ITAC SMCouncil Best Practices Forum: University Relations, IoT and Virtual Reality

Tuesday, September 22 - 2015
8:30 am - 1 p.m.

microchipMembers of the Toronto and area microsystems community are invited to participate in a Best Practices Forum in September.

Designed in response to feedback from ITAC members, the half-day session will focus on peer-to-peer learning and provide critically important networking opportunities.

The forum  – the first in a series of new ITAC SMCouncil event –  will take place September 22, 2015 at the AMD Canada headquarters in Markham, just north of Toronto.

LOCATION: Advanced Micro Devices
1 Commerce Valley Drive East, Markham
DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 8:30 am – 1 pm
Sponsors:   AMD and OCE


8:30 am

Opening Remarks

Matt Skynner, Vice-President and General Manager, AMD Canada

8:45 am

PANEL:  Tapping the Motherlode – Strategies for Effective University Relationships

University R&D is a rich resource for microsystems companies, supplying the IP and talent to drive a new breakthrough or even found a new business.  Three university/college relations professionals from both sides of the relationship share their best practices and their views of why university relationships are so essential to commercial R&D is so important.

Moderator:     Ken Schultz, OCE

Joseph Facca
, AMD Senior Director, Platform Engineering
Martin Snelgrove, Kapik
John MacRitchie, Ryerson University

9:45 am

Keynote:  The Internet of Things:  Opportunities for Microelectronics Companies

A distinguished market analyst will present a market perspective on the impact of the Internet of Things on the microelectronics industry.

Nigel Wallis, Director of IoT Research, IDC Canada

10:30 am Coffee Break
Virtual Reality Demonstrations courtesy of AMD
11:00 am

Keynote: Adventures in Virtual Reality

An AMD executive outlines the current state of play in virtual reality and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing microsystems companies in this market.

David Nalasco, Graphics Technology Manager, AMD

12:00 pm Networking Lunch


ITAC is grateful to AMD for hosting this event.  Please note that all participants must register in advance for this event and all participants must bring photo ID to enter the AMD premises. 


For further information please contact Lynda Leonard (

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