WATERLOO, ONTARIO - DALSA Corp. announces that its chairman and founder, Dr. Savvas Chamberlain, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. The announcement, made on Canada Day, July 1, 2009, recognizes his outstanding achievements as a research scientist, professor, inventor and entrepreneur.

The Order of Canada is this country's highest distinction, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. It will be presented to Dr. Chamberlain at a special investiture to be held at a later date.

During his 30-year career as a professor at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Chamberlain made many important contributions and published more than 150 papers in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was integral to building a world-class electrical engineering program and through his efforts and leadership, the University's first microelectronics laboratory was established.

Dr. Chamberlain's research into CMOS and CCD image sensors earned him 22 patents in semiconductor design and fabrication, and his entrepreneurial spirit helped him turn his research into a robust business delivering high performance in digital imaging and specialized semiconductor fabrication. Dalsa, the company he founded in 1980, has grown to approximately 1,000 employees worldwide and in 2008 recorded more than $200 million in revenue.

Dr. Chamberlain is active in many local charities, and has served on many professional committees. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the IEEE, and the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, and the Ontario Premier's Catalyst Award winner for Lifetime Achievement in Innovation.