Innovation Communication: Ontario Centres of Excellence Invites Students to Report on Ontario's Hottest Research



    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - An expert in forging collaborations across
disciplines, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) today announced a roster of
six communications students to cover its upcoming conference Discovery 2007:
TO NEXT. The students will write about a wide array of exciting sessions and
keynote speakers, including creative economy guru Richard Florida, and an
interactive talk with Ray Kurzweil, a US National Inventor's Hall of Fame
inductee, via hologram. Following the conference, the students' stories will
be posted on www.oce-ontario.org, OCE's website.
    For more information about the conference, see www.ocediscovery.com.

    Discovery 2007: TO NEXT, which takes place on Monday, April 30 and
Tuesday, May 1st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will attract hundreds
of representatives from the province's research, innovation, and
commercialization communities. OCE's commitment to innovation will also be
featured in a dedicated youth pavilion showcasing many of the student
researchers supported through OCE's extensive talent programs.
    "Nurturing a culture of innovation requires that we look beyond the
laboratory," says Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of
Excellence. "These students will help create that culture as part of the next
generation of science and technology writers - those who will communicate the
exciting stories of the knowledge-based economy. These are the stories that
will inspire both current and upcoming researchers and entrepreneurs."
    The six students participating in Discovery 2007: TO NEXT were selected
from the Laurentian University-Science North Science Communication Program and
the Ryerson School of Journalism. "It's a great opportunity," said Rebecca
Spring, a science communication student with a background in English and
Ecology. "There's a growing need for people to understand science better and
for scientists to share their findings in a language people understand. We
will all benefit from improved communication."
    Ontario Centres of Excellence marks its 20th anniversary this year, and
continues to identify and pursue novel means, methods, and partnerships to
enhance the innovation and commercialization potential of Ontario's research
institutions and industries.

    About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of
cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of
tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE
fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and
entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities,
colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. Celebrating 20 years
of innovation in 2007, OCE's five Centres work in communications and
information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy,
materials and manufacturing and photonics.





For further information:

For further information: Karen Tinsley, Media Relations, Ontario Centres
of Excellence, at (416) 762-5704 or Ann Holtby, Marketing and Communications,
Ontario Centres of Excellence, at (416) 861-1092

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