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CMC Microsystems Announces New Appointments To Board Of Directors

December 21, 2020: CMC Microsystems, manager of Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), and a leading technology and innovation support organization in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to its Board of Directors.

The new Board members bring a wealth of experience from industry and research in Canada, and in international markets. They will play a vital role in CMC’s core mission of lowering barriers to technology adoption and making leading edge technologies accessible to Canadian innovators.  

Joining the CMC Board of Directors are: 

  • Douglas Barlage, PhD, PEng

Dr. Barlage is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alberta. He also serves as Associate Dean, Student Conduct in the Faculty of Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, Dr. Barlage was at North Carolina State University where he carried out extensive research on innovative transistor technologies. He was recognized by the US National Science Foundation with a CAREER young investigator award, and also worked at the US Air Force Wright labs Sensors Directorate. In industry, Dr. Barlage was lab manager for the Novel Device Lab at Intel corporation.

  • Mr. Steve Bonham

Steve Bonham joined Micralyne in 2018 as Vice President of Operations. In October 2019, he was appointed Plant Manager of Teledyne Micralyne, Inc. Steve is responsible for the overall operations and P&L of the Edmonton plant and strategic direction for the location. Steve brings with him nearly 30 years of manufacturing management experience in diverse markets including semiconductor, biomedical, optical, telecom, and electronics products. Steve has extensive experience in growing and developing productive teams to facilitate company growth. He has developed teams in Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, and Planning and Production.

  • Ms. Wanda Nyfira

Wanda is Vice-President, Communications, Growth Services and Risk, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). A member of SRC’s Executive Team, Wanda is responsible for numerous portfolios including communications, business/competitive intelligence, government relations, legal, intellectual property management, and economic impact measurement activities. She provides corporate level leadership to SRC and an advisory role to the President/CEO on a variety of matters. She is responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, and policy development relative to Communications, Growth Services and Risk division and provides enterprise-wide guidance on risk management, quality control initiatives, privacy and governance matters.

  • Dr. Michel Pioro-Ladrière

Michel Pioro-Ladrière is a Professor in the Physics department at Université de Sherbrooke and Deputy Director of the Quantum Institute. He is an expert in spin qubits technologies and serves as the deputy director of the Institut quantique at the Université de Sherbrooke. He received a PhD (2005) in experimental Physics from Université de Sherbrooke, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), winning the NRC Exceptional Accomplishment Award in the process. He was then welcomed as a postdoctoral fellow at the Japan Science and Technology Agency from 2005 to 2009, where he pioneered a micro-magnet approach to realize efficient single spin rotations, which is now used worldwide in spin-based quantum information processing research. He was recruited back in 2009 by Université de Sherbrooke, in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), to jump-start the first research program in Canada that utilizes components found in today’s microchips to ultimately create a quantum computer.

  • Ms. Chunfang Xie

With over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry from engineering to product management, Chunfang has excellent technical knowledge and a deep understanding of business development and bringing products to market. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electronic Engineering from Xian Jiaotong University, China; and from the National University of Singapore respectively, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She is currently Associate Director, Process Engineering at Microchip Technology Inc.

For Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems, these appointments come at a very exciting time for the organization. “CMC is going through an impressive period of growth and renewal. We have expanded our offerings to give Canadian innovators the tools they need to create tomorrow’s technologies. Chunfang Xie and Douglas Barlage bring extensive experience in industry and research to the table and we are delighted to welcome them to CMC’s Board of Directors.”

About CMC Microsystems:

CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN). We provide access to world-class platforms for Computer Aided Design (CAD), prototyping and manufacturing services (FAB), training and support (LAB) for researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry. Our services are geared for microsystems, nanotechnologies, photonics, and support innovative sectors of the next-generation economy. CMC reduces barriers by offering simplified access to the right tools to create tomorrow’s technologies. Our network is made up of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and researchers at 60 post-secondary institutions across CNDN.

Government funding positions CMC for the future.

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