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Monday, November 22 • 8:30am - 10:00am
220: Societal impacts of emerging quantum technologies: which scenarios should we consider now?

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Organized by: Université de Sherbrooke / Institut quantique

A multisectorial and multidisciplinary approach to quantum science is essential in Canada to address the emergence of new disruptive quantum technologies and their potential commercial applications. These technologies will have significant ethical, environmental, economic, social and legal implications that need to be explored in the early stages of their development in order to foster socially responsible development. This panel brings together experts from various backgrounds (academic, business and government sectors) and the public to discuss the socio-economic dimensions of quantum technologies, starting from different implementation scenarios, to ensure their responsible development and to maximize benefits of their implementation.

Moderators
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Ted Hewitt

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. He served as the inaugural chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee from 2017 to 2019. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson... Read More →

Speakers
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Shohini Ghose

Professor of Physics and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Wilfrid Laurier University
Shohini Ghose is a Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (ON). She is a theoretical physicist who examines how the laws of quantum physics can be harnessed to transform computation and... Read More →
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Nipun Vats

Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Research Sector at ISED
Nipun Vats is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Research Sector, at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In this role, he is responsible for supporting federal policy and investments in post-secondary research, playing a coordinating role... Read More →
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Pre Allison Marchildon

Professeure titulaire / Full Professor, Éthique appliquée / Applied Ethics, Université de Sherbrooke
Allison Marchildon est professeure titulaire et responsable des programmes en éthique appliquée au Département de philosophie et d’éthique appliquée de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Elle est par ailleurs coresponsable de l’axe éthique, gouvernance et démocratie de l’Observatoire... Read More →
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Martin Laforest, PhD

Director, Quantum Strategy, ACET
Dr. Martin Laforest is the Director of Quantum Strategy for ACET Banque Nationale located in Sherbooke, Qc. Martin has developed a career communicating the complexity and strategic impacts of quantum technologies to key stakeholders, including government, the media, the general public... Read More →


Monday November 22, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Virtual