Virtual Panel Discussion with Kings Distributed Systems, JIC Design and Wavve Boating


Tuesday March 2, 2021
5:00 am - 6:00 pm


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About this Event

Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) and the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) are hosting a panel discussion with three Kingston-based companies that have benefitted from OCI, ENCQOR 5G and CENGN programs. Please join us!

Company panelists will include:

This is a great opportunity to hear these founders speak about their experience with these program(s) and how they benefited their company, how COVID has affected their venture, and how 5G solutions will affect their business.

Registrants will have the opportunity to ask the founders questions as well as about the programs and how to access these resources.

Note: Registrants will receive a connection within 24 hours of the event.

Kings Distributed Systems

Dan Desjardins is the CEO of Kings Distributed Systems (KDS) and the Executive Director of its educational non-profit arm Distributed Compute Labs. KDS's edge computing platform harnesses idle computing power from servers, computers and arbitrary devices to power AI and data-processing applications at the edge at a tenth of the cost of commercial cloud. The platform is offered at no cost to academic institutions around the world.

JIC Design

John Garofalo, President and Owner of JIC Design has created PRISM Systems. PRISM is a centralized registration, communication, tracking and reporting platform used by educational institutions to support the sharing of student data. It is currently being used by over 35 School Boards and 2 Colleges within Ontario.

Wavve Boating

Adam Allore is the Founder and CEO of Wavve Boating, a marine navigation software company. A lifelong boater and Engineer, Adam set out to tackle problems he regularly saw while helping customers at a marina he once worked for. Wavve Boating has grown into a solution that is used by thousands of boaters across North America via their mobile app, and was recently integrated onto the 2021 Sea-Doo by Bombardier Recreational Products.

Representatives from QPI, OCI, ENCQOR and CENGN will also be present to answer questions about their respective programs and resources.

Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI)

Queen's University’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team supports the Research Portfolio’s mission to be an essential catalyst for advancing research and knowledge mobilization, strengthening Queen’s local, national and global impact. The QPI team develops and facilitates partnerships with industry, governments, not-for-profit organizations, and other academic institutions to advance the research enterprise at Queen’s and the commercialization and protection of inventions, and to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem in Kingston and Eastern Ontario. With support from the federal government, the QPI team offers numerous services, resources and programs to support entrepreneurs, including those from Queen’s, and to accelerate the growth of startups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Kingston and Eastern Ontario.

Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI)

Funded by the Government of Ontario, OCI drives the creation of high-quality jobs and fuels economic development by accelerating the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors, building the economy of tomorrow and securing Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCI fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCI invests in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, digital media and information communications, advanced health, energy, cleantech, automotive and ag-tech to drive economic growth and foster made-in-Ontario solutions.

OCI has designed programs to support the next generation of innovators, including those under the Advanced Technology Platform umbrella programs.


ENCQOR 5G (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a transformational Canada-Québec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies, on adoption initiatives and system uses. ENCQOR establishes the first Canadian pre-commercial corridor of 5G digital infrastructure — the key to making the digital economy a reality.

ENCQOR 5G has four distinct streams focused on supporting small-to-medium sized enterprises across Ontario and Québec, assisting in the pre-development of research, collaboration and vital testing of 5G technologies:

  • ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program
  • ENCQOR 5G Academic Technology Development Program
  • ENCQOR 5G Demonstration Program
  • ENCQOR 5G TalentEdge Internships


CENGN helps small and medium-sized Canadian technology companies accelerate their product testing and commercialization efforts by giving them no-cost access to an enterprise-scale computing, cloud and networking testbed.

Offered through a partnership between CENGN and OCI, working on behalf of the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) supports the development and implementation of ultra-high-speed digital infrastructure to interconnect digital innovation hubs within Ontario, support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) proof-of-concept projects and access technical and business support personnel and services.