CSPS Digital Academy Events/Moving Quantum Computing from Theory to Practice - Event Program

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Event Program - June 16th, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 4:15 PM

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10:30 AM - 10:35 PM


  • Dr. Peter Mason, Director, Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, National Research Council - Masters of Ceremony

Welcome Remarks

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

10:35 AM - 10:55 PM

Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage

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

10:55 AM - 11:10 AM

Quantum Computing Showcase

Hear highlights from Canadian companies who are innovating in the area of quantum computing.


  • Christian Weedbrook, Founder and CEO, Xanadu
  • Alireza Yazdi, Founder and CEO at Anyon Systems Inc.
  • Vlad Gheorghiu, CEO, President and Co-Founder of softwareQ Inc

Presentation Slides:

11:10 AM - 12:40 PM

Open Discussion

View demonstrations and engage in open discussion about quantum computing. See it in action and learn what it means for you.


  • 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

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Ask Me Anything Discussion with Participants

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

Health Break

1:10 PM - 4:15 PM

Take part in the French or English version of this Hands-on Exercise for a deeper dive into quantum computing.

Hands-on Exercise - Intro to Quantum Computing (English)

For the session: IBM Quantum Composer


  • Marco Armenta, Quantum computing software developer/Développeur de logiciels d'informatique quantique, Université de Sherbrooke

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Hands-on Exercise - Intro to Quantum Computing (French)


  • Maxime Dion, Quantum Computing Developer, Université de Sherbrooke

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