Training: Semiconductor Technology for Non-Techies (TNT)

The training is for non-technical professionals in supporting roles such as lawyer, marketing, HR, finance, procurement, and IT, who may not be involved in chip design or manufacturing but still need to understand the basic concepts and technical jargon used in the industry to work more efficiently.

Our goal is to equip participants with the foundational knowledge they need to be more productive and successful in their careers.

The course covers technical concepts in a simplified and accessible manner, so even if you’re not a tech whiz, you’ll still be able to understand the development process, cycle and various entities involved in the semiconductor ecosystem.

We’ll give you a comprehensive insight into the industry’s unique nature, target applications, and markets, helping you understand the industry dynamics and envision various potential future scenarios.

We strive to make this a fun and engaging learning experience, using real industry experience to give you a practical understanding of the concepts we cover.

What you will learn

  • An overview of the semiconductor industry both in Canada and worldwide.
  • The complex business of manufacturing microchips from design to production.
  • Fundamental technologies such as microelectronics, photonics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and quantum.
  • Demystifying key terminology.
  • Global supply chain considerations are a crucial aspect of the industry.

This training will enable you to

  • Effectively communicate with your coworkers, customers, suppliers, etc.
  • Effectively support your organization and customers.
  • Make a greater individual impact within your organization and enhance team performance in challenging situations.
  • Drive your company’s financial performance by applying your new expertise to business decisions.
  • Expand your professional network through peer-to-peer networking connections.

Target Attendees

Professionals in marketing, business development, policy making or advisory roles, project management, legal, human resources, or finance, who are involved in the semiconductor business or want to learn more about it.


  • The course will be conducted in seminar room RBCx Finance Quarter at HUB350 – 350 Legget Drive, Kanata.
  • It will include a brief interactive introduction-like session to encourage participation and facilitate learning.
  • One-day course – 6 hours total training time.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Linked-In badge will be provided at the end.


Time Topic
8:30 amCoffee and Welcome
9:00 amWhy are we here? Typical Challenges for Non-techie Professionals
9:30 amGlobal Industry Overview – Scope and Value Chain Complexity
10:30 amBreakout – Case 1 discussion
11:00 amThe Business of Chips – Opportunities & Risks
12:00 pmLunch & Networking
1:00 pmScience & Engineering – Design it, Own it, Protect it (IP & Patent Dynamics)
2:00 pmBreakout – Case 2 discussion
2:30 pmManufacturing & Technology Evolution (Partner Risk and Management)
3:30 pmCanadian Industry – Update on Global Context and Evolution
4:00 pmConclusion of TNT Session

Pricing and Registration

The registration fee is $595*, and the deadline is September 8, 2023.


Note: A discount is available for multiple participants from the same organization. Contact Patricia Tokunaga at for assistance.

Instructor Bio

Peter R. Fillmore
: Innovation & Revenue Growth Advisor; LinkedIn profile at

Peter Fillmore is an advisor, coach, and trainer, delivering solutions for business and personal growth to technical entrepreneurs, teams, and innovation organizations. He has over 25 years of marketing, sales, product, and management experience in the global technology industry.

Peter has also contributed to the growth of Canadian technology marketing skills through over 80 articles published and numerous seminars designed and delivered for OCRI, NRC, IEEE, and others. He taught and managed the Ottawa Entrepreneur’s Edge program over a 5-year period. His market strategy credentials include the establishment of his consulting practice as an affiliate of The Chasm Group of San Mateo, Silicon Valley’s premier market strategy firm.

Since 2019 Peter has served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Ottawa, teaching a graduate Engineering course, “Business Communication and Influence for Engineers”.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the contents of this workshop, please contact Patricia Tokunaga at


Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.

Event Details

Event Date: September 15, 2023
Location: RBCx Finance Quarter at HUB350 – 350 Legget Drive, Kanata
Registration Deadline: September 8, 2023