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OCE’s Discovery event to feature headline speakers


Now in its 10th year, OCE’s Discovery is Canada’s premier innovation showcase, bringing together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government. The annual conference will appear at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 27-28.

This showcase of leading-edge technologies will also feature an amazing list of keynote speakers, including Eric Ries, whose game-changing approach to entrepreneurship and innovation-driven business growth was documented in a New York Times bestseller on the lean startup movement will be Discovery 2015’s first day keynote speaker.

Ries will appear in an interactive, moderated session remotely and give Discovery attendees a rare chance to learn and ask questions about the movement he pioneered.

“Having access to someone of Eric’s caliber is an amazing opportunity,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “His insights and advice on how to build successful companies in the modern era will be of great interest to show attendees who are predominantly entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Ries (@ericries) authored The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses in 2011 and the namesake movement it spawned has revolutionized the way business development is managed by effectively doing more with less and making smarter decisions.

“I’m looking forward to participating in Discovery as it celebrates 10 years of showcasing innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario,” Ries says. “Ontario entrepreneurs are already doing some bold, cool and exciting things and I believe the lean startup philosophy can help them be even more successful. I look forward to sharing that message with them.”

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley will also be making his Canadian debut as Discovery’s Featured Keynote speaker. His career includes time at eBay and PayPal, two of the busiest online companies, and co-founding YouTube, the third most visited website in the world. Still in his thirties, Chad Hurley has had a front-row seat to the online revolution that has changed the way we do everything from shopping to banking to sharing home movies and cat videos.

Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to welcome Hurley as Discovery’s Featured Keynote presentation marking his first time speaking in Canada. Hurley will appear in conversation with Amanda Lang, CBC television’s senior business correspondent and host of The Exchange, followed by an audience Q&A.

For more on Discovery, visit www.ocediscovery.com