October 14th and 15th
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ontario
A Strategic Microelectronics Council of ITAC Event
As the traditional Chinese expression says, “may you live in interesting times” but we are learning that this can also be a curse! It is easy for today’s microelectronics’ executives to feel that they are in a unique confluence of events that the world has never seen before – but are there lessons to be learned from the bumpy road that got us all here?
Industry statistics date back 30 years and show a mid-80’s downturn that matches that of the 2001 “meltdown”. Around 1990, business was almost flat but 2008 was a record year for semiconductor worldwide sales. So how does your business fit into this picture? Are there lessons to be learned about the leadership required to steer your company through these “interesting times”?
This year’s 15th Executive Forum on Microelectronics presents an opportunity to look at the trials and tribulations of today’s volatile markets, including the acquisitions of significant Canadian companies ATI and Tundra Semiconductor, and view them in a broader context of historical norms, from which there are valuable lessons to be learned.
Last year’s event which was held in conjunction with CMC’s annual Symposium for the first time was so well received that we will again feature a combined CMC/ITAC SMCouncil Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14th. Our full day’s program will follow on Thursday, October 15th and executives who have “been there and done that” will share their insights with you, their industry colleagues.
So, mark your calendars today and join us in Ottawa on October 14th (evening) and all day on the 15th for this year’s Executive Forum on Microelectronics!
The full agenda already features:
Special thanks to the Organising Committee:
And to the Outstanding Service Award Selection Committee:
DALSA Corporate Profile:
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and specialized semiconductor fabrication with approximately 1000 employees world-wide. Established in 1980, the Company operates two units which provide high performance microelectronic products and services to its customers. DALSA Digital Imaging designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions; DALSA Semiconductor designs and manufactures very high resolution image sensor chips and develops advanced semiconductor fabrication services with world leading capability in MEMS technology. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 (evening)
In collaboration with CMC Microsystems
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa – International Ballroom
|5:30 p.m.||Registration and Cocktails|
|7:30 p.m.||Welcoming Remarks|
|8:00 p.m.||Presentation of Awards
Outstanding Service Awards
David Lynch, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sigma Designs, Inc. and Chair of the Strategic Microelectronics Council
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa – International Ballroom
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and buffet breakfast|
|8:20 a.m.||Opening Remarks: Duncan Stewart, Director, Deloitte Canada Research, Conference Chair|
|8:30 a.m.||Plenary Keynote
Sandra Pupatello Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Sandra Pupatello was elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995, and re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Pupatello was appointed the Minister of Economic Development and Trade in June 2009. The new ministry combines three previous ministries: Small Business, International Trade and Investment and Economic Development. She previously served as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
|9:10 a.m.||“Forces Shaping the Global IC Industry.”
Bill McClean, President, IC Insights
The first half of 2009 has been hit hard by seasonal weakness for electronic system sales, a major IC inventory adjustment, and the global recession at its worst - with the global economy registering a rare drop in GDP. However, will the second half of 2009 provide seasonal strength for electronic system sales? Will IC inventory replenishment which began in 2Q09 continue?
“Can Past Successes Guide Future Success?”
|10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:50 a.m.||“Evolving Business Models for Evolving Markets”
David Lynch, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sigma Designs, Inc. and Chair of the Strategic Microelectronics Council
The road to today's successes has not been without significant challenges on numerous occasions. Being flexible and open to reinvention are critical to on-going success – particularly in adverse times.
“Made in Canada Successes – Competing on a Different Level?”
|12:10 a.m.||Buffet Lunch Networking
The winners from the CMC TEXPO and MNRC projects will be on hand to discuss their research.
|1:00 p.m.||“Private Public Partnerships at their Best – Bromont Québec!”
Professor Jacques Beauvais, Vice-Rector, Research, Université de Sherbrooke
The Federal Government, together with the Government of Qué bec have recently announced funding to the Université de Sherbrooke, in partnership with IBM Bromont and DALSA Semiconductors Inc., for the creation of a new Microelectronics Innovation Centre as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The total investment in this project is $218.45M, including contributions from the two founding industrial partners and equipment suppliers. This Centre will be established in a new facility in Bromont, Qué bec and will be home to 250 industry and university researchers. But what are its objectives and how will this impact not only the Bromont cluster but the Canadian microelectronics industry as a whole through future partnerships?
|1:40 p.m.||“Funding Models for Growth When Venture Capital is Scarce”
Victor Menasce, VP Engineering, Wavesat
The “traditional” model of new venture funding based on venture capital investment has run its course. Money is scarce, the terms are terrible, and the runway is short. Businesses have become held hostage to the VC community in very un-natural ways. There has to be a better way.
|2:20 p.m.||Networking Break|
|2:40 p.m.||“Innovation, Collaboration and Business Economic Advantages of the New York State, Canadian and IBM Semiconductor Partnerships”
Scottie Ginn, Vice President of Design Enablement and Packaging, IBM Systems and Technology Group, Semiconductor Solutions
IBM has weathered the storm better than most and still maintains an advanced packaging facility which works closely with IBM wafer fabs in upstate New York to provide the world with advanced gaming chips. Worldwide operations, leading process technologies and a mix of hardware and software provide the engines of growth for this multi-national icon of advanced technology. But, can IBM’s successes help SMEs in Canada or are there economies of scale that cannot be compared?
“Attacking Global Markets From a Base in Canada – Poised for Success?”
|4:00 p.m.||Closing Remarks and adjournment:
Special thanks to the Organizing Committee:
And to the Outstanding Service Award Selection Committee:
|Registration Fees - ITAC Members:|
|Full Conference (includes dinner of Oct 14)||$395 plus GST|
|Conference only (no dinner - Oct 15 only)||$250 plus GST|
|Dinner and Awards (Oct 14 only)||$175 plus GST|
|Full Conference PLUS to attend CMC Symposium||$590 plus GST|
|Registration Fees - Non-Members:|
|Full Conference (includes dinner of Oct 14)||$525 plus GST|
|Conference only (no dinner - Oct 15 only)||$350 plus GST|
|Dinner and Awards (Oct 14 only)||$225 plus GST|
|Full Conference PLUS to attend CMC Symposium||$720 plus GST|
Hotel Guest Room - Crowne Plaza Hotel
A block of rooms is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the rate of $161.00 for a standard room. When making your reservation, please quote the "CMC / ITAC Event - Oct 13-15, 2009"
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. 15 $1,500 x 2
Continental Breakfast – Oct. 16 $1,500
Luncheon – Oct. 16 $2,500
Networking Breaks – Oct. 16 $ 750 (2 opportunities)
Reception – end day Oct. 16 $2,000
For general information on the 15th Executive Forum on Microelectronics,please contact:
Micheline Levesque, Manager, Programs and Events
Telephone: 613-238-4822, ext. 245
For sponsorship information on the 15th Executive Forum on Microelectronics,please contact:
Janet Tite, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Telephone: 613-238-4822, ext. 233
H. Douglas Barber
O.C., Ph.D., D.Sc., FCAE, P.Eng.
H. Douglas Barber, born on a Saskatchewan farm, attended the University of Saskatchewan obtaining his B.Sc. with Great Distinction, winning the Governor General's Gold Medal, and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. As an Athlone Fellow and NATO Scholar he received his Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London in 1965.
Dr. Barber began employment in 1965 in a new microelectronics initiative at Canadian Westinghouse, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 1973 he was one of the founders of Linear Technology Inc., now known as Gennum Corporation, which designs, manufactures and markets microcircuits. Gennum has grown profitably at 20% per year and now employs about 650 people. Dr. Barber was President and CEO when he retired in 2000. He retired as a Director in 2007.
Dr. Barber was a part-time Engineering Physics Professor at McMaster University from 1968 to 1994. In 2001 he was appointed Distinguished Professor-in-Residence. He is a past Chair and continuing member of the Board of Governors.
Dr. Barber has received numerous awards honoring his engineering and entrepreneurship achievements. The most recent honor an appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada, as well as recently receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Barber has been involved in numerous advisory committees and corporate directorships. He was a director of DALSA Inc. from 2005 to 2008, NetAccess Systems Inc. since 1994 until this year. He also is presently a director of Micralyne since 1997, AllerGen NCE Inc. since 2003, The Institute of Quantum Computing since 2006. This year Dr. Barber has joined the Boards of the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, the Centre for Surgical Innovation and Invention and the IRAP Advisory Board.
Dr. Barber has authored 29 refereed papers and several patents. He speaks frequently on business, technology, learning, innovation and economic development. He and his wife, June, have raised a family of four whose families now include ten grandchildren. He is a man of faith with over 37 years of active involvement in their church.
Jacques Beauvais, Ph.D., ing.
Vice-rector for research at Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS)
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.
Sally J. Daub
President, CEO and Co-Founder, ViXS Systems Inc.
Sally Daub brings to ViXS more than 17 years of experience in the high
technology industry, specifically in the areas of mergers and acquisitions,
financing transactions, corporate strategy, IP licensing and business
development. Before founding ViXS, Daub was Vice-President & General
Counsel at ATI Technologies Inc., where in addition to being responsible
for ATI's legal department, she played a key role in high profile mergers
and acquisitions, spearheaded ATI's patent portfolio development and IP
licensing efforts and guided its corporate strategy. Prior to joining ATI,
Daub was at Nortel and the law firm of Smart & Biggar, where she
specialized in IP licensing, strategy, development and management. Daub
holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with honours in Chemical
Engineering from the University of Ottawa and a LLB from Dalhousie
University. She is also a registered patent and trademark agent in both
the United States and Canada.
Denzil J. Doyle, C.M., B.Sc., D.Eng., F.E.I.C
Chairman of Doyletech Corporation
Denzil Doyle is Chairman of Doyletech Corporation, an Ottawa-based company specializing in providing consulting services to entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, and economic development authorities. Although trained as an engineer (B.Sc. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1956) he has spent most of his career in the business world. From 1963 to 1981, he directed the affairs of Digital Equipment Corporation’s Canadian operations, which grew from a one-person sales office to a multi-faceted corporation with annual sales in excess of $160 million and offices across Canada.
He formed Doyletech Corporation in 1982, and during the next twenty-three years provided consulting services to all provincial governments, to several federal government departments including Industry Canada, several venture capital firms, and the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology.
In 1982, he also co-founded Instantel Inc., an Ottawa-based supplier of electronic instrumentation.
From 1995 to 2005, he served as Chairman of Capital Alliance Ventures Inc., an Ottawa-based venture capital firm specializing in technology investments. Over the years, he has served on many boards of directors of Canadian technology enterprises, both public and private.
He is the author of several business articles and a text book entitled Making Technology Happen TM, now in its fifth edition. In recognition of his pioneering efforts in the establishment of the Ottawa technology cluster, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Carleton University at its 1981 spring convocation. In 2001, he was granted a fellowship in the Engineering Institute of Canada. In 2005, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Richard C. Foss
Founder and Retired Chairman of the Board, MOSAID Technologies Incorporated
Richard C. (Dick) Foss was born in 1936 and educated in the U.K. He joined the EMI group as an apprentice in 1952 and worked on the design of the first EMI business computer – a vacuum tube machine. Simultaneously, he studied for a higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering and Graduate Membership of the IEE, passing with distinction in 1956.
A Scholarship then took him to the University of Durham where he studied for his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (awarded with First Class Honours in 1959) and his Ph.D. in Electronics (awarded in 1964 after the work was used in missile telemetry systems by EMI). His career then turned to microelectronics with the Plessey Company, where he led a pioneering circuit design group with many creative successes in linear ICs, high speed counters (the subject of a 1968 International Solid-State Circuits Conference paper) and early MOS devices.
In 1970, Dr. Foss left the U.K. to join Microsystems International (MIL), a Canadian company located in Ottawa, Ontario and worked in various positions including head of design, MOS engineering manager and new products manager. Together with a colleague, Robert Harland, he worked on a trend-setting 4K DRAM that was the subject of a 1975 ISSCC paper. At its closure in 1975, MIL had become the second largest supplier in the world (after Intel) of MOS memory and microcomputers.
Richard Foss and Robert Harland founded MOSAID in 1975. Dr. Foss held various positions with the Company, including President and Chief Executive Officer. He served as a Director since 1975 and was Chairman of the Board from 1984 until his retirement at the end of 2001. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of MOSAID and Innovative Silicon in Lausanne. He also assists in the licensing of key memory patents granted to him while active in MOSAID. Many major companies in the industry are now licensed under these patents.
Dr. Foss has published numerous papers pertaining to semiconductor design, including invited papers at major conferences. He was also elected a fellow of the IEEE for “leadership in the design and testing of memory circuits.”
Vice President, Design Enablement and Packaging
IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center
Scottie Ginn is Vice President of Design Enablement and Packaging forcthe Technology Development organization at IBM. In this role, Scottie manages packaging development and the development of tools to enable designers to use IBM’s semiconductor technologies. Prior to this, she was in IBM Systems Group development for two years, and before that, she was Vice President of Standard Products in IBM Technology Group, where she was responsible for managing the business and P&L for PowerPC processors and other IBM designed standard products. Scottie managed the PowerPC business line between 1997 and 2003, expanding PowerPC from IT and networking applications to gaming and consumer segments.
Scottie began her career with IBM in 1982 as a DRAM circuit designer. In her 27 years with IBM, she has managed DRAM and PowerPC microprocessor circuit design, technology development, test, packaging and the IBM mask house and several staff assignments such as secretary of the Corporate Technology Council and Manufacturing operations.
Scottie received her BSEE from the University of Virginia, her MSEE from MIT and an MBA from University of Vermont.
Lance Greggain is a co-founder of Fresco Microchip Inc. and serves as President and CEO. Mr. Greggain is a veteran of 5 fabless semiconductor start ups prior to Fresco Microchip. These companies have enjoyed 4 positive liquidation events - 3 successful IPOs and one acquisition.
In 1999 Mr. Greggain was the solo founder of Jaldi Semiconductor, a Toronto area fabless semiconductor company, focused on display controllers and color decoders for advanced televisions. He served as CEO of Jaldi through the collapse of the high tech bubble and guided the company to its acquisition by Pixelworks (NASDAQ: PXLW) in September 2002. Mr. Greggain remained with Pixelworks as VP and General Manager until October 2003.
Prior to Jaldi, Mr. Greggain held several positions with Genesis Microchip, a Toronto area fabless semiconductor company, including Chief Technical Officer and V.P. Product Development from the company’s inception until the NASDAQ IPO (GNSS) in 1998. Mr. Greggain identified the market and led Genesis’ corporate refocus on LCD display controllers, which remains their core business today.
Prior to Genesis, Mr. Greggain worked in design and development of design automation tools, standard product DRAM and SRAM, radio pager and audio bipolar integrated circuits, pattern recognition systems, optical hardware, television systems, and quality assurance. His employers have included National Semiconductor, Spectrum Semiconductor, Mosaid, Siltronics Research, Sperry Univac and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Mr. Greggain received his B. A. Sc. and M. A. Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1980 and 1983 respectively. He is the author of 16 patents and has written numerous articles on integrated circuit design, digital signal processing and design automation.
President and CEO, OCRI
Claude Haw, B.Eng, P.Eng, has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology sector including Venture Coaches, Dragonwave, Newbridge Networks and Mitel Corporation. He has a wealth of experience in building successful technology companies in Canada from start-up to acquisition and IPO and has been actively involved with more than 30 technology companies over the past two decades. He is a charter member of TiE Ottawa, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as a past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Claude is also a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group focused on enabling the next generation of technology companies in the National Capital Region. He has been a long-standing member of the organizing committee of the annual Ottawa Venture and Technology Summit (OVTS).
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities generally speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing. He is on the Advisory Committee of ENGAGE, an Ottawa-based philanthropic group, the Ottawa Cleantech Initiative and the Ottawa Sustainability Fund, a community-based environmental fund.
Prior to his role as President and CEO of OCRI, Claude was Managing Partner of Venture Coaches, a venture capital firm which he founded in 2000. He has been a principal in four investment funds over the past ten years. Venture Coaches invested in thirteen technology companies with three having been sold, one merged with another company and DragonWave, which was taken public on TSX and London AIM markets in 2007.
Previously, he held a number of executive positions at Newbridge, including Vice-President of Corporate Business Development. In this role he managed strategic investment programs, from start-up to exit, in more than 20 companies. As Vice-President and General Manager of the Newbridge ATMnet Business Unit, Claude grew the unit from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business. While at Newbridge, Claude managed a small investment fund, Severn Bridge Investments, which invested in 12 companies and returned more that three times invested capital. He also held senior management positions at Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.
Daniel Hoste has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tundra Semiconductor Corp. from September 2006 until Tundra has been acquired by IDT in June 2009. Mr. Hoste joined Tundra Semiconductor in November 2005 as Vice President of products. He has 40 years of global experience in the high tech industry, including 16 years with Motorola Semiconductor/ Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Amongst his key roles at Motorola/ Freescale in Austin, Texas, he served as VP and GM of Motorola’s 8/16-bit Microcontroller Division and VP and Director of WW marketing and sales for Motorola's Wireless & Mobile Systems Group. While in Europe, he has also been leading global sales and marketing teams, running a division and he has been VP and GM of the Network and Computing System Group, EMEA. Before Motorola, he has been with Advanced Micro Devices for 8 years, where he managed its Southern Europe field applications engineering team and regional sales. Additionally, he has authored three patents during his 12 years in research and development in jobs at Philips, ITT, and Thomson-CSF. He has been a Director of Tundra Semiconductor since September 27, 2006 and he is now on the board of Energy Micro, Oslo, Norway. He completed Graduation in Engineering; MSEE from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France in 1979 and BSEE from the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Rennes, France in 1969.
President and Chief Executive Officer, SiGe Semiconductor
Sohail has spent more than 25 years in the communications and semiconductor industries, establishing an impressive record of building successful global businesses, creating new products and developing new markets. He came to SiGe Semiconductor from Agere Systems where he held various senior management positions including executive vice president, infrastructure systems and executive vice president, strategy and development. Prior to Agere’s spin-out, he was president of Lucent’s $3 billion integrated circuits business and achieved a leadership positions in telecom, wireless and mass storage ICs. He also spent time at Bessemer Venture Partners as an entrepreneur in residence/operating partner, helping them evaluate new investment opportunities and providing support to portfolio companies. His management experience extends to AT&T, NEC Electronics, and Intel. Today, Sohail sits as director on the boards of LightPath Technologies and GainSpan Corporation. He holds a master of business administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering in Lahore, Pakistan.
Kirk K. Mandy
President & CEO, Zarlink Semiconductor
Kirk Mandy was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Zarlink on February 17, 2005. He has served as Vice-Chairman of Zarlink's Board of Directors from July 2001 to February 2005, relinquishing that position upon his appointment as President and CEO.
Over a distinguished career with Mitel Corporation spanning 15 years, Mr. Mandy held increasingly senior roles, culminating in the position of President and CEO from 1998 to 2001.
Mr. Mandy is a member of the board of Epocal and Chairman of The Armstrong Monitoring Corporation. He has served on the Board of Mitel Corporation, Photowatt, Strategic Microelectronics Corporation (SMC), the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA), The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC), The Ottawa Center for Research and Innovation (OCRI), and Micronet. He is also past Chairman of the Telecommunications Research Center of Ontario (TRIO), past Co-Chairman of the National Research Council's Innovation Forum, and past Co-Chairman of the Ottawa Partnership. Mr. Mandy is a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa.
President, IC Insights, Inc.
Mr. McClean began his market research career in the integrated circuit industry in 1980 and founded IC Insights in 1997. During his 29 years of tracking the IC industry, Mr. McClean has specialized in market and technology trend forecasting and was responsible for developing the IC industry cycle model. At IC Insights, he serves as managing editor of the company’s market research studies and reports. In addition, he instructs for IC Insights’ seminars and has been a guest speaker at many important annual conferences held worldwide (e.g., SEMI’s ISS and Electronic Materials Conferences, The China Electronics Conference, and The European Microelectronics Summit). Mr. McClean received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and an Associate degree in Aviation from the University of Illinois.
VP of Engineering and Product Management, Wavesat
Victor joined Wavesat in 2007 as VP of Engineering and Product Management. In these roles Victor has been instrumental in building the next generation of high speed consumer wireless data technology in Japan. This technology was developed in partnership with 5 companies from a blank page to field trials in Tokyo in 14 months. He has worked with customers all over Asia including India, Taiwan, Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Prior to Wavesat, Victor served as VP of Engineering and CTO with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC). He was central to the product delivery that grew the processing business by 100% over a 3 year period. This business achieved high volume design wins in wireless, storage, printing, plasma televisions, gaming, and many other applications.
Victor founded Somerset Technologies in 2003 with the expressed intent of acquiring IBM’s PowerPC microprocessor division. The Somerset team went on to raise $160M and was in exclusive negotiation to acquire the business from IBM. Ultimately the business was lost to AMCC who at the last minute bid $227M for the business.
Victor’s first startup experience was with Tundra Semiconductor where he held a variety of marketing and engineering management roles over a 6 year period. He was also involved in several business development activities and acquisitions.
Victor learnt many of the basic lessons of how to deliver products in the 12 years he spent at Nortel and Bell Northern Research, where he held a number of leadership positions in both hardware and software development. Victor was instrumental in nurturing several partnerships which included Motorola, IBM, HP, and others.
Victor holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Sandra Pupatello was elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995, and re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Pupatello was appointed the Minister of Economic Development and Trade in June 2009. The new ministry combines three previous ministries: Small Business, International Trade and Investment and Economic Development.
Pupatello was appointed the Minister of International Trade and Investment in 2008. She previously served as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
Under Pupatello’s leadership in education, school infrastructure improved thanks to major renovations across the province, and high school students started to customize their education with new Specialist High Skills Majors. As Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Pupatello built on the government’s success attracting high-value jobs, bringing new investments to the province and developing new opportunities for Ontario workers.
Pupatello has a distinguished record of service to her community and the province and has made significant strides to improve the lives of Ontario’s most vulnerable. She has deep roots in the Windsor community. She was named honorary member of the Rotary Club of Windsor and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1996, she was named Italian of the Year in Windsor-Essex County. In 2001, the University of Windsor honoured her with the prestigious Charlie Clark Award for Outstanding Service. In March 2003, Pupatello was named “Windsor Woman of the Year.” In 2007, she received the prestigious Athena Award for the Windsor area, which recognizes men and women who provide a positive role model to encourage women to achieve their leadership potential in business.
Paul M. Russo, PhD
Chairman & CEO of Geo Semiconductor Inc
Dr. Russo currently serves as a Chairman & CEO of Geo Semiconductor Inc. (GEO – www.geosemi.com ). GEO is driving the transition to software-based digital video algorithm processing as well as geometry processing which will impact a broad range of new products from 3D and surveillance through short throw and pico projection.
He also serves as Director or Lead Director of four other venture funded technology companies including Beam Networks (www.beamnetworks.com) where he is currently the interim CEO, FONOLO (www.fonolo.com), SiOnyx (www.sionyx.com) and SBG Labs (www.sbglabs.com). Dr. Russo founded Geo Semiconductor Inc. which has acquired key technologies and IC product lines from Silicon Optix. Prior to Geo Semi, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company that raised in excess of $100 million in venture capital and focused on high quality video and geometry processing programmable platform technologies. He served as Chairman & CEO through 2007. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998.
Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE's Microelectronics Center (RTP, North Carolina), Senior Manager in GE's Industrial Electronics Group (Charlottesville, Virginia) and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center (Princeton, New Jersey).
Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds six U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips - acquired by Xilinx, Atmos - acquired by Mosys).
Dr. Russo is also a member of the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA) Emerging Company CEO Council and participates in its EDA sub-committee.
Chief Technical Officer, GaN Systems Inc
John Roberts is the Chief Technical Officer of GaN Systems Inc, an Ottawa based company specializing in cleantech applications including solar and wind power conversion, battery management and smart-grid systems. .
In the period between 1967 and 1973 he worked as an applications engineer in the marketing departments of Siliconix, GEC Semiconductor and Microsystems International. In 1976 he joined Mosaid where he developed the SRAM report service, gaining contracts with Intel, IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Samsung and many other major semiconductor companies worldwide.
In 1983 he founded Tundra (originally Calmos) and developed the company into a significant player in the 8000 series component area. The company became publicly traded on the TSX. (Details of the development of the company are available on Wikipedia).
In 1989 John agreed to become CEO of the Strategic Microelectronic Consortium, an alliance of twenty-five Canadian companies including Nortel, PMC Sierra, IBM, Gennum, CMAC and other hybrid and semiconductor manufacturers. In 1995 he co-founded SiGe Semiconductor and became CEO & President. In 1998 he led a spin-off company, SiGEM and this became a public company on the TSX, gaining a valuation of $400M.
He has served on numerous boards of semiconductor companies, including Skystone (purchased by Cisco for US$95M), and he has assisted in the funding and start-up phases of seven semiconductor companies, including PMC-Sierra, Genesis, Solidum, and MicroSemi. He has been a director of three publicly listed companies.
John holds a Master’s degree awarded by Swansea University and a Bachelor’s degree from Cardiff University.
President & CEO, Kaben Wireless Silicon Inc
Dr. Slaby is an experienced high-tech executive and entrepreneur with a track record of building successful companies in the area of semiconductors and information technology. He was a founder and CEO of ATMOS Corporation, a leader in embedded IC memory compilers, from 1994 until its acquisition by Monolithic System Technology (NASDAQ:MOSY) in 2002. He also founded VoIPshield Systems Inc in 2004 and as its CEO, he grew the company to become an acknowledged industry leader.
His previous accomplishments include founding and running an overseas design center, MicroSemiX Ltd, and establishing a non-profit charitable foundation PHF Inc which he ran as President in 1994-1999. Earlier in his career he held various engineering and management positions in Bell Northern Research, Nortel, and Carleton University. He is an author of numerous articles, scientific publications and conference papers. He served on the Board of Directors of Strategic Microelectronics Consortium, as well as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the National Research Council and as an Advisor to Carleton University Foundry program.
Paul’s current project is Kaben Wireless Silicon which he joined in 2007 as its CEO. KABEN is a leading RFIC developer and Semiconductor IP provider addressing Next Generation wireless communications based on multiple standards. Paul enjoys building KABEN in the post high-tech bubble era using an old fashioned approach of customer focus, cashflow based financing and no venture capital funding. He is having a great fun at it!
Director, Deloitte Canada Research
Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Life Sciences and GreenTech
Duncan Stewart is the Director of Deloitte Canada Research in the areas of Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Life Sciences and GreenTech. He is a member of Deloitte’s national TMT executive team and is a co-author of Deloitte Research’s annual Predictions report on trends in TMT.
Duncan has almost two decades of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, Duncan has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector. He has written research on names such as Nortel and Celestica, and been a venture capital investor in Research in Motion among others.
Duncan was a co-founder of Tera Capital, Canada’s first high tech and biotech money manager, where he was responsible for managing both mutual funds and VC funds, and was the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year in 2003. In his years as an investor he has deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into the global TMT and Life Science markets.
Duncan has a high profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on technology and biotechnology issues.
Duncan is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
President and C.E.O. of Sidense Corp.
Xerxes Wania is the President and C.E.O. of Sidense Corp., a technology startup that designs non-volatile memories. Prior to Sidense, he served as the Director of Marketing at Synopsys (NASDAQ:SNPS) and prior to Synopsys, he held the position of President of inSilicon Canada, which was acquired by Synopsys in 2002. Xerxes successfully grew his first startup, Xentec into a profitable business and in 2001 was listed among the Top 50 Canada’s Hottest Startups. Xentec was later acquired by inSilicon. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989 with a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He has served on the Board of Advisors of SiWorks Inc. (acquired by Nextwave Wireless NASDAQ:WAVE), and Videolocus (acquired by LSI Logic NYSE:LSI). In 2004, he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year, by the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce and has been featured in the Who’s Who of Technology Executives 2000/2001. He also serves as the Vice President of the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation and the WZCC. He has invested in several technology startups and continues to help young entrepreneurs to be successful in their ventures. Xerxes’ interests include windsurfing, canoe camping, photography, cycling, fishing and traveling amongst other outdoor activities.
The Honorable Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade
"Forces Shaping the Global IC Industry"
Bill McClean, President, IC Insights, Inc.
"Evolving Business Models for Evolving Markets"
David Lynch, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Sigma Designs, Inc.
"Private Public Partnerships at their best - Bromont, Quebec!"
Professor Jacques Beauvais, Vice-Rector for Research, Université de Sherbrooke
"Funding Models for Growth When Venture Capital is Scarce"
Victor Menasce, Vice-President Engineering, Wavesat