What do we need to turbo-charge Canada’s OPV sector?

By Peter Kallai

On March 7, we convened at the Toronto headquarters of CSAGroup a workshop that once again demonstrated the need to create a new dynamic between industry, academia and government if we want to boost Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

The workshop, a joint effort between the CPEIA and the National Research Council, focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV), to highlight who is working in this space in Canada and the value of their work, and to connect industry and academia for joint development and commercialization. We wanted to foster new connections between companies and academic R&D teams, and raise awareness and appreciation of their respective R&D programs, skillsets and challenges.
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CPEIA forging ties with France’s AFELIM

On March 15, CPEIA President and CEO Peter Kallai attended and spoke at AFELIM’s annual conference and meeting in Paris. The CPEIA also exhibited at the event.

AFELIM President Michel Popovic is confirmed as a keynote at our conference, CPES2017, in May.

AFELIM is France’s printed and organic electronics industry association. Its mission is to create a network of members of different trades in the market for PE, exchange on the issues of the profession, enhance the value chain, create a strong link between R&D and production, disseminate market information, open access to major research programs, and represent the profession and its members at industry events and to European and global bodies.

CPEIA Member firms are well-positioned to assist French and other European companies as their partners in Canada for the North American market, while AFELIM can assist CPEIA Members interested in European markets.

Need $50,000? Consider the EMD Performance Materials’ Displaying Futures Award

CPEIA Member company EMD Performance Materials fosters entrepreneurial spirit and provides seed financing to startups with this annual award.

The focus of the 2017 award is “innovative flexible hybrid electronic devices enabled by advanced materials.” EMD is looking for break-through innovations in:
  • wearables for health monitoring
  • soft robotics and electronic skin
  • sensors and electronics packaging
Up to three winning teams will receive:
  • Extensive mentorship from experts at EMD parent company Merck KGaA of Germany
  • Up to US$50,000 in cash
  • Access to proprietary materials and the global network of EMD
  • A special business curriculum to support your team
Learn more

Access to Funding: Ontario’s $28.8M Innovation Challenge supports innovative SMEs

The Ontario government has launched a new $28.8-million challenge to help innovative startups and SMEs in Ontario address public sector business and service challenges.

The Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) will be managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Ontario government. The SBIC will stimulate the growth of SMEs by supporting them in developing and demonstrating innovative technologies with the goal of these new solutions driving innovation in the public and private sectors.

Under this new program, participating Ontario government ministries will issue innovation challenges, inviting startups and SMEs with 500 employees or less to develop and test novel technology solutions. Successful applicants will receive funding for feasibility and demonstration projects.

Learn more at Small Business Innovation Challenge.  Please let us know if you would be interested in accessing funding under this program.

Build your dream team with OPE Careers

Our industry is growing and CPEIA Members are hiring. Build your dream team for printable, flexible, and wearable electronics. OPE Careers is a unique web portal to promote your career opportunities across North America and abroad.

You may have jobs posted on other sites, but only here can you get premier positioning and industry-specific exposure. For professionals and employers alike, the journey to connect talent with opportunity begins right here.

Have you checked out OPE-Careers.com?

Research Officer, Nanomaterials
National Research Council Canada - Ottawa, ON

Pattern Engineer & Fit Specialist
Myant - Toronto, ON

Software Engineer 2
IoT - Subject Matter Expert (SME)
Future Electronics - Montréal, QC

Embedded Software Engineer
Form Athletica - Vancouver, BC System

Validation Engineer
Intel - Vancouver, BC


Introducing the CPEIA Application Notes Series 

Printable, flexible and wearable electronics are already all around us.

New products, applications and technologies are being developed all the time, often through collaborations that break traditional industry silos. Through these application notes, we highlight products and processes from CPEIA Members that illustrate the technologies available in the market today.

Electronic Materials for Flexible Displays and Organic Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting

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Self & solar powered sensor networks

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CPEIA intelliBUILD: PE-Based Connected Home and Intelligent Buildings Workshop & PARC Xerox Tour

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

CPEIA is giving a workshop at this event on Printable and Flexible Electronics-Based Solutions for Connected Homes and Intelligent Buildings. We have three speakers who will deliver this workshop on behalf of our Members, drawn from the white papers that we co-authored with CABA last year.

If you wish your company to be highlighted as part of our industry presentation, or if you plan to attend and/or want to be part of the presentation team, please contact Peter Kallai at pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca or 613.795.8181.

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.

Workshop participants will also receive preference to take part in a facility tour of PARC Xerox. PARC has a long history of developing large-area sensor arrays for detection of light, radiation or acoustic signals. More recently, its team has focused on the integration of printed electronics with sensors, microchips and other discrete components. PARC will present some key projects in this area:
  • Stick and peel environmental sensors for buildings
  • Printed gas sensors for detecting leaks
  • Printed hybrid wireless strain sensors
  • Wireless energy harvesting
  • Smart packaging
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.

Have you registered?

Register today for CPES2017, Canada’s premier conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE).

Some sponsorship opportunities and tabletop exhibit spaces are still available. We are also seeking posters from the academic community. Learn more at CPES2017.ca.

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.

And don’t forget about our optional Day 3 activities, new this year. Attend Master Classes on various technical subjects, or take part in our Startup Mentoring and Financing Panel.


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