Marjan Bagheri is currently Senior Managing Director at the Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI), a quantum computing ecosystem catalyst and start-up based in Surrey, BC. QAI’s mission is to grow a robust applied quantum computing ecosystem in British Columbia and beyond, through education, research, and commercial adoption of quantum computing technologies. Marjan previously worked as a senior civil servant for the Government of British Columbia, mainly in the energy and natural resources sectors, and holds a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Victoria, and a master’s in International and Intercultural Communications from Royal Roads University.
Madison Rilling, PhD
Madison Rilling is General Manager of Optonique, Quebec’s photonics cluster, which brings together and mobilizes all academic, industrial and R&D players in Quebec’s photonics sector around common objectives of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Optonique, Madison worked as a Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology while completing her doctoral studies. Very engaged in science advocacy and policy, she is a member of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council and a Board member of Science & Policy Exchange. Madison holds a PhD in Physics (Medical Physics and Optical Engineering) from Université Laval in Quebec City.
CMC would also like to thank Stéphane Tremblay of IBM Canada and Xerxes Wania, of Wania Startup Advisors who recently stepped down from the Board, for their service to CMC, and for their contributions to innovation in Canada.
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