Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> June 14, 2004


DAN GELBART is Chief Technology Officer of Creo Inc. He has a lifelong interest in developing technology and products combining electronics, optics and precision mechanics. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion. His work has been recognized within the scientific and research community, as well as in the marketplace. In 1986 he was awarded the BC Science Council Gold Medal, in 1994 an Honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University, and in 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Institute of Printing. In Canada, Mr. Gelbart worked first for MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. where he was involved in starting two local high-tech companies: MDI-Motorola and Cymbolic Sciences. Both companies were founded to exploit technology patented by him and both achieved market leadership in their fields (mobile data terminals and color film recorders). In 1984, he co-founded Creo Products Inc. From 1984-1992 Creo was involved in optical data storage, shifting to printing in 1992. Today Creo employs over 4,300 people, has annual revenues of C$1 billion and is the world's largest supplier of computer-to-plate systems. At Creo he pioneered the thermal exposure technology, which later won the 1996 GATF award and was followed by the major players in the industry. Profile
TWST: What is Creo?

Mr. Gelbart: Creo is a company with a mission to automate the printing

industry or, in other words, to take it from a craft base to an

automated manufacturing base. We are,