Mark co-founded TUKU after spending over a decade successfully innovating the retail digital flyer industry at Conversys, a company he founded in 1999. As President and CEO, Mark provides the vision, innovative thinking and client-focus that will position TUKU an international leader in contactless in-store marketing communications.
James Lee has more than 20 years’ experience in the graphic arts and prepress industry. He started his career in prepress with Transcontinental Digital Services where he moved into a role as a technical specialist working with CTP workflows. James joined Southern Graphic Systems Canada in 2002 and managed a group optimizing packaging prepress workflow and customer management software solutions for the consumer packaged goods industry. From there and in 2008, James joined Jones Packaging Inc. in London, Ontario where he managed the prepress art and structural design teams. Since 2013, he has held the position of Director, Technology and Innovation at Jones, focusing on innovative packaging manufacturing and design technologies for tomorrow.
General Manager, Printability & Graphic Communications Institute (ICI)
Prior to ICI, Dion worked for 20 years in the printing industry for Moore, Transcontinental Printing and Quebecor World. Throughout his career, he has worked on new products development, digital printing and print-on demand strategies, business acquisitions and the start-up of the largest financial printer in Canada, Quebecor-Merrill Canada. Dion guides ICI in pursuit of its mandate to meet the needs of the commercial printing and packing industry as it undergoes great change in response to new emerging technologies such as printable electronics. Andre will be our ambassador in the Quebec region and an important interface to the packaging and printing industry.
James D Downham
President & CEO, PAC, Packaging Consortium
Since 2006 Jim Downham has been advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC, Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC Jim spent his career in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader. In 2000 Jim founded LeaderLinx, a packaging industry consultant. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.
Torbjörn ErikssonVP Program Management
Thin Film Electronics
Torbjörn Eriksson has more than 10 years’ experience of nanotechnology and printed electronics. He started his career at Obducat Technologies, a provider of Nanoimprint Lithography machines and expertise, in 2007, and spent five years in various leading roles. In 2012, he joined Thin Film Electronics as VP Engineering Operations with a leading role in the startup of the roll to roll printing pilot plant used for printing of memory and electrochromic displays. Since 2017, he is VP Program Management with responsibility for collaborative R&D programs at a global level, focusing on various types of smart packaging. Torbjörn Eriksson holds a Ph D in Mechanical Engineering and is the Head of Sweden for IEC TC 119 that standardizes printed electronics.
President & CEO, intelliFLEX
Mark is a catalyst for change and a passionate innovator with extensive worldwide technology and business experience. He has spent his career from engineer to executive in high tech, from running two divisions of a leading semiconductor company to being part of several startups. Mark has integrated technical concepts into commercial products with companies such as Google, Amazon, Tesla, Sony, Microsoft, Philips, HP, Ford, Rockwell, and P&G. He’s also been a key leader at several startups, volunteers as a mentor at the RIC Centre and Haltech, and most recently was the technology lead for business development at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
Electronic Materials Technology Manager, Sun Chemical
Erika Rebrosova is the Electronic Materials Technology Manager at Sun Chemical, Advanced Materials Group. She is responsible for leading new product development and application development in alignment with Electronic Materials commercial product strategy.
Erika has been involved in printed electronics field for over 12 years. She received her Doctorate degree at Western Michigan University (WMU), where she worked closely with industrial partners as a research faculty member of the WMU’s Center for Advancement of Printed Electronics. She joined Sun Chemical’s Electronic Materials group in 2012.
Keystep Growth & Finance
Peter Kallai was the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) -- the forerunner of intelliFLEX. He is also the President and CEO of KEYSTEP Growth & Finance. This Ottawa-based boutique consulting firm has focused on emerging technologies for 20 years. As a senior high-tech management consultant, Peter has assisted leading companies in optical and wireless communications, software and earth observation with their growth plans and financing. He has been involved with the inception, growth, exit and merger or acquisition of more than 40 companies. In the role of Vice-President, he helped a TSX-listed company grow from $3.2 million to over $100 million in revenue. Peter has also served on various boards and committees of companies and public sector R&D organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Strategy and Finance. Peter is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (US).
Business Development, Memtronik Innovations
Howard Campbell is a sales professional with over 30 years of sales, management and consulting experience. His high technology sector focus has been on semiconductors and printed electronics. Howard led teams in Canada and Internationally, where language skills have served him well. His role at Memtronik Innovations involves building business for new printed electronics solutions that ongoing investments by Memtronik in technology enable.
He has worked with organizations like Cisco, Drexelbrook Engineering, DuPont, Environment Canada, inBay Technologies, Lattice Semiconductor, NTK Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics. Howard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Queen's University and is based in Ottawa.
Senior Director Global Packaging Innovation and R&D, Molson Coors Brewing Company
Bruce Smith has worked at Molson Coors Brewing Company for thirty years covering quality management, quality audit development and standardization, supplier development, business development, and packaging development design and sustainability. He is currently working in global packaging and technology, where he leads a global network of packaging developers. This network provides support to all Molson Coors Brewing Company businesses to help them create plans to achieve the corporate ambition to be The First Choice for Consumers and Customers, ensuring that sustainability is ingrained into our culture.
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Chemistry, a member of the Master Brewers Association of America, American Society of Brewing Chemists, the Past Chair of Packaging Consortium and a founding member of PAC NEXT and supporter of Packaging Food Waste.
Ahead of the Curve Consulting
Before starting her consultancy, Christina worked at Unilever in R&D Packaging for over 15 years supporting the Health & Beauty, Homecare and Foods categories. At Unilever, she was responsible for developing capabilities through innovation and technology partnerships that can be applied globally across categories and customer channels. Inspired and influenced by the circular economy systemic approach, she believes by working in partnership we can bring new ideas to life and make our world a much better place today and into the future. Christina is a graduate of the Mohawk College Packaging Technology program.
Chad SmithsonPrinted Electronics Research Scientist
Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC)
Chad Smithson joined the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) as a research scientist for the printed electronics team in 2015. His role as a project leader of the smart packaging efforts focusses on integrating printed and conventional electronics into hybrid technologies on a variety of unique substrates and unconventional form factors. His work in device integration for printed electronics requires developing inventive technologies and print processes to bring together the currently fragmented components of the printed electronics industry. His diverse training in inorganic chemistry (M.Sc., UoGuelph, 2010) and polymer reaction engineering (Ph.D., McMaster University, 2015) provides valuable perspective that drives material centric research forward.
Dr. Ye Tao
Principal Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Ye Tao is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He is the leader of the Organic Materials and Devices team at the Information and Communication Technologies Portfolio, and the leader of the Functional Devices Thrust for NRC’s Printable Electronics Flagship Program. His research interest has been in the areas of organic semiconductor materials and devices, material structure-property relationship, charge transport and recombination behavior, surface and interface physics and chemistry. Current research focus is on printable/flexible/wearable electronic devices and circuits, smart surfaces, detectors, sensors, and development of low costs manufacturing processes. Dr. Tao has published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and holds more than 20 US and international patents.
Jeffrey has over twenty years of Packaging sales experience and has worked with some of Canada's largest Food, Beverage and CPG companies. Jeffrey joined Atlantic Packaging Products in 2002 where he has held positions in multiple divisions. He took on his latest role as General Sales Manager at Atlantic's Decorative Packaging and Display division (Add Ink) in 2014. Jeffrey and his team look to Innovation, Sustainability and Cradle to Cradle life cycles as being key drivers to their customer's future success. Add Ink has won numerous awards for bringing Creative and Innovative solutions to it's customer's retail programs through Structural Design, Print and Leading Edge Technologies.