UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute was in Calgary for Quantum Days 2024, a national gathering bringing together Canada’s quantum ecosystem from coast to coast.

Hosted by Deep Tech Canada, this year’s event was opened by the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Dan Vandal, and the Minister of Technology and Innovation in Alberta, the Honourable Nate Glubish.

Image: Blusson QMI Investigator Ziliang Ye speaks as part of a panel at Quantum Days 2024.

Minister Glubish highlighted the transformative potential of quantum technologies.
“Quantum is going to change everything we do. It’s going to open up so many new doors and so many new revolutionary innovations,” said Minister Glubish, emphasizing the importance of investment in quantum research and development.

Blusson QMI Investigator Ziliang Ye participated in a panel discussion on the role of quantum materials in advancing quantum technology and chaired the event’s poster competition.

“We have entered a new age of design-based quantum materials research, pushing the boundaries of quantum science. These new systems require high-quality material synthesis with high precision and advanced nanofabrication capabilities, in which we have developed deep expertise,” said Ye.

Blusson QMI Investigator Joseph Salfi participated in a quantum showcase session that explored the breakthroughs enhancing Canada’s position as a leader in quantum technology.

Image: Blusson QMI Investigator Joseph Salfi speaks as part of a tech showcase at Quantum Days 2024.

“The successful design, fabrication and testing of hole spin qubits at UBC has catalyzed a big effort across Canada for quantum simulation with this type of devices, where individual electrons behave essentially like elements in a simulation where we can get full control over them as spins, but also in a more ambitious way as localized fermionic modes,” said Salfi.

Blusson QMI Managing Director Paola Baca congratulated Deep Tech Canada on a successful event, noting the gathering was an opportunity to showcase Canada’s capability in quantum science and technology.

“By bringing together academia, industry and government, Quantum Days 2024 provided a national platform to discuss advancements in quantum research, real-world applications, and forging partnerships for impactful collaboration,” said Baca.

“The conference created an enriching space for students and junior researchers to expand their quantum horizons by engaging in a robust program of scientific talks and industry showcases.”

Image: Blusson QMI PhD student Mohammad Khalifa pictured with his winning poster at Quantum Days 2024.

Blusson QMI PhD student Mohmmad Khalifa was among the winners of the poster competition for his poster titled Kinetic Inductance Parametric Amplification in High Magnetic Field.

Other Blusson QMI members present at the event included ANF Scientific Director Jeff Young, Investigators Lukas Chrostowski and Ke Zou, Facilities Director Pinder Dosanjh, Postdoctoral Fellows Matthew Mitchell and Chris Coleman, Quantum BC’s Bahiyyih Peters, Communications Manager Zad Abbasi, and students Adan Azem, Arnab Adhikary, Abhishek Abhishek, Mukhlasur Tanvir, Marcus Edwards and Hoa Jia.

Quantum Days is a three-day conference that brings together Canada’s quantum community. The interactive sessions feature talks by prominent speakers, panel discussions, industry sessions, and poster presentations with over 1,000 participants.

As a founding sponsor of Quantum Days, Blusson QMI has supported the event through sponsorships and scientific contributions since its inception in 2021. With a strong commitment to training the future quantum workforce and pushing the boundaries of quantum innovation, Blusson QMI is set to play a pivotal role in translating today’s discoveries into tomorrow’s solutions, solidifying Canada’s position as a global leader in quantum technology.