth spot for 2015.

  • November 27, 2015 – Brampton GuardianCompetition offers start-up cash to high school students with business idea

    Peel high school students are being encouraged to show off their entrepreneurial side and submit a business pitch in an annual province-wide competition.
    The fourth annual Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition – which is organized in partnership between the Province and Ontario Centres of Excellence –has high school students pitching a business idea via a two-minute video. The pitches will be evaluated by judges pulled from the business community and the public can vote for their favourite online.

  • November 27, 2015 – Northumberland ViewOntario Helping Young Entrepreneurs Kick-Start Own Business

    Ontario is fostering entrepreneurship among high school students by supporting the 4th annual 'Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch' competition.
    The competition - which is a partnership between the province and Ontario Centres of Excellence - challenges high school students to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video that are evaluated by judges from the business community. The public can also vote for the best pitch online.

  • November 27, 2015 – Hamilton SpectatorContest seeks business ideas from youth

    Budding high school entrepreneurs will get a chance to make their pitch for a package of prizes in a provincial competition.
    The fourth annual Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch program challenges high school students to pitch ideas in a two-minute video for evaluation by a panel from the business community. Entries can be submitted until March 23.
    The public can go online to vote for the best pitch, from March 28 to April 14. The 20 finalists will get business coaching, mentoring and a chance to present their ideas to a judging panel at Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery Conference in Toronto from May 9 to 10, 2016.

  • November 27, 2015 – McMaster Daily NewsMac grad Matthew Sheridan named Ontario's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Matthew Sheridan, inventor of the Nix Colour Sensor and a McMaster alumnus, was named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Ontario Business Achievement Awards on Nov. 25.
    The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, is awarded to a young Ontario entrepreneur who has successfully built a unique and game-changing venture.

  • November 27, 2015 – MentorworksHow the Rise of Millennials Affects Entrepreneurship and the Economy
    Millennials, those of us born between 1982 and 2004, have received a lot of bad press; we are often associated with the personality traits of being “bratty”, narcissistic, lazy, and entitled. However, Millennials now make up a third of the Canadian and American population and are the largest customer demographic in the North America.