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SMC Best Practice Spring Forum: “Montréal/Bromont Cluster Initiatives and Opportunities”

March 24, 2010

Bromont and Montréal have a long history of microelectronics activities, boasting Canada’s largest semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility and one of the world’s most advanced packaging plants. Nevertheless, other businesses have come and gone, and the latest global downturn has proved to be very difficult for everyone.

Just south of the border, multi-billion dollar investments are continuing to be made, and the recent announcement from GlobalFoundries, based in upstate New York, about the formation of the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, in New York’s Saratoga County, is very significant. The proposed plant, which will cost $4.2-billion to build, will be one of the world’s most technologically advanced, and will add 5,000 jobs to that region, including 1,600 construction jobs just to put it together. Press releases suggest an annual payroll of $290-million. The new factory is expected to be ready for chip production sometime in 2012.

Meanwhile, Canadian and Quebec governments have granted substantial funds to the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center in Bromont with principal partners being the University of Sherbrooke, DALSA, and IBM. So, are there more initiatives necessary for the Bromont and Montréal cluster to participate more fully in this North-Eastern North American commitment to the microelectronics industry? What can the industry do to become part of this cluster activity, and are there plans in place to build closer links and create economic opportunities?

Please join us as Claude Jean, VP and General Manager of DALSA Semiconductor, describes the activities he sees as being crucial to the cluster’s ongoing growth, and Robert Crawhall, President and CEO of NanoQuebec, gives an overview of what they are doing to build local momentum.

The goal is for all participants to share their thoughts and to provide feedback to the potential organisers.

Please join us in Montréal to gain better insight into a complex subject and enjoy valuable networking time with your colleagues in an informal sharing of best industry practices. Register now to ensure your place at this valuable Best Practice Forum!

DATE:Wednesday March 24th 2010
WHO:Robert Crawhall, President and CEO of NanoQuebec Claude Jean, VP & GM DALSA Semiconductor (invited)
HOSTED BY:Ken Wagner, PMC-Sierra
LOCATION: PMC-Sierra, 3333 Boul. Graham, Suite 500 Ville Mont-Royal, PQ, H3R 3L5
TIME:5:30pm - 6:00pm Arrival 6:00pm - 8:00pm Buffet Dinner, Presentations and Discussion
REGISTRATION:ITAC Members - $45.00 + GST Non-members - $65.00 + GST

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