About Us

Since 2006 Opalux has created innovative, optically variable security devices to combat counterfeiting and improve the authentication of banknotes, passports and other high-value items.

Through the expertise of its scientists and engineers—many of whom hold a Ph.D.— Opalux has become a global leader in innovative anti-counterfeiting security features. As a result of this leadership, Opalux has obtained extensive patent protection for its products and forged strong links with a variety of leading security printers, suppliers, central banks and identity issuing authorities.

Management Team

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President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Allan Firhøj

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Chief Technology Officer, Director

Dr. André Arsenault

Allan Firhøj

President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Allan has over 25 years of experience as a CEO, President, Board Member, General Manager, VP and Director of Marketing. He has a consistent track record of delivering record growth and profitability by building engaging individuals and teams within company start-ups, companies reigniting growth, in rapidly changing environments, mergers and divestitures. With a deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries, he has been successful in building relationships in high-tech products and services markets with multi-nationals: winning major contracts, integrating market leading products, sales strategies, and marketing.

Dr. André Arsenault

Chief Technology Officer, Director

Dr. André Arsenault is a co-founder of Opalux and leads new and existing product development.  Under André’s leadership, Opalux’s scientists and engineers have developed a range of security features and have authored over 15 granted and pending patent families. He earned his Ph.D. degree in polymer and materials chemistry at the University of Toronto working with Professors Geoffrey A. Ozin and Ian Manners.  His doctoral dissertation was on tunable photonic crystal materials, the basis of Opalux’s products.  Additionally, with Professor Ozin, he wrote Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials. André is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded first prize in NSERC’s Innovation Challenge Award.

Board of Directors

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Director

Paul Chan

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Director

Jeffrey MacIntosh

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President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Allan Firhøj

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Chief Technology Officer, Director

Dr. André Arsenault

Paul Chan

Director

Paul Chan is an entrepreneur with broad interests and a record of success. After completing a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and an MBA in Finance at York University, Paul applied his skills and enthusiasm at various organizations including TD Bank, General Motors, and Imperial Oil. Following these experiences, he tackled the challenges of a career as an entrepreneur, pursuing projects of personal and public importance. Paul has developed property and automotive projects, followed later by the creation of an energy- and cost-efficient housing system. This system has found popularity in Europe, where it continues to be manufactured and sold. Paul is a co-founder and former CEO of Opalux. Today, he continues to be a lead champion of Opalux’s products.

Jeffrey MacIntosh

Director

Jeffrey MacIntosh holds the Toronto Stock Exchange Chair in Capital Markets Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is a past Associate Director and Director of the Capital Markets Institute at the University of Toronto.  Professor MacIntosh is also a Director of the Canadian Securities Exchange.   He holds law degrees from Harvard and Toronto, and a B.Sc. degree from M.I.T.  Professor MacIntosh has written extensively on various corporate and securities law topics, and his current research and publications focus on venture capital financing and government policy toward innovation.  He also served as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Task Force on Small Business

Allan Firhøj

President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

Allan has over 25 years of experience as a CEO, President, Board Member, General Manager, VP and Director of Marketing. He has a consistent track record of delivering record growth and profitability by building engaging individuals and teams within company start-ups, companies reigniting growth, in rapidly changing environments, mergers and divestitures. With a deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries, he has been successful in building relationships in high-tech products and services markets with multi-nationals: winning major contracts, integrating market leading products, sales strategies, and marketing.

Dr. André Arsenault

Chief Technology Officer, Director

Dr. André Arsenault is a co-founder of Opalux and leads new and existing product development.  Under André’s leadership, Opalux’s scientists and engineers have developed a range of security features and have authored over 15 granted and pending patent families. He earned his Ph.D. degree in polymer and materials chemistry at the University of Toronto working with Professors Geoffrey A. Ozin and Ian Manners.  His doctoral dissertation was on tunable photonic crystal materials, the basis of Opalux’s products.  Additionally, with Professor Ozin, he wrote Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials. André is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded first prize in NSERC’s Innovation Challenge Award.

Tunable Photonic Crystal Technology

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