Saturday Closing Keynote
Dr. Amiee Chan has over 15 years of experience in executive management and research & development in the telecommunications industry. Offering a rare blend of technical and corporate strength, Dr. Chan’s strategic vision has driven Norsat’s innovative product development program and resulted in consistent revenue growth since her appointment as CEO in 2006.
Through a growth strategy that involves a combination of mergers, acquisitions and organic growth, Dr. Chan has lead Norsat into a period of rapid growth and development. In 2011, she spearheaded Norsat’s $18.5 million acquisition of Sinclair Technologies, a leading provider of antennas and radio frequency conditioning products with a strong base of commercial and municipal government customers. This
successful acquisition moved Norsat into new markets and Sinclair continues to operate with strong revenues. Dr. Chan also drives Norsat’s organic growth, and in 2012 launched Norsat Power Solutions, a new business unit devoted power conversion and energy storage solutions, which furthers Norsat’s goals to reach into the transportation and resource sectors.
Prior to joining Norsat, Dr. Chan worked at Creo Inc. where she guided the company through multiple product developments, beta programs, rollout strategies and product launches . Her strategic approach to business was reflected in the growth of Creo’s $80 million consumables product division.
In 2012 Dr. Chan won a prestigious Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, ranked third in PROFIT/Chatelaine’s list of Top Female Entrepreneurs, and led Norsat to win a BC Export Award for Advancing Technology & Innovation. In 2008, she was a recipient of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and under her direction, Norsat has consistently been ranked among the top technology and export companies in BC.
An accomplished engineer, Dr. Chan’s work has been published over a dozen times. She currently holds three US patents in satellite technologies and has been involved in high level research teams such as the NASA ACTS Terminal Program.
Dr. Chan holds an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University where she majored in Strategy & New Ventures, as well as an Electrical Engineering Ph. D. in Satellite Communications from the University of British Columbia. . Dr. Chan currently serves Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Beedie School of Business at SFU, and the UBC Engineering Advisory Council. Always dynamic within her community, Dr. Chan is involved with numerous mentoring organizations such as the Ms. Infinity program of Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology. Dr. Chan currently resides in Vancouver with her husband and two children.