Meet the Founders of UQD

Meet the Founders of UQD

Thomas Jennewein, CEO (Technology, IP)

Thomas Jennewein completed his PhD thesis in 2002 at the University of Vienna, focusing on quantum communication and teleportation experiments with entangled photon pairs. In 2003 he transitioned to industry and worked as an engineering consultant in the automotive sector in and near Munich, pioneering next-generation multimedia systems at Audi. In 2004 he was a senior researcher at the Vienna branch of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) working on quantum photonics experiments such as the generation of entangled photons with parametric down conversion and the long distance transmission of photons over optical fiber and free space. In 2006 he received a Linkage International Fellowship from the Australian Research Council enabling him to spend a six-month period in 2007 and 2008 with the University of Queensland. In March 2009 Thomas took a position as Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Waterloo and became a member of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). He is a highly qualified electronics and software specialist and has designed and built many novel research instruments, including single photon detectors as well as coincidence electronics. Thomas is passionate about UQD and wants to share the unique instruments he has designed for his own experiments with other researchers.

Raymond Laflamme, CSO (Strategy)

Raymond Laflamme was born in Quebec City and did his undergraduate studies in Physics at Université Laval. He later moved to Cambridge, England where he survived Part III of Mathematical Tripos before doing a PhD in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) under the direction of Prof. Stephen Hawking. Following his PhD, he spent nine years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 he joined the newly founded Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo where he co-founded the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Ray also holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Quantum Information and is the program director for the Quantum Information Processing Program with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Ray is interested in bringing quantum information science closer to real world applications by providing high-level instruments to the science community.

Steve MacDonald, CFO (Management, Finance)

Steve MacDonald is experienced in various sectors including research, financial services and transportation. A fellow of the society of management accountants, Steve also has a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. His background is expansive including, Chief Operating Officer at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), formerly VP roles in Finance for various organizations including kidsLINK, CIBC Mellon and Clarica Life Insurance. This is his Steve’s first participation in a start-up venture.