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Printable electronics symposium explores hot applications

Stephen Law   

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The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association has secured its first speakers for CPES2016 and an impressive agenda that includes hot topics like smart textiles for wearables and 3D printable electronics.

CPES2016 will showcase the convergence of research and development, industry expertise, commercial effort and government activity that gives Canada a tremendous opportunity in the explosive global market for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE). The event runs April 19-20 at Sheridan College in Oakville ON.

“CPES is the place to learn about exciting applications for PE in a host of end-user verticals, alongside the materials science and manufacturing capability needed to bring them to market,” says Peter Kallai, president and CEO of the CPEIA and CPES co-chair. “New this year, we’ve divided the agenda into four themes, to help attendees get the most from their CPES experience.”



Those themes are:

3D Printable Electronics

Prof. Harri Kopola from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will deliver this theme’s keynote address.

Other notable speakers include Dr. Kenneth Church, President and CEO of 3D printed electronics equipment maker nScrypt Inc., and Mike O’Reilly, Director or Aerosol Jet Product Management for Optomec Inc.

2D Printable Electronics – Inks, Manufacturing Methods & Devices

Dr. James Buntaine, Country Lead for Merck’s EMD Performance Materials Corp., Dr. Daniel Frisbie, Professor, University of Minnesota, and Prof. Vivek Subramanian, University of California, Berkeley, will all deliver keynotes for this far-reaching theme.

Other prominent speakers include Stan Farnsworth, VP of Marketing at NovaCentrix, John Lapp, Director of Strategic Accounts at FujiFilm Dimatix, and Dr. Patrick Melanfant, Materials Group Leader at the National Research Council of Canada’s Flagship Printable Electronics


Flexible, Stretchable & Wearable Electronics

This theme is packed with growing tech companies and selected research organizations that are bringing intelligence to what we wear, for health and wellness applications.

Notable speakers include Aldjia Begriche, Smart Textile Director at OMsignal, Tony Chahine, Founder and CEO of Myant, and Dr. Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst at IDTechEx Inc.


CPES2016 will showcase end-user applications in diverse market verticals such as Intelligent Packaging, Smart Buildings, Sports, Automotive and Aerospace.

  • Mounir Zok, Senior Sports Technologist for the United States Olympic Committee, will deliver a keynote on performance sports applications.
  • Christina Cvetan, Global R&D Packaging, Innovating Retail at Unilever, and James Lee, Director, Technology and Innovation at Jones Packaging, will present on consumer and pharmaceutical packaging respectively. Greg Walker, Research Director, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) will present on smart building and connected home applications. Certifications and standards for global market access will be covered by Stephen Brown, Director of Technologies at the CSA Group.


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