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Canada-Germany Quantum Computing

EMBASSY OF CANADA IN BERLIN, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), national research council canada – germany, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Délégation générale du Québec, Ontario Trade and Invest | Stéphane Dion, Geneviève Tanguay, FRITHJOF A. MAENNEL, Peter Mason, Julie Lefebvre, Phil Kaye, Michele Mosca, Tatjana Wilk, Andrew Fursman, Nicolas Godbout, Niklas Hegemann, Manfred Hauswirth, JOEL MARTIN

Quantum computing is an up and coming vector in many industries. Join our virtual event to find out more!

Join the virtual event Canada-Germany Quantum Computing at Berlin Science Week on November 2nd, 2021, beginning at 09:30 h EDT // 14:30 h CET.  The event opens with an introduction to quantum computing, followed by descriptions of Canadian and German quantum computing ecosystems.  Next, Canadian and German experts representing industry, government, and academia are featured in a panel discussion about quantum computing hardware, software and future use cases.  A live Q&A session concludes.  Tune-in to learn all about quantum computing capabilities, current platforms, upcoming trends, and why it could be a tool that transforms our future.

Canada-Germany Quantum Computing is hosted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Embassy of Canada in Berlin, National Research Council Canada (NRC), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Délégation générale du Québec and Ontario Trade and Invest. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about quantum computing with the general public, researchers and industry – highlighting infrastructure and capacity in Canada and Germany.

Canada-Germany Quantum Computing celebrates 50 years of the Canada-Germany Treaty on Science and Technological Co-operation.

About Us

The Embassy of Canada to Germany in Berlin is the main actor in maintaining bilateral relations with Germany, promoting international trade and investment and providing travel and consular assistance. The Embassy is located at Leipziger Platz 17, Berlin, Germany.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the primary national research and technology organisation of the Government of Canada. Our mission consists of advancing knowledge, applying leading-edge technologies, and working with other innovators to find creative, relevant and sustainable solutions to Canada’s current and future economic, social and environmental challenges. NRC Germany, co-located at the Canadian Consulate in Munich, is a point of entry for researchers and businesses in Germany who are interested in research and development collaborations with the NRC, or with innovative Canadian companies.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes education, science and research and represents an important contribution to securing Germany’s prosperity.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is successfully addressing the major challenges of the 21st century, notably globalisation, digitisation, demographic change, recent developments within the EU, and the energy transition.

The Délégation générale du Québec in Munich ensures the promotion and influence of Québec on the institutional, economic, cultural and media levels. Together with its office in Berlin, it covers all the territories of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The Government of Ontario, Canada operates a network of International Trade and Investment Offices, located in Canadian diplomatic Missions around the world. The offices help to raise Ontario’s profile and build commercial relations in key global market.



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Stéphane Dion

Die Kanadische Botschaft in Berlin

Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, Global Affairs Canada


Ambassador Stéphane Dion presented his credentials as Canada’s Ambassador to Germany in 2017. Prior to his appointment, M. Dion was Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and he championed Canadian leadership in the world on crucial global interests including promotion of universal human rights, peace and stability efforts, the global climate challenge and Canada’s commitment to multilateralism.

Previously he was  also  Minister of the Environment, Minister responsible for Official Languages, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and also chaired the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP11/MOP1) where he reconciled the diverging interests of member countries so that decisions could be taken to effectively implement the Kyoto Protocol.  Before entering politics, Stéphane Dion taught Political Science at Université de Moncton, then at Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1995. He has authored many scientific articles and books on Public Administration, Organizational Studies, Political Institutions and Environmental Policies.

Geneviève Tanguay

National Research Council Canada

Vice-President Emerging Technologies, NRC Canada


Dr. Tanguay, who holds a Ph.D. in Parasitology from McGill University, has worked at Universities Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche and the Centre Québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB). At the CQVB, she established a major network of businesses and research institutions to promote technology and innovation transfer in the biotechnology sector. She has also served as the President of Acfas, the largest association of Francophone scientists (with 7,000 members).

From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for research, innovation and science and society with the Government of Québec. . Between 2010 and 2011, she handled the coordination of the interprovincial table of deputy ministers for innovation.Dr. Tanguay also served as Vice-Rector, Research, Creation and Innovation at the Université de Montréal (UdeM) from 2011 to 2015.  In 2014, she was also responsible for international relations. Her leadership enabled her to improve the amount of research being conducted at UdeM which, during her mandate, rose from fourth to second place in Canada.


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation in Education and Research, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Frithjof A. Maennel studied Law at the Universities of Bonn and Munich. In 1992 he joined the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology, today’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, where he held various positions. From 1996 to 2005 he worked in the “Internal Market” and the “Information Society” Directorates-General at the European Commission in Brussels and was involved in particular in shaping the legal framework for the information society. He left Brussels to become Head of the “Patent Policy, Inventor Promotion” Division at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and was subsequently appointed Head of the “Strategy” Division at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2007, remaining in this position until March 2015. He was appointed Head of the Directorate for International Cooperation at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in April 2015.


Peter Mason

National Research Council Canada

Program Director, Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, NRC Canada


Dr. Peter Mason is a program director for the Internet of Things: Quantum Sensors Challenge program. The program is affiliated with the Security and Disruptive Technologies (SDT) Research Centre and intends to create a new generation of sensors, based on the esoteric properties of quantum mechanics that have performance metrics well beyond those commercially available today.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mount Allison University and a PhD in physics from McMaster University. Following volunteer work in South American and Indonesia, Peter returned to Mount Allison as a physics professor before joining the NRC on a postdoctoral fellowship, during which he led experiments at the Chalk River National Lab, the National Institute of Standards, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Cornell University’s High Energy Synchrotron Source. In 2002, he joined Defence Research & Development Canada, working his way up to Chief Scientist of the agency before deciding to join SDT. He is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and reports in topics spanning materials science, cyber security, machine learning, network traffic analysis, and algorithms. Peter is an avid mountain bike racer and award-winning community cycling advocate.

Julie Lefebvre

National Research Council Canada

Director General, Security and Disruptive Technologies, NRC Canada


Dr. Julie Lefebvre joined the NRC as Director General of the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre in 2019.Prior to joining the NRC, she worked for 20 years at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Dr. Lefebvre started her career as a scientist in computer network operations and pursued it as the head of the network information operations. In 2012, she became the Director of Science and Technology Joint Force Development. In 2014, she was appointed Director General of the Science and Technology Joint Force and led 6 different programs in the fields of cyber operations, space operations and sensing technologies. She gained in-depth knowledge of federal scientific organizations through her experience at DRDC.

Dr. Lefebvre has earned awards for creative management and exceptional leadership. Dr. Lefebvre has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from McMaster University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington State University. She is also a graduate of the Canada School of Public Service’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

Phil Kaye

National Research Council Canada

Program Director, Applied Quantum Computing Challenge Program, NRC Canada


Dr. Phil Kaye graduated in the first PhD cohort from Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2007. From 2004 to 2018 he served in a variety of roles with the Government of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, primarily as a trusted advisor on the impacts of quantum technologies. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Program Reporter for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Quantum Information Processing Program. In 2007, Phil co-authored a seminal textbook on quantum algorithms (“An Introduction to Quantum Computing”, Kaye, Laflamme, Mosca, 2007). From 2018 to 2020, he worked for D-Wave Systems as Program Director, Corporate Affairs. In 2019 he co-founded and chaired Quantum Industry Canada (QIC), a consortium representing over 24 Canadian quantum technology companies.

Presently, Phil is serving as the Deputy Program Director for the National Research Council’s Quantum Sensors Challenge Program, as well as the Lead for NRC’s Applied Quantum Computing Initiative. In his spare time, Phil pilots an airplane that he built in his garage, plays the guitar and composes music.

Michele Mosca


Co-chair of Quantum Industry Canada, Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo


Michele Mosca is  Co-chair of Quantum Industry Canada, and Co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization of the Faculty of Mathematics, and a founding member of Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He was the founding Director of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography. He co-founded the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography and the  evolutionQ Inc. and  softwareQ Inc. .

He obtained his doctorate in Mathematics in 1999 from Oxford  and an MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science in 1996 from Oxford. His research interests include quantum computation and cryptographic tools designed to be safe against quantum technologies. He is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers. Dr. Mosca’s awards and honours include Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications, 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Tatjana Wilk


General Manager, Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST)


Dr. Tatjana Wilk is the General Manager of the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST), which is a Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) that started in January 2019. Before that, Tatjana worked several years as a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching on single-atom cavity-QED. While coordinating a large European initial training network (ITN), Tatjana discovered her talent and her passion for science management. Now she enjoys working on forming a strong quantum community in Munich, on connecting academia and industry in Bavaria, on strengthening the education in quantum engineering and on engaging the public in quantum technology. With many supporters and like-minded colleagues in town, she is convinced that Munich is the ideal location for becoming the European Quantum Valley.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 1QBit


Andrew Fursman is a Co-Founder of 1QBit and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Andrew was a Founding Partner of Vancouver-based VCC firm Minor Capital, Co-Founder of Satellogic Nano-Satellites, and Co-Founder of Cloudtel Communications.

Andrew studied Economics at the University of Waterloo and Philosophy and Political Science at the University of British Columbia prior to post-graduate programs in Technology Studies at Singularity University and Financial Engineering at Stanford University. On those rare occasions when he is not busy with his 1QBit duties, he indulges his passions for kayaking in the gulf islands and explores practical applications of microbiology at a small home laboratory on Vancouver Island dedicated to experiments with Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Nicolas Godbout

Montréal Technological University

Director, Department of Engineering Physics, Polytechnique Montréal , Director, Institut transdisciplinaire d’information quantique (INTRIQ)


Nicolas Godbout is the Head of the Department of Engineering Physics at the Polytechnique Montréal (Technological University) from 2021. His research interests include: Optical Fibre Components, Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Information, Optical Telecommunications, and Nonlinear Optics Lasers. He is a former Co-President and is a Co-Founder of Castor Optics, a spin-off of Polytechnique commercializing optical fibre couplers for biomedical applications.

From 2019, he is the Director of the Institut Transdisciplinaire d’Information Quantique (INTRIQ), a group of university researchers, and divided between 8 departments of 4 universities in Quebec. Prof. Godbout received Meritas Award for Best Professor of Engineering Physics – Polytechnique Montreal in 2005.

Managing Director, JoS Quantum


Niklas is managing director of JoS QUANTUM and responsible for business development. Before that, he worked as a management consultant in different business and technical areas focusing on software integration and financial services. He was responsible for several big projects mostly in the field of trading and risk management. Niklas worked at the German electron-synchrotron DESY where he used Monte Carlo simulation methods to validate high energy experiments. He received his degree (Dipl.-Phys.) with subsidiary subject economics in 2011 from University of Hamburg.

Manfred Hauswirth

Fraunhofer Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme (FOKUS)

Director Fraunhofer FOKUS (Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems) Institute and Technical University Berlin


Prof. Manfred Hauswirth has been the executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS since October 2014 and holds the chair of “Open Distributed Systems” at the Technische Universität Berlin. Since October 2019 Prof. Hauswirth has been co-spokesman for the field of quantum computing at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and since November 2020 he is spokesman of Fraunhofer’s competence network quantum computing. In addition, he is member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer Academy.

He previously served as Deputy Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) in Galway, Ireland. In his research work, he engages particularly with distributed information systems, the internet of things, data stream processing and artificial intelligence. He has won several international awards for his work in these areas, the latest one being the “Test-of-Time Award” of the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, and is active in many scientific and political committees around digitization:  as a Director at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, and Principle Investigator in the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), the Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC) and the Helmholtz-Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS).



NRC Chief Digital Research Officer (CDRO), NRC Canada


Dr. Joel Martin is the Chief Digital Research Officer of the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Digital Technologies Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Machine Learning, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Since joining the NRC in 1994, he has been a researcher and served in multiple leadership roles in the Digital Technologies Research Centre, including Senior Director, Director of Research and Development, Program Lead of the Multimedia Analytic Tools for Security program, Team Leader, and project lead.

His strategic leadership has resulted in an increase in the impact of digital technology research at the NRC and beyond, including advances and applications in data science and analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, machine translation, computer vision and graphics, cybersecurity, human-computer interfaces, natural language processing, medical and bioinformatics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, Dr. Martin has established research and development programs drawing interest and collaboration from universities and other government departments.

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