Client Profile: Mentally Charged

Article by: Coach Corey Lucas of Mentally Charged

 

Beyond Talent:

Athletes Must Win the Mental Game Too

 

School is back in full swing, and feelings of excitement and promise are replaced by stress, anxiety, and pressure for many students.  Kids and their parents are bombarded with long to-do lists, deadlines, and full schedules.

Hockey players carry an enormous weight on their shoulders.  They receive conflicting messages on hydration, proper nutrition, and physical health, but they completely overlook the importance of their mental well-being.  It is something coaches and performers talk about, but focus little time towards.

We all know that depression and anxiety are on the rise, so we need to make the mental health of our athletes a top priority.  So, what’s the solution?

 

Introducing MENTALLY CHARGED:

 

Mentally Charged is an online mental training program that builds the mental toughness of hockey players at all levels, from the grassroots to the pros.  Our mobile-friendly, easy-to-use FREE mental training membership provides players with timely content such as blogs, videos, and podcasts that align with the hockey season.  Mentally Charged aims to increase confidence and focus while providing the tools to cope with stress and anxiety.  Our lessons train the brain, just as exercise strengthens the body.

 

Mentally Charged offers three membership tiers (one of which is FREE) so that parents, coaches, and players can learn online, anytime, anywhere.  Combine this with a group of strong individual athletes and you have a winning team.  Better players mean better team results.

 

The Mentally Charged Way:

 

Each video, podcast and article tackles an issue players universally share at some point in their career.  Coach Corey shares anecdotes from his professional hockey career and applies sports psychology and neuroscience principles to equip you with strategies to overcome roadblocks.

Traditionally, sports psychology was reserved for professional athletes, as it was formal and costly, but with the memberships that MC offers, members can login and gain access to their tailor-made content each and every day.

 

COACH COREY:

 

Mentally Charged was born out of a desire by the company’s founder, Corey Lucas, to combine a love of hockey with a passion of sports psychology.  As a former professional hockey player, certified mental strength coach, teacher, and coach of over 10 years, Corey is acutely aware and concerned with the mental aspect of the game of hockey. After experiencing first-hand the stress, pressure, and anxiety that’s involved in the game, Corey decided that he could help others by sharing his knowledge and expertise.  Through the use of technology, Corey continues to develop and provide the techniques that hockey players need to overcome the pressure, stress and anxiety that are involved both on and off the ice.

 

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With more pressure than ever in hockey, MC’s goal is to ensure that hockey players have the resources needed to become confident and resilient individuals.

 

Give your mental game the attention it deserves. What are you waiting for?

 

Sign up for FREE:  www.MentallyCharged.com

 

Coach Corey

info@MentallyCharged.com

www.MentallyCharged.com

 

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Client Profile: Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments

Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments

by Michael Chrostowski – Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments, Spark Centre Client

Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments provides a novel tinnitus therapy that is effective and affordable. Tinnitus sufferers number in the tens of millions globally, with over 16 million North Americans seeking treatment for persistent tinnitus that disrupts their quality of life, work and even sleep. While there is growing demand for tinnitus treatments, many types of treatments currently on the market are neither affordable nor validated. We offer a clinically-tested sound therapy that is an effective and convenient tinnitus management option. Our customers obtain the treatment from one of over 250 hearing clinics across Canada and the US and can listen to it on their own music-playing device. Over 7 years of research went into understanding how to develop the software that can produce this sound therapy. Cutting edge neuroscience expertise coupled with advanced software engineering form the foundation of our products.

During the last year, Sound Options has entered the US market and has partnered with forward-thinking hearing clinic groups such as Hearing Health USA (over 100 clinics) to promote tinnitus treatments to patients who may not otherwise have any options.  Sound Options is also now available in many ListenUP! Canada and HearingLife Canada (Canada’s largest group of hearing centres).  This has provided even more access to tinnitus therapies in many parts of Canada.

In 2018, Sound Options will be developing new tinnitus management tools that will build on the success of our sound therapy and enable tinnitus sufferers to not only deal with the tinnitus sound but also the emotion-driven responses to the condition.  We will be developing these tools and products with the help of hearing healthcare professionals and counsellors and will look to provide them throughout our growing network of providers in North America. At the same time, Sound Options will look to expand its partnership network to hearing clinics in the Western United States.  Overall it is an exciting time with lots of growth for our company and a team with a passionate drive to help as many tinnitus sufferers as possible.

For more information please visit http://soundoptions.ca

 

 

Client Profile: PPE Checkpoint

SAFETY is what we are all about.  Injuries are PREVENTABLE. 

PPE Checkpoint is a start-up focused on enhancing workplace safety by using technology to prevent Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) related injuries.

Workers often overlook the existing, old fashioned PPE signage posted, and enter worksites without their required PPE/safety equipment which has led to serious injuries in our industry.

PPE Checkpoint provides an interactive and independent self-check method for workers to confirm they have their required PPE prior to the entry of any worksite. Our machines can be positioned at the entrance of any worksite, and provide a highly visible, and hands-on method for verification.

 

Our mission is to enhance worksite SAFETY.

Let’s CONNECT.

www.ppesafetyapp.com

 

 

Spark Centre Announces Global Partnership with Beijing Future Science Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Spark Centre Announces Global Partnership with Beijing Future Science Park

 

Oshawa, ON (September 8, 2017) – In celebration of the fifth year anniversary of the Ignite Competition, Spark Innovation Centre is extending their reach to include much sought after global markets with a newly announced partnership with Beijing Future Science Park.

 

Spark Centre travelled to China with the Region of Durham Economic Development delegation in May 2017 and signed a reciprocal agreement with Beijing Future Science Park at that time. The $25,000 Ignite Scale-Up category award will now be exclusively funded by Beijing Future Science Park and will include a one-week trip to Beijing for exploratory discussions, in addition to $5,000 of IP legal support from Bereskin & Parr for the winner.

 

“Sponsorship by Beijing Future Science Park of the Scale-Up category of our Ignite Competition shows the immediate benefit of these international collaborations,” said Spark Centre President and CEO, Sherry Colbourne.  “Long term, we expect such collaborations to lead to exponential growth for Spark Centre clients and energize economic impact for Durham Region.”

 

“Beijing Future Science Park are very pleased to be the title sponsor for Spark Centre’s 2017 Ignite Competition in the Scale Up Category. This provides a direct opportunity for the Canadian business and technology community to know about Beijing Future Science Park, become connected with Changping District in Beijing, and, in return, further advance Canada and China exchanges and collaborations in science and technology,” said Zhang Yanyou, Mayor of Changping District People’s Government.“We invite Canadian startups to visit us in Beijing’s Changping District, through our soft-landing program at Beijing Future Science Park where startups can introduce their business in China and we can work together to build a bright future for the world.”

 

Ignite is a pitch competition organized by Spark Centre and supported by local municipalities, academia and private sector businesses across Durham Region. Ignite begins with a pitch school open to all technology, innovative or inventive applicants and progresses to an extraordinary finale celebrating winners who receive up to $25,000 across multiple categories.

 

Applications for all Ignite categories opened on August 21st and will close on September 29th.  Those interested in applying can do so at www.ignitedurham.ca.

 

About Beijing Future Science Park: Beijing Future Science Park (BFSP) launched in 2009 and is located in the Changping District of Beijing.  After eight years of construction, it is rapidly becoming a gathering place for innovation and entrepreneurship. Globally bi-directional incubation to science and technology projects, joint laboratories, introduction to the Chinese market for International businesses, and collaborations in funding and investment are just a few of its focus areas.

 

About Spark Centre: Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of eighteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit www.sparkcentre.org.

 

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For more information:                                                            

Amanda Reynolds

Director of Marketing, Spark Innovation Centre

areynolds@sparkcentre.org

 

Tao (Thomas) Qu

SPOC – Beijing Changping District and Durham Region Friendship Relation & BFSP SPOC for Spark Innovation Centre

thomasqu.ca@gmail.com

 

Centre for Collaborative Education the way students learn, live on campus

Come September 2018, the face and physical footprint of Durham College (DC) will change dramatically.

The Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), a three-storey facility, will replace the campus’ aging Simcoe building.

A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary, the CFCE is a $40-million undertaking by the college to advance and grow learning space and facilities at the college’s Oshawa campus.

The Simcoe Building was initially built as a temporary structure in 1969. A number of the building’s classrooms lack updated technology and windows. “The deferred maintenance cost is close to 50 per cent of the replacement costs,” says Linda Flynn, associate vice-president for development and alumni affairs. The Simcoe building will be torn down but a portion of its wall will be preserved and incorporated into the design of CFCE to “protect its legacy,” Flynn adds. Where the Simcoe building stood will become an outdoor student and employee space with lawns, trees and benches.

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Client Profile: Zambah

Zamba

By Nigel D’souza

 

Zambah is the go-to influencer marketing platform that specifically caters to emerging musicians around the world. We seamlessly connect musicians to social media influencers to collaborate on original content that gets shared through various social media channels. This is beneficial on two fronts:

  1. Influencers gain valuable audio content to share with their audience which keeps them re-engaged and coming back for more.
  2. Musicians get the opportunity to have their music featured in front of thousands to millions of new eyes and ears.

 

Our goal is to give independent musicians the tools they need to compete with major label backed artists in a very competitive market. There are tons of musicians who are actively creating quality content but do not have the marketing budget or resources to be featured on radio, award shows or in major films/magazines – that’s where Zambah bridges the gap.

 

We recently launched a major series of campaigns with Mau5trap Records, a label founded by Toronto’s very own Deadmau5. These campaigns gave musicians the opportunity to submit their songs to Mau5trap Records for a chance to be featured on a series of curated playlists which would then be shared to millions of people through Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The campaigns brought out thousands of artists and listeners to Zambah who then were able to submit songs, subscribe to campaigns and discover some of the best songs they’ve never heard. Our initiative was so successful that major electronic dance music (EDM) blogs like Dancing Astronaut, EDM Sauce & Edm.com covered our story within the first week of each campaign.

 

Over the next few months, we will be working on making the overall experience of Zambah as optimal as possible for both social media influencers and musicians around the world. We are also looking to release a long awaited mobile app which allows our users to experience Zambah on the go. In addition, we will be doing some more major collaboration with some big social media influencers and brands to create new and exciting opportunities for musicians to be discovered and break through in an ever growing industry.

 

In May, we had the opportunity to travel out to New Orleans for the Collision Conference with Sherry Colbourne (President & CEO of Spark Centre) – it was an incredible experience where we gained tons of valuable information, made some amazing connections and really had the chance to see what the potentials are within this digital music marketing industry. On that note, we wanted to thank Spark Centre for always supporting us and helping us through this journey. Without their suite of advisors and mentors, we would not have been able to formulate such a well rounded platform and really penetrate the music market as we have. As we continue to grow, we look forward to working here in Oshawa and developing our future endeavors alongside Spark as we expand our team, features and overall experience of the Zambah platform.

 

 

Lakeridge Health: Working Together to Make Great Ideas Happen

Lakeridge Health is partnering with Spark Centre to take innovation at the hospital to a whole new level.

“Growing and fostering innovation is what we do best at Spark Centre,” says the Centre’s CEO, Sherry Colbourne.

With locations in Oshawa and Whitby, Spark Centre provides advisory services to early stage or growing innovation and technology companies. Services include executive coaching, co-location and day-to-day operational support to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

“Through our relationship with Spark Centre, we have been able to connect with start-up companies that are developing some amazing products and services that can help improve the patient experience at our hospital,” explains Len Kleine, Lakeridge Health’s Director of Business Development and Innovation.

For example, wayfinding for patients and families is a common complaint on patient satisfaction surveys at Lakeridge Health, says Len. Spark Centre has connected Lakeridge Health with Innerspace, a Toronto-based company that has developed state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted camera technology.  Together with Whitby-based software developer, Digital Ink Technologies, InnerSpace is helping Lakeridge Health develop a Wayfinding app that will have internal mapping capabilities that will allow patients and visitors to navigate the hospital with their mobile device.

“Spark Centre and its partners are helping us create innovation solutions to some problems we face every day,” adds Len.

Partnering with Lakeridge Health provides entrepreneurs at Spark Centre with an amazing opportunity to test their products and services in a real healthcare setting, adds the Founder of WeTraq, Ishaan Singla.

Ishaan has developed a device the size of a credit card that helps families track and monitor loved ones who are prone to wandering because of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia and other conditions.

“Being able to test in a real-life health care setting boosts consumer confidence in your product or service especially when approaching investors for funding,” explains Ishaan.

With plans to grow Lakeridge Health’s Innovation Office in the future, Len hopes innovators at the hospital can also benefit from its partnership with Spark Centre by connecting with mentors and the support they need to grow their ideas.

 

IGNITE Applications Now Open!

We are pleased to announced that applications are now open for our fifth annual Ignite Competition.

Ignite 2017 will be handing out $80,000 to winning entrepreneurs across four categories:

• Discovery Category: $25,000
• Scale-up Category: $25,000
• Ontario Power Generation Category: $25,000
• Student Entrepreneur Category: $5,000

The Ignite competition journey includes a pitch school, 60 second pitch competition, three minute pitch competition and 30 minute boardroom competition before a panel of judges chooses the winners.

Outside of the prizes for winners, Ignite offers the opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to perfect their pitch and also have a chance to practice in front of real investors.

Some past winners of Ignite include Dash MD, Hexyoo Scientific, MobileXCo, National ProStaff and IFTech.

Applications must be received by September 29th. Visit ignitedurham.ca to apply and for more information on eligibility criteria and important dates.

The Downtown Oshawa BIA is seeking volunteers!

 

The Downtown Oshawa BIA has two major events in August where they close roads downtown Oshawa. These are free events to the participants and public.

 

Saturday 12 August is Bikes on Bond – this is where they will line the streets with motorcycles. Motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over Ontario to join our free events. We have vendors and live entertainment with this year’s headliner being Paul James.

 

There are 3 shifts for volunteers

11:45 am – 3 pm

2:45 pm – 6 pm

5:45 pm – 9 pm

 

Kars on King is on Friday 25 August – this is where they line the streets with classic cars. People bring their classic cars from across North America to attend this event and the weekend event at Lakeview. We also provide live entertainment with the headliner this year being Pauly and the Goodfellows.

 

This is a great opportunity for students to get their community service hours. Working all day for both these events and attending the volunteer training session gets students 20 hours.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Angela at angela@downtownoshawa.ca or via phone at 905-447-9714.

Spark Centre Ignites Canadian Innovation Partnership with Ontario Power Generation

Spark Innovation Centre and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are partnering to ignite Canadian innovation with their annual Ignite Start-up Pitch Competition.

“We couldn’t be more encouraged by OPG’s decision to partner with Spark Centre for this year’s Ignite competition,” said Spark Centre President & CEO, Sherry Colbourne. “Durham Region has incredible bench strength in energy technologies and joining forces with one of Durham Region’s legacy energy companies is a pivotal event for this entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

“Innovation is a key pillar of Ontario Power Generation,” said Jason Van Wart OPG’s Vice President Nuclear Inspections and Maintenance. “We are proud to partner with Spark and the Ignite competition to spur innovation across Ontario.”

Ignite is now entering its fifth year and is a pitch competition organized by Spark Centre and supported by several municipalities and businesses across Durham Region.  OPG is looking to collaborate with innovators, entrepreneurs, and businesses to develop next-generation technology in the inspection industry. The winner of this category will collaborate with OPG and receive $25,000 of seed funding to further develop their idea.

The OPG category is looking for innovative ideas in the following areas:

  • Automation and Robotics
  • NDE (Non-Destructive Examination)
  • Drones (UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
  • Process Management
  • Software Solutions
  • Underwater Inspections (Diving Operations)
  • Laser Scanning/Mapping
  • Data Visualization

Applications for all Ignite categories open August 21st and close September 29th.  Those interested in applying can do so at www.ignitedurham.ca.

About OPG: OPG Generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills. For more information please visit www.opg.com.

About Spark Centre: Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of eighteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit www.sparkcentre.org.

 

For more information:                                                                     
Amanda Reynolds
Director of Marketing, Spark Innovation Centre
areynolds@sparkcentre.org

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