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.

Day 1 - Sunday, September 25

17:00 – 21:00

Registration  |  Welcome Networking Session

Day 2 - Monday, September 26

07:30 – 08:45

Registration  |  Networking Breakfast

08:45 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

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? 
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Dominique Drouin

Session Chair

Volker Sorger

President / Co-Founder
Optelligence Company

Philippe Babin


Martin Laforest

Director - Quantum Strategy

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:30

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. 

Alan Renaudin

Session Chair

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Alissa M. Fitzgerald

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

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Chiara Alessandri

Luceda Photonics

Collin Twanow

Director, Technology
Teledyne MEMS

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:50

Session 3: R&D Milestones and Future Talent  

  • Share company vision, technology goals, and R&D milestones.
  • What skills are needed in tomorrow’s microsystems workforce?
  • Connect with Rising Stars for follow-up networking.
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Karin Hinzer

Session Chair

Ben Wiltshire

Modeling & Test Senior Engineer

Vallen Rezazadeh

Founder and CEO
TransEON Inc.

Serge Ecoffey

Associate Professor
Université de Sherbrooke

Alan Renaudin

Director, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships and Marketing C2MI

Dominic Marchand

Director Special Projects, Director 1QBit Sherbrooke

Clint Landrock

Vice President, Technology & Innovation
Meta Materials Inc.

14:50 – 15:20

Networking Break

15:20 – 16:20

MNT Labs Cataloging and Roadmap Session 

16:20 – 18:00


16:30 – 17:30

BOAF: Open-Source HW for Smart Edge connected IoT Sensors
(Diamond Head Room)


Enabling the next generation of edge devices to process data from a rich set of sensors such as MEMS, photonics, image, video, audio, or multi-axial motion/vibration has huge application potential. However, edge processing of data-rich sensors poses the extreme challenge of squeezing the computational requirements of advanced, machine-Iearning-based near-sensor data analysis algorithms within the mW-range power envelope of always-ON battery-powered IoT end-nodes.  These computational needs can lead to the need for purpose built controllers with targeted accelerators to process the sensor data locally within very low power budgets.  This Birds Of A Feather session will provide an open, interactive discussion to explore the role Open-Source HW IP (cores, sensors, PDK libraries, etc.) can play to address these needs.  Topics for discussion will include: 1 – the free and open RISC-V ISA; 2 – Open-Source controller class processor cores implementing the RISC-V ISA; 3 – Permissive Open-Source HW IP Licensing considerations; 4 – Open-Source HW IP quality; and 5 – Ecosystem maturity and Roadmap considerations for Open-Source HW IP.

18:00 – 19:00


19:00 – 22:00


Day 3 - Tuesday, September 27

07:30 – 08:30

Networking Breakfast

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:45

Session 4: 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.  
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Mirwais Aktary

Session Chair

Lukas Chrostowski

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia

Alireza Loghmany

Engineering Team Leader
National Research Council Canada

David Buckley

VP, Development Engineering

Hamid Arabzadeh

Chairman and CEO
Ranovus Inc.

10:45 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15

Session 5: 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… 
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Lukas Chrostowski

Session Chair

Gord Harling

CMC Microsystems

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Alissa M. Fitzgerald

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

Philippe Babin


Gem Shoute

Co-founder & CEO

Andrew Fursman

Co-founder and CEO

12:15 – 12:30

Adjourn workshop

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

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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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