October 5 - 6, 2010
Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
A Strategic Microelectronics Council of ITAC Event
For more information, contact Iain Scott.
Mark your calendars for the 16th National Executive Forum: "Entrepreneurial Opportunities Enabled through Microsystems"
While the giants of the Microelectronics industry do battle with fundamental physics to continue to keep up with Moore's Law, a relatively small group of pioneers – many of them Canadian – are pursuing a "More than Moore" strategy for creating new technologies, new advanced components, and new business opportunities, in Microsystems!
Some of us already owe our lives to MEMS-based accelerometers that trigger vehicle airbags just when we need them, but what new opportunities are there if we could combine electronic, photonic, mechanical and fluidic technologies with embedded intelligence?
Whether you are a single entrepreneur, a visionary within a small start-up or responsible for diversifying a large, successful company, join us to learn more about just how big the Microsystems industry can become, how attractive it can be for entrepreneurs and just how important it could become to Canada's high-tech future!
Once again, there will be a combined CMC/ITAC SMCouncil Award Dinner on Tuesday, October 5th. Our full day's program will follow on Wednesday, October 6th and pioneers in the field on Microsystems will share their insights with you, about Entrepreneurial Opportunities.
In all, the Executive Forum 2010 will be an exciting and informative event for all who attend. So, mark your calendars today and join us in Ottawa on October 5th (evening) and all day on the 6th, for stimulating discussion and excellent networking at this year's Executive Forum on Microelectronics!
The full agenda already features
Special thanks to the Organizing Committee
And to the Outstanding Service Award Selection Committee
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 (evening)|
In collaboration with CMC Microsystems
Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
|6:00 p.m.||Registration and Cocktails|
|7:00 p.m.||ITAC/SMC and CMC Banquet - Celebrating Excellence|
Presentation of Awards
Outstanding Service Awards
David Lynch, Strategic Microelectronics Council of ITAC Chair
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010|
Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and buffet breakfast|
|8:20 a.m.||Opening Remarks
David Lynch, Strategic Microelectronics Council of ITAC Chair
|8:30 a.m.||Canada's Digital Economy Strategy
Bernard Courtois, President and CEO, ITAC
A lot of countries are announcing Digital Economy Strategies including most of our peer and competitive nations. How does Canada's strategy fit in this context?
|9:10 a.m.||"The Market for Next Generation Microsystems: More than MEMS!"
Rob Lineback, Senior Market Research Analyst, IC Insights
Today’s market forecasts for Microsystems are derived mostly from those of MEMS devices. But when today’s devices blossom into the next generation of Microsystems combining electronic, photonic, mechanical and fluidic technologies with embedded intelligence, then just how big can this market become?
|9:50 a.m.||"Can Manufacturing Technologies Meet Market Needs?"
In Microsystems manufacturing today almost every product design requires a customized manufacturing process. But can foundries accommodate this requirement or can designers work with more standardized processes?
|10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:50 a.m.||"Canada's Opportunity for Growth Through Microsystems"
Canada is already a world leader in this new area with activities spanning the whole value chain, directly contributing $20 billion and $60 billion in related fields. But are there any companies poised to follow in RIM’s footsteps? Can we fast-track start-ups?
|11:30 a.m.||Award Winning Research from Canadian Universities
The 4 winners from the CMC event will provide a brief overview of their work.
|12:00 p.m.||Research Excellence Showcase and Buffet Lunch Networking
The winners from the CMC event will be featured and all invited students will be on hand to discuss their research.
|1:00 p.m.||"Enabling The Future Of Diverse User Interfaces"
Daniel Wigdor, Researcher, Microsoft
The past 25 years of our interaction with computing technology has been facilitated by a simple but deeply engrained abstraction: the mouse cursor. As technology surges through the early 21st century, the mouse is not being replaced. But it is becoming a voice in an ever-growing choir of input methods, a trend spurred by the increasing diversification of computing form factors we are becoming surrounded by. The challenge to technology companies is to recognize the simple truth that the one-sized-fits-all interaction modality enabled by the mouse cursor is a thing of the past, and that new technologies present both opportunities and challenges to creating useful, usable, and desirable products.
|1:40 p.m.||"MEMS Today – Microsystems Tomorrow?"
Mary Ann Maher, Founder and CEO, SoftMEMS
MEMS are contributing to the success of many new products and the possibilities for the future as MEMS add computing capabilities and become stand alone Microsystems
|2:20 p.m.||Networking Break|
|2:40 p.m.||"MEMS Opportunities and Challenges"
Tom Willey, TW Partners
As recent CEO of Discera, California, and VP at Philips semiconductor, Tom has been watching the evolution of MEMS towards Microsystems and will share his unique insight into the opportunities and challenges as new devices and technologies impact mainstream products.
|3:20 p.m.||"Can Canada Build a World Leading Ecosystem?"
A complete ecosystem can drive innovation, economic growth and employment, but what does Canada need to do to enhance our’s? Are there any significant opportunities to build a stronger ecosystem? What end applications have the most opportunity?
|4:00 p.m.||Closing Remarks and adjournment
Bernard Courtois, President and CEO, ITAC
Special thanks to the Organising Committee:
And to the Outstanding Service Award Selection Committee:
|Registration Fees - ITAC Members:|
|Full ITAC Conference (includes dinner of Oct 5)||$395 plus HST|
|ITAC Conference only (no dinner - Oct 6 only)||$250 plus HST|
|Dinner and Awards (Oct 5 only)||$175 plus HST|
|Full ITAC Conference PLUS CMC Symposium||$590 plus HST|
|Registration Fees - Non-Members:|
|Full ITAC Conference (includes dinner of Oct 5)||$525 plus HST|
|ITAC Conference only (no dinner - Oct 6 only)||$350 plus HST|
|Dinner and Awards (Oct 5 only)||$225 plus HST|
|Full ITAC Conference PLUS CMC Symposium||$720 plus HST|
Hotel Guest Room - Brookstreet Hotel:
A block of 10 rooms is being held at the Brookstreet hotel at the rate of $149.00 + taxes for the night of October 5. Once this block of 10 rooms has sold out, the Brookstreet hotel will continue to offer this rate as long as they have that class of rooms available. When calling into the Brookstreet Reservations at 1-888-826-2220, mention that you are booking under "Information Technology Association of Canada".
As in previous years, a limited number of Executive Forum sponsorship opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis. If your organization wishes to raise its profile with the microelectronics industry, you may wish to consider one or more of the following sponsorship options.
1. Co-Host Sponsor Cdn. $5,000 + GST
As the Co-host Sponsor, you benefit from maximum visibility during the Forum, as well as in all promotional and related material.
2. Gold Sponsors Cdn. $3,000 + GST
As a Gold Sponsor, you receive prominent visibility in all marketing and communications material.
3. Activity Sponsors Cdn. $ + GST
Outstanding Service Awards – Oct. 5 $1,500 x 2
Continental Breakfast – Oct. 6 $1,500
Luncheon – Oct. 6 $2,500
Networking Breaks – Oct. 6 $ 750 (2 opportunities)
Reception – end day Oct. 6 $2,000
For general information on the 16th Executive Forum on Microelectronics,please contact:
Micheline Lepage-Levesque, Manager, Programs and Events
Telephone: 613-238-4822, ext. 245
For sponsorship information on the 16th Executive Forum on Microelectronics,please contact:
Janet Tite, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Telephone: 613-238-4822, ext. 233
Vice President of Industry Development, ITAC
As Vice President of Industry Development for ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, David is an advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology. David is actively engaged across many of ITAC’s priority areas with a particular focus on the ICT industry in Ontario.
David has extensive experience building strong relationships with companies, organizations and all levels of government to identify and build on the industry’s unique capabilities and strengths. Previous to his role at ITAC, David worked with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, where he developed an understanding of new and evolving issues for Canadian ICT companies, the changing business environment, and the importance of collaborative solutions and industry-led strategies.
David attended the University of Western Ontario and then went on to complete his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Jacques Beauvais, Ph.D., ing.
Jacques Beauvais is Vice-rector for research at Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) since 2007. After a Ph.D. in physics at Université Laval, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Glasgow University in Scotland in electrical engineering. He was hired in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Sherbrooke in 1993. He was responsible for setting up the first nanolithography laboratory in a Canadian university at UdeS and building on the research activities carried out in this laboratory, he became co-founder and president of Quantiscript Inc., a startup company founded in 1999. He also headed the UdeS Microelectronics Research Group until 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he headed the Research Centre on Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization and was then named founding director of the Centre of Excellence in Information Engineering in Sherbrooke, which is now a research institute at UdeS which will soon be located in the Parc Innovation of the Université. He is co-inventor of six patents and is the author of over 140 papers and conference presentations. He has served on a number of committees for research grant agencies and more recently became a board member of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), Québec’s research grant agency for science and engineering.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Coral CEA
Mr. Carbone is a successful executive known for his thought leadership, business acumen and technology leadership. He is often called on to address new business and technology challenges. He is a pathfinder with a track record of creating innovative solutions, strategically managing technology and innovation, successfully launching and running new businesses and business development. With more than 31 years of industry experience, holding CTO, R&D and senior business positions in several high tech companies, he has developed a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and perspectives to customers, employees and the market. Roles include: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Research Officer, General Manager for an emerging software business, VP R&D, VP Service Oriented Architecture and VP Corporate Strategy. Peter has been responsible for research and technical development required to support a rapidly evolving information and communication technology (ICT) marketplace and provides leadership and oversight on strategic projects and initiatives.
Peter is the currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coral CEA, the keystone company of a business ecosystem focussed on commercialization of ICT technology. He is also part of the faculty that delivers the Lead to Win programs (Entrepreneur development) that has creating >100 new companies in Ottawa. Peter has been engaged as technical advisor to start-ups, and has been on the board of US-based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is past Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Chair of an ITAC committee focussed on the Global Competitiveness of Canada’s Knowledge Economy.
President & CEO
Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
As the President and CEO of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Bernard Courtois is an outspoken advocate for the deployment of information and communications technology tools to improve business productivity and to achieve our societal and public policy goals.
Mr. Courtois was named ITAC's leader in January 2004. He served in a variety of executive roles with Bell Canada from 1991 to 2003, including those of Chief Regulatory Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. He was Chief Strategy Officer when Bell Canada took its strong turn to the Internet, ahead of most of its peers around the world.
Mr. Courtois is also a dedicated and energetic builder of business communities. He has served on the ITAC Board of Directors since 1999. He has also served on the executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; was President of the International Institute of Communications and now serves on its Board of Directors; is Director and Treasurer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation; serves on the Telecommunications Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Governors; Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance’s (KINSA) Board of Directors; is a Director and Vice-Chair for North America of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance; and is Chairman of WCIT 2012 Montréal Inc.
President and CEO, NanoQuébec
Robert Crawhall is President and CEO of NanoQuébec, the not-for-profit organisation that ensures access for researchers and companies to the nanoscience and nanotechnology infrastructure in Québec and funds collaborative research programmes to build areas of nanotechnology leadership particularly in micronano systems and industrial materials. Robert was previously CEO of the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications and Executive Director of the Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce. Before becoming involved with fourth pillar organizations Robert spent fifteen years in technology development with BNR, Nortel and Northern Telecom Electronics where management roles included the development of device packaging technologies, advanced technology strategic planning and running Nortel's extensive university research programme. Robert has served on the technology committees and Boards of Directors of numberous technology development and transfer organizations in Canada and the US. He holds a PhD in Electromagnetic Compatibility from the Unversity of Ottawa, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from McGill University.
Chief Executive Officer, DALSA Corporation
Brian is the Chief Executive Officer of DALSA Corporation, whose head office is located in Waterloo, Ontario. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and an M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
He joined DALSA in 1985 and has since taken on roles of progressively increasing responsibility. Prior to his appointment to CEO in September 2007, Brian was Chief Operating Officer since 2006 and President of Digital Imaging since 1999. Previously, he was Vice President Operations from 1997 and Vice President Manufacturing and Engineering from 1986.
He has participated in and managed both custom and standard product development projects and was directly involved in establishing many of DALSA's production capabilities. He has also participated in evaluating and integrating six acquisitions that DALSA has completed from 1999 to present. He is responsible for providing a clear and strategic long-term vision for DALSA, and to provide leadership and to manage the business and affairs of the company.
Chief Financial Officer, Micralyne
Derek Hudson joined Micralyne as Chief Financial Officer in 1997. As CFO he is a member of the executive team and is responsible for finance, administration, taxation, information technology, risk management and corporate and legal affairs. Derek recently served as Interim CEO of Micralyne and has lead the human resource and quality functions, served as a customer account manager and has conducted leadership training within the company. Derek's primary focus is ensuring that Micralyne enjoys sustainable and profitable growth. Before joining Micralyne, Derek spent 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, first as an auditor and then as a consultant in financial management and business improvement. A chartered accountant, Derek has a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Alberta and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) since 1987. He serves on the Leadership Program Advisory Committee for the ICAA and has been a leader with Scouts Canada for over 20 years.
Praveen K. Jain
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Praveen K. Jain (S’86–M’88–SM’91–F’02) received the BE degree (with honors) from the University of Allahabad, India, and the MASc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1980, 1984 and 1987 respectively; all in electrical engineering.
Currently he is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; and the Director of the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER). He has secured over $20M cash and $20M in-kind in external research funding to conduct research in the field of power electronics. He has supervised more than 75 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research engineers. He has published over 350 technical papers (including more than 90 IEEE Transactions papers) and has over 50 patents (granted and pending). He is also a Founder of CHiL Semiconductor in Tewksbury, MA, USA; and SPARQ System in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Jain has worked as a: Professor at Concordia University (1994-2000); Technical Advisor at Nortel (1990-1994); Senior Space Power Electronics Engineer at Canadian Astronautics Ltd (1987-1990); Design Engineer at ABB (1981); Production Engineer at Crompton Greaves (1980). In addition, he has consulted with Astec, Ballard Power, Freescale, General Electric, Intel and Nortel.
Dr. Jain is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and an Editor of International Journal of Power Electronics. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is also a recipient of the 2004 Engineering Medal (R&D) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Vice President, Silicon
Research In Motion
Paul Kempf is a semiconductor industry veteran who is currently Vice President at RIM, responsible for the silicon platform in the BlackBerry. In this role, he works with hardware and software teams to establish the IC roadmap for handheld products and deliver platform reference designs.
Before returning to Canada 2006, Paul helped create California-based Jazz Semiconductor, where he was Chief Technology Officer responsible for Engineering, Marketing, Quality and the Jazz Shanghai Subsidiary. Prior to Jazz, he was Vice President of the Silicon RF Platform group at Conexant Systems in Newport Beach and held several management positions with Rockwell Semiconductor Systems prior to the Conexant spin-off. The formative stage of his career was spent with Nortel in Ottawa developing custom silicon.
Mr. Kempf holds bachelor and master degrees in engineering physics from McMaster University in Canada.
Senior Market Research Analyst, IC Insights
Mr. Lineback has 30 years of experience as an analyst and editor covering the semiconductor industry, technology developments, and global suppliers. At IC Insights in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Lineback expanded the market research firm's coverage into optoelectronics, sensors and actuators (including MEMS-based devices), and semiconductor discretes (including power transistors). He is the author of IC Insights' annual O-S-D Report (Optoelectronics-Sensors-Discretes). Mr. Lineback also follows a number of IC industry segments and end-use markets at IC Insights, including microprocessors, personal computers, microcontrollers, DSPs, handheld-computing devices, digital cameras, and emerging systems applications.
Prior to joining IC Insights in 2005, Mr. Lineback was a senior technical editor for Solid State Technology magazine and WaferNews. He co-founded Internet-based The Semiconductor Reporter and was the founding editor of EET's SiliconStrategies.com (also known as Semiconductor Business News). Mr. Lineback has held chief editor positions at Electronic Business Today, Electronic World News, Electronic Buyers' News, and Electronics magazine, and in the 1990s, he was the European editor of Electronic News. In the 1970s, Mr. Lineback worked on daily newspapers, including the Dallas Times Herald, where he was assistant business editor.
Mr. Lineback graduated in 1975 from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
VP & GM, Media Processors Group, Sigma Designs Inc.
David Lynch is currently VP & GM, Media Processors Group for Sigma Designs, Inc responsible for all product marketing and sales for Sigma Designs, and Vice-President and General Manager of Sigma Designs Technology, Canada.
Between 1994 and early 2008, Mr Lynch worked for Gennum Corporation in a number of executive positions including Vice-President of Research and Development, and ultimately as Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Video Products and Chief Technology Officer for the Corporation. From 1978 until early 1994, David held a variety of technical and management positions with Bell-Northern Research/Northern Telecom, helped develop the world’s first CMOS filter-codec and digital telephone chipset, and led the Semiconductor Design group which had global responsibilities for silicon design and tools.
Over his career, Mr. Lynch has developed advanced expertise in integrated circuit development, including silicon design, silicon new product introduction and research and development. He has been and continues to be actively involved with a number of industry associations, including the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) where he is currently Chair of the Strategic Microelectronics Council, and Micronet and eMPOWR where he was Vice-Chairman and Chairman respectively. He has authored a number of technical papers and holds a number of patents.
Dr. Mary Ann Maher
Dr. Mary Ann Maher received her PhD from Caltech in 1989 in the area of semiconductor device modeling developing a new charge-based transistor model. At Caltech, she conducted research in the area of neuromorphic systems, analog circuits and transistor modeling. She pursued post doctoral studies at the CSEM in Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she studied analog memories and designed low power analog ICs with on-chip sensors for artificial vision applications. At Tanner Research she began the simulation and modeling group and launched Tanner's T-Spice analog circuit simulator product. She then became the Software Architect responsible for specifications for layout, routing, simulation, analysis, schematic and viewing design tools. As Director of Advanced Products, she brought to market Tanner's MEMS Pro microsystem and MCM Pro multi-chip module and packaging design tool suites. Moving to MEMSCAP, she became the company's CTO and later the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Design Automation Business Unit. In 2004, she started SoftMEMS, LLC, the maker of the popular microsystems design tools – MEMS Pro and MEMS Xplorer, where she serves as CEO.
Dr. Ian McWalter
President and CEO, CMC Microsystems
Dr. McWalter is the President and CEO of CMC Microsystems. He brings over 30 years of leadership from the semiconductor and electronics industry to CMC, in addition to 15 years of experience on the Board of Directors where he served as Chairman from 1993 to 2005.
Dr. McWalter has extensive R&D and business expertise in the global microsystems industry. As a consultant and then as Chief Executive Officer of Toumaz Technology Ltd. in the United Kingdom from January 2006 to June 2007, he focused on the development of new markets for ultra-low power silicon devices in medical applications. Prior to joining Toumaz, Dr. McWalter spent 15 years at Gennum Corporation in Burlington, Ontario, including five years as President and CEO from April 2000 to November 2005. During his tenure at Gennum, he also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 2000; as Vice-President, Manufacturing Operations from 1994 to 1997; and as Vice-President, Research & Development from 1991 to 1994.
Previously, Dr. McWalter held a number of management positions with Bell Northern Research (now Nortel Networks) from 1978 to 1991. During the period 1988 - 1991, he was the Director of Semiconductor Design, and managed a staff of approximately 250 software and hardware developers in all areas of design automation and integrated circuit design for telecommunications products.
Dr. McWalter currently sits on the Board of Directors for Toumaz Technology, Future Waves UK, a private company providing components for the mobile TV industry; and Evertz Technology, a Canadian public company providing HDTV products for the broadcast industry. In addition, he regularly reviews research grant applications for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Canada Foundation for Innovation and has authored a number of papers on circuits and silicon design.
Dr. McWalter received his BSc (Honours) Physics in 1972 and his PhD Electrical Engineering in 1977 from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, U.K..
Brian Piccioni, CFA
Managing Director, Specialty Hardware Analyst
BMO Capital Markets
Brian has been covering specialty hardware stocks for BMO Capital Markets since 1998. Previously, he worked as an analyst at another investment dealer, which specialized in researching and financing Canadian technology companies. Prior to entering the investment industry, Brian spent two years as Hardware Manager at Eicon Technology, a data communications firm in Quebec; five years at Philips Information Systems, part of the Dutch multinational, and several years at other high technology companies in various design functions.
Brian was ranked #1 stock picker and #1 earnings estimator (IT equip- ment) in the 2009 StarMine Analyst Awards.
Brian holds a BSc. in biology from McGill University (1988) and an MBA from Concordia University (1992). He co-authored a chapter on high technology in the Handbook of Canadian Security Analysis (Wiley, 1997).
Director of Waferfab Operations, Abbott Point of Care
Jean joined Abbott Point of Care (formerly i-STAT Corp.) in June 2001. He spent 18 years with Nortel, assuming various roles (process engineering, engineering manager, operations manager) and ended his Nortel career as Senior Manager of Silicon Operations. Jean joined i-STAT as engineering manager of Wafer fab and was promoted to director of engineering in June 2005 and then director of fab operations two years later.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, DALSA Semiconductor
Donald Robert is VP, of Sales & Marketing at DALSA's Semiconductor Division located in Bromont, Quebec. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic and tactical activities related to the development of DALSA's semiconductor products & foundry services. He holds a degree in electronics from Sherbrooke College and a degree in Business Management from the University of Sherbrooke and has over 29 years of industry experience. His areas of expertise include business development and semiconductor manufacturing.
VenGrowth and VG Partners
Paul has been managing Venture Capital Technology Investments at VenGrowth and VG Partners since 2005, and currently sits on the boards of a number of local startup companies. Prior to becoming a VC, he spent more than 25 years in advanced technology design, R&D management, and business management – primarily in IT, communications, and semiconductors. Paul holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from Queen's University.
Dr. Shaowen Song
Professor of Computer Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Shaowen Song is a professor of computer science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He is also the founder and currently the president of System-On-Chip (SOC) Technologies Inc., a Waterloo based technology company specialized in video/audio codecs and system-on-chip designs and products. Prof. Song holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Dr. Dan Wayner
NRC Acting Vice President, Physical Sciences
Dr. Dan Wayner was appointed NRC’s Acting Vice-President, Physical Sciences in November 2009. His current portfolio includes seven NRC research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, chemical process and environmental technology, information technology, microstructural sciences, molecular sciences, national measurement standards and nanotechnology. He also oversees NRC’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen National Program.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Wayner served as Director General of the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC-SIMS), a position he had held since June 2003. Under his leadership, NRC-SIMS strengthened its work in several pioneering sciences and convergence technologies. New and stronger partnerships were established with local universities, including one with the University of Ottawa that has led to the unveiling of the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory (JASLab). This new state-of-the-art laboratory — establishesOttawa as the “attosecond science” capital of the world.
Dr. Dan Wayner received a BSc from McMaster University in 1980 and a PhD with distinction from Dalhousie University in 1984. Following a two-year postdoctoral position with K.U. Ingold at NRC in the area of organic free radical chemistry, Dr. Wayner joined the NRC Division of Chemistry in 1986 where he carried out pioneering work in the electrochemistry and thermochemistry of transient reaction intermediates. He served as leader of the Molecular Interfaces Program, an interdisciplinary research initiative that earned worldwide recognition for its groundbreaking work in self-directed nanoscale chemical reactions using scanning tunneling microscopy.
Dr. Wayner is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Surface Science. In 1999, the Royal Society of Canada recognized his contributions by awarding him the Rutherford Medal – Chemistry.
Researcher, Microsoft Research
Daniel Wigdor is a researcher at Microsoft Research, and was the User Experience Architect of the Microsoft Surface product, which has helped spark a revolution of touch-based computing. He is currently also an affiliate assistant professor in both the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and the Information School at the University of Washington. Before joining Microsoft, Daniel was a fellow at the Initiative in Innovative Computing at Harvard University, before which he conducted research at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. The startup he co-founded in 2003 continues to develop and market innovative accelerometer-based interaction methods for mobile phones. In January, Daniel is joining the University of Toronto an assistant professor of computer science.
As an accomplished high-tech executive and entrepreneur, Tom Willey brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and engineering in the semiconductor and wireless industries. Prior to founding TWP, Tom was President and CEO of Discera, where he is credited with developing and delivering the industry’s first fully production qualified MEMS based clock timing solution for the high volume consumer market. Tom has successfully led efforts in all aspects of the semiconductor industry including product strategy and vision, product development through customer design wins and order fulfillment. Tom has also held leadership positions with Innovics Wireless, Philips Semiconductor VLSI and National Semiconductors. Tom has a bachelor’s degree with honors (1st Class) in electronics engineering from Paisley University, Paisley, UK, and a master’s degree in electronics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
The Market for Next Generation Microsystems: More than MEMS!
Rob Lineback, Senior Market Research Analyst, IC Insights
Trends and Opportunities in MEMS: Putting the "S" in MEMS
Dr. Mary Ann Maher, SoftMEMS LLC
Can Manufacturing Technologies Meet Market Needs?
Donald Robert, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, DALSA Semiconductor
MEMS Opportunities and Challenges
Tom Willey, TW Partners
Enabling The Future Of Diverse User Interfaces
Daniel Wigdor, Researcher, Microsoft