Biography: David Lisk

David Lisk

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

David Lisk is the Vice-President of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

Prior to this assignment, David was the Executive Director for IRAP Ontario region and also served as an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) with IRAP Business Advisory responsibilities in the Ontario region from 2009 to 2012.

David is a seasoned industry veteran with approximately 35 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry with emphasis on semiconductor manufacturing, hardware system development, operations and business. Prior to IRAP, David spent four years as CEO of DFT Microsystems, a venture backed semiconductor test equipment firm in Montréal.

Previous to DFT, David served as VP of Operations at Tundra Semiconductor with responsibility for manufacturing, QA, systems, product engineering, production testing and customer service. David joined Newbridge Microsystems in 1993 and played a key role as the company spun-out from parent Newbridge Networks (now Alcatel Canada) to become Tundra Semiconductor in 1995. He was involved in Tundra's subsequent successful IPO in 1998.

In addition, David worked at Canadian Marconi Company for five years in the cockpit display group and at General Dynamics (formerly Computing Devices) for five years in the ported coax intrusion detection system group.

David holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.