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Canadian microelectronic industry is ready for greater challenges

Press release
Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

Nearly 300 participants from the academic network, industrial leaders , R&D Centers and partners dedicated to supporting commercialization activities took part to this major gathering demonstrating how the Canadian microelectronic industry can support the innovations in all sectors of our economy.

Bromont, October 8, 2014 - On October 6-7th, the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) in collaboration with CMC Microsystems and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) welcomed nearly 300 participants at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel for the largest annual gathering of representatives from the microelectronic industry in Canada. Under the theme "Innovation by Design" the Symposium has enabled the microelectronic systems industry to demonstrate its ability to support and develop technologies for the digital life. 

The 2014 edition

2014 Symposium presented a diversified and captivating program and was addressed to all industries using electronic components. Several speakers and panelists from the academia and industry ecosystems demonstrated the omnipresence as well as the beneficial impacts of microsystems in areas such as information and communications technology, aerospace, transports, environment and health. Other speakers addressed topics on the process surrounding the commercialization of advanced manufacturing.

The ​​information and communications technology sector distinguish itself through its vibrant R&D. This industry accounted for 2.8% of GDP in 2011; it generated 6.2% of the national growth since 2002, and it also generated 30% of all private R & D in 2011. [1]

"We must not forget that the electronic systems industry supports a number of important sectors of our economy. Electronic systems are ubiquitous in our everyday lives and its use is rapidly increasing. Let’s just think about the automobile industry that continues to improve not only the driving experience, but the safety and comfort of the vehicle by adding electronic components. Let’s think about the medical industry where sensitive surgeries can now be performed remotely with greater accuracy through mechatronics. Microelectronics is part of many innovations that change and improve our lives, which make information and services accessible from anywhere around the world! "- said Normand Bourbonnais, CEO of C2MI.

Since its official opening in 2012, C2MI members devoted their research efforts in microsystems prototyping. Their activities are designed to accelerate the commercialization of products required by the markets in which they evolve and to improve the tools, materials, techniques and tests in a unique collaborative Centre. As part of its recent activities, the Centre has greatly contributed to the development of new markets such as photonics, infrared imaging, energy sensors, LEDs, CMOS high power electronic and mono memories. In May, the Université de Sherbrooke in association with IBM Canada through a unique business-university partnership launched the IBM-NSERC Industrial Chair on Canada's innovative packaging of microelectronic chips. C2MI, with its state-of-the-art facility and technology for advanced packaging provides an unprecedented opportunity to introduce students to an industrial environment.

About C2MI

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) is an international reference in the fields of advanced packaging and microsystems. The C2MI is a Centre of excellence for commercialization and research (CECR) whose role is to help produce market-driven prototypes in the fields of applications of the information and communication technologies, automobile, aerospace as well as environment and health to accelerate their commercialization. The establishment of C2MI was made possible by contributions from Industry Canada, the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec, Université de Sherbrooke, industrial partners and the Town of Bromont. Visit




Information :

Normand Bourbonnais
MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI)
Tél. : 450-534-8000

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