Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

February 03, 2006 15:13 ET

The First Annual Ontario Centres of Excellence Conference: Hot Speakers and Topics for What's Next in the World of Innovation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 3, 2006) - Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. -

Who: The Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc., brings leading edge
innovators, academic researchers, industry and government
leaders together for Discovery 2006, a first of its kind
conference. Discovery 2006: Bridging the Innovation to
Commercialization Gap showcases emerging innovation trends,
how companies and researchers turn ideas into competitive
products, services, and what it takes to support the creation
and growth of innovative businesses. Discovery 2006 is all
about innovation, collaboration and commercialization -- both
within Ontario and globally. Up to 50 of Ontario's top student
researchers will be presenting their work and close to 100
exhibitors will feature the latest research as well as some of
Ontario's most innovative businesses.

When: Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building,
222 Bremmer Blvd., Toronto

Who: The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Keynote
Luncheon Speech at 12:30 p.m.; Leonard J. Brody, co-author of
"Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to
Java," Closing Remarks at 4:30 p.m.

Partial Speakers List: Glen Hodgson, Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada, Dr. Cynthia Kuper, CTO, Mircomem Technologies, Duncan Hawthorne, CEO, Bruce Power, David Woolford, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Dr. Tom Harris, Dean, Queen's University, Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Director Centre of Nanotechnology and Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Centre, Dr. Joseph Sinfield, Purdue University and Innosight LLC, David Paterson, Vice President Corporate and Environmental Affairs, General Motors of Canada, Ron Neumann, CEO, Slipstream Data, and Robert Barnard, co-author Chips and Pop: Decoding the Next Generation.

Note to Media: The full agenda can be found on line at: www.oce-ontario.org/discovery2006/. All panels are open to the media and pre-interviews may be arranged. Media is encouraged to pre-register and/or reserve a seat for the Keynote Luncheon Speech by Premier Dalton McGuinty, please email Linda McKay at lindamckay@shaw.ca.

About OCE: OCE Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers the Ontario Centres of Excellence program, which was established by the Ontario Government in 1987 to support research excellence. OCE Inc. fosters innovation and supports the commercialization of industry and academic research collaborations. Specifically in technologies across a range of market sectors including communications and information technology, environmental sciences, photonics, energy, and materials and manufacturing. OCE Inc. is a crucial link in Ontario's innovation cycle - providing a catalyst for ideas to evolve from the lab to the marketplace. Discovery 2006 is co-sponsored by the RBC Financial Group, Gowlings and media sponsor National Post.

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