Sector Leadership Council Announced for Industrial Firms: Why should you be part of it?

How do we turbo charge the growth of your company and our sector?

By Peter Kallai

As many of you already know, on November 22 we will host a Sector Leadership Council in Toronto. During this closed-door session, participants will discuss and debate an industry growth strategy for our sector in Canada. This starts with the growth of our Members as our sector growth is the sum of our companies.

This event, an initiative of our board of directors, will bring together our board and advisory board with the senior executives of the CPEIA’s industrial Members.

Why are we doing this? Because we must.

We have before us a wide range of opportunities to develop this sector. But positive progress requires a clear vision of where we want to go with a roadmap of how to get there.

Consider the statistics – according to the Business Development Bank of Canada’s The Scale Up Challenge study, only two per cent of mid-sized companies succeed in becoming large businesses. They need more support to invest in capital spending and productivity improvement.

As your association, it is our responsibility to drive this agenda. But we need input from CPEIA Members on where we can create jobs, generate wealth and make strategic investments to grow our sector. We need to sit down as a group to determine where the CPEIA should focus its resources to develop the right end user markets.

And we need to secure the resources to get there. The Federal Government has budgeted $900 million to ignite and support innovation. Other industry groups are lining up. We must decide as a group if it makes sense for our sector to also pursue a piece of this pie.

If it does, we must work together to develop a strong and competitive proposal to educate government on the needs and importance of our sector to the Canadian economy. This includes determining what commitments our industrial Members will make to grow our sector—we must demonstrate how prepared we are to contribute to job creation and economic growth for Canada.

Why the focus on the CPEIA’s industrial Members?

Many government programs in Canada focus on the supply side, favouring R&D in the university setting.  We need to focus on the demand side – what markets want and where there is opportunity to generate wealth and create jobs. This by definition must be driven by industry with the support of universities, not the other way around. It’s the most effective way to generate more strategically-focused R&D with much stronger commercial potential.

As you know, this is what the CPEIA does – build critical linkages across the entire supply chain, starting with what we already have in Canada, to create global opportunities.

And this approach works – many of you can attest to this personally as CPEIA Members. We have helped you establish contacts and secure new business opportunities collectively worth millions of dollars.

Piles of cash are already being invested in the U.S.

Our peers south of the border have received hundreds of millions of dollars recently from the U.S. government for printable and flexible electronics and smart textiles. U.S. policy makers, including President Obama, recognize the importance of our sector to the long-term strength of American manufacturing.

These initiatives lever public and private funds, with partnerships between key government agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense, academia and industry. They include the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute, The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Why we are coming together on November 22

Driving this agenda forward is beyond the reach of any one organization. It is the role of an association, the CPEIA. This meeting will serve as a forum where all participants can feel confident about putting their cards on the table.

Our sector as a whole must speak with one voice to chart a roadmap for the future. If we agree that government support is necessary, our industrial Members must decide what contribution they are willing to make, to demonstrate that we are ready to partner with government and invest in creating jobs and opportunity.

With the right kind of support, our sector can accelerate commercialization, market growth abroad and job creation here at home.

And it all begins when we sit down to talk on November 22.

If you received an invitation...

This event is exclusively for industrial Members of the CPEIA. We have sent personal invitations for one senior executive from each industrial firm to attend.

If you received an invite but have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible so we can confirm numbers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns, at or 613-795-8181.
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Did you know we’ve signed 21 new Members to date in 2016?

Through the first nine months of this year, we significantly strengthened the ecosystem of the CPEIA. We migrated away from individual memberships and added more industry-leading corporate Members. This gives us a much stronger base of Members that contribute to the growth of this sector in Canada and to sustaining revenue of this association.

To learn more about what we have achieved so far this year, and what to expect in the fourth quarter, please download our Annual Report. You will learn how we continued to pick up steam with our intelliPACK Leadership Council, levered our relationship with IEEE, and hosted another fantastic CPES2016 in April.
And this is just for starters.

If you are one of our valued Members, we are now sending membership renewal invoices for 2017. Your support has helped us achieve a lot in 2016 and we look forward to building on our relationship with you in 2017.

If you are not yet a Member, we encourage you to read the Annual Report for insight into what we do, what we have achieved, and where we plan to go. It may be the right time for your organization to join the CPEIA.

If you have any questions, President and CEO Peter Kallai can always be reached at or  613-795-8181.
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Save the date: March 7 workshop on organic photovoltaics in Toronto

The traditional solar cell is being complimented by a new generation of low-cost organic photovoltaics (OPV). These flexible solar cells based on thin films can turn a building’s entire exterior into a power generator. Applications also include automotive, point-of-sale and advertising, apparel, consumer electronics and off-grid. New high sensitivity OPVs can harvest ambient light for low-power applications such as self-powered sensors and self-powered antennas.

What is the state of this industry and its core technologies, and the level of technical capability and commercial activity in Canada?

These questions will be explored during this exclusive full-day workshop, a joint effort between the CPEIA and the National Research Council of Canada.

Registration details, the location in Toronto and a full agenda will be forthcoming. The cost to attend for CPEIA members will be $75 + HST. Non-CPEIA members will also be welcome, at a cost of $175 + HST.

Tell us about your work in OPV

In the meantime, we ask for any Canadian researcher or research group, and any Canadian industrial company, that is active in this space to visit our abstract submission form and submit their OPV-related capabilities and activities in Canada. We will develop our agenda and our slate of presenters from these submissions.

Please submit by December 15 to be considered for a presentation spot at the workshop.
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ISCAS 2017 Special Session: Call for Papers – deadline October 24

IEEE’s International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) is holding a special session on Flex-Care (Flexible Hybrid-Printed Electronics Systems for Healthcare applications).

The organizers are looking for researchers and industrial speakers who can talk about possible healthcare applications or uses for flexible-hybrid printed electronics. Papers related to printed sensors for healthcare applications as well as high-performance Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) circuits for interfacing those sensors are highly welcome. Research papers on fundamental aspects of flexible-hybrid and printed electronics are also welcome.  

If interested, please submit the title and summary of your presentation no later than October 24, 2016.

As soon as the special session proposal is approved, you will be asked to submit a full four-page paper no later than December 15, 2016.

Submissions can be made directly to UQAM Associate Professor Christian Fayomi at

Electronic packaging, smart labels, the Internet of Things & the manufacturing paradigm

This is a fantastic article from Sun Chemical, published by Flexible Packaging Magazine.

The article discusses how the supply chain for consumer packaged goods (CPG) must adapt to accommodate the integration of electronic components into packaging and smart labels. It also explores how “the natural separation between the CPG and traditional electronics manufacturers is one reason why electronic packaging has not gained more momentum.”

Read the full article.

Lomiko Technologies partner Graphic ESD to file graphene supercapacitor patents

Lomiko subsidiary Graphene Energy Storage Devices Corp. has completed a joint development project with Stony Brook University’s (SBU) Research Foundation that will result in new patent filings. The SBU team discovered a novel method for assembling high-voltage Supercapacitor units that could lead to new low-cost energy storage products.


Download our latest industry report: Printable and Wearable Antennas Research Review

Get under the hood of Canada’s world-leading antenna research with the first report of its kind to sample the current state of antenna research and the capabilities of next-generation antenna technologies.

In July 2016, leading researchers from across Canada and around the world converged in Montreal for IEEE’s 17th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM). Through our partnership with IEEE, the CPEIA was proud to take part and organize workshops on printable, flexible and wearable electronics for antennas.

For the benefit of CPEIA Members, we have summarized our workshop paper submissions in this Research Review. As a value add, we also included related papers by colleagues from the U.S. and Australia.

The Research Review is free to CPEIA Members through the CPEIA Knowledge Base. Non-members can obtain a digital copy for $175 plus HST.

If you wish to be formally introduced to any of the authors/teams in the Review, please contact Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA, who organized the workshop. He can be reached at or at 613-795-8181.

CPEIA seeks compelling case studies

Are you actively bringing to market products, technologies or applications with printable, flexible or wearable electronics?

We are looking to document and promote compelling stories related to product development and commercialization in any industry vertical. We want stories where the product is near to, or in the market. Tell us what problems you are solving for end-users, how your solution is different and unique, what market traction you have already achieved.

We will showcase the best stories on the CPEIA site and consider opportunities where the case study could be placed with an industry publication.

We make the process as painless as possible. To get started, please contact Leo Valiquette at

Would you like to host a tour of your facility?

The CPEIA works with its Members to host tours that provide promotional opportunities for the host venue and give attendees exclusive access to a world-class facility. We want to create a networking forum for like-minded individuals to connect in a non-competitive, non-threatening and education environment.

This is done by educating specific audiences on aspects of the development, prototyping, integration and manufacturing of printable, flexible or wearable electronics products and applications, with inside looks at related companies, production facilities, place of use facilities (e.g. long-term care facility), R&D facilities, materials science labs and process development labs.

To learn more, download the CPEIA Facility Tour Guidelines, or contact Peter Kallai at


intelliPACK Smart Packaging Workshop
October 25, Montreal

Consumer brands need a fresh competitive edge to stand out on a crowded store shelf. Intelligent packaging options capable of wireless communication can engage with consumers and provide key product information, tips and advice, to turn shoppers into buyers.

This workshop is your opportunity to learn about the new emerging trends and developments in intelligent packaging to increase sales, protect your brand, and track products through the supply chain.

Come and engage with members from both PAC and CPEIA, technology companies, retailers, brand owners, and learn how PE-related technologies or applications can be integrated into packaging.

See how you can increase sales with smart packaging!

Learn more and register

IDTechEx Show, November 16-17, Santa Clara, CA

Grow your business at the world's largest end-user focused event on emerging technologies, from 3D printing and printable electronics, to energy harvesting and wearables – nine shows under one roof.

Learn more and register.

Start-Up Training In Printable, Flexible Electronics, November 21-23, Montreal

If you are new to printable and flexible electronics, want to learn the fundamentals, start new product development or provide related manufacturing services, this course is for you.

Offered in partnership between the CPEIA, ICI (Printability and Graphic Communications Institute) and the National Research Centre of Canada, this three-day course delivers high-value, hands-on learning. Learn about the design, processes and materials for new product development.

The training program is open to anyone. CPEIA Members, as well as Members of Impression 2020, will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Visit our website to learn more and to register.

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