Canada’s Quantum Valley
The Quantum Valley is an extensive scientific and technology ecosystem in Waterloo, Ontario built around the one of the world’s most innovative research universities – the University of Waterloo. This thriving environment brings together world-class researchers, state-of-the-art facilities and deep industry experience, all as part of a 25-year effort led by BlackBerry visionaries Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin.
Components of the
QUANTUM VALLEY ECOSYSTEM
A quantum technology investment fund established in 2013
by Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin with a commitment of
$100 million in investment capital. QVI has developed as
a quantum technology commercialization incubator with
the necessary components to enable and accelerate the
commercialization of new transformative quantum
technologies in the Quantum Valley.
A community of academic, not-for-profit, commercial and
startup researchers with access to laboratories and tools for
developing and testing quantum devices. A collaborative
experiment to speed the development and adoption of
quantum technologies. RAC2 is home to QVI Commercialization
Labs including the Quiet Labs and will be the home of the
Magnetic Field Lab once completed.
A dedicated application focused research lab that will help address
the gap between foundational research done in academic research
labs and commercialization. The Ideas Lab will connect with
industries to identify strategic opportunities for new quantum
technologies with practical applications based on existing
foundational physics principles.
An internationally recognized scientific research institute at the
University of Waterloo pushing the frontier of quantum information
theory, practice and applications. Scientific research focuses on
harnessing the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new
technologies that will transform information technology and drive
the 21st century economy. Home of a collaborative training program
for areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics and
A fabrication facility of shared tools and expertise for quantum
device fabrication. For example, it is used for fabricating
superconducting qubits and electronics, for deposition of thin
film devices including spintronics, for patterning of semiconductor
devices including quantum dot qubits. The facility is open to
academic and industrial users across Canada.
An institute for developing training and research programs,
which will produce exceptional tech-savvy business managers
and leaders that Canadian technology companies need to
grow and scale globally.
A leading centre for scientific research, training and educational
outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in
1999 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, its mission is to advance our
understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level,
stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future.
Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through
innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of
science with students, teachers and the general public.
The research expertise and resources of the Quantum Valley ranges from foundational quantum investigations at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to the fundamental and applied research at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. Ideas Lab benefits from access to the Quantum NanoFab facilities situated within the Research Advancement Centre and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre whose ultrasterile and stable cleanroom facilities are among the most advanced of their kind in the world.
The innovative products and businesses emerging from the Quantum Valley require the leadership of business professionals skilled in technology management, such as those graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Institute for Management, in addition to the financial support of forward-looking venture capital funds such as Quantum Valley Investments, which was founded in 2013 with $100 million of investment capital to commercialize technologies emerging from the Quantum Valley ecosystem.
“Lazaridis led recruitment and development at three research organizations: the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. Those efforts have attracted prominent physicists and made Canada an outsize force in the field which the U.S. and China typically dominate.”
– Bloomberg Businessweek, February 2018