On October 28, 2011, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the launch of a second Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition, which will fund 10 new Chairs at Canadian universities.
Originally launched in 2008, the CERC program is designed to attract and retain the world’s best researchers. The first group of chairholders was announced in May 2010 and they have each demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields of research at institutions across the country.
The launch of the second competition was held at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing. At the event, David Cory, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing, spoke enthusiastically about the benefits of the program and how it has facilitated his research.
“I’ve recently had two very senior colleagues from internationally renowned universities—people at the top of their field—say that they can’t believe the opportunity we have here to build things. The opportunity is provided by CERC and built by the resources around here,” he said. He continued by saying that other researchers “look at the quality of the lab, the enthusiasm of the students, the excellence of the instrumentation and the great knowledge of my colleagues, and they say ‘this is what I dream of’.”
Cory believes the next competition will be even more exciting than the first. “The scientific world has looked around and has seen that Canada is delivering on its promises and ideas,” he said.
“We believe we are at the cusp of a new industrial revolution. Quantum information processing is poised to burst out of the lab and transform industry. And it can happen right here.”
The Institute of Quantum Computing has produced a video of the launch event (English only).