Featuring a lineup of prominent speakers from across academia, industry and government, Quantum Days 2023 took place online between January 17-19, 2023. Organized by Deep Tech Canada (formerly NanoCanada), this year’s event was attended by over 1,000 participants from across the country.

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, officiated the event with a video recording noting that Canada’s newly launched Quantum Strategy will amplify Canada’s existing strength in quantum.

“We’re already doing impressive work in the science and research behind quantum, but now is the time to take our spot at the forefront of the quantum revolution,” said Minster Champagne.

“From batteries in electric vehicles to electricity grids, to supply chains or even how drugs and medicine are developed, the benefits of quantum technologies are really infinite, and so are the opportunities.”



Scientific Director at the University of British Columbia’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI), Prof. Andrea Damascelli, congratulated the organizing committee for another brilliant conference noting that the institute is proud to be a Founding Sponsor of the Quantum Days events.

“Quantum Days is a unique event where Canada’s quantum community, from subject matter experts and researchers to entrepreneurs, businesses, government representatives and policymakers, come together to learn about Canada’s capability in quantum science and discuss opportunities for collaboration and the training of the future quantum workforce,” Prof. Damascelli said.

“The event is also a great opportunity for early career researchers to network, participate in poster presentation competitions and hear from industry leaders on opportunities and barriers to commercializing research.”

As part of the event’s program, Principal Investigator at Blusson QMI and Professor at UBC’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, Jeff Young, presented a talk on Quantum Interfaces focused on integrated silicon photonic components for quantum information processing.

Quantum interfaces play an important role in quantum computing and quantum communications infrastructures, ensuring that quantum information can be robustly transmitted, manipulated, and transferred on and between different physical systems.

Postdoctoral Fellow at Blusson QMI, MengXing (Ketty) Na, moderated a session on Quantum Materials featuring speakers from universities across Canada.

“The Quantum Materials session showcased some exciting new talks from groups all over Canada. This year, we saw new interpretations of photo-induced superconductivity, the study of competing phases in high-temperature superconductors, and theoretical proposals for new topological materials,” said Dr. Na.

“The kind of dialogue that is present at Quantum Days is important both for established researchers as well as early career scientists. It creates synergy in the research efforts from institutions across Canada and is a place for spawning the collaborative research that is needed to answer the big scientific questions.”

Other highlights from Quantum Days 2023:

  • Over 20 exhibitors showcasing the latest in quantum technology.
  • A career fair, providing attendees with opportunities to connect with potential employers in the quantum field.
  • A scientific poster session with over 65 presenters (three cash prizes awarded).
  • Over 25 sponsors and exhibitors showcasing the latest in quantum technology from across Canada.
  • Scientific talks, panel discussions, live polling, and significant participant engagement in polls, Q&A, and community boards.


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