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By Cheryl Lindsay

Discovery, voted The Best Tradeshow in Canada of 2010, is back to bring together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community along with entrepreneurs and students. 

Discovery, hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, is the leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. It showcases leading edge technologies, best practices and researchers from sectors such as health manufacturing, digital media and cleantech with approximately 325 exhibitors and over 2,500 attendees.  The basis of Discovery is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, encourage new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through demonstration and development.

In the midst of two days of exciting events, workshops and exhibitors, Discovery is pleased to have two experienced and established keynote speakers leading the discussion of innovation for 2011.  This year Discovery is featuring David G. Thomson, Founder and Chairman of The Blueprint Growth Institute and Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.

David G. Thomson founded The Blueprint Growth Institute, which is a specialized management-consulting firm focused on helping companies develop growth strategies and execute the 7 essentials.  The 7 essentials are what he claims to be the necessary steps to achieve growth and are taken from the patterns of high-growth companies.  He is also the author of Blueprint to a Billion, which focuses on the 7 essentials.

Bill Buxton, now the Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research, has many years of experience in computer science.  He is an advocate for innovation, design and especially the appropriate consideration for human values, capacity and culture in the conception, implementation and use of new products and technologies.  He is the recipient of multiple awards and honours including being named the Doctor of Design, Honoris Causa by the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Discovery will be held on May 18th-19th, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  To register, or for registration details please visit www.ocediscovery.com.

Cheryl Lindsay is an undergrad student and the University of Toronto, Mississauga.  She is currently enrolled in the CCIT program pursuing a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management.  Cheryl is a student intern with the RIC Centre acting as Assisting Communications Officer.

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