ITAC Online - The Microelectronics Issue  - September 2010

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Entrepreneurial Opportunities Enabled through Microsystems

This month's 16th annual Executive Forum on Microelectronics certainly lived up to its reputation as one of the premier gatherings of Canada's microelectronics and microsystems community – and what a better a way to kick it off than with the CMC/ITAC Banquet, "Celebrating Excellence."

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When bigger isn't better

Xerxes Wania, President and CEO, Sidense Corp.

Xerxes Wania, President and CEO, Sidense Corp.

In the microelectronics game, the smaller your product, the more places you can fit it, and ultimately, the more your customers can do with it.

Xerxes Wania is well aware of this and he's the President and CEO of a company that creates a product that proves it. Sidense Corp. develops industry-leading logic NVM (non-volatile memory) that helps system-on-a-chip designers achieve improved results in cost, density, reliability, security and power.

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Home-growing an industry, for the long-term

Howard Pakosh, President and CEO, ChipStart

Howard Pakosh, President and CEO, ChipStart

Howard Pakosh is what some might call a serial entrepreneur. With over 25 years in the microelectronics industry, he has been responsible for three start-ups – including the one he currently leads as President and CEO, ChipStart.

ChipStart began as a consulting company in 1998, and has since evolved through many stages into an IP developer. While his businesses have seen nothing but growth, Howard said the story isn't all positive in the Canadian microelectronics industry.

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A Business Model for Success

Gord Currie, Executive Partner, Currie Advisory Group

Gord Currie, Executive Partner, Currie Advisory Group

For any business, success comes by the proper allocation of revenue into two key areas – profits for stakeholders, and investments back into the company's growth and development.

In the microelectronics industry, this adage applies, but perhaps on a larger scale than in other industries, simply because of how much high-tech companies tend to spend on research and development (R&D).

Gord Currie has spent over three decades managing financials for companies in different industries – the last five of those as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Canadian microelectronics powerhouse, Gennum Corporation. He is now retired from CFO work and is Executive Partner with the Currie Advisory Group.

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