Dean's Advisory Board - Member Profile

Robert TongRobert Tong

Vice President of Medical and Wireless Products Division, ON Semiconductor

From fledgling start-up to foreign-owned subsidiary, Robert Tong has spent 30 years navigating the waters of Waterloo Region’s tech sector.

Starting with Cambridge-based satellite company COM DEV in 1981, Tong joined Dspfactory, a spinoff of hearing-aid leader Unitron in Kitchener, in 1999. He grew the company from $250,000 to $15 million in annual sales by 2004, when it was acquired by U.S.-based AMI Semiconductor. AMI was then purchased by ON Semiconductor, a multinational based in Phoenix, in 2008.

As vice-president of ON’s medical division, with operations employing about 50 in Waterloo and 140 in Burlington, Tong has come to know the unique aspects of heading up Canadian operations for a parent company based abroad.

Mr. Tong holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Masters of Engineering from Waterloo University and MBA from Wilfred Laurier.