Accessibility Innovation Showcase and Tech Pitch Competition

Accessibility Innovation Showcase


Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), will host the third Accessibility Innovation Showcase and Tech Pitch Competition at Discovery 2017 on May 15 and 16.

In 2005, the Government of Ontario created the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The act aims to set out a clear goal and timeframe to make Ontario accessible by 2025. Through this act, public, private and non-profit organizations across Ontario have been working together to improve the everyday lives of people with disabilities.

Twenty-five Ontario-based companies will be invited to exhibit their accessibility-focused innovation on the Discovery show floor. This will build broader awareness of the companies that exist in this niche market, provide exposure to potential private investors, and engage the entire innovation ecosystem.

Successful applicants will receive a complimentary 10x10 foot booth, two attendee passes, and travel costs covered if outside the GTA. This exclusive opportunity gives the applicant access to experts, industry, government funders, investors, engaging keynote speakers, fascinating panel discussions, networking opportunities and an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with sector experts.

Further, the Tech Pitch Competition at this year’s Discovery will provide a platform for five of the showcase companies to pitch during Discovery for a $20,000 award. Participation in the Tech Pitch Competition is completely optional. However, we encourage any business applying for the Accessibility Innovation Showcase to consider this incredible opportunity to further expand the development of your company.



Application steps

May 14, 2017

Tech Pitch Finalists attend pitch workshop

May 15, 2017

Tech Pitch Finalists pitch at Accessibility Innovation Showcase

May 15 and 16, 2017

Showcase companies exhibit at Discovery

May 16, 2017

Tech Pitch Competition Winner is announced at the Discovery luncheon


For Tech Pitch Competition Applicants Only

Finalist Pitch Workshop – May 14, 2017

Five Tech Pitch finalists will be identified by a selection committee based on the online submissions. Finalists will participate in a mandatory pitch workshop on Sunday May 14, 2017.  Travel reimbursements are available for companies outside of the GTA.

Finalists will be coached on the art of the pitch in a practical workshop prior to the live pitch competition. During the workshop, finalists will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their pitch.

Tech Pitch Competition – May 15, 2017

Five finalists will participate in a live pitch competition on May 15, 2017 at Discovery.

Finalists will have a maximum of 10 minutes to pitch their innovative product or service of interest to the accessibility community and panel of judges, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

How Funding Works

One winner will be selected and receive a $20,000 award to assist with further development of their assistive technology innovation.  The winning company must be willing to sign a contract confirming that they will put the award toward business development.


The judging panel for the competition will include members of the investment community, leaders in the accessibility community and OCE representatives.  


Tibor Turi, Regional Director, Central Ontario, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Accessibility Panel - Championing Accessibility in Business

Featuring industry leaders with an innovative commitment to accessibility and building business


  • Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister, OPS Accessibility Office and Employment Strategy Division, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario


  • Paul Clark, President, TD Direct Investing and Executive VP, TD Banking Group

  • Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Senior Executive Vice President and CRO, CIBC

  • Cam Sawatzky, Digital Operations Leader and National Abilities Chair, TELUS

  • Anna-Karina Tabuñar, Director, Corporate Affairs, Sodexo Canada

Tech Pitch Competition


  • Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point and former Executive Director, Ryerson DMZ

Judging Panel

  • Brenda Hogan, Senior Investment Manager, Ontario Capital Growth Corporation

  • Jaswinder Kaur, Director Emerging Markets, Kivuto Solutions Inc.

  • Arjun Mali, Co-Founder and COO, iMerciv Inc.

  • Mickey Milner, Ph.D. (Wits), D.Sc. (Hons) (Queen’s), P.Eng., C.C.E., Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

  • Benton Leung, Angel Investor, Golden Triangle Angel Network

Competition Finalists

Further Information

For more information on the Accessibility Innovation Showcase or Tech Pitch Competition, please contact:

Stacey Lines
Project Coordinator, Discovery
t:416.861.1092 x 1022