November 23-24, 2023

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November 23-24, 2023

Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa
The Canadian Room

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Creating a vibrant and sustainable
semiconductor ecosystem to benefit Canada

CMC Microsystems is proud to present the 2023 Canadian Semiconductor Symposium, November 23 and 24 at the Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa. 

The agenda will feature prominent voices from across Canada’s semiconductor ecosystem, from business leaders and researchers, to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  


In collaboration with BDC
Deep Tech Venture Fund


Day one

November 23

Semiconductor Ecosystem Strategy and Planning

Fairmont Château Laurier – The Canadian Room
Coffee and tea will be provided as of 8:30

8:45 – 9:00
Introduction and welcoming remarks (CMC)

    • Peter Stokes and Maxan Fergerson-Dyer, CMC Microsystems

The Canadian Semiconductor Ecosystem

9:00 – 9:15
The Canadian Semiconductor Ecosystem

9:20 – 9:55
Compound Semiconductors: Capabilities and Opportunities

    • Velko Tzolov, NRC’s Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC)
    • Tom MacElwee, GaN Systems – Sub-topic: Power Transistors
    • Use case: Jim Hjartarson, Inpho Inc.

10:10 – 10:45    
NanoSOI –  A Rapid Prototyping Foundry Service for Photonic Integrated Circuits:  Capabilities and Applications

10:45 – 11:05
Networking & Health Break with refreshments

11:05 – 11:25
Homegrown MEMS

11:30 – 12:15
Panel discussion: Bridging the Valley of Death

12:15 – 13:00



Canadian Semiconductor Strategy

13:00 – 13:20
Canadian Semiconductor Strategy: IBM’s POV

    • Stéphane Tremblay, IBM Canada

13:25 – 14:10
Panel discussion: Government Investments and Policy in Support of Innovation

Advanced Manufacturing in Canada


14:15 – 14:55
Prototyping and Small Volume Manufacturing in University-based Micro/Nano Labs

14:55 – 15:10
Networking and health break with refreshments

15:10 – 15:30
Bringing it all together: Packaging, Assembly and Test

15:35 – 16:10
Canada as a Home for Design Centres

    • Moderator: Peter Stokes, CMC Microsystems
    • Martin Snelgrove, Untether AI/Kapik Integrations
    • Gary Depelteau, BTA Design Services
    • David Lynch, CMC Microsystems

Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem

16:15 – 17:00
Panel discussion: Where do we go from here? 

17:00 – 19:00
Reception and Networking Session

Opening remarks:
Sir Terrence Matthews, founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover International

Day two

November 24

Showcasing the opportunity of semiconductor technology in Canada

Big picture topics to address:

    • What is missing from the ecosystem to support semiconductor and hardware technology?
    • What are the gaps that exist in the Canadian capital scene?
    • What can help get emerging semiconductor innovations to market?

8:45 – 8:55
Introduction and Welcome

    • Oleg Chebotarev, CMC Microsystems

Start-ups: Resources and Presentations

9:00 – 9:15
Supporting Innovation in Canada
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Deep Tech Venture Fund

    • Jackson Hamilton, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

9:15 – 9:25
Virtual Incubator Environment (VIE) for Start-ups
CMC Microsystems

    • Oleg Chebotarev, CMC Microsystems

9:30 – 10:50
Start-up presentations: block one

10:50 – 11:05    
Networking & Health Break with refreshments

11:05 – 12:25     Startup presentations: block two

12:25 – 12:30
Closing Remarks and session summary

    • Oleg Chebotarev, CMC Microsystems

12:30 – 15:05
Lunch and presentations: CMC Technology and Services

CMC Technology Team Leaders:

      • CAD/IT Service: David Lynch
      • IoT and Edge AI: Yassine Hariri
      • MEMS: David Lynch
      • Microelectronics: Parvaneh Saffari
      • Silicon Photonics: Ahmed Abumazwed
      • Quantum: Udson Mendes


Full Event


Day 1

Thursday November 23


Day 2

Friday November 24


Sponsorship opportunities

Don't miss your chance to be part of this transformative event, where ideas become reality and partnerships spark a brighter technological tomorrow.

Keep in touch with us: symposium@cmc.ca  


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