Strategic Microsystems Council

kenwager- activitiesThe SMCouncil works to support a vibrant microelectronics industry in Canada. The Council organizes best practice forums, as well as some major conferences that bring together industry leaders to strategize and share information. Contact Lynda Leonard

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Executive Forums On Microelectronics

From the 19th Executive Forum (2013):

Brian Doody on ‘Aligning for Opportunity in the Canadian Industry Landscape’

Antoine Paquin on ‘Are Fabless Semiconductor Startups Passé?’

Panel Discussion: ‘Embedded Systems – Is the Opportunity in Hardware or Software?’

Panel Discussion: ‘The Smart Digital Economy Starts and Grows Companies, Doesn’t It?’

For more details from the 19th Executive Forum, see the November 2013 issue of ITAC Online.

Download the programs (PDF) from past forums:

18th Executive Forum (2012) – “Microsystems: Embedded Software + Hardware – Transforming the Innovation Landscape”
17th Executive Forum (2011) – “Energy: Re-Energizing Microelectronics”
16th Executive Forum (2010) – “Entrepreneurial Opportunities Enabled through Microsystems”
15th Executive Forum (2009) – “Winning in Global Markets in Adverse Times” 
14th Executive Forum (2008) – “The Next Big Thing: The Driver of Growth in Canada”
13th Executive Forum (2007) – “The Power of Community – Building Clusters in Canada”
12th Executive Forum (2006) – “Playing to Win on the World Stage – the Winning Hand for Canadian Microelectronics”
11th Executive Forum (2005) – “Creative Destruction: Re-inventing the Microelectronics Enterprise”
10th Executive Forum (2004) – “The Heart of the System”
9th Executive Forum (2003) – “Excelling in Challenging Times”
8th Executive Forum (2002) – “Reinventing the Industry!”
7th Executive Forum (2001) – “Empowering Innovation”
6th Executive Forum (2000) – “Photons, Electrons and Canada’s New Economy – Accelerating the Growth!”
5th Executive Forum (1999) – “The Way Forward”
4th Executive Forum (1998) – “Removing the Barriers to Growth in Canada”
3rd Executive Forum (1997) – “Canada at the Millennium… Everywhere to Go, Nowhere to Hide”

Joint ITAC/GSA Conferences

2011 – 3D ICs – The Leading Driver for Next Generation Microelectronics?
2010 – The New Normal – Navigating a World of Change, Globalization and Scarcity
2009 – The Audacity of Imagination: Microelectronics’ New Millennium
2008 – The Consumerization of Microelectronics – Opportunity for New Growth Markets
2007 – Creating A Robust IP Ecosystem in Microelectronics

SMC Best Practice Forums

June 24, 2013 – Waterloo – The New Landscape in Government Industrial Support
April 29, 2013 – Toronto – The New Landscape in Government Industrial Support
December 1, 2010 – Montreal – SMC Best Practice Forum – Montreal/Bromont Cluster
November 30, 2010 – GTA – SMC Best Practice Forum – Burlington/GTA Cluster
January 19, 2010 – GTA – Foundry Relationships:  The Lifeblood of a Fabless Business Model
May 12, 2009 – Ottawa – Advanced Packaging: The Ultimate Multi-Technology Solutions!
March 24, 2009 – Montreal – Advanced Packaging: The Ultimate Multi-technology!
November 18, 2008 – Toronto – 64 and 45 nm Design Challenges
November 4, 2008 – Montreal – 65 and 45nm design challenges: is first time success a thing of the past?
September 15, 2008 – Ottawa – 65 and 45nm Design Challenges
April 9, 2008 – Ottawa – The Project Management of New Products
April 8, 2008 – Montreal – The Project Management of New Product Development


Ken Wagner, Distinguished Engineer, PMC-Sierra, Inc.

Past Chairs

David Lynch, Senior VP, Marketing & Sales, Sigma Designs Inc.
Dan Trepanier, President, Quake Technologies Inc.
Ken Schultz, President, SiberCore Technologies Inc.



Lynda Leonard, Senior Vice President, ITAC, or (613) 238-4822 ext. 2239