Quantum Pathways to Commercialization

Monday, December 13, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Meet with experts who have taken their academic experience and found opportunities to bring quantum to market. As part of this panel, they will discuss their personal pathway into commercialization including challenges and lessons learned.


Kristine Boone
Kristine Boone is the Business Development Representative of Quantum Engineering Solutions at Keysight Technologies. Prior to her role at Keysight, Boone was a researcher at the quantum computing start-up Quantum Benchmark Inc. (acquired 2021) and obtained her PhD from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. Her research focused on the characterization of quantum systems, in particular, a protocol known as “randomized benchmarking”, the global standard for characterizing the performance of quantum computers.

Jean-Philipe Bourgoin
Jean-Philippe Bourgoin obtained his PhD at IQC in 2014 following research focused on satellite-based quantum cryptography. In 2017 he co-founded Single Quantum Systems, a Waterloo-based startup, with IQC faculty member Michael Reimer. As the CEO, Bourgoin leads Single Quantum Systems in the development of quantum sensing systems that combine laser-based light detection and ranging (LIDAR) with single photon detectors to improve sensitivity, spatial resolution, positioning, and ranging accuracy. Bourgoin is also the CTO of QEYnet, another startup he co-founded with IQC faculty member Thomas Jennewein and IQC Research Associate Brendon Higgins. QEYnet is developing a low-cost satellite quantum key distribution (QKD) system for the defence industry and telecommunication providers to ensure secure communication channels.

Pooya Ronagh
Pooya Ronagh is a Research Assistant Professor at IQC and in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Scientific Lead at the Perimeter Institute Quantum Intelligence Lab (PIQuIL), and Director of the Hardware Innovation Lab at 1QBit. With an interest in algorithmic aspects of quantum computation, his research focuses on the design and analysis of quantum algorithms for learning, quantum and classical optimal control, and architectures for fault-tolerant quantum computation.


Raymond Laflamme
Raymond Laflamme is the founding Executive Director of IQC that he led from 2002 to 2017. He is presently the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis "John von Neumann" Chair at IQC and a member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. In 2011 he founded Universal Quantum Devices, a startup commercializing spinoffs of quantum information research, with colleagues Thomas Jennewein and Steve MacDonald. He also recently started another company, QuantumLaf Inc., that advises about quantum technologies.

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