Media Advisory - Ontario Celebrates Leading Researchers and Innovators



    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Research
and Innovation John Wilkinson will be joined by Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of
the MaRS Discovery District, and other leading members of Ontario's research
and innovation community to present the third annual Premier's Innovation
Awards.

    
    Date:        Tuesday May 12, 2009

    Time:        5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Location:    MaRS Discovery District
                 Main Atrium, Collaboration Centre
                 101 College Street
                 Toronto
    

    Photo opportunities:

    5:00 p.m: Doors open for media preview.

    5:30 p.m: Premier McGuinty and Minister Wilkinson arrive. Solar race car
from the University of Toronto will be on display, with team members available
for photos and to answer questions. Students from Sheridan College's
Interactive Media program will conduct a demonstration using GestureTek
(Ottawa) technology.

    6:00 p.m: Media are welcome to join the Premier and Minister for a tour,
which will feature interactive, digital media technologies from leading and
emerging Ontario technology companies, including: First Robotics (Toronto),
Christie Digital (Kitchener) and OpenText (Waterloo).

    7:20 p.m: Highly visual technology demonstration by Toronto-based
company, InteraXon, will follow the keynote address by Premier McGuinty.

    Emcee: Kevin Newman, Anchor, Global National

    Award Presenters include:

    Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications and panelist on CBC's
Dragon's Den. Ms. Dickinson has been recognized with several honours and
awards including: Global Television Woman of Vision; PROFIT magazine's TOP 100
Women Business Owners; a winner of the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial
Excellence; Marketing Magazine's Power List; Chatelaine's TOP 100 Women
Business Owners; and she has also been inducted into Canada's Most Powerful
Women Top 100 Hall of Fame. Venture has been recognized as one of Canada's 50
Best Managed Companies.

    Mike Lazaridis, founder and CEO of Research in Motion, and past Premier's
Innovation Award recipient. An outspoken advocate for the role of basic and
applied research to strengthening Ontario's economy and global
competitiveness, Mr.Lazaridis is also a leading founder of the Perimeter
Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON, which attracts leading
scientists to Ontario from around the world. He was named Canada's Nation
Builder of the Year for 2002 by readers of the Globe and Mail newspaper. In
2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order
of Ontario.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416)
314-7067; Brigitte Marleau, MRI Communications Branch, (416) 325-2479

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