Gord has more than 40 years of experience in telecom industry R&D, including numerous microelectronic component developments. Working with Ciena in GP&S Packet Optical R&D in Ottawa, he is Senior Director, PMO & Strategic Partnerships. Over the course of his career with Bell-Northern Research, Nortel and Ciena, Gord has led microelectronic-intensive product developments ranging from voice band line cards to optical transport, and spent much of the ‘90s leading Nortel’s ASIC development organization. More recently, his focus has been on partnering in product development, in addition to a variety of other roles. Gord has served as chair of NSERC’s Chairs in Design Engineering selection committee, on the Board of Directors of CMC Microsystems, and on the Board of Directors of a China-based integrated circuit design joint venture while at Nortel.