(IT.WorldCanada) Twenty-four Canadian hardware and software companies specializing in quantum computing are launching an association this week to help accelerate their country’s efforts in quantum computing and get their work get commercialized.
Called Quantum Industry Canada, the group says they represent Canada’s most commercial-ready technologies, covering applications in quantum computing, sensing, communications, and quantum-safe cryptography.
The group includes Burnaby, B.C., manufacturer D-Wave Systems, Vancouver software developer 1Qbit, Toronto’s photonic quantum computer maker Xanadu Quantum Technologies, the Canadian division of software maker Zapata Computing, Waterloo, Ont.,-based ISARA – which makes quantum-safe solutions – and others.
“The quantum opportunity has been brewing for many years,” association co-chair Michele Mosca of the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing and the co-founder of two quantum startups, said in an interview, explaining why the new group is starting now. “Canada’s been a global leader at building up the global opportunity, the science, the workforce, and we didn’t want this chance to pass. We’ve got over 24 innovative companies, and we wanted to work together to make these companies a commercial success globally.”