About

Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.

Garnering over 3,400 attendees and more than 500 exhibitors in 2016, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water.

Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion, knowledge-sharing and new perspectives. Networking opportunities feature key influencers from government, academia, industry and leading sectors.

Discovery facilitates the exchange of ideas and encourages new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through to demonstration and development. Creating a strong innovation economy is key to Ontario's future.

Discovery is hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.

What people say about Discovery

“Every year at this conference, Ontario Centres of Excellence brings our most creative, innovative, and industry-leading minds together to foster collaboration, celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, and find new opportunities to lead, and it is inspirational.”
—Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“It’s exciting. I didn’t realize that there was this much activity in Ontario for innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s really cool to see…These are the companies of the future.”
—JB Straubel, Co-Founder & CTO, Tesla Motors

“I was absolutely blown away by what I saw at Discovery. I thought it was an incredible reflection of the type of innovation and collaboration that we’re seeing right across the province.”
—Hon. Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“As a place where innovators and investors gather to connect and learn, Discovery is the ideal venue to talk about the fact that all of the world’s problems can be solved while presenting terrific business opportunities as well.”
—Peter Diamandis, Discovery 2013 keynote speaker, author and futurist

“Discovery is an important showcase of what can be accomplished when industry, academia and government work together to drive the creative innovation that will help Ontario prosper.”
—Richard Florida, Professor, University of Toronto; Director, Martin Prosperity Institute; Author, The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited

“Discovery events are fabulous opportunities to meet the top innovators in the province and see their ingenious projects first hand. It's the best demonstration of how good Canadian science can be turned into good products.”
—Bob McDonald, Host, CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

“Giving a virtual presentation on the future of technology via Teleportec Teleporter followed by a robotic book signing via Long Pen seemed a perfect match for such an innovative and forward thinking (event).”
—Ray Kurzweil, noted author and inventor

“From last year's conference [I] am now in the middle of arranging two major ventures and financings adding up to around 20-30M. Not a bad tangible outcome from two hours of discussion and advice.”
—Hassan Khan, CEO, Quantius