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By Peter Kallai

We met, we talked and we listened to what our Members had to say. Now it’s time for action.

On November 22, the CPEIA convened at the Toronto headquarters of Xerox Research Centre of Canada the inaugural Sector Development Leadership Council.

This high-level meeting drew 35 senior decision makers from across the CPEIA’s diverse membership – entrepreneurs, corporate executives, academics and representatives of provincial and federal programs that support R&D and commercialization activities. This group served as a representative cross-section of the CPEIA’s 80 member organizations.
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CPEIA President and CEO Peter Kallai — along with Paul Smith, Vice President of XRCC and CPEIA board chair, and Tony Chahine, President and CEO of CPEIA Member company Myant Inc., met last week in Toronto with Assistant Deputy Minister Trevor Dauphinee and officials from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.  

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In our last issue, we featured guest articles from CPEIA Member companies Group Nanoxplore and Automation Alternatives. We are always interested in contributions from our Members that discuss materials, applications and processes or that provide perspective on industry trends and issues and end user applications.

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CPEIA partners with ABCtech

The CPEIA and The Alberta Council of Technologies (www.abctech.ca) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop Alberta’s printable and flexible electronics industry and boost the regional diversification of Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

ABCtech is a “network of networks” that advocates on behalf of Alberta’s technology-based enterprises, entrepreneurs and industries for the creation of wealth in Alberta. It focuses on the commercialization of disruptive technologies that will place Alberta and Alberta companies at the forefront of emerging economies, to wean the province’s economic fortunes from their dependence on natural resources.

Read the full announcement

BDC’s Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs 2017 outlook

BDC’s study paints a portrait of the 2017 investment plans of almost 4,000 small and medium-sized businesses. It summarizes the owners’ views on the amounts to be invested, their motivations and factors that may slow their momentum.

Highlights of what BDC found:
  • A third of SMEs plan to invest more in 2017
  • Investment intentions vary from coast to coast
  • Technology businesses lead with investment intentions
  • Cash flow issues will be the primary obstacle for investing in 2017
Download the full report

Mind-blowing! A shirt that creates functional electric stimulation

CPEIA Member company Myant is an innovation hub for designing, developing and producing wearable technology. Its in-house team holds an array of talents: fashion design, chemistry, physics, software development and engineering. 

Check out this video at Printed Electronics Now for a behind-the-scenes look


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 lvaliquette@cpeia-acei.ca.

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 pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca.


Register for our March 7 organic photovoltaics (OPV) workshop

The CPEIA and the National Research Council of Canada are inviting anyone interested in organic photovoltaics to attend their joint full-day workshop in Toronto on March 7.

The event is hosted and sponsored by CSA Group and will take place at its Toronto facilities at 178 Rexdale Blvd. Canada’s top industrial companies and academic research teams will present and discuss their development and commercialization efforts. We will explore the state of this industry and its core technologies, and the level of technical capability and commercial activity in Canada.

Researchers and technology and industrial companies interested in OPV are invited to attend the workshop. 

Keynote featuring Merck’s Dr. Nicolas Blouin

Our keynote will feature Dr. Nicolas Blouin, Head of Photovoltaic Chemistry at Merck KGaA of Germany. He will discuss Merck’s efforts to accelerate commercialization of OPV products by focusing on the formulation of active materials for industrial coating and mass-production of OPV modules.

Attending organizations

Engage with participants from the academic and industrial communities, including:  
  • 1-Material
  • 3D Circuits
  • Brilliant Matters
  • CSA Group
  • McMaster University
  • Myant Inc.
  • QD Solar
  • The National Research Council of Canada
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)
  • University of Toronto
  • Wibicom
Register for OPV

Power your innovation at CPES2017, May 24-26

CPES2017, Canada’s premier conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE), takes place May 24-26 at Centennial College’s new Conference Centre in Toronto.

Book your seat now to take advantage of our early bird rates with 'EARLY17'. Sponsorship opportunities and tabletop exhibit spaces are also available. Learn more at the CPES website.

CPES2017 is the place for technology developers, industrial companies and end-users to meet and discuss how they can work together to commercialize new products and applications for printable, flexible and wearable electronics. Academic researchers can discover how they can link their research to market needs and opportunities. We expect over 100 organizations and 200 attendees, with industry-leading speakers and keynotes from around the world.

The conference focuses on markets such as Intelligent Packaging, Intelligent Buildings, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive and Industrial Applications, Health and Wellness, Intelligent Documents, and Consumer Electronics and Wearables.

In addition to two days of technical programming, CPES2017 will feature a third day of master classes on May 26 in various technical subjects, as well as mentoring sessions for startup companies.

CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum, April 26-28

This year's CABA Forum will be co-located with CABA Board Member, Intel Corporation at its campus in Santa Clara, CA.

The CABA Forum brings together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 200 key stakeholders and industry leaders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent buildings and connected home sectors.

Learn more and register.

IEEE 30th Annual CCECE conference, April 30 to May 3, Windsor

IEEE’s Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (IEEE 2017 CCECE) is the flagship Canadian conference for researchers, students, and professionals in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is held annually in a Canadian city to disseminate research advancements and discoveries, network and exchange ideas, strengthen existing partnerships, and foster new collaborations. IEEE 2017 CCECE’s general theme “Two Great Nations Innovate the Technology” reflects the close direct impact of ECE research on industrialization and the position of Windsor as a U.S. border city.

Visit the CCECE site for more information on the conference and speaking submissions.

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