CSPS Digital Academy Events/A New Approach to Harnessing the Potential of Quantum Computing - Speaker Biographies

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Date and time: February 16, 2022 | 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm (ET)

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Speaker Biographies

Philippe Lamontagne (Master of Ceremonies)

Research Officer, Cyber Security Team, National Research Council Canada
Philippe Lamontagne is a research officer in the cyber security team of the National Research Council. He received his PhD from Université de Montréal in 2018. His areas of expertise are cryptography and quantum information. He studies the use of quantum information for cryptographic tasks from lesser assumptions and the provable security of cryptographic protocols against quantum adversaries. He also has interest in the security of classical cryptography against quantum adversaries, also known as post-quantum cryptography, and in cryptographic solutions to privacy.

Joel David Martin

Chief Digital Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Joel Martin is the Chief Digital Research Officer of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), overseeing the Digital Technologies Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Machine Learning, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Martin has received awards for exceptional leadership and for innovative approaches to technology transfer. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed research articles and taught Computer Science courses at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Since joining the NRC in 1994, he has been a researcher and served in multiple leadership roles in the Digital Technologies Research Centre, including Director General, Senior Director, Director of Research and Development, Program Lead of the Multimedia Analytic Tools for Security program, Team Leader, and project lead.

His strategic leadership has resulted in an increase in the impact of digital technology research at the NRC and beyond, including advances and applications in data science and analytics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, machine translation, computer vision and graphics, cybersecurity, human-computer interfaces, natural language processing, medical and bioinformatics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, under his leadership, the Research Centre has been successful in introducing digital technologies to detect disease outbreaks, some of which are now used worldwide, and digital technologies that promote Indigenous languages in Canada.

In addition, Dr. Martin has established research and development programs drawing interest and collaboration from universities and other government departments. These initiatives include the NRC's Data Analytics Centre, the Multimedia Analytic Tools for Security program, and the AI for Design Challenge program. They have increased both scientific output and impact of the NRC's Digital Technologies Research Centre to Canada and Canadians.

Olivia Di Matteo

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Olivia Di Matteo joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UBC as an Assistant Professor in January 2022. She obtained her PhD at the University of Waterloo and Institute for Quantum Computing in 2019 in Physics (Quantum Information). Following her PhD, she worked as a Quantum Information Science Associate at TRIUMF, and subsequently as a Quantum Computing Educator and Researcher at the Toronto-based quantum startup Xanadu. Her research interests in quantum computing include compilation, circuits and algorithms; tomography and characterization; open-source quantum software; and education

Barry Sanders

Professor, Director Institute of Quantum Science and Technology, University of Calgary
Professor Barry Sanders is Director of the University of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, Scientific Director of Calgary’s “Quantum City”, and Lead Investigator of Quantum Alberta. His Doctor of Philosophy (1988) and Doctor of Science (2018) are from Imperial College London, and his research spans quantum science and technology, including quantum sensing, quantum computing, and quantum communication. Sanders holds distinguished visiting positions at the University of Science and Technology of China and at the Raman Research Institute in India, and he is a Scientist/Mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab branches at the Universities of Toronto and Calgary. He is former Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Physics and is currently Chair of the NanoCanada Board of Directors. His accomplishments are recognized through Fellowships of the Royal Society of Canada, the United Kingdom Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and Optica.

Murray Thom

Vice President, Product Management, D-Wave Systems Inc
Murray Thom is Vice President of Product Management at D-Wave, with nearly 20 years of experience in the quantum computing industry. In previous roles at D-Wave he was responsible for the development and delivery of the Leap quantum cloud service and the Ocean open source tools. He has led teams engaged in customer projects related to algorithms, applications, and performance testing. He has even assembled a few early quantum computers by hand.

Aimee Gunther

Deputy Director, Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Aimee is the Deputy Director of the Internet of Things: Quantum Sensors Challenge Program (QSP) at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). At NRC, she also engages across research centres and collaborative challenge programs to shape and lead the Quantum Communications and Quantum Photonics themes within the High-Throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program and the QSP, respectively. Aimee has over a decade of experience communicating quantum and optical science whether it be to kids, families, or policymakers. Aimee has PhD (Quantum Information) in experimental quantum optics from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. Her research encompassed: quantum photonics, nonlinear optics, biological imaging, and ultrafast laser science.

Phil Kaye

Deputy Director and Program Manager, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Phil Kaye graduated in the first PhD cohort from Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2007. From 2004 to 2018 he served in a variety of roles with the Government of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, primarily as a trusted advisor on the impacts of quantum technologies. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Program Reporter for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Quantum Information Processing Program. In 2007, Phil co-authored a seminal textbook on quantum algorithms (“An Introduction to Quantum Computing”, Kaye, Laflamme, Mosca, 2007). From 2018 to 2020, he worked for D-Wave Systems as Program Director, Corporate Affairs. In 2019 he co-founded and chaired Quantum Industry Canada (QIC), a consortium representing over 24 Canadian quantum technology companies. Presently, Phil is serving as the Deputy Program Director for the National Research Council’s Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, as well as the Lead for NRC’s Applied Quantum Computing Initiative. In his spare time, Phil pilots an airplane that he built in his garage, plays the guitar and composes music.