Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

April 28, 2008 09:00 ET

Ontario Technologies Triumph at Discovery 08

Best-selling authors Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Michael Raynor headline premier innovation and commercialization event

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) -

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Ontario's leading 1,500 scientists, investors, researchers, business experts and entrepreneurs will meet at Discovery 08 to exchange business cards, ideas and possibly investment capital.

Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery (www.ocediscovery.com) offers a first-hand chance to see, touch and try out never-before-seen Ontario-based technologies from the province's sharpest minds. Among them may be the next breakthrough that could have global markets knocking on Ontario's door.

"Discovery attracts the province's who's who when it comes to bringing new technologies to market," said Mark Romoff, OCE's President and CEO. "Ontario is a hot-bed of innovation, and this event will motivate, educate and celebrate what Ontario is capable of."

The event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 12 and 13, but the keynote speakers will offer original ideas and theories that are anything but conventional.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, the top selling nonfiction book on Amazon.com for 2007, is sure to get a reaction. The trader-turned-philosopher told Forbes magazine last year, "Random tinkering is the path to success. And fortunately, we are increasingly learning to practice it without knowing it - thanks to overconfident entrepreneurs, naive investors, greedy investment bankers, confused scientists and aggressive venture capitalists..."

Joining Taleb will be Dr. Michael Raynor, author of The Strategy Paradox, his most recent book. His talk will focus on how to get better at making strategic choices and reducing risks when bringing new technologies to market.

This year's Discovery conference features minimal risk in terms of participants being uninspired:

- Over 250 exhibitors will demonstrate cutting-edge inventions, going beyond the traditional handshake and brochure - from compact wind turbines, to the latest in bullet-proof body armour, to new laser therapy treatments

- Industry leaders from cleantech, life sciences and digital media will roll up their sleeves and discuss (and likely debate) industry trends, challenges and opportunities

- The Ontario Science Centre will encourage participants to loosen their ties and take part in Survivor-like engineering and scientific collaborative challenges

- Entrepreneurs will be given three minutes to convince venture capitalists, angel investors and other business experts they would be mad not to invest in their brilliant business idea during the "Elevator Pitch" event

- OCE's Mind to Market Award will celebrate the most outstanding OCE-supported research-industry collaborations

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