Newsletter February 2022 - Optonique
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Newsletter, February 2022

In this issue


  • March 1: Webinar (Optical product innovations with Photonic Wire Bonding)

  • March 2: Perspective Quantum #9 

  • March 7-8: ProgFest (registration until March 2)

  • April 21: Stages d'un jour – JeunesExplo

  • April 26-29: Laser World of Photonics Munich

  • May 11-12: Agrophotonics Conference

  • May 24-26: Photonics North 2022

  • July 13-15: Laser World of Photonics China 

  • July 17-22: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022


Community news: 


Financing opportunities: 

  • Call for applications at Quantino

  • R&D funding from the Canadian Space Agency 

  • Innovative Solutions Canada Challenge: High Resolution Forest Mapping

  • Phase B 2nd edition - $35,000 for precursor projects in predictive and preventive medicine

  • Valley Ready Spring 2022 Program - coaching for Canadian life sciences companies

  • Creation of the Eureka $100M investment fund for pre-seed companies


March 1: Webinar (Optical product innovations with Photonic Wire Bonding)


We invite you to better understand the Photonic Wire Bonding (PWB) technology innovation through a webinar on March 1 at 11am in which three leaders in the field come together to explain the background of this breakthrough.

Vanguard Automation (creator of the PWB technology), C2MI (manufacturing/assembly/testing capabilities) and AEPONYX Inc. (creator of photonic integrated circuits) will present this competitive technology advantage during this webinar.

To register

March 2 : Perspective Quantum #9 


L'ISEQ, INTRIQ, COPL, Québec Quantique, Optonique et NUMANA  invite you Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to the 9th webinar of the Quantum Perspective series with Tom Stengel from IDQ on Design with a QRNG chip.

To register

March 7-8 : ProgFest (registration until March 2)


As a partner of ProgFest, Optonique is proud to offer employees of Optonique* member companies a $100 discount (50%) on the registration to this programming training opportunity offered at Laval University on March 7th and 8th.

Why participate?

  • The program is accessible and adapted to programmers of all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced);
  • You will receive a training certificate including 1.6 continuing education units (CEU);
  • You will have the chance to network - in person - with students, professors and professionals in optics-photonics in Quebec;
  • As a member of Optonique, the cost of participation is low;
  • In addition, lunches are included!

*This training is reserved for companies in the Quebec region.

You have until Wednesday, March 2 to register: link to registration.

April 21 : Stages d'un jour – JeunesExplo


On April 21, it will be possible to welcome high school students in your company or organization for a one-day internship! These students will have the opportunity to discover the professions that drive the optics-photonics industry. Are you interested in introducing your company and your profession? Write to us!

Take the opportunity to visit JeunesExplo's featured sector page dedicated to optics-photonics.

April 26-29 : Laser World of Photonics Munich


Optonique is organizing a Quebec pavilion highlighting 7 companies at the Laser World of Photonics Munich (April 26-29, 2022), which attracts over 33,000 visitors from more than 70 countries each year. For the first time, there will be a related event dedicated to quantum technologies, World of Quantum.

Will you be there? If so, write to us so that we can maximize your visibility and increase your business opportunities!

May 11-12 : Agrophotonics Conference


On May 11 and 12, the agrophotonics conference is organized with OptechZone AgtechBiopterreOptonique and Photonics Bretagne.

Mark your calendars! More details to come.

May 24-26: Photonics North 2022


Photonics North 2022 will be held in Niagara Falls. There will be plenary talks, simultaneous technical sessions, flash poster presentations, technical product demos and many opportunities to discuss with your colleagues and meet new people.

Abstract submission is currently open until February 28th.

More details will follow about exposing at Photonics North. 

For more information

July 13-15 : Laser World of Photonics China 


Laser World of Photonics China, which will take place from July 13 to 15, 2022, is Asia's largest trade fair for the photonics industry. This conference has taken place in Shanghai every year since 2006. It presents the entire range of photonics in an international setting, tailored to the specific needs of the Chinese market.

Are you planning to attend or will your company be represented by an on-site distributor or partner? Investissement Québec and Optonique would like to support you in your business development efforts. Contact Françoise Lee a to tell our team about your needs and the profile of clients you are looking for.

July 17-22 : SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022


From July 17 to 22, 2022 in Montreal will be held SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, the technical event for ground, airborne and space-based telescopes and their supporting instrumentation.

Will you be there? If so, write to us!

For more information

Community news

Madison Rilling appointed CEO of Optonique



"Quebec's optics-photonics ecosystem is brimming with technological, entrepreneurial and business expertise and know-how, making the industry an economic pillar of the province. It is a real privilege to work for and with the dynamic optics-photonics community to catalyze its growth and promote its leadership - both here and internationally."


 ABB secures $30 million order for satellite imaging technology 


ABB has been awarded a contract worth approximately $30 million by Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics Corp. (EDA) to develop and manufacture next-generation multispectral imaging systems to be placed on 10 satellites (with one spare in orbit) that circles the Earth. The order was placed in the first quarter of 2022.

Once deployed on the satellite network, ABB's technology will continuously capture images of the planet's landmasses and vast sea areas as the satellites orbit the Earth.

For more information

Creaform Engineering partners with C2MI


Creaform Engineering is proud to announce the opening of a new office in the Centre de Collaboration MiQro Innovation (C2MI), the largest R&D center in microelectronics in Canada, located in the Bromont Science Park. This initiative will allow Creaform Engineering to increase its geographical coverage and to offer the best design, engineering and simulation services to its customers located in the Eastern Townships, the South Shore of Montreal and Central Quebec.

For more information

Physics World highlights Medscint's technological expertise 


Physics World highlights the technological expertise of our member company Medscint as an ideal dosimetry solution for FLASH!

For more information

Eggenius start-up lunch featuring the CEO of LumIR Lasers


If you want to listen, or listen again, to the first Midi start-up : Connect to the faces of entrepreneurship, with Louis-Philippe Pleau from LumIR Lasers, click here!

Prix performance Québec 2022


The Prix performance Québec (PPQ) is the highest distinction awarded annually by the Quebec government to private companies and public organizations that stand out for the quality of their management and their overall performance.

Owned by the Government of Quebec, the PPQs are managed jointly by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation and the Mouvement québécois de la qualité.

Organizations have until March 10, 2022 to submit their applications for the PPQ.

For more information

Excelitas featured in Photonics Media article on automotive LiDAR


Photonics Media highlights the wealth of photonic solutions powering automotive LiDAR and a member of the Optonics community at Excelitas shares his expertise.

For more information

Announcement of two innovation zones in Quebec


Quebec has announced the creation of the first two innovation zones: Sherbrooke Quantique in Sherbrooke and Technum in Bromont. Learn more about the impact these zones will have in the field of quantum and digital technology.

Launch of the Quebec Aerospace Strategy - Horizon 2026


The Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation du Québec (MEI) has just launched the Quebec Aerospace Strategy (SQA) 2022-26!

The integration of photonics in the aerospace sector is constantly growing, especially since it allows for a significant reduction in risk and weight. Quebec's significant investment in aerospace is great news for the optics-photonics industry!

To learn more about photonics applications in aerospace

Moteur de recherche: interview with Professor Caroline Boudoux


Caroline Boudoux, a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montreal, was invited to the Radio-Canada program Moteur de recherche to talk about the different lasers used to treat myopia!

To listen

Financing opportunities

Call for applications at Quantino

A new call for applications is underway until March 17, 2022 at Quantino, the high-tech incubator powered by INO. It is open to innovative companies working in optics, photonics, hardware, or medical and quantum technologies.

To learn more about the program

R&D funding from the Canadian Space Agency


The Canadian Space Agency is issuing an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to specifically support the Canadian space sector with funds to demonstrate new technologies in space, prior to December 2026. This AO will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $2 million per research and development project with expected benefits in the short to medium term (i.e. 1-5 years).

Application deadline: March 29, 2022

For more information

Innovative Solutions Canada Challenge: High Resolution Forest Mapping


Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking to develop a software solution for the creation of vegetation data using high-resolution mapping (down to 1 m) in peri-urban environments and vegetated areas near communities to enable detailed prediction of fire behaviour, fire risk assessment and planning of fire mitigation activities.

Closing date: March 21, 2022

For more information

Phase B 2nd edition - $35,000 for precursor projects in predictive and preventive medicine


The second edition of Phase B is officially launched! Again this year, the unique competition combines today's excellence with tomorrow's advances to propel groundbreaking projects in predictive and preventive medicine.

Do you have a startup project that could have a tangible impact on people's health? Enter for a chance to win a $35,000 grant and personalized coaching from a team of seasoned experts.

You have until March 4, 2022, to participate.

For more information

Valley Ready Spring 2022 Program - coaching for Canadian life sciences companies


The CELS Valley Ready (VR) program is a comprehensive series of activities that coach, promote and connect its participating Canadian life sciences companies to achieve their goals in Silicon Valley.

The programming focuses on coaching, promoting and connecting.

The program runs from April to June and includes a 10-part workshop series, 1:1 mentoring and introductions to their network.

For more information

Creation of the Eureka $100M investment fund for pre-seed companies 


The Québec government, through Investissement Québec, is injecting a significant amount to support the creation of an investment fund that will be active in the pre-seed stage and will support the commercialization of innovations resulting from Québec public research in all sectors of activity.

For more information

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