The data says diversity, inclusion drive success: How does your team measure up?

The data says diversity, inclusion drive success: How does your team measure up? 

By Leo Valiquette

Diversity matters—on a board, on a management team, in all facets of an organization’s operation. This is about much more than social justice. It’s also a prudent way for an organization to boost its competitiveness, effectiveness and efficiency.

That’s why we have put diversity in the spotlight this year with our annual conference, CPES2018. Our new Women in FHE STEM Networking Breakfast and Innovation Award, while obviously focused on opportunities for women, is meant to start the conversation around the broader concept of diversity in the workplace and in the high-tech industry.

Diversity extends beyond gender. It includes diversity of culture, background and experience, age, and also cognitive diversity – differences in how people learn and process knowledge.

It’s not enough for a team to work together in harmony if that conformity undermines innovation. A team must welcome and encourage those individuals who run against the grain and have a contrary opinion, a different approach to problem solving, if they want to be successful. 
What the data says...


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Management Report for Members: intelliFLEX Q1 Update

What did we accomplish on behalf of our members in the first three months of 2018? Plenty. From the ramp-up for CPES2018 to forging critical relationships in key market verticals and getting to work with the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, get the recap in our First Quarter Update.

Use your member credentials to log into the Knowledge Base and read the Update today.

Flexible learning At C2MI

The room was packed on April 11 with our Introduction to Flexible and Hybrid Electronics Course at C2MI’s Technical Conference on Printable Electronics and 3D Printing in Bromont, QC. The day included speakers, exhibitors, and a networking reception.

FUNDING opportunities for members

Big changes with the NRC-IRAP program

IRAP can now support R&D projects up to a funding threshold of $10 million. That’s a big change from the previous threshold of $500,000. An additional $700 million will also be invested in the program over the next five years. If you make claims for the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, IRAP may be for you.
Read IT World Canada’s take on the subject.
Learn more at the IRAP website.


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Haptics in Ready Player One: An analysis of fact and fiction

Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster takes us 27 years into the future, where people escape grim reality in a virtual world called the OASIS. James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, takes a look at the VR interfaces presented in the movie and how they compare to the current state of the technology and its adoption today.

Read the full article.

intelliFLEX member Ynvisible partners to introduce printed electrochromics to designers of consumer products

Ynvisible Interactive, in partnership with a consortium of 14 European companies and research institutions, has kicked off a project to enhance the integration of printed electrochromics (EC) into consumer products at the level of the product design community.

Read the full announcement

intelliFLEX member Brewer Science ramps capabilities to support China’s growing semiconductor market

Brewer Science showcased its offerings in both wafer-level packaging and front-end lithography materials at SEMICON China 2018 last month at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. 

Read the full announcement.

intelliFLEX member PCAS represents at Europe’s big show

PCAS exhibited earlier this month at the Printed Electronics Europe 2018 trade fair in Berlin. PCAS is a specialty chemicals company serving multinational industrial customers, developing innovative organic and inorganic compounds for printed electronics applications.


New to the intelliFLEX Knowledge Base

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Making the Connection: How the IoT engages consumers, benefits business

This report from the Consumer Goods Forum, Capgemini and Intel explores how the Internet of Things isn’t about technology, but data and insight. IoT gives consumer companies the power to understand their supply chains in detail and work with partners to innovate and respond rapidly to unexpected events or emerging trends.
Find it under Consumer Mobile and Digital.

Shedding Light on the Automotive Lighting Market: Technology Trends & Regulations

This concise overview from the organizers of the Advanced Lighting for Automotive Summit taking place in Detroit in May 2018 covers the key lighting technologies available today for automobiles.
Find it under Smart Transportation.

Stay current with use cases, application notes

Our content series showcases the resources, expertise and products available from intelliFLEX members to drive the development, integration and commercialization of new solutions enabled with printable, flexible and hybrid electronics.

Check out:
How Myant is evolving humanity with SKIIN. This human-computer interface uses everyday clothing and textiles to bi-directionally communicate with the entire human body with embedded sensors and actuators.
How PUSH is bridging the gap between science and performance sport with its mobile app and data management platform for velocity training.
How Awake Labs is empowering care for neurological disorders such as autism with Reveal Stories and the wearable Reveal Band.
How Voltera is dramatically shortening development cycles for printable electronics with its V-One printer for rapid prototyping.

Intelligence to build your business: Read our latest intelliPACK white paper

Why reaching consumers through intelligent packaging is crucial to your business explores the market shifts that are driving the need for digital transformation across the packaging/retail ecosystem. We argue that the package – remade as an intelligent device to collect, store and transmit data – has the pivotal role to play.

Members of intelliFLEX can purchase the white paper at the discounted rate of $195 + tax. Log into the intelliFLEX Members Portal and select the PDF in the Publications Section of our website.


Ramping up for CPES2018

Our biggest event of the year is barely five weeks away!

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

CPES2018 Sponsors Spotlight:

Ontario’s first community college, Centennial College serves the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Almost 100 ethno cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus. Specialties include business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.

Tech-Access Canada serves vital industrial sectors across the country, responding to industry applied research needs through innovation support services delivered by college faculty, staff and students across Canada. These Technology Access Centres serve the research and innovation needs of specific regional economic clusters that represent nine technology sectors: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, construction technology, digital media and graphic communications, environmental technology/biotechnology, food technology, healthcare technology, nanotechnology and transportation.

Key CPES2018 dates

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.
  • Tabletop exhibit spots – hurry, space is filling up fast!
May 4: Innovation and Women in FHE STEM awards submission deadline
Submit your nominations for Research Innovation, Most Innovative New Product/Commercialization and our inaugural Women in FHE STEM award.
Check out the nomination criteria for each award and submit today.

May 10: CPES2018 Masterclasses Deadline
Arrive early to CPES2018 on May 22 and immerse yourself in a learning environment or extend your skills with one of four courses led by industry experts. Choose from Human-Centred DesignSmart TextilesEvolving Standards or Intellectual Property
April 26, Ottawa: Introduction to Flexible & Hybrid Electronics One-Day Course 
Includes EPTECH show floor access. This one-day course provides an overview for those interested in learning about the building blocks and the real-world applications for printable, flexible and hybrid electronics. Special discounts available for members of IEEE Toronto, Chemical Institute of Canada – Toronto Chapter and CIC.
Register today.

April 26-28, Toronto: Digifest 2018 – Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities
Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating digital creativity.
Digifest 2018 will explore the theme Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities to feature emerging technology and highlight stories from around the globe using tech to tackle challenges and pressing issues in growing cities.
The three-day tech conference, showcase and startup event is hosted by the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College.
Learn more and register.

May 8, University of Waterloo, Flexible Electronics Open House
Join the uWaterloo’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for “The Future of Flexible Electronics, Displays and Sensing: Bridging Gaps between Innovation and Marketplace.”

Ontario’s largest R&D centre in Electrical and Computer Engineering is opening its doors to interested participants from industry working in the areas of flexible electronics, displays and sensing technologies. This half-day forum is dedicated to linking industry with leading-edge research for one-on-one R&D matchmaking. Local funding agencies that specialize in industry/academic collaborations will be on hand to assist in making your match a reality.
Learn more and register.

May 10, Montreal: Wear it Smart
Vestechpro Apparel Research and Innovation Centre presents its new edition of Wear It Smart, a Montreal event dedicated to smart clothing and accessories. This year’s symposium addresses the use of workwear and industrial wearables to improve worker safety. Join 200 human resources and occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals, procurement managers, OHS solution providers, professors and researchers. 
Learn more.

June 26-28, San Jose: Sensors Expo & Conference
The Sensors Conference is where you’ll find the best in the sensors industry, along with new and innovative ways to jump-start your sensor solutions. It’s North America’s largest and most comprehensive educational program that brings thousands of engineering professionals together under one roof.

intelliFLEX members receive a US$100 discount from the VIP, Gold, and Main Conference Passes or a free Expo Hall Pass. To claim this benefit, please contact Leo Valiquette at
Learn more about the conference.

September 26-27, Montréal: PAC to the Future II: Retail reinvented
Is e-commerce a brick-and-mortar killer, or is it just another value stream to market? e-Commerce and packaging are inextricably connected. Learn from the biggest names in retail, brand and packaging on one stage. 200+ attendees will learn, be inspired and connected to industry leaders and decision makers.
A great fall day on the golf course will precede the conference on Sept. 25. Enjoy the warmth, Québecois cuisine and joie de vivre in Old Montréal.
Learn more and register.

Internship opportunities with intelliFLEX

We are seeking post-secondary interns in the Ottawa area who are eager to gain valuable experience and make connections within our industry. Are you a self-motivated and dependable individual willing to provide a consistent number of hours per week, from home or the local coffee shop, as part of a small team that accomplishes big things?

As a intern, you will work directly with our team on various activities equal to your abilities. We are looking for interns with a marketing or administrative background for three key projects:
  • Organization of our Agile customer relationship management system.
  • Industry research to identify key organizations operating in our target market verticals across Canada.
  • Data analysis of our audience to refine and target our outbound communications efforts.
These are paid positions. We are seeking funding through appropriate government programs. Remuneration to be determined.
Direct all inquiries to Sandra Bornn at Please include a current resume and references.
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