Federal government announces co-chairs of Quantum Advisory Council that will lead newly launched National Quantum Strategy

Friday, January 13, 2023

Dr. Raymond Laflamme, founding director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, has been named Chair of the National Quantum Strategy’s (NQS) Quantum Advisory Council. The announcement was made today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Laflamme will work in close collaboration with fellow Chair Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Chief Quantum Officer of Photonic and IQC affiliate. 

The NQS will guide the development of future quantum technologies in Canada and ensure that Canada maintains its quantum innovation and leadership through the strategy’s three pillars of research, talent and commercialization.  

“I am delighted to have been asked to serve as a co-chair of the NQS Quantum Advisory Council, along with Dr. Simmons,” said Laflamme, the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis “John von Neumann” Chair in Quantum Information at IQC, professor in Physics and Astronomy at UWaterloo and an associate faculty at Perimeter Institute. “I have seen first-hand the benefit of cultivating a dynamic quantum ecosystem here in Waterloo Region and look forward to being part of the working group’s national approach to fostering a similar sense of community amongst quantum researchers and industries in all corners of our country.”  

Through the development of the NQS, and with the leadership of the Quantum Advisory Council, Canada aims to mobilize quantum research into commercial applications, foster large-scale partnerships, and train a next-generation workforce to ensure Canada remains at the forefront of quantum science and technology. 

“Dr. Laflamme, is one of the world's leading experts on quantum information, a pioneer instrumental in creating a uniquely collaborative quantum ecosystem in the Waterloo Region,” said Dr. Norbert Lütkenhaus, Executive Director at IQC and professor in Physics and Astronomy at Waterloo. “His leadership, along with Waterloo alumnus Dr. Simmons, will be pivotal in ensuring Canada can realize the full societal and economic benefits that a robust national quantum strategy will deliver.”   

The work IQC has been doing for over 20 years in research, talent development and commercialization aligns with the NQS. To learn more about how IQC’s research harnesses quantum information to develop powerful new technologies and drive future economies, visit the IQC website

Dr. Raymond Laflamme