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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) would like to hold an information session about the Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) and the upcoming Problem Areas seeking Innovative Solutions to specific challenges at a proposed information event in Orillia.

In an effort to give companies across Central Ontario access to information about SBIC, this is a special session that will be held after the formal Partnering Forum, set for December 12 in the GTA.

Subject to sufficient interest, the Orillia event will be held:


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Best Western Mariposa Inn

400 Memorial Ave., Orillia


This Orillia event will be held in collaboration with the City of Orillia Economic Development Office.

Personnel from OCE: Laura Yu, Innovation Procurement Manager; Richard Worsfold, Director, Business Development; and Bahareh Atoufi, Business Development Manager will provide more information on the upcoming opportunity under the Small Business Innovation Challenge, round 2 (SBIC 2) and will meet individually with interested companies after the presentation to discuss the program in a Business to Funding Agency (B2F) Session.


Please RSVP to:

Dan Landry at [email protected]

And cc Richard Worsfold at [email protected]


The Partnering Forum in the GTA will be the official kick-off event for this SBIC round and members from the sponsoring government departments will be on hand to discuss the Problem Areas looking for innovative tech-solution, and to meet 1-on-1 with interested SMEs. The purpose of the Orillia event is to provide information to companies that are unable to attend the official event or would like more information after they participate in the formal event.


SBIC is targeting Ontario’s for-profit SMEs and start-ups that can demonstrate the capacity to develop and commercialize an innovative technology/solution that could lead to a globally competitive business and market opportunity. It uses public sector challenges as a platform for SMEs to develop, test, and demonstrate their innovative tech solutions. The challenges are issued in the form of Problem Statements that describes the Ontario government challenge and expected outcomes required in the proposed tech-based solution. The solution is expected to have application in other public and private sectors globally beyond Ontario.


Types of Companies Relevant to the Upcoming Problem Areas:

  • Diagnostics
  • Drug detection technologies
  • Technologies that can detect “alertness”, mental awareness and/or disorder that may potentially be applied to determine impairment
  • Technology currently used in detecting “alertness” in other sectors (e.g. workplace safety – potential innovative application of existing technology)


  • POS/ECR device or system agnosticism
  • Cloud technology
  • Advanced analytics
  • Real-time data monitoring
  • Digital authentication (digital signatures or authenticity of record)
  • Security (cyber and local network security to ensure info cannot be tampered with while being data stored or being transferred)


Hope to see you at the event,


Richard Worsfold

Director Business Development

t:905.823.2020 x 3252


[email protected]