Savvas Chamberlain

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Exel Research Inc.

Savvas Chamberlain, can be characterized as a scientist, inventor, Professor and entrepreneur. He was a Professor at the University of Waterloo for more than 25 years where he developed new technology on MOSFET’s, CCD devices and image sensor integrated silicon chips. Introduced fundamental theories and also invented a number of silicon image sensors.

Dr. Chamberlain transferred his technology from research carried out at the University of Waterloo while he was a Professor, to successful commercialization in Canada. Using his technology, he founded DALSA Corporation in 1980 where he was the CEO from its inception until August 2007.

Under his leadership DALSA has grown to become a leading international corporation in Digital Imaging and grew from a few employees to 1,100. During his tenure as CEO he was responsible for corporate strategy, strategic technology direction, long-term planning, and setting the direction of the company’s culture. He resigned as Chairman of DALSA Corp in February 2011.

Dr. Chamberlain is presently the CEO and Chairman of EXEL Research Inc. He is involved in investing in technology companies and also helping Canadian start-up technology companies to move to a profitable and lasting growth stage. He has an interest in the identification of significant innovations resulting from research and their Canadian commercialization.

Dr. Chamberlain, a Canadian of Greek heritage, was born in Cyprus and educated in England. He has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Southampton University and is highly regarded as a pioneer in the field of digital imaging. He is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo. His industrial experience includes research work with IBM and other companies. He has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals in the area of CCDs and semiconductor devices and has authored and co-authored more than 20 patents in the area of image sensors.

Dr. Chamberlain has been awarded many honors, including, Member of the Order of Canada in 2009, the AIA life time achievement award, and being elected a Fellow of IEEE. In July 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In June 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree by the University of Waterloo for his industrial contributions and in April 2007 he was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Catalyst award for life time achievement in innovation. In May 2008 he was elected Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering.

He cares for the Canadian society; in 2011 he established the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation for philanthropy.