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Named Canada’s Best Trade Show 2010 and 2011, Discovery brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, the investment community and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in Ontario.

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Agenda

May 27, 2013 Afternoon Sessions

8:00
Registration Desk Opens
South Building
1:45
- 3:30 PM
Opening Remarks and Keynotes
Hall F

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Michael Nobrega, Chair of the Board, Ontario Centres of Excellence; President and CEO, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)

Keynote Speakers:

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Introduced by: Michael Nobrega, Chair of the Board, Ontario Centres of Excellence; President and CEO, OMERS
Thanked by: Dr. Paul Webster, CTO, Laser Depth Dynamics Inc. and Arjun Kumar, CEO, Kela Medical

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X Prize Foundation; Co-Founder and Chairman, Singularity University; futurist and New York Times best-selling author, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

3:30
Discovery Showcase Floor Opens
Explore 200,000 square feet of ideas, innovations and solutions that are shaping Ontario’s future.
4:00
- 5:00 PM
Innovation Partners Overview
Innovation Partners Theatre

The Innovation Partners Theatre provides an opportunity for organizations to speak to their individual program offerings. Presenters from government and organizations serving the innovation community invite you to learn about their programs and take your questions.

  • 4:00 - 4:15pm: Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
    Presenter Mark Roseman, Manager, Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • 4:20 - 4:35pm: Entrepreneurship and Youth Partnerships
    PresenterMadge Linton, Manager, Entrepreneurship and Youth Partnerships, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • 4:40 - 4:55pm: Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
    PresenterBrenda Hogan, Investment and Portfolio Manager, Ontario Capital Growth Corporation



 

4:00
- 5:00 PM
Intelligent Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure
Gowlings Theatre

Cities are a convergence of systems: transportation, housing, communication, technical, mechanical, ecological, economic, political and social. The evolving complexity of urban environments, advancing technologies, aging infrastructure and rapid urban population growth creates challenges and opportunities for city environments that are currently the result of 20th century planning and development. The stress on city infrastructure will grow in the short term, as some 200,000 people on average will be added to the world’s urban population each day between now and 2015.

This session will examine cities globally and the need for informed cities capable of intelligent infrastructure investment. More informed cities can lead to transformative decision-making; the adoption of strategic technology and innovations; cost-effective solutions for infrastructure investments; and, smarter, healthier futures for citizens.

ModeratorThe Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C., Senate of Canada

Panellists:

  • Professor Patricia L. McCarney, Director, Global City Indicators Facility
    John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
  • Daniel Hoornweg, Professor and Jeff Boyce Research Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Advisor and Fellow, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
  • Chris Kennedy, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Lucy Casacia, Vice President, Low and Medium Voltage Division, City Manager, GTHA and 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Program Manager, Siemens Canada Limited
  • Carl Bodimeade, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Canada, Hatch Mott MacDonald

 

4:00
- 5:00 PM
Exporting Presentations
Export and Procurement Theatre

The Export and Procurement Theatre is host to organizations and provincial and federal government departments which offer advice on exporting, government procurement and related program support for the innovation community.

  • 4:00 - 4:30pm: Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    PresenterLouie DiPalma, Director, SME Programs
    Ontario Chamber of Commerce 
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    Presenter – Dr. Allison Young, Senior Trade Commissioner, International Business Development
    Canadian Consulate General (New York)
    Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Opportunity for Canadian High Growth Technology Companies in the U.S. Market
4:00
- 5:00 PM
Home Healthcare: Transitioning from Hospital to Home
Discovery Theatre

Enabling patients to manage their illnesses at home and to quickly regain independence after a hospital stay ensures a higher quality of life while reducing financial burden on healthcare systems. This session will highlight some of the innovative research underway in the field of medical assistance devices and bring together healthcare technology divisions of major multinational companies with start-ups and SMEs producing the latest breakthrough technologies.


Moderator Mickey Milner, Board Member, HTX 

Panellists:

B2B Networking Opportunity
  • Discovery attendees can schedule B2B networking opportunities with the panellists through Book-a-Meeting

4:00
- 6:00 PM
Discovery Student Competitions
Various
5:15
- 6:15 PM
Transforming Your Business with High Performance Computing
Discovery Theatre

What if your company could use data mining to discover new information, identify new trends and correlations, and create new knowledge? What if you could safely simulate multi-million dollar physical assets and processes to accelerate your product development while preserving resources and reducing costs? What if we could analyze the human brain to develop preventative treatments for disorders and our physical environment to avert disasters?  High Performance Computing (HPC) can equip your company with these kinds of competitive advantages.

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) enables Ontario businesses to leverage world-class HPC technology and collaborate with outstanding research talent to find new and innovative ways to drive revenue and growth. This panel will feature Ontario businesses and academics that are leveraging HPC to move to a new level of success.

Co-Moderators:

  • Ron Van Holst, Director, Research Development, High Performance Computing, Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • Chris Pratt, BUE Strategic Initiatives Executive, IBM Canada

Panellists:

 

5:15
- 6:00 PM
Innovation Partners Overview
Innovation Partners Theatre

The Innovation Partners Theatre provides an opportunity for organizations to speak to their individual program offerings. Presenters from government and organizations serving the innovation community invite you to learn about their programs and take your questions.

  • 5:15 - 5:30pm: National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)
    Presenter Yuri Navarro, Executive Director, NACO
  • 5:35 - 5:50pm: MaRS
    Presenter
    Usha Srinivasan, Program Director
    Business Acceleration Program, MaRS

 

5:15
- 6:15 PM
Reframing the Water/Energy Picture
Gowlings Theatre

In a province blessed with one of the world’s largest supplies of fresh water, it’s hard to think in terms of water scarcity. But growing demands on planet Earth’s limited supply of water are raising awareness of how little we have to waste and how much energy we use providing water services. Add climate change to the mix and the volatility of water supplies becomes even more pronounced.  This panel will focus on opportunities for Ontario to lead the way in developing innovative new technologies that help us use less water while protecting water quality, reducing electricity consumption and associated energy costs, and developing a more sustainable water infrastructure.

ModeratorNicholas Parker, Founding Managing Partner, Global Acceleration Partners Inc. Chairman, Cleantech Group Inc. and Corporate Knights Media Ltd.

Panellists:

6:15
- 7:30 PM
Opening Night Networking Reception
Discovery Show Floor
Please join us on the Discovery showcase floor for the evening reception.

May 28, 2013 Morning Sessions

8:00
Registration Desk Opens
South Building
9:00
- 10:00 AM
MI@D: Internet of Things: Sensor-based Nanotechnology Research Futures
Discovery Theatre
M2M sensor platforms are evolving from the convergence of nanotechnology with digital media, AI, manufacturing and communications. This presentation will provoke ideas as well as provide intelligence and strategic insight to further explore the dynamics of the electrifying newly engineered world we are creating. If you think quantum computing is cool, come and check out what is really just around the corner.

ModeratorMichael J. O’Farrell, Founder, The Mobile Institute

Panellists:

9:00
- 10:00 AM
Procurement Presentations
Export and Procurement Theatre

The Export and Procurement Theatre is host to organizations and provincial and federal government departments which will offer advice on exporting, government procurement and related program support for the innovation community.

Procurement experts from federal, provincial and municipal departments are located adjacent to the Export and Procurement Theatre.

  • 9:00 - 10:00am: Doing Business with Government: An Overview of Federal, Provincial and Municipal Procurement

    Doing Business with Government
    will provide an overview of the process for the procurement of goods and services with government and how businesses of all sizes can become successful vendors. Procurement experts from three levels of government will be available to take your questions.

    Presenters
    :

    Manny Argiropoulos, Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement, Ontario Region
    Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada

    Kevin Fox, Senior Procurement Consultant, Procurement Policy and Program Delivery
    Supply Chain Management Division, Ministry of Government Services

    Nicolas Falcone, Coordinator, Purchasing Services
    Purchasing & Materials Management, City of Toronto
9:00
- 10:00 AM
Innovations in Agri-Food
IBM Theatre

Ontario’s agri-food system is high tech, highly complex and internationally competitive with record high exports to markets including the U.S., Asia and Europe. This session will explore the ongoing challenges and opportunities related to changing consumer demands, climate change and globalization and how new methods and technologies like biotechnology and bio-based products are fuelling market growth and employment while ensuring food security.


Moderator Dr. Gord Surgeoner, President, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Panellists:

9:00
- 10:00 AM
Opportunities for Open Energy Data
Gowlings Theatre

The broad roll-out of smart meters across Ontario is generating valuable data with potential applications far beyond time-of-use billing. Open energy data in Ontario can drive energy conservation via customer devices and a myriad of other products, apps and services that shed new light on energy use.

This panel will explore business opportunities arising from open energy data along with the development of exportable skills and products.


Moderator – Terry Young, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO); Member, Ontario Smart Grid Forum

Panellists:

 

9:00
- 10:00 AM
Innovation Partners Overview
Innovation Partners Theatre

The Innovation Partners Theatre provides an opportunity for organizations to speak to their individual program offerings. Presenters from government and organizations serving the innovation community invite you to learn about their programs and take your questions.

  • 9:00 - 9:15am: Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
    PresenterLisa Drouillard, Program Deputy Director, NCE
  • 9:20 - 9:35am: Canada Revenue Agency - Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED)
    PresenterLynda Sturgeoff, Research and Technology Manager
    Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED), CRA
  • 9:40 - 9:55am: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
    PresenterTibor Turi, Manager, Ontario Regional Office, NSERC


10:00
- 11:00 AM
Trade Presentations
Export and Procurement Theatre

Discovery is honoured to welcome trade delegations from India and the United Kingdom. Join us for a discussion with these delegates who are looking to partner, invest and collaborate with Ontario companies, start-ups, researchers and innovators.

  • 10:00 - 11:00am: Trade Mission – India
    Moderator Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Trade Advisor – Ontario, Ontario International Marketing Centre, Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai
  • 11:00 - 11:15am: Trade Mission – United Kingdom
    SpeakerWill Morgan, Chief Financial Officer
    New Energy Ventures
10:00
- 11:00 AM
Exhibits
Discovery Show Floor
Explore 200,000 square feet of ideas, innovations and solutions that are shaping Ontario’s future.
11:00
- 12:00 PM
Innovation and the Future of Manufacturing
Gowlings Theatre
Faced with the challenges of a strong dollar, rising business costs and the need to innovate, Canadian manufacturers are reinventing themselves to take advantage of the vast opportunities of a global marketplace.

Streamlining to become more vertically integrated is enabling Ontario’s manufacturers to take advantage of opportunities to innovate all along their value chain and step outside their comfort zones to explore manufacturing opportunities in totally new sectors and processes including bio-manufacturing, environmental products and lightweight composites.

Learn from a panel of industry experts how manufacturers are transforming, the technologies they are utilizing, and what the future will look like.

ModeratorIan T. Howcroft, Vice President (Ontario Division), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

 Panellists:

  • Michael Gardiner, Director, Industry Solutions, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.
  • Doug Angus-Lee, 3D Printer Product Manager, Javelin Technologies
  • Jacek Mlynarek, CEO and President, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Textile, Geosynthetic and Flexible Material Technologies (CTT Group)
  • Bob Little, VP and Country Manager, Altair Engineering Canada Ltd.

 

11:00
- 12:00 PM
Innovation Partners Overview
Innovation Partners Theatre

The Innovation Partners Theatre provides an opportunity for organizations to speak to their individual program offerings. Presenters from government and organizations serving the innovation community invite you to learn about their programs and take your questions.

  • 11:00 - 11:15am: Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
    PresenterDumitru Olariu, Business Development Officer, CIPO
  • 11:20 - 11:35am: Export Development Canada (EDC)
    PresenterChris Evans, Senior Account Manager, EDC
  • 11:40 - 11:55am: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
    PresenterTaras Hollyer, Director,
    Program Policy and Innovation, FedDev Ontario

 

11:00
- 12:00 PM
Personalized Medicine
Discovery Theatre
Innovation in personalized medicine is generating new technologies that provide insights about health at the DNA level. This panel will provide an industry scan of the personalized medicine space with updates on the latest innovations, tech trends, barriers to technology adoption and challenges that require technology and business innovation. Business models of two representative companies will be examined.

Hear from experts about the role of personalized medicine in disease diagnosis and treatment plans and what it takes to get technology transferred to the clinic.

Moderator Dr. Alison Symington, VP, Corporate Development and Communications, Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)

Panellists:

11:00
- 12:00 PM
Innovations in Aerospace
IBM Theatre

A major global player whose exports account for 70 per cent of total revenues, Ontario’s aerospace industry is undergoing exciting transformations to meet the needs of a changing world. Climatic variability, new forms of agriculture, forest and mineral development and evolving social interactions all impact aerospace strategies. This session will explore advances in aviation in view of economic realities associated with northern development and changing land use to achieve higher productivity yields; innovations including unmanned aerial vehicles, efficient new ways to move cargo, low-cost personal aviation, and the training of aviators and operators.


ModeratorCharles Gagnon, Manager, Corporate Relations, Corporate, Community and Alumni Partnerships, Canadore College

Panellists:

  • Jay Godsall, Founder and CEO, Solar Ship
  • Brian Eggleston, Aeronautics Consultant, Venture Flight
  • Murray Gamble, Director of Simulation Engineering, Centre for Visualization and Simulation (VISM), Carleton University
  • Marni McVicar, Vice President, Operations, Aeryon Labs Inc.
  • Rod Jones, Executive Director, Ontario Aerospace Council


12:00
- 2:00 PM
Luncheon
Hall F
Moderator Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Luncheon Keynote Addresses and Awards Presentations:

The Honourable Reza Moridi
, Minister of Research and Innovation
  • Post-secondary Competition Awards Presentation – Connections, Student Video and Experiential Learning Competitions
The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
  • High School Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch Competition Awards
    Minister Hoskins will be joined by John Baker, President and CEO, Desire2Learn, to present the awards
Special Presentation: Inaugural David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge
  • Introduced by: Sean Conway, Public Policy Adviser, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP


May 28, 2013 Afternoon Sessions

2:00
- 4:00 PM
Innovation Partners Overview
Innovation Partners Theatre

The Innovation Partners Theatre provides an opportunity for organizations to speak to their individual program offerings. Presenters from government and organizations serving the innovation community invite you to learn about their programs and take your questions.

  • 2:00 - 2:15pm: Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
    PresenterMichael Mahon, Director, VC Strategic Investments & Initiatives, BDC
  • 2:20 - 2:35pm: National Research Council (NRC)
    PresenterManfred Hubert, Director, Ontario St. Clair Region, NRC IRAP
  • 2:40 - 2:55pm: Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
    PresenterBob Civak, Senior Vice President
    Business Development Operations, OCE
  • 3:00 - 3:15pm: Auto21 – Connect Canada
    PresenterRaed Kadri, Business Development Officer, Auto21
  • 3:20 - 3:35pm: CANARIE
    PresenterPeter Wilenius, Vice President, Business Development, CANARIE
  • 3:40 – 3:55pm:  International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada)
    Presenter – Bharat Rudra, Country Manager for India & Brazil, ISTPCanada
2:00
- 3:30 PM
Procurement Presentations
Export and Procurement Theatre

The Export and Procurement Theatre is host to organizations and provincial and federal government departments which will offer advice on exporting, government procurement and related program support for the innovation community.

Procurement experts from federal, provincial and municipal departments are located adjacent to the Export and Procurement Theatre.

  • 2:00 - 2:30pm: Green Focus on Innovation and Technology (GreenFIT)
    PresenterRebekah Witteveen, Senior Policy Advisor
    Research, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Division, Ministry of Research and Innovation/Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
  • 2:30 - 3:00pm: International Trade Branch – Export Programs and Services
    PresenterMarek Karwowski, International Marketing Consultant - U.S.
    Construction, Environment & Renewable Energy
    International Trade Branch, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • 3:00 - 3:30pm: Defence and Security Procurement
    PresenterAl Hamel, Col. (Ret’d), CD, P.Eng., PMP
    Senior Director, Electronics, Munitions and Tactical Systems Procurement, Acquisitions Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada



2:00
- 3:00 PM
Mining Innovation
Discovery Theatre
Hardrock mining in Canada entails formidable challenges, but overcoming them through innovation would produce high-grade rewards. The high cost and availability of energy, geotechnical risk and stability, materials handling for both ore and backfill, and productivity levels in underground mines are all issues that are only exacerbated by remote locations far removed from established power and transportation infrastructure and excavation depths of up to 2.5 km.

This panel will explore the potential for innovative solutions in Ontario that can open up global markets at a time when the demand for metals worldwide continues to escalate.

ModeratorDouglas Morrison, President and CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)

Panellists:

  • Dr. Dean Millar, MIRARCO Research Chair and Director, Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management (ERCM); Professor of Energy in Mining, Laurentian University
  • Dick DeStefano, Executive Director, Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA)
  • Dr. Daniel Campbell, Director, Environmental Monitoring and Rehabilitation Group, MIRARCO; Assistant Professor, Laurentian University
  • Richard Fink, Vice President, Technical, Global Ferroallays, Cliffs Natural Resources
2:00
- 3:00 PM
MI@D: Taking Ontario Mobile: An Action Plan for Leadership in the Mobile Revolution
IBM Theatre

The global take-up of mobility and the expansion of the smartphone and tablet markets represent a growth business for the many Ontario companies developing applications for mobile devices.  This panel will present how Ontario is positioned to be a leader in mobility and the positive impacts it can have on increased productivity, jobs, education,  health, inclusion and engagement.

Speaker – Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University

Panellists:

2:00
- 3:00 PM
Help wanted: Closing the Gap and Opening the Door to New and Emerging Careers
Talent Theatre

With today’s "accelerating change" and major technological advances, it’s not surprising that university and college grads sometimes have a hard time even imagining the kinds of jobs or career options available to them. New career fields are emerging in areas such as data analytics, remote sensing and advanced manufacturing. At the same time, there’s been a tendency for some new job seekers to dismiss potential career paths based on outdated perceptions of industries like manufacturing or mining. The skills gap continues to present a major challenge for several sectors of the economy and an education system charged with helping to prepare and launch the next generation of workers. This session will focus on new and emerging careers and finding innovative ways to close the gap.

Moderator Louie DiPalma, Director of SME Programs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Panellists:

  • Stephen Perelgut, University Relations Manager, IBM Canada
  • Lyne Parent-Garvey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro Ottawa Ltd.; Vice Chair, Electricity Distributor Association’s Industry HR Council
  • Graham Browne, Director, Human Resources, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Vale Base Metals, Vale
  • Gerald R. Moran, Research Collaboration Manager, Siemens Canada Ltd.
2:00
- 3:00 PM
Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles
Gowlings Theatre

The future of transportation is being reshaped in remarkable ways as we extend wireless connectivity to the vehicle. From new information services for the traveller to the automated operation of the vehicle itself we are already seeing tremendous change.

Come hear how Ontario wants to take advantage of this - and how Ontario companies are poised to be world leaders.

ModeratorPhil Masters, Senior Consultant, ITS Operations, DELCAN

Panellists:

  • Stephen Erwin, Head, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Bob Burrows, CEO, G4 Apps
  • Earl Hughson, President, Automotive, M.I.S. Automotive Inc.
  • Kerry Johnson, Automotive Product Manager, QNX Software Systems
2:00
- 2:30 PM
OCE-OBI Entrepreneurship Fellowship Presentations
The Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation will join OCE president Tom Corr and Ontario Brain Institute president Don Stuss to announce the eight neuroscience entrepreneur recipients of OCE-OBI Fellowships of $50,000 each.
3:00
- 6:00 PM
Exhibits
Discovery Show Floor
Explore 200,000 square feet of ideas, innovations and solutions that are shaping Ontario’s future.
3:00
- 3:30 PM
CYBF Partnership Agreement Signing
OCE president Tom Corr and Canadian Youth Business Foundation CEO Julia Deans sign a new agreement to invest $1 million in Ontario’s young entrepreneurs.
3:15
Mobile Healthcare Futures
IBM Theatre

Mobile healthcare is a very sensitive topic. Although it is high on both personal and institutional agendas, the all-encompassing benefits of provisioning secure, confidential and trusted healthcare through the mobile channel is becoming a necessity on many fronts. This session will explore the global successes of the mobile healthcare industry, the policies and best practices to consider for delivery, and will measure the value to our society in dollars and “sense.”

Moderator David Farnes, Principal, Farnes & Associates

Panellists:

  • Dr. Emily Seto, Manager, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
  • Shurjeel Choudhri, MD FRCPC, Senior Vice President and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.
  • Ken Ono, Vice President - Innovation, NexJ Systems
  • Alfred Baghouzian, Vice President, Devices & Applications, TELUS
4:15pm: MI@D Wrap-up

 


6:00
Showcase Floor Closes