A survey by the Canadian Photonics Consortium entitled "Illuminating a World of Opportunity," says the Canadian photonics industry is a shining success amid the economic gloom across the globe, with $4.5 billion in annual revenue. Canada has 370 photonics companies employing some 20,000 people.
Representatives from 41 Canadian photonics companies are exhibiting at SPIE Photonics West this week and participating in optics cluster activities with representatives from Ottawa-based Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). Canadian Consul General Marc LePage is also involved in Canadian photonics cluster activities at SPIE Photonics West.
CPFC is a $150 million technology commercialization partnership between the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and the Province of Ontario located at the NRC's Ottawa campus.
OCRI is Ottawa's leading member-based economic development corporation for fostering the advancement of the region's globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries. OCRI delivers its economic development services through a partnership with the City of Ottawa.