Quantum Days 2024
February 21-23, 2024
Event Summary
Quantum Days 2024 was an extraordinary milestone for the Canadian quantum community, vividly showcasing the rapid acceleration and convergence of our priority areas in quantum science and technology. As President of Deep Tech Canada, I am thrilled to witness our community-led vision for the quantum landscape coming to fruition, underscored by remarkable discussions on quantum materials, sensors, error correction, benchmarking, and the integration of quantum computing into various fields. From our first 2021 online experience where we wanted to touch on all the themes of a future national quantum strategy and include industry, this year's first in-person edition highlighted how much progress has been realised through collaboration across thematics.  From engineering quantum states and entanglement for useful quantum sensors, to great leaps in error correction and mitigation for usable quantum computers, to defining performance benchmarks for quantum computers. This year, multinationals and Canadian quantum companies were keen to be part of panels to discuss scientific issues of importance to the commercialisation of their products—the conversations revolved around working together and making it happen. The sheer energy and engagement of the students participating in the conference are promising for the future of quantum in Canada. 

Quantum Days 2024 was made possible because of our incredible and committed partners, Quantum City, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, University of Ottawa, Institut quantique, the National Research Council and our amazing sponsors who participated, promoted, engaged, and supported every step of the way. Thank you as well to our Program Chair, Lindsay Leblanc for her leadership in developing the three-day program, our amazing speakers who volunteered their time to participate, and our program and organizing committees who spent the last year working with us to bring it all together. Stay tuned for big plans for Quantum Days 2025! 

We are at the cusp of a new era where quantum technologies will not only solve complex problems but also inspire innovations across life sciences, secure communication, and beyond. I invite everyone to join Deep Tech Canada on this exhilarating journey. Together, we are not just witnessing the future; we are actively shaping it. Let's enable a quantum-powered future, with collaborative innovation. 
Marie D'lorio
President, Deep Tech Canada
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Conference Chair

Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
Conference Chair
Associate Professor, Physics - University of Alberta
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Program Committee

Aggie Branczyk
Aggie Branczyk
Senior Research Scientist, IBM Quantum
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Affiliate Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Associate Member, Institute for Quantum Computing
Aimee K. Gunther
Aimee K. Gunther
Deputy Director, Quantum Sensors Program
National Research Council Canada
Boris Braverman
Boris Braverman
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
Jeff Lundeen
Jeff Lundeen
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Photonics
University of Ottawa
Joshua Folk
Joshua Folk
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Stewart Blusson Quantum Materials Institute
University of British Columbia
Mathieu Juan
Mathieu Juan
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Institut quantique de l’Université de Sherbrooke

Organizing Committee

Anna Dyring
Anna Dyring
Quantum Strategic Initiative Lead, Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control (CQIQC)
University of Toronto
Christian Sarra-Bournet
Christian Sarra-Bournet
Executive Director, Institut quantique
Université de Sherbrooke
Eric Daigle
Eric Daigle
Product Manager
Norcada
Janice Warkentin
Janice Warkentin
Executive Director
Deep Tech Canada
Emily Petroff
Emily Petroff
Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships, Grants and Awards
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Megan Lee
Megan Lee
Managing Director
Quantum City
Paola Baca
Paola Baca
Managing Director
Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute
Peter Mason
Peter Mason
Director, Quantum Sensors Program
National Research Council of Canada
Kayleigh Platz
Kayleigh Platz
Director, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Ebrahim Karimi
Ebrahim Karimi
Canada Research Chair in Structured Quantum Waves
Co-Director of uOttawa Quantum Institute (NexQT)

Partners

Quantum City - University of CalgaryInstitut QuantiqueStewart Blusson Quantum Matter InstituteUniversity of OttawaNRC

Silver Sponsors

OCIFIDEaSUniversity of Alberta
quanTAPhotonic

Bronze Sponsors

Nord QuantiqueSBQuantumInstitut CourtoisXanaduQuantum Algorithms InstituteagnostiqNatural Resources CanadaIBM Quantum
Anyon

Coffee Break Sponsors

Alberta Innovates

Networking Reception Sponsors

Poster Session Sponsors

ATTENDEE DEMOGRAPHIC

Academia 35%  |  Students 28%  |  Industry 15%  |  Government 13%  |  Other 7%  |  Start-ups 2%

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Quantum Days 2024 hosted a poster viewing session to showcase excellence in quantum science and technology. The poster session also provided researchers with an inclusive opportunity to build connections with established experts, discuss their research, and be connected to important programs and funding opportunities for quantum science and technology. 60 posters were presented, and 45 were entered in the student poster competition.

Here are the top posters for 2024.
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 From an exhibitor standpoint, Quantum Days was a perfect meeting for networking with the diverse community participating in the success of the Canadian quantum ecosystem. We had the opportunity to learn what the ecosystem is up to at the same time as sharing our success stories and vision of the quantum field.   

Ghislain Lefebvre  
Manager and Chief Partnership Officer  
Institut quantique de l’Université de Sherbrooke 


NSERC’s participation in Quantum Days 2024 was facilitated by the impeccable organization of the event and the effective support received from Deep Tech Canada. The event was a unique opportunity for NSERC to connect with many participants regarding its latest funding opportunity to advance the industrial readiness of quantum sensing technologies. Congratulations to the organizers for a successful event!  

Samir Boughaba  
Deputy Director – Research Partnerships 
NSERC  


 I want to thank Quantum Days and Deep Tech Canada for organizing the amazing 2024 Quantum Days conference here at the University of Calgary. I got to present my poster as a graduate student, engage in insightful conversations with great scientists, and learn more about the ongoing quantum research in Canada.   

Sohrab Samadi
Student​
University of Calgary


It [Quantum Days 2024] was a truly wonderful experience that allowed me to see the close-knit community forming the Canadian ecosystem work together. Through multiple talks and networking sessions, I gained a deeper appreciation for the various subfields of quantum, while building meaningful connections that will bring UBC Quantum Club further in our goal of making quantum more accessible to the undergraduate community. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for quantum! 

Sherwin Tiu
Student​

University of British Columbia 


I’ve enjoyed this conference so much. So grateful to the organizers for putting on a conference unlike any other! 

Hossein Sadeghi Esfahani
Senior Principal 
PASQAL Canada Inc.


As an exhibitor/speaker/attendee/sponsor, overall our experience was fantastic.  

From an exhibitor perspective, it was good to be in the midst of a very diverse exhibition hall (industry, academia, and institutes fairly even in numbers). This made for exciting interactions, networking, and overall engagement with various groups and entities. The setting of the event at the university, was a brilliant idea, as it naturally drew out young talented minds looking to network and speak about their respective research and plans for the future. In speaking with a lot of fellow exhibitors (particularly, industry), they were certainly excited about prospective talent and hiring opportunities that the geographical setting of the event brought. We were certainly able to connect at deeper levels with many who dropped by our booth – including meeting some current and prospective participants to our NQS challenge, as well as those interested in our upcoming challenges. Along with project funding opportunities, there was also a great sense of eagerness by the industry to learn about workforce development opportunities – something we know is an important topic in recent times. 

From a speaker perspective, Roshan gave his presentation on day 2 of the event. Overall, the sequencing and planning of speakers/panels/keynotes was really well done, and it gave a good formal structure and fluidity to the days’ proceedings at the same time. I can’t speak for Roshan, but the templates provided as well as the coordination of transmitting files back and forth for presenting seemed to be very well organized. Almost every speaking session appeared to have zero flaws in logistics (which is quite rare in such a large event and so many speakers!). I enjoyed listening to as many of the speaker sessions as I could – as well as some of the riveting conversations and opinions that the panels brought out.  

From an attendee perspective, while it may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, I think the event on the Whova app was very well designed and one could see the large volume of engagement and connectedness several of the attendees felt through it.  

In summary, we really enjoyed our time over the course of the 3 days at the event and were very humbled to see the amazing work happening in the quantum world at all levels. Personally, I am looking forward to the next one! 

Aakash Rao
Manager, Project Development
NGen

Thank you for organizing this event. You did a really good job😊

Good mix of topics. Very good speakers

Excellent sessions and great networking throughout the day.

Thanks for the great platform 😊

Equally informative, nice balance between panel/showcase/research

Thank you for being so amazing!

Great exhibitors!

Impressed by the quality of the posters

Amazing talent!

It would be wonderful to continue the tradition of this conference

Great conference! Thanks to everyone who helped organize it.

It was great to have an in-person event.

QUANTUM DAYS 2024 PARTNERS
Quantum City - University of CalgaryInstitut QuantiqueStewart Blusson Quantum Matter InstituteUniversity of OttawaNRC
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