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Moving Quantum Computing from Theory to Practice


Quantum computing is a disruptive technology that has the potential to revolutionize government, security, and the workings of society. It is estimated that the global market for quantum computing hardware will exceed $7.1 billion by 2026.

This event builds on our popular introduction to the quantum computing event held on February 5, 2021, and the relevance of this fascinating topic to the Government of Canada.

The first half of the event will explore the practical uses of quantum computers as well as some of the innovative projects being developed in this area. In the afternoon, participants will take a deeper, hands-on technical dive into personally programming a quantum computer.

Opening Remarks

Geneviève Tanguay, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, National Research Council

Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Peter Mason, Director, The Internet of Things: Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, National Research Council Canada

Welcoming Remarks

Neil Bouwer, Vice President, Innovation and Policy Services Branch, Canada School of Public Service

Quantum Computing Showcase

  • Christian Weedbrook, Founder and CEO, Xanadu
  • Alireza Yazdi, Founder and CEO, Anyon Systems Inc.
  • Michele Mosca, Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
  • Vlad Gheorghiu, CEO, President and Co-Founder, softwareQ Inc.


  • Ghislain Lefebvre, Partnership Development Manager, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Sarah Blanchette, Junior Quantum Computing Developer, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Kenneth Wood, Global Business Development Director, IBM Quantum System Program
  • Maxime Dion, Quantum Computing Developer
  • Marco Armenta, Quantum Computing Software Developer, Université de Sherbrooke

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