September 09, 2005 09:30 ET

Media Advisory/OCRI: Global Platform for Photonics Research in Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 9, 2005) - The International Photonics Forum (IPF), focusing on Canadian and international business and technology innovations in optics and photonics, is set to open the Photonics North conference on Monday. Ottawa will be represented by companies such as Delta Photonics Inc., Peleton Photonics Systems, BMV Optical Technologies Inc. and the Centre for Research in Photonics at University of Ottawa.

The science of photonics is making tech headway in consumer markets as cell phones, mp3 players and digital cameras become the rage for even young teenagers. Organic display technologies are the latest photonics-based innovation, being used in the Kodak EasyShare Digital camera display and the newly launched Philips' pocket e-reader, where it is being used in a compact, roll-able format. This technology is poised to displace costly (and conventional) Liquid Crystal Displays, heralding new generations of laptops and eventually portable electronic newspapers. It has a projected market value of $700 million for 2005.

With the focus moving from telecommunications to a much broader range of applications, the IPF program reflects the diversity and growing breadth of the field of Photonics.

Photonics industry associations, trade delegations, businesses and researchers from around the globe will participate in the IPF to explore business opportunities and form partnerships.

Participants will get the opportunity to hear from, and network with, industry experts such as QLT Inc. President, Dr. Julia Levy, on photonics' present and future role in medicine and Prof. Brian Wilson of the University of Toronto, on the future of the BioPhotonics sector.

The third annual International Photonics Forum is being held in conjunction with Photonics North, a three-day conference of the Canadian Photonics Consortium (CPC). The conference includes a trade show featuring more than 100 exhibitors from Canada, the UK, US and overseas and more than 300 papers focusing on the latest research in the field.

At a Glance
Date: Monday, September 12, 2005
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Congress Centre

8:30 a.m. Photonics North Welcome
Opening remarks: Dr. J. Stewart Aitchison, University of
Toronto & Conference Chair
8:40 a.m. Opening Plenary Address: Dr. Julia Levy, QLT Inc.
10:30 a.m. International Photonics Forum Welcome
Opening remarks: Dr. Trevor Hall, Co-Chair, IPF 2005
12:30 a.m. Keynote luncheon Pre-lunch keynote speaker:
Geoff Archenhold, UK Photonics Cluster
Post-lunch keynote speaker: Prof. Brian Wilson, University
of Toronto

About the Canadian Photonics Consortium

The Canadian Photonics Consortium is the representative voice of the entire Canadian Photonics community. Our members include companies - large and small; academic institutions and consortia; as well as government laboratories and agencies - both federal and provincial. We bring together business, academic and government leaders. We involve scientists, engineers, and management consultants as well as experts in law and finance - anyone who has a business or scientific interest in the future success of the Canadian Photonics industry. CPC's vision is to establish Canada as the place for business success in Optics and Photonics.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. works with its partners in both industry and academia to help move technology research from the lab to the marketplace. OCE Inc.'s scope touches on some of the most exciting areas of technology development today: communications and information technology, energy, earth and environmental technologies, materials and manufacturing, and, photonics. A not-for-profit corporation, OCE Inc. delivers the Ontario Centres of Excellence Program on behalf of Government of Ontario. This Program is one of the Province's most significant technology transfer initiatives, helping make Ontario a centre of innovation for Canada and the world. For further information, please visit www.oce-ontario.org

Contact Information

  • PRO - A Division of OCE Inc.
    Santo Aguanno
    (416) 861 1092 x .1022
    Cell: (647) 226-6908
    OCRI - Canadian Photonics Consortium
    Alecia O'Brien
    (613) 828 6274 x.256
    Cell: (613) 884-1979