OCE Discovery 07
 

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Discovery 2007 Conference Highlights

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence
   
 
 

Monday, April 30, 2007

 

REGISTRATION

5:00 p.m. Foyer of Exhibit Hall E - 800 Level

 

OCE - CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF INNOVATION
OPENING CEREMONIES & COCKTAIL RECEPTION

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

 

OPENING REMARKS

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
The Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Research and Innovation.
David McFadden, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. and Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Keynote Address

The Honorable David Peterson, PC, QC, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

2007 OCE Connections Program - Award Finalists Presentation

OCE's Connections Program provides financial support for undergraduate projects conducted in collaboration with industry, providing students with an early opportunity to conduct industry-relevant research. Students across Ontario participated in an annual competition and the winner from each institution was invited to Discovery to showcase their project and compete again for recognition and cash awards.

Judge and Panel Chair: Sean Conway, Director, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University

 

DISCOVERY SHOWCASE OPEN

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

100,000 sq. feet of ideas, innovations and solutions that shape Ontario's future.

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

 

DISCOVERY SHOWCASE & CONFERENCE

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall E - 800 Level

The Showcase floor open all day - 100,000 sq. feet of ideas, innovations and solutions that shape Ontario's future.

 

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

 

OPENING REMARKS

8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

David McFadden, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. and Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.

 

THE ACCELERATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

The Impact on Business, the Economy & Society

8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

Ray Kurzweil, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.

Technology's most credible optimist, Ray Kurzweil, is also one of the world's most respected thinkers and entrepreneurs. He has successfully founded nine businesses based on his inventions and is a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Moderator: Bob McDonald, Host, CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

A TWO-YEAR WINDOW: Canada's place in the global context of Climate Change

Session 1, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., RBC Theatre

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, Director, Trudeau Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, University College, University of Toronto
Jeffrey Simpson, National Affair's Columnist, The Globe & Mail
Moderator: Bob McDonald, Host, CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks

Lead: Peter Annan, President, Sensors & Software


THE INNOVATION HIGHWAY: How to Manage, Measure and Profit from It

Session 2, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Gowlings Theatre

Leap onto the innovation highway and learn the most successful models in which world-class scientists work alongside colleagues from industry, decision-makers and entrepreneurs, to translate cutting-edge research into commercial opportunities.

Dr. Debra Amidon, , Founder and CEO, ENTOVATION International Ltd., Wilmington, MA
Dr. Peter Dobson, Professor of Engineering Science and Academic Director, Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, Oxford, UK

Lead: Ian Smith, National Research Council Canada, Institute for Biodiagnostics


THE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION & ALL THINGS SMART

Session 3, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Discovery Theatre

People everywhere sense the world is passing through a technological revolution. Understand how organizations and economic systems are being transformed by emerging technologies and predications for the future.

Dr. William E. Halal, Professor of Science, Technology & Innovation, George Washington University, and President TechCast, Washington, DC
Dr. Walter Derzko, Associate, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Moderator: Robert Moses, President and CEO, PCI Geomatic


Ontario's "Next Generation" Innovators Compete Live for Fame & Fortune

Special Presentations, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Next Stage

More than 80 university and college students working on OCE funded projects submitted abstracts to our 2nd annual OCE Student Poster Competition. Student posters were showcased on the tradeshow floor and the 20 finalists of the oral competition made live presentations to a panel of judges who chose three winners to receive cash awards and recognition at the closing ceremonies.

The Student Competition was generously supported by Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)

Emcee: Dr. Marc Nantel, Director Business Development, Centre of Excellence for Photonics, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto, ON

Judges:
David Dietz, Manager University Relations, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM)
Lucy Keating, Partner, Commexus Inc.
Bill Cairns, Chief Scientist, Trojan Technologies

Lead: Jeffrey Steiner, President & CEO, Toronto Economic Development Corporation

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ADVENTURES IN CAPITAL: Founding and Funding Technology Start-ups

Session 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., RBC Theatre

What does it take to move an idea to income? Entrepreneurs are often quick out of the gate in search of investors. But are you ready? Do you have the right team? Do you have the right plan? And what expectations will investors bring with them to your business? A panel of seasoned professionals from venture capital, angel investment, business and law discussed their experiences and insights into the process of building relationships with investors.

Tom Sweeney, Co-founder & Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures Canada, Montreal, QC
Jesko von Windheim, Chief Executive Director, Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC
Robert Antoniades, Managing Director, RBC Technology Ventures Inc., Toronto, ON
Ronald Thompson, Corporate Angels, Markham, ON

Moderator: David W. Pamenter, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP


WHAT DO CUSTOMER'S VALUE? A "Lean" Approach to Staying Competitive

Session 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Gowlings Theatre

The "Lean" perspective focuses on how the customer determines "value" and eliminates all other activities that do not provide that value. Often, this means a cultural shift within the delivery team. Larry Coté spoke about building a culture of success needed to maintain a globally competitive advantage. His presentation was followed by a Lean success story - a case study of Linda Lundström Inc., a Canadian design and clothing manufacturer, enjoying remarkable success in a sector that's struggling with off-shore competition from the Far East.

Larry Coté, President and CEO, Lean Advisors Inc., Ottawa, ON
Linda Lundström, President and Chief Creative Officer, Linda Lundström Inc., Toronto, ON

Lead: Ken Carpenter, President & CEO, Burlington Technologies Inc.

 

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS & AWARD PRESENTATIONS

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Exhibit Halls F & G

 

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Exhibit Halls F & G

The Hon. Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development & Trade

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BLUEPRINT TO A BILLION - How to Turn a Breakthrough Innovation into an Exponential Growth Business

Session 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., RBC Theatre

David Thomson has a passion for innovation, business-building and leadership. His unquenchable thirst for identifying the difference-making traits of the most successful high growth businesses led him to a deep inquiry into the growth and management traits of America's highest growth companies. Based on three years of detailed research of American companies that have IPO's since 1980 and grown to at least $1 Billion in revenue, David shared his "7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth".

David G. Thomson, Author "Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth", Overland Park, KC

Lead: Mark Chamberlain, President & CEO, Trivaris Ltd.


FROM THE GROUND UP: Technologies to Mitigate the Impact of Climate Change

Session 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Gowlings Theatre

Bob McDonald engaged a group of entrepreneurs in a discussion about the technologies that are leading the charge to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. Solar electric cars, wind turbines, managing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, innovative growth mediums for the greenhouse industry, emission controls and geothermal energy systems all have a role to play here; and all will be looking to find their place in the emerging market.

Moderator: Bob McDonald, Host, CBC Radio, Quirks & Quarks

Michael Angemeer, President, Veridian Corporation
Tony Verrilli, President, Cleanfield Energy Corporation
George Scott, President, SRI Petro Chemical Inc.
Howard Goodfellow, President, Tenova Goodfellow
Brian Beatty, President, GeoEnergy Solutions

Lead: Jim Orgill, Managing Director, Venture Capital Division, BDC Venture Capital


Ontario's "Next Generation" Innovators Compete Live for Fame & Fortune

Special Presentation, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Next Stage

More than 80 university and college students working on OCE funded projects submitted abstracts to our second annual OCE Student Poster Competition. Student posters were showcased on the tradeshow floor and the 20 finalists of the oral competition made live presentations to a panel of judges who chose three winners to receive cash awards and recognition at the closing ceremonies.

Emcee: Dr. Marc Nantel, Director Business Development, Centre for Photonics, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto, ON

Judges:
Bruce Harbinson, Chair, TEC Canada
Cyril Gibbons, Director of Commercialization, Physical Sciences & Engineering, University of Toronto
Paul Guild, Professor, Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Lead: Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima, President & CEO, AkimaNow! Corporation

 

2007 Mind to Market Award Presentations

3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

OCE Mind to Market Award recognizes and celebrates excellence in research collaboration and commercialization between Ontario's research and business communities. Finalists were selected from the best of the best of OCE's pool of Initiatives.

The Mind to Market Award is generously supported by RBC Royal Bank

 

WORRIED ABOUT ONTARIO'S BRAIN DRAIN:

Meet the Plug

3:50 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

Richard Florida, Hirst Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, Arlington, VA

Richard Florida, Esquire's "Best and Brightest" in America, is a professor of social policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. As the author of two widely influential books about the relationship between creativity and competitiveness, Florida argued that there are six facts we need to face to preserve cultural and scientific leadership.

 

CLOSING CEREMONIES & NEXT GENERATION INNOVATOR AWARD

4:35 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall E - Amphitheatre

Ontario Next Generation Innovator Awards

Three lucky recipients of OCE's second annual Student Poster Competition were announced and recognized with a cash reward.

The Student Competition was generously supported by Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)

Closing Remarks

Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
David McFadden, Chair, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. and Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP