intelliFLEX Board of Directors

Building a stronger alliance

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Chairman of the Board

Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, (Chair)

Paul joined Xerox in 1995 and currently leads Xerox Corporation Global Materials Research Centre (XRCC), which is responsible for Xerox advanced materials research and development. The research centre also conducts research and development in support of commercial clients in the areas of advanced and specialty materials. He is a named inventor on 73 U.S. patents and has 16 publications.

Peter Kallai

Peter Kallai

President and CEO

Peter Kallai was the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) -- the forerunner of intelliFLEX. He is also the President and CEO of KEYSTEP Growth & Finance. This Ottawa-based boutique consulting firm has focused on emerging technologies for 20 years. As a senior high-tech management consultant, Peter has assisted leading companies in optical and wireless communications, software and earth observation with their growth plans and financing. He has been involved with the inception, growth, exit and merger or acquisition of more than 40 companies. In the role of Vice-President, he helped a TSX-listed company grow from $3.2 million to over $100 million in revenue. Peter has also served on various boards and committees of companies and public sector R&D organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Strategy and Finance. Peter is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (US).

Aldjia Begriche

Aldjia Begriche

Vice-President Smart Textile, OMsignal

Aldjia Begriche joined OMsignal, the Montreal-based leader in smart clothing, in 2014 to manage R&D, prototyping and textile production. She has contributed to the development of the Polotech Shirt in partnership with Ralph Lauren. As Vice President of Smart Textiles, Aldjia leads a team of data scientists, material engineers and textile designers. She is managing the design and development of a full collection of comfortable and affordable bio sensing apparels for different markets (Heath, Sleep, Lifestyle, Sports) to collect medical grade biometric data. Aldjia previously worked at CTT Group where she managed the smart textile research group.

Patrice Lavoie

Patrice Lavoie

Vice-President Sales and Business Development, Varitron

Patrice is an ex-officio intelliFLEX board member. He is a results-driven executive with more than 17 years of experience in the industry. He worked previously with CMC Electronics and Ultra Electronics, and he has solid experience in technology transfer and military applications. Patrice has IPC Class 3 training and is an active IPC and SMTA member. Patrice’s former positions (business unit manager, director of operations, supply chain manager and others) have enabled him to build an extensive understanding of how to align Varitron’s manufacturing and supply-chain strategies with customers’ needs.

Robert Berger

Robert Berger

CEO, MW Canada

The Berger family founded MW Canada, a vertically integrated textile mill, in 1963. Bob is the third generation at the helm. A graduate of the Philadelphia School of Textiles, he is continuously searching for processes and equipment that provide new products to his customers. MW Canada sees a lot of business potential in fabrics, window coverings and other textiles that, for example, harvest energy, monitor environmental conditions and track human health.

Howard Campbell

Howard Campbell

Business Development, Memtronik Innovations

Howard Campbell is a Sales professional with over 30 years of sales, management and consulting experience. His high technology sector focus has been on semiconductors and printed electronics. Howard led teams in Canada and Internationally, where language skills have served him well. His role at Memtronik Innovations involves building business for new printed electronics solutions that ongoing investments by Memtronik in technology enable. He has worked with organizations like Cisco, Drexelbrook Engineering, DuPont, Environment Canada, inBay Technologies, Lattice Semiconductor, NTK Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics. Howard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Queen's University and is based in Ottawa.

Christine Jones Harris

Christine Jones Harris

Co-owner and Principal, Corporate Development, Jones Packaging Inc.

Chris leads innovation development and commercialization, strategic partner relationships and investments, marketing and communications, and HR at Jones Packaging. In 1996, Chris and her husband, Ron, led the successful buyout of the business from the remaining family members. The company now employs 370 people across its facilities in London, as well as more recently acquired businesses in Toronto, the United Kingdom and Spain. Chris serves on the Advisory Board of the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College, the Huron University College Foundation Board, and the Children’s Health Foundation Board.

Past Members

Christine Di Fabio

Christine Di Fabio

Print & Connectivity Global Capability, Unilever R&D, Unilever

Christine started as an intern with Lever Brothers in Canada in 1995 and since then has worked in various roles within R&D Packaging, including local and global positions across multiple categories. In her current Print & Connectivity role, Christine is responsible for developing capabilities through innovation and technology partnerships that can be applied globally across all categories and customer channels. This role focuses on identifying and delivering new innovations and technologies that add value to customers and consumers, to store and in store.

Robin Jeffries

Robin Jeffries

President, Tangio Printed Electronics

Robin Jeffries has vast knowledge of printable electronics, including design, prototype conception and commercializing various products and production methods over the past 34 years. He is President of Sytek Enterprises and the company’s printed electronics division, Tangio. He drives new strategic initiatives in electronic printing methods and product development creating new opportunities worldwide. 

Dr. Michael Tischler

Dr. Michael Tischler

Chief Technology Officer, Cooledge Lighting

Dr. Tischler has been involved in intellectual property, both in invention and prosecution, throughout his career and is a named inventor on over 70 patents. He is an editor for the Journal of Crystal Growth and the Journal of Electronic Materials. Cooledge Lighting develops innovative broad-area lighting based on large arrays of small, low power light-emitting diodes on a thin flexible plastic sheet. Cooledge incorporates a number of aspects from RFID and printable electronics into its approach to high-quality lighting.

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