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Norsat’s President and CEO named to WXN Hall of Fame

Posted on Monday, November 30

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Norsat is pleased to announce that Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This is the fifth time that Dr. Chan has received this prestigious award, and thus has been instated into the WXN Hall of Fame!

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments and professional achievements of Canada’s top female leaders, as well as their organizations and networks and inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Dr. Chan joined Norsat in 2004 as VP Operations and since her appointment as President and CEO in 2006, Dr. Chan has utilized her leadership capabilities to more than triple revenue and significantly expand the company’s product portfolio to position Norsat for continued future growth.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, Norsat and Dr. Chan work to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women to help them thrive and succeed within the technology industry.

Dr. Chan joins a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

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Norsat Ranks 75 on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Most Profitable Companies

Posted on Tuesday, November 24

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Based on 2014 Net Income, Norsat ranked 75 among some of the top BC companies on Business in Vancouver’s 100 Most Profitable List. Norsat saw a +21% increase in net income from 2013 to 2014.

Sectors ranging from technology, mining and retail to banking and forestry, topping the list again were Telus, along with several crown corporations such as BC Lotteries, BC Liquor Distribution and BC Hydro.  But as reported in Business in Vancouver, a softening economy and a shifting business landscape could present some challenges for some of these top companies. Let’s wait and see what 2015 delivers.

For the full list of the top 100 Download here.

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Norsat in Full Force at Premier International Conference for Military Communications

Posted on Friday, November 6

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Norsat participated in the 34th annual Milcom 2015 show last week in Tampa, Florida. Milcom is the premier international conference for military communications. “Leveraging Technology – The Joint Imperative” was the theme for this year’s event and there was no shortage of interesting and educational keynotes, panels and technical sessions that explored and defined the benefits that joint-level collaboration brings to current and future communication challenges and addressed the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations.

The Tampa location is ideal for this discussion, with close proximity to the MacDill Air Force Base military community, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. MILCOM offers industry the opportunity to discuss communications technologies and services with decision makers from all branches of the armed forces, the Department of Defense, federal agencies and multinational forces.

Norsat’s satellite sales team was in full force showcasing several of our top satellite communications solutions: GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal; Rover, Norsat’s ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal; CFK-100E compact fly-away kit; CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit; and the ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat was excited to talk to customers and saw considerable interest from customers on our new low Ku-band BUCs designed for use with the FSS Appendix 30B satellite links.IMG_6537



During the show, Norsat met up with Ken Murphy at the iDirect social event on Tuesday night. Ken was a long-term Norsat portable terminal customer that has now moved on to work for Comtech as their Director of Government Programs. Ken was working in Belgium when his teams deployed Norsat’s 1.8m and 2.4m SigmaLink terminals and 1m compact Rover terminals for allied forces in the region. It was great to catch up with Ken and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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Profit 500 Says We Are Tops

Posted on Tuesday, September 29


The October 2015 issue of Canadian Business Magazine features the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada and Norsat ranked 467! All applicants are ranked by the five-year percentage revenue growth from 2009 through 2014. Companies were shortlisted based on revenue figures provided and then verified through online questionnaires, phone interviews and review of financial statements.

There was some astounding performance by Canadian companies this year with the number one company growing over 25,000%; Norsat’s grew over 71% for the 5-year period.

Some of the top businesses shared their secrets. They said their growth can be attributed to providing better service, offering superior products and having more attractive work cultures than the competition.

To learn more secrets from the leaders of the top companies and to see the full listing of the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies click here.

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Posted on Friday, August 28

Built off the innovation and success of the existing ATOM series platform, Norsat’s Ka-Band ATOM Block Upconverters (BUCs) will be hitting the streets soon!

A prototype of the 25 Watt Ka-band BUC was shipped early this year to the first customer who helped Norsat develop this new frequency band to meet the size, weight and power efficiency goals that were required. The Ka-band BUC is ideal for Comms-on-the-Move, airborne and other commercial and military applications.

Norsat continues to stay at the forefront of innovation. The development of this Ka-band BUC is a testament to the commitment that Norsat has to its customers in developing and releasing products to meet their expanding product needs and the demand in the marketplace.

Stay tuned for more information about the availability of this fantastic new product line. For more information on Norsat’s ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs go to:


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Norsat: Shooting for the Stars

Posted on Monday, August 24

Many companies go through highs and lows. When the company is heading toward distress, new strategies need to be employed to salvage the business and propel the company back to success. Read a recent article published in BC Business magazine where Dr. Amiee Chan discusses the turnaround of Norsat and how revenues have doubled from 2006 to today.

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Considerations When Choosing a Portable Satellite Terminal

Posted on Thursday, August 20

With the continued reductions in global military budgets, governments are continuing to look for ways to equip soldiers in the field with critical Satcom technology while minimizing their capital expenditures. There are quite a few choices for portable satellite terminals and navigating the relevant requirements can be a daunting task. Read our latest article titled “ Portable Satellite Terminals – Considerations and Choices for Military Satellite Communications” written by Brian Donnelly, Vice President Sales and Marketing to learn about the factors that come into play when choosing a portable satellite terminal.

Read the article here!

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Learn More About the Specifications for LNBs and BUCs

Posted on Thursday, June 18

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Specification sheets for microwave components such as LNBs and BUCs are meant to provide the information you need to determine which of the products available in the market are best suited to your needs. If you are an Engineer it is easy to read these documents and make the necessary comparisons. If you do not have a background in Engineering it is a bit more complicated. For some specifications more is better, and for other less is more. An understanding of what the specifications actually mean and what their impact is on the system is important in order to make good decisions.

Sheri Morita, Norsat’s Senior Product Manager, has written an article for the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine that delves into some of the more common specifications for LNBs and BUCs. Topics addressed include an explanation of decibels (dB) – the measurement unit for many specifications; understanding what VSWR is and how it relates to return loss; a discussion on gain and gain variation; information on output power and the difference between Plin, P1dB and Psat; why L.O. stability is important for some applications but not others; and insights into noise, phase noise and spurious.

If you are responsible for purchasing LNBs and BUCs, or if you are simply interested in learning more on these topic then download the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine and read “A Primer On The Language Of… LNB + BUC”

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Innovative Technologies at Asia’s Representative Event – CommunicAsia

Posted on Thursday, June 4

IMG_1703This week at CommunicAsia2015, Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, the latest innovative technologies from Big Data, Business Analytics, Cloud technologies, IoT, to Zigbee were unveiled. SatComm2015, a part of CommunicAsia2015, provided a strategic platform for the satellite communication industry to congregate and address key satellite-based issues within Asia-Pacific’s mobile ecosystem. It also provided an avenue for players to be updated on the latest satellite technologies.

Much like the Satellite 2015 show, CommunicAsia was much busier than in 2014, and the general thoughts around the industry are very positive. Unlike Satellite 2015 however, there is not much talk or demand for Ka-band products in Asia, although the discussions are starting.
Norsat’s ATOM BUC was again a huge draw and still remains the smallest, lightest, and most power efficient BUC on the planet despite some recent claims by others (yet their own specifications show it not to be true!).

Asia is still a C-Band market and Norsat’s new 5000 series C-Band PLL LNB garnered a lot of interest given its PLL performance at near DRO prices. Customers were happy to see this new product from Norsat as it fills a gap in the L.O. stability between Norsat’s 3000 and 8000 product lines. Norsat also entertained several in-depth discussions with prospects on our VSAT terminals.

On Monday, June 1, the Canadian Federal Government held a reception with about t 150 people in attendance. The event provided Canadian companies with a business networking platform to meet with companies from different countries in the APAC region.

All in all the show was a success with the Norsat booth constantly busy with customers appreciating Norsat’s standard products and our ability to deliver custom products fast.

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Norsat President & CEO Ranks #49 on Profit/Chatelaine W100

Posted on Monday, June 1

Profit-ChatelaineW100_2015_logoDr. Amiee Chan, President & CEO ranked #49 on the 17th annual Profit/Chatelaine W100 List. The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honored are published in print and online. The W100 ranks female business leaders using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage.

It may seem a bit antiquated to shine the spotlight on women alone, but sadly, it’s still vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and leaders. Women still earn 24% less than men, while occupying just 16% of the seats on corporate boards. Moreover, when women found a company with a male partner, it’s the man who ends up as the head of the company in 85% of cases.

It is no wonder that Dr. Chan made this list! On top of being a female in a male dominated industry, her strategic vision has enabled Norsat to become a leading provider of innovative communication solutions. Her customer focused product development strategy has led to the successful commercialization of products for the satellite and wireless markets.

Since taking the reins at Norsat in 2006, Dr. Chan has led the company from near insolvency to consistent revenue growth and profitability. She is well known for her entrepreneurship and financial management within the satellite communications industry and the local business community.

To see the complete ranking and list of the 2015 PROFIT/Chatelaine Top Female Entrepreneurs click here.

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