TORONTO, Ontario — Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) award-winning Discovery conference returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building on May 15-16. The hotly anticipated annual event is celebrating 12 years of bold, new ideas with a dynamic showcase of the best Ontario and Canadian innovators have to offer.
Discovery’s 200,000-square-foot show floor is packed with made-in-Ontario exhibits, exciting and informative panels and interactive sessions. Featured this year among the more than 500 exhibits are some of the latest developments in next-generation transportation including a Hyperloop Zone with virtual reality simulations and a levitation pod from Waterloop, smart cars from Tesla and General Motors featuring AI integration, an ultramodern smart home, a cutting-edge aerospace zone with a personal helicopter prototype from Airvinci, robotics, healthtech, biometrics, wearable tech including biosensor clothing, and augmented reality demonstrations.
“Over the past decade OCE’s Discovery has brought some of the most exciting speakers, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders from Ontario and around the globe to our two-day celebration of the innovation ecosystem,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “Discovery brings together industry, academia, investors, government, students, young entrepreneurs and more to share ideas, network, invest and create business relationships that drive Ontario’s economic growth and global competitiveness.”
“Our government recognizes that innovations like the ones unveiled at OCE Discovery create the jobs and technologies that will fuel our economy now and in the future,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “We are pleased to support these next-generation ideas that will boost Ontario’s competitive advantage in a fierce and fast-changing global economy and maintain our position at the leading edge of technological innovation.”
Named Canada’s Best Trade Show in 2010, 2011, and 2016, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase. It brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, fintech, cleantech, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and trade show attracts more than 3,500 attendees and 500 exhibitors.
“Discovery is a showcase for the kind of game-changing technologies that improve our lives and drive Ontario’s knowledge-based economy,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “As part of our government’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, we are proud to support OCE Discovery in advancing these cutting-edge collaborations at every stage of their development.”
Discovery will feature two main-stage keynote speakers:
On May 15, Jared Cohen, founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw will speaking from the main stage about the new digital age from his unique vantage point at the centre of technology and how it is changing the world, especially for the 5 billion people expected to come online in the next decade.
On May 16, Gina McCarthy will deliver an environmental message on both the mainstage and in the Discovery Theatre that conveys common sense strategies and sustainable solutions backed by science. McCarthy is well-known and celebrated for her work with the Obama White House as former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Discovery also welcomes Marc Goodman,New York Times best-selling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and global strategist as a featured presenter on the panel Lessons in Innovation from the Criminal Underground and the Future of Financial Crimes.
OCE is also excited to feature panels with some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs at Discovery 2017 including;
Technology of the Future
Seizing Opportunity in China
Future of Ontario’s Health System: Driving Value and Impact
Scale-Ups: How Ontario Entrepreneurs are Scaling Up and Attracting International Attention
A networking bonanza, Discovery provides students, job seekers, young entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking investment and an array of opportunities to interact with experts, investors, potential collaborators and employers.
Meet An Investor, where attendees can meet one-on-one with expert investors, entrepreneurs, innovation agents, and professional services and export specialists.
Discovery’s Book a Meeting feature, which attendees can use to message and book timeslots to meet before, during or after Discovery with other attendees, exhibitors, and investors on the show floor.
The B2B and B2G Zones. In keeping with the aim of making Discovery a place to do business, the conference will also facilitate meetings between large corporations and start-ups and scale-ups through its B2B Zone, and meetings between businesses and government through the new B2G Zone.
Discovery will also highlight:
Ontario-based companies showcasing their accessibility-focused innovations in the Accessibility Innovation Showcase on the Discovery show floor in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
Ontario-based companies exhibiting social innovations in the Social Enterprise Zone.
Now a crowd-pleasing favourite, Discovery 2017 will also hold four pitch competitions featuring some of Ontario’s brightest entrepreneurs from across the province:
Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch for high-school students
Accessibility Innovation Tech Pitch Competition
Social Enterprise Pitch Competition
ONtrepreneurs Pitch Challenge presented by the Ontario Brain Institute
Discovery continues to promote the exchange of ideas and encourage new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through to demonstration and development. With so many thought leaders in one place, attending Discovery is a great way to explore Ontario’s bright future in the global innovation ecosystem.