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This Week in Research – Laurentian University’s participation in the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery innovation conference and tradeshow 2017

 

Laurentian University’s participation in the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery innovation conference and tradeshow 2017


For the 12th year in a row, Laurentian University participated in the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery innovation conference and tradeshow.  This year’s event was the largest ever with more than 3,600 participants and 541 exhibitors. The opening ceremony featured remarks from the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.  The two day conference included addresses and floorshow visits by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.  For many, the highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Gina McCarthy, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration.  Dr. McCarthy gave a stimulating and engaging overview of the challenges and opportunities faced by scientists and environmentalists in this age of climate change.

This year the University was part of the “Sudbury Pavilion”, a community-undertaken initiative supported by OCE whereby a 600 square foot space was dedicated to institutions and enterprises from the Sudbury area.  Participants also included the City of Greater Sudbury, Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, MIRARCO, Norcat, Greater Sudbury Utilities, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), Activated White, BachTech Environmental and Rna Diagnostics.   The booth was unique in its design and generated much interaction between conference participants and Sudbury innovators.

Discovery 2017 was an opportunity for Laurentian staff, faculty, and students to engage with other post-secondary institutions, regional innovation centres, private and public funders, entrepreneurs, industry, government and service providers that support researchers and innovators.   The two-day event featured an extensive agenda featuring panel discussions on topics such as funding partner overviews, the future of technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence as well as pitch competitions and business-to-business sessions for entrepreneurs and startups.  The tradeshow is a mechanism by which participants showcase their innovative technologies and research capacity, create relationships, explore academic and industry research and commercialization opportunities, and hone their business skills.  Discovery is a great event for academic researchers and entrepreneurs to connect with the resources they require to pursue their innovative ideas.

If you would like to be part of Discovery 2018, please contact Gisele Roberts, Research Activities Manager, Intellectual Property and Partnerships groberts@laurentian.ca