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Take part in this major event dedicated to the leaders of Quebec photonics companies

  • The first summit of lighting technology industry leaders
  • A diverse programme with speakers from and abroad
  • Networking sessions scheduled throughout the day

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Pierre Fitzgibbon

Minister of Economy, Innovation & Energy

Speech and Q&A session

We are honored to welcome M. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy, Innovation & Energy, Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development & Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, for a question-and-answer session and a lunchtime address to all participants.

Germain Lamonde

Founder & Executive Chairman, EXFO

Opening remarks & guest of honor

Germain Lamonde, founder of EXFO, is Executive Chairman of the Board and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for over 30 years. During his tenure as CEO, Germain grew the company from the ground up, turning it into a global leader in the communications test, monitoring and analytics market and the world’s #1 fiber/high-speed testing company, with customers in 100+ countries. Today as Executive Chairman,Germain leads EXFO’s acquisitions strategy and is actively involved in defining the company’s growth and investment strategies, strategic direction and corporate governance policies. Germain has served on the board of directors of several public and private organizations, fulfilled numerous speaking engagements, and received several industry awards for his leadership, innovation and global development and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Canada. He is presently Chairman of ENCQOR, the Canada–Quebec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G/IoT innovation and serves on the Board of QG100 – a CEO development forum.

Martin Theriault

Founder and PDG, Previan

Opening plenary session

Martin leads Previan’s global strategic vision. With a strong corporate background and having become an entrepreneur relatively late in life, Martin is committed to creating an exceptional company that goes beyond the norm. His passion for business revolves around technology, customer focus and achieving what others fail to imagine. He has acquired a wealth of experience in engineering, sales, marketing and business management in Canada, the United States and Europe. He was VP/GM of Zetec, a Roper Technologies company, from 2007 to 2010, and held a progression of mandates at industrial gas and chemicals giant Air Liquide from 1994 to 2007. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Duke University.

John Lincoln

Chief Executive Officer, Photonics Leadership Group (UK)

The era of photonics is now. How can we seize its full economic potential?

As well as being SPIE’s European Strategy Director, John Lincoln is CEO of the Photonics Leadership Group, the UK’s national photonics group. He was a key contributor to the government’s Vision 2035 for photonics and their recent ambitious innovation strategy. Building on an impressive technical and commercial career in lasers and telecommunications, he now acts as a consultant in business development and international market assessment for photonics.

Pascale Nini

Presidente executive, Immervision

Conversation: Photonics and its future markets

20 years ago, Pascale Nini seized the opportunity to position herself at the centre of the wide-angle vision trend that was emerging at the time. Pascale Nini’s greatest assets are her innovative vision and leadership. Her company, Immervision, is now a global leader in intelligent vision for all new devices in areas such as mobile telephony, automotive technology, robotics, aerospace, IoT and security.

Sébastien Blais-Ouellette

Founder & President, Photon etc.

Conversation: Photonics and its future markets

Twenty years of innovation in optics. Photon etc. has established itself as a true leader in hyperspectral and infrared imaging systems. The vertical integration of our platforms facilitates better quality control at every stage of production and optimisation for the most niche applications. In addition to our proven product ranges, we are leveraging our expertise and technologies through a growing number of collaborations and partnerships with industry and researchers around the world.

Preliminary program

07:30 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Opening remarks with Germain Lamonde - Founder & Executive Chairman at EXFO

09:00 - 09:45

Plenary session with Martin Thériault - Founder, CEO & Chairman at Previan

09:45 - 10:30

Conversation between Pascale Nini and Sébastien Blais-Ouellette: Perspective PME: Photonics and its future markets

10:30 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:00

John Lincoln Plenary: Industry trends, benchmarks and future

12:00 - 13:30

Networking dinner

13:30 - 14:30

ESG round table - Sustainability & future perspectives (TBD)

14:30 - 15:30

Panel - Government resources for businesses (TBD)

15:30 - 16:00

A final word

16:00 - 18:00

Networking cocktail


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