Workshop 2022

Micro-nanotechnology facilities at Canadian universities are a national asset for helping innovators advance and manage their R&D activities. The LAB2FAB bi-annual meeting provides a platform for industry, academic-based fabrication and characterization centres, and government labs to collaborate in overcoming their R&D challenges. 


Our goal is to help all parties build their capacity and expertise to increase Canadian competitiveness in manufacturing of microsystems and nanotechnology innovations through team efforts to:

  • Enhance connections among technology developers to maximize benefit from technology offerings throughout the Canadian ecosystem.
  • Enhance access to infrastructure inside Canada and exchange value in cross-border partnerships.
  • Connect funding opportunities to technology resources and end users.
  • To encourage rich exchange among all participants, every speaker session also dedicates time for plenary discussion.


Workshop 2022

Whistler, BC

Day 1


Registration | Networking

19:00 – 21:00

Welcome Reception 

Day 2

07:45 – 08:45

Registration | Networking Breakfast 

08:45 – 09:00

Opening Remarks

09:00 – 10:00

Speaker Session 1: Lab of the future

Innovations in the usage and management of nanofabrication labs.

  • What noteworthy processing capabilities are emerging in open-access facilities?
  • What expertise and services are users looking for in facilities?
  • What do success stories teach us about the most promising R&D opportunities that can benefit from laboratory capabilities? 

Volker Sorger

President / Co-Founder
Optelligence Company

Mohsen Akhlaghi

Director of Integrated Photonics
Photonic Inc.

Philippe Babin


10:00 – 10:30

Group Discussion

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00 ​

Speaker Session 2: Bridging discovery to production

Positioning technology development for commercialization and scale-up.

  • Success stories of climbing the TRL ladder, technology transfer, and scale up. 
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Alissa M. Fitzgerald

Founder & CEO
A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC

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Chiara Alessandri

Luceda Photonics

12:00 – 12:30

Group Discussion

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Pitch Session: R&D Challenges Seeking Solutions  

  • Share lessons learned from a past or current R&D problem.  
  • Invite collaboration for solutions. 
14:30 – 14:50

Group Discussion

14:50 – 15:20

Networking Break

15:20 – 16:20

MNT Labs Cataloging and Roadmap Session 

16:20 – 16:30

Closing remarks  

16:30 – 18:00

Free Time

18:00 – 20:00

Dinner Reception – Networking and Talent Recruiting

Day 3

07:45 – 08:45

Registration | Networking Breakfast 

08:45 – 09:00

Opening Remarks 

09:00 – 10:25

Speaker Session 3: Photonic Integrated Circuits – A Flourishing Canadian Ecosystem

An ecosystem view of the silicon photonics value chain in Canada.  

  • Examples of advancing photonics developments from concept to product. 
  • Connect to a network initiative or proposal. 
  • Understand industry needs in business and process capability.  

Lukas Chrostowski

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of British Columbia

Simon Wingar

Senior Researcher - Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre
National Research Council Canada

10:25 – 10:45

Group Discussion

10:45 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15

Panel Session: Taking the next steps together

  • What megatrends that will shape the next 10 years? Where should R&D efforts focus?
  • What have the last two years taught us about the possibilities of a better normal?
  • What actions should be taken after this workshop to pursue specific opportunities? 
  • And more… 

Gord Harling

CMC Microsystems

Hosted By

Who Benefits from LAB2FAB?

  • Academic-based fabrication and characterization centres
  • Government laboratories
  • Manufacturers and supply chain
  • Technology developers
  • Company builders
  • Stakeholders in collaborative innovation
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