About QAI

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Established in 2020, Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) aims to help secure British Columbia’s position as a global leader in the application of quantum computing technology to real-world problems.

QAI will leverage BC’s existing quantum computing cluster within academia and industry while building a talent pipeline with capabilities in developing quantum computing software and algorithms and the application of quantum technology to real-world problems.
By fostering collaborations between academia and industry while training the next generation of quantum talent, QAI will build a long-term advantage in this new, high-potential industry.

Our Mission

Leverage British Columbia’s strengths to establish an applied quantum computing ecosystem that features broad participation, an inclusive approach to core technology and is focused on building a critical mass of talent that drives skilled job creation and economic development across the province and Canada.

Our Vision

By 2025, the Quantum Algorithms Institute is a world leader in producing highly-qualified professionals in quantum computing, basic and quantum algorithmic research, and in applying quantum computing technologies to real world problems.

Our Values

Fair Hiring

Hiring activities are based on the principles of merit, and guided by public service values that include respect, integrity, diversity, accountability, and the public good.

Fair Representation

Encouraging the representation and participation of women and other groups who can offer unique and diverse perspectives within the scientific community.

Fair Partnerships

Ensuring a fair and equitable process in the selection of partnerships that will advance the interests of organizations led or majority-held by underrepresented members of the workforce.

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Milestones

Since its incorporation in March 2020, QAI has achieved significant development and progress toward the attainment of its mission.


Click each year to see our milestones 

2019
2020
2021
2022
2025

October

BC Government funds Quantum Algorithms Institute

BC Government funds the Quantum Algorithms Institute. The Government of British Columbia announces $17M over 5 years to help establish the Quantum Algorithms Institute, which will focus on building a talent pipeline with capabilities in the development of quantum computing software and algorithms and the application of quantum technology to real-world problems.

October

BC's Quantum community unites to plan future of QAI

Visionaries and leaders from more than 35 key quantum companies come together to plan the future of QAI.

January

BC’s Quantum Computer Cluster Strategy released

The Quantum Computer Cluster Strategy is published, setting the course for maintaining BC’s position as a global leader in the application of quantum computing technology to real-world problems through QAI.

January

QAI’s vision established

QAI’s Strategy and Business Plan is created which builds upon BC’s successes in quantum computing technologies. It lays out a vision towards a future that is rich in talent, R&D and commercialization.

March

QAI incorporated

QAI becomes a Canadian not-for-profit corporation.

March to September

Founding members join QAI

Organizations including the University of British Columbia, 1QBit, D-Wave, AWS, IBM, the University of Victoria, Microsoft, Photonic Inc, Simon Fraser University and the Government of British Columbia, join QAI as founding members.

May

QAI Onboards Its Very First Co-op Team

Fulfilling one of QAI’s first-year goals, QAI hires its very first co-op team consisting of students from our member universities. With the students' abundance of knowledge and skills, the co-op team is the heart of QAI’s operations.

 

May

First QAI board meeting occurs

The inaugural QAI Board of Directors meeting takes place, with 7 directors providing input on the strategic direction and action plan that will guide QAI towards success.

 

May

QAI launches social media platforms

QAI begins sharing articles, news, and posting job opportunities through its social media platforms on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

June

QAI publishes its first financial report

QAI successfully undergoes a financial statement audit and produces its first financial statements.

 

July

QAI receives 2.21M in federal funding

QAI receives $2.21M in federal funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to help accelerate the opening of its facilities at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.

 

Spring

QAI opens its facility at SFU

QAI will open a state-of-the-art facility located on Simon Fraser University campus. This facility will form the home of QAI that promotes an inclusive and collaborative environment for students, industry researchers, and faculty. It is also a venue to host workshops, industry events, and incubate commercial projects.

 

By December

QAI's reputation established

The Quantum Algorithms Institute is recognized as a world leader in producing highly qualified professionals in quantum computing from basic research and quantum algorithm development to application of quantum computing technologies to real-world problems.

January

QAI’s vision established

QAI’s Strategy and Business Plan is created which builds upon BC’s successes in quantum computing technologies. It lays out a vision towards a future that is rich in talent, R&D and commercialization.

January

QAI’s vision established

QAI’s Strategy and Business Plan is created which builds upon BC’s successes in quantum computing technologies. It lays out a vision towards a future that is rich in talent, R&D and commercialization.

January

QAI’s vision established

QAI’s Strategy and Business Plan is created which builds upon BC’s successes in quantum computing technologies. It lays out a vision towards a future that is rich in talent, R&D and commercialization.

January

QAI’s vision established

QAI’s Strategy and Business Plan is created which builds upon BC’s successes in quantum computing technologies. It lays out a vision towards a future that is rich in talent, R&D and commercialization.

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