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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry and academia, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s colleges, universities and research hospitals.

OCE co-invests in commercialization, technology transfer and talent development projects in the segments of the economy that will drive Ontario’s future prosperity and global competitiveness. These segments include energy and environment (including water); advanced manufacturing; advanced health technologies; information, communications technologies and digital media; and social innovation.


Connections: Connections is an Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) collaborative talent program that brings together final-year college and university students and innovative Ontario companies. Connections offers students the opportunity to apply technical and professional skills to real-world problems, helping them grow as innovators and leaders in business.

Connections projects are diverse, but in all cases students act as consultants or subcontractors to their industry partners. They must develop their own scope of work, meet regularly with their industry partner, and deliver results. The ultimate purpose of the Connections program is to provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills to an industry-relevant problem.

 For more information: OCE CONNECTIONS GUIDELINES – 2012-13: http://www.oce-ontario.org/docs/default-document-library/oce-connections-guidelines_july_2012.pdf?sfvrsn=2


Experiential Learning, The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) was designed to help students across Ontario with a variety of educational backgrounds get the training and experience they need to turn their ideas into market-ready products and jobs. The program links postsecondary students and recent graduates to industry, leading to new innovations and start-up companies. The program is literally an example of learning by doing.

The call for applications for the Experiential Learning Program  and for more information, please visit: http://www.oce-ontario.org/programs/talent-programs/experiential-learning


First Job: First Job program is a follow-on opportunity for Ontario companies who have previously partnered with OCE and an Ontario academic institution on a research project. First Job connects talented master’s or Ph.D. graduates with growing companies across Ontario that need highly skilled talent for research and development roles in order to stay globally competitive.

First Job provides financial support toward the first year’s salary of a master’s or Ph.D. graduate to assume a research and development role within the company. The goal is to grow the company through the development of new products, services and processes. In cases where a company can clearly benefit from hiring expertise in strategic positioning and market development, consideration can also be given to supporting the hire of a master’s level graduate student from a postsecondary business innovation program.

For more information, please visit: http://www.oce-ontario.org/programs/talent-programs/first-job

Martin Walmsley Fellowship: The Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship facilitates the transition of Ontario Centres of Excellence-funded research into innovative business ventures. The $50,000-a-year award gives an entrepreneur the financial resources to focus entirely on the business of making their ideas a viable business. The Fellowship honours the vision of Dr. Martin Walmsley, who was instrumental in founding the OCE program in 1987.

For more information on the Martin Walmsley Fellowship competition, please contact:

Roxy Hamilton
Program Manager, Talent
Tel: 1 (613) 726 3420 x4223 or 1 (866) 759-6014 x4223
Email: roxy.hamilton@oce-ontario.

OCE-OBI Entrepreneurial Fellowships: The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) are deploying innovative Entrepreneurship Fellowship to mentor and support scientists (e.g., neurotechnology, science or engineering) in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities and to ultimately establish neuroscience-related companies in Ontario.
The OBI-OCE Entrepreneurial Fellowships program offers up to ten one-year awards of $50,000 each to give post-graduate entrepreneurs the financial resources to focus entirely on the business of making their neuroscience-based ideas viable businesses.

For more information on the OCE-OBI Entrepreneurial Fellowships program, please contact:

Binny Arora
Program Manager
Tel: (416) 861 1092 x1037
Email: binny.arora@oce-ontario.org

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Hema Prabhu
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innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-5557

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