Canadian Consulate General Teams with Boston University’s Photonics Center to Present US-Canada Photonics Partnering Day

in News Releases, Science & Technology
April 1st, 2004

Contact: Leigh Hallisey, 617-353-8899 |

(Boston, Mass.)— The Canadian Consulate General of Boston today announced US-Canada Photonics Partnering Day, presented in partnership with the Boston University Photonics Center and Investissement Quebec (Invest-Quebec). The April 7 event will include presentations by leading Canadian and US technologists, photonics industry executives and venture capitalists. A mix of leading corporations and innovative startups will explore emerging technologies and commercial applications for the photonics industry. Networking events will provide an opportunity for participants to explore cross-border opportunities in business partnership, technology exchange and investment.

Presenters at the event include Dr. Donald Fraser, Founder and Director of the Photonics Center at Boston University; Bruno Hamel, Investment Consul, Canadian Consulate General Boston; Dr. Clifford Robinson, Assistant Director, Photonics Center at Boston University; Sylvain Charbonneau, National Research Council Canada; Denis Hvidzak, Invest-Quebec; Ilan Carmi, General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners; and Bernhardt Zeisig, VIMAC Ventures.

Participating companies and organizations include Burns & Levinson, Exfo, Fiso, Dicos Technologies, the International Institute of Telecommunications, LxSix, MetroPhotonics, MuAnalysis, the National Research Council of Canada, the Optical National Institute and Photonics Research Ontario


What: US-Canada Photonics Partnering Day

Where: Boston University’s Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, Mass.

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2004 from 8 AM to 5:15 PM

Registration: There is no charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required via email to or by calling (617) 262-3338 x3353.

About the Canadian Consulate General of Boston
The Boston Consulate General promotes business development, investment, culture and information exchange between Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit, call (617) 262-3760 or visit our offices at 3 Copley Place, Suite 400, Boston, Mass.

About The Photonics Center at Boston University
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Photonics Center at Boston University identifies and develops technologies from the external community based on the practical application of light. The Photonics Center hosts a Business Accelerator with the mission of enabling emerging photonics technology companies to grow from idea to commercialization with greater speed and success. The Center provides an entrepreneurial environment that includes 20 technical laboratories, workspace for up to 16 start-up companies, and access to a range of equipment worth in excess of $40 million. To date, the Center has started and/or accelerated 17 companies that have raised a combined total of nearly $200 M in outside venture capital and seed financing. The Photonics Center can be found on the web at:

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