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Building Quality Electronics Through Outsourcing - North America or Offshore?

Icarus was aware that when other companies chose a name-brand, offshore vendor to build their first product they were surprised by the effort required to effectively manage arms-length production.  For their newest product, Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS, they repatriated production with great success. Most companies go offshore believing that it is a cost-saving option to bring new products to market – but is it?


“Building a relationship with your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner is critical to effectively bring a product to market from concept to fulfillment,” according to Richard LaLau, president, Quadrant Electronics Inc (QEI). “But be careful when assessing your EMS culture, as it makes a big difference knowing how to properly manufacture an electronic product and how parts are bought and sold globally.” 

In Icarus's case, the firm’s first offshore manufacturing experience became more expensive due to unexpected issues relating to a lack of onsite management for their new product introduction according to LaLau. As a result, Icarus chose QEI’s Original Device Manufacturer (ODM) services. “You can cost efficiently build a quality product in North America through better design and partnering with a local manufacturing partner,” says LaLau. “Together with Dorigo Systems, we were able to leverage their contract manufacturing services, coupled with our design, to seamlessly fit into the manufacturing process, obtaining 99.4% first pass yields for Icarus.” 

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Canada's only national coast-to-coast Electronics Tradeshows!

Dorigo will be attending the following shows in 2017:

  • Edmonton - March 7, 2017
  • Calgary - March 9, 2017
  • Vancouver - June 1, 2017
  • Quebec City - September 26, 2017
  • Mississauga - November 2, 2017

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We'd love to meet you in-person at the show or dates near the event. Contact the Business Development Team at 605-294-4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a meeting.

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In a high-tech world, it’s easy to see innovation – and forget the people behind the scenes. For Mark Pillon, P.Eng., the founder and president of Dorigo Systems Ltd., people are the priority, because they’re the source of success. “The world is changing rapidly, and while technology is the engine that drives that change, it is still people that make things happen—and the people at Dorigo are among the very best at what they do.” It’s a philosophy that has garnered Dorigo a reputation for excellence within the Electronic  Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry for over 28 years. Pillon started Dorigo in 1988 from his parent’s home, armed with an engineering science degree from Simon Fraser University and a grand vision. 

Discover what sets Dorigo apart from the EMS competition by reading the full article.


Dorigo is participating in this year's Festival of Lights at Brentwood Mall in Burnaby, BC. The annual event raises funds for community projects including the Rotary Club's "Boots for Kids" program. 

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If you're based in Vancouver, we hope that you'll visit Brentwood Mall to view our beautiful tree and feel the spirit of the season. 

Wishing all of our loyal customers and vendors a joyful holiday season and prosperous new year from all the staff at Dorigo Systems!

Dorigo Systems is Awarded 2016 Business of the Year by Burnaby Board of Trade
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Recognizing Dorigo’s achievement in innovation, success and community service

Dorigo Systems was honoured to be presented with the Burnaby Board of Trade “Business of the Year” Excellence award at their ceremony held on November 3, 2016. Now in its 17th year, the Burnaby Board of Excellence Awards (BBEAs) represent the highest business honour in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Mark Pillon, President, Dorigo Systems, accepted the award and thanked the Burnaby Board of Trade for selecting Dorigo as this year’s Business of the Year. “It is truly an honour to be considered in a category alongside esteemed businesses such as Fortinet Technologies, Mott Electric, Pacific Blue Cross and Traction on Demand,” said Pillon. “Each of these companies, and indeed all of the nominees, inspire us in their commitment to community, innovation and success.”

Pillon started Dorigo Systems from his parent’s home in 1988 armed with an Engineering Science degree from Simon Fraser University. He built Dorigo Systems on the values his parents instilled in him – perseverance, teamwork, adaptability and – above all – hard work. Dorigo has grown significantly since those early days and now occupies over 45,000 sq. feet of manufacturing space and employs nearly 100 people.

Dorigo Systems has built a reputation for being one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading contract manufacturers of printed circuit board assemblies. According to Pillon, “We can attribute much of our success to our strong commitment to manufacture the highest quality assemblies and assist our customers in taking their product from prototype to production.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Dorigo’s move to Burnaby and, as Dorigo looks again towards expansion, the organization is dedicated to growing the business in Burnaby.

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Awards of Excellence featured in Burnaby Now magazine and T-Net