(McGill University, Montreal QC)

10 ways intelliFLEX delivers value to Canada’s academic community

By Peter Kallai

What does it take to develop and commercialize new technology?
  • Innovations that defy the status quo and open new markets
  • Robust intellectual property
  • Partnerships between those who know how to create and those who know how to commercialize
And it all begins with ground-breaking research.

Our industry alliance has its roots in Canada’s research community for printable, flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE). Over the past three years, we have built upon this strong foundation to understand what role we can and should play to support and promote the broad ecosystem for FHE across Canada and beyond.

That has meant adopting a strong industrial focus. From startups to SMEs with a North American focus, large Canadian companies with global reach and established multi-nationals, it is industry that is looked to for job and wealth creation for economic benefit. Just look at the announcements from the federal government in 2017 for its Innovative Solutions Canada program to support startups and the Innovation Superclusters Initiative to support technology cluster development by industry.

Our increased industry focus over the past two years earned us a seat at the table with two supercluster proposals that have made it to the shortlist, as well as recognition as a priority sector for investment from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
This is visibility and awareness building that benefits our entire ecosystem, from the university grad student to the corporate executive.

This commercialization focus is reflected in how we have evolved our program of activities.
Read more about Canada's academic community


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Myant launches SKIIN at CES

SKIIN invisibly integrates technology into everyday apparel, allowing users to monitor their health and wellness. This digital intelligent interface connects every human being to self, others, the IoT and to AI. Myant expects a paradigm shift in many industries with this technology, such as healthcare.

Read the full announcement.
Dr. Saad Ahmed of XENON Corp. discusses CENTAURI

From the floor of November’s IDTechShow!/Printed Electronics USA conference, Printed Electronics Now features the results of the joint venture between intelliFLEX Member XENON and Carpe Diem Technologies for a complete roll-to-roll solution for PE sintering.

Watch the video.
Xerox purchases IP portfolio for Thinfilm Memory

Xerox Corp., parent company of intelliFLEX Member Xerox Research Centre of Canada, has acquired an IP portfolio for Thin Film Electronics’ printed rewriteable memory labels. The latest deal builds on an existing relationship for printed memory between the two companies.

Read the full announcement.
NanoXplore secures investment, partnership with Martinrea

intelliFLEX Member NanoXplore has secured an undisclosed investment from Martinrea International, an auto parts manufacturer with more than 14,000 employees at over 50 manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Read the full announcement.
Massive disruption coming to job market, Ontario isn’t ready, says KPMG

As published by the Globe and Mail, this report in many ways justifies the investment in technology startups, new manufacturing technologies, and in adding new product lines based on new technologies to expand manufacturing – exactly what the FHE sector is all about.

Read the full article.
Canada to boost tech startups with $100M purchasing program

The Innovative Solutions Canada program announced last month will see the federal government spend $100 million to procure technology from Canadian startups and SMEs – but is it enough?

Read the analysis at IT World Canada.
Canada launches $400M Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative

The federal government is now calling for proposals with the Business Development Bank of Canada. The new fund requires candidates to show how they’ll use the funding to work towards gender balance of the fund managers and entrepreneurs they support.

Read the full article at Techvibes.


3lectromode is a wearable electronics atelier dedicated to avant-garde crafting and consulting in fashionable technologies. It develops fashiontech garments and solutions for smart textiles and wearable technology.

DRYWORLD Industries is an athlete performance company that has created a line of technologically advanced products and materials to cater to the athlete in all of us.

LifeBooster Inc. is a health and safety predictive analytics company that utilizes the latest in wearable technologies to help the industrial workforce eliminate preventable workplace injuries and optimize their health and safety operational efficiency.

O'Mahony Consultancy. Marie O’Mahony’s teaching, research and practice spans advanced textiles and fashion, wearable technology, sustainability and future trends. She is Professor of Digital Futures at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) and a Visiting Professor at The University of the Arts, London.

Salu | Health Gauge is a revolutionary new way to measure and track health biometrics. Its vision is to turn data into meaningful information that can empower people to take action towards a healthier self.


Build your dream team with OPE Careers

Our industry is growing and intelliFLEX Members are hiring. Build your dream team for printable, flexible, and hybrid 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?



Ramping up for CPES2018

Check out of the full conference site and save some cash by registering early!

Canada’s premier conference and tradeshow exhibition for printable, flexible and hybrid electronics runs at Centennial College in Toronto, May 23 and 24.

CPES2018 Sponsor Spotlight

NovaCentrix, Diamond Sponsor for CPES2018, is leading product innovator in printable electronics manufacturing. It develops, patents, and commercializes new technologies in printable electronics, nanoparticle manufacturing, pulsed power equipment and related fields. 

The company is widely respected in the industry for its Metalon conductive inks, and even more so as a pioneer in photonic curing tools under its PulseForge brand.

PulseForge tools are used to dry, sinter or anneal thin-film materials on substrates, including papers and plastics that can’t take the high heat required by other curing processes. Photonic curing saves product material costs, reduces processing time and increases throughput.

Learn more at www.novacentrix.com.

Key CPES2018 dates

Register ASAP – because these parts of the CPES2018 program are first come, first served:
  • Startup LaunchPad: Where qualifying startups can exhibit and attend CPES2018 at substantially discounted rates. Limited number of spots available.
  • Startup mentoring for CPES2018 pitch sessions – limited to 10 qualifying companies, mentoring starts March 2.
  • Tabletop exhibit spots: sign up before they are all gone.
January 18: Deadline for academic poster and speaker abstract submissions.
February 16: Nomination submission deadline for our Innovation Awards and new Women in FHE STEM award.
March 31: Regular early bird pricing ends – save $100 off the regular CPES2018 admission before midnight, March 31.

The full conference site has now launched.

Winter 2018 Calendar of Events

January 25, Montreal: intelliFLEX Strategic Meeting of Quebec Stakeholders
As our membership grows in Quebec, it’s the perfect time to meet in person and discuss some province specific sectoral challenges. For Quebec members only.
Learn more.

February 12-15, Monterey CA: 2018FLEX – From Materials to Markets
For the past 17 years, the Flexible Electronics Conference and Exhibition—2018FLEX— have been witnessing flexible hybrid electronics grow from a newly established technology to a rapidly developing technology leading changes in IoT, smart medtech, smart automotive, smart manufacturing and more.

intelliFLEX Members can attend at a 10 per cent discount. Email Leo Valiquette at lvaliquette@intelliflex.org for details.

This year, 2018FLEX will be co-located with MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress (MSTC).
With over 600+ attendees, FLEX is the premier event of the year to kick off 2018. From fundamental materials to applications and end users, the event covers an extensive range of topic areas.

February 20, Edmonton: Regional intelliFLEX Networking Dinner & Meeting
Register now.

February 21, Edmonton: Introduction to Flexible & Hybrid Electronics One-Day Course with ABCtech
Space is limited – sign up today. We’ll also be offering one in Calgary that week … stay tuned for details.
Register now.

March 28, Paris: AFELIM Printed Electronics Meeting
The annual meeting of the industry by intelliFLEX’s French counterpart, AFELIM. This is an excellent opportunity for our Members to engage with European and other international industry players.

In fact, intelliFLEX Members get a 20 per cent discount on admission. Contact Leo Valiquette at lvaliquette@intelliflex.org for the discount code.
Learn more and register.