January 9-11, 2015


Lilian Childress
Lilian Childress is currently an Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal. She received her B.S. in Physics from Harvard College in 2001 after undergraduate studies that included a year-long stint at Oxford University as a visiting student. She stayed at Harvard for her PhD (2007), where she worked on a broad range of projects including theoretical proposals for circuit QED with quantum dots and Rydberg atoms, as well as experimental studies of quantum memory in atomic vapor, before finally beginning work with optically-active defects in diamond. In 2007, she joined the faculty of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. As an Assistant Professor at a liberal arts college, an institution emphasizing teaching, she continued research on techniques to control single nuclear spins in diamond, working only with undergraduate students. In 2011, she spent a sabbatical in the group of Ronald Hanson in T.U. Delft, collaborating on a series of experiments that led to the demonstration of long-distance entanglement between solid-state spins. She then took a postdoc at Yale University in the group of Jack Harris; there, she started a project to examine interactions between superfluid excitations and cavity-confined photons. She joined the faculty at McGill in 2013, where her current research explores quantum information and metrology applications of solid-state spins.

Mireille Gourdes

Mireille Gourde has been actively engaged in the high tech environment for nearly 20 years. Following her degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters Degree in Physics, Mireille started her career working for an innovative optical test instrument company in Quebec City. Mireille implemented and managed the company’s quality assurance systems. She then assumed the function of product manager and translated the market and customer needs into R&D requirements. Following a 9 year stay in industry, she returned to the University realm by joining Réseau InterVal, a training program aimed at forming qualified personnel for managing Quebec-based University technology transfer activities. While training, she soon began work at the Université Laval transfer and liaison office (the “BLEU”). During the past 10 years, she has been negotiating and managing a variety of research contracts ranging from simple research contracts to large research consortium agreements. She also manages IP and patent portfolios in numerous areas such as novel materials, organic compound separation processes, optical components, green energy to point-of-care diagnostic instruments. She negotiates licence agreements with small businesses and start-ups as well as with large companies with an open and creative mindset in order to achieve the most profitable deal for all parties involved..

Marie-Christine Ferland

Marie-Christine Ferland completed a bachelor’s degree in Physics followed by an MBA in company management at Université Laval in 2006. She held various positions at the National Optics Institute (INO); she also specialized in market studies at the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and in technological value analysis methods, including the Monte Carlo method. She is currently in charge of development affaires and marketing at INO. Moreover, she is on the administration board of 'Écotech Québec', the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence and the Quebec Photonic Network.

Carmelle Robert

Carmelle Robert is a professor at the Department of Physics, Physics Engineering and Optics at Université Laval. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Sherbrooke University, then her Master's degree and Ph.D. (1992) at Université de Montréal. She did a postdoctoral internship at the Hubble Spatial Telescope Institute in Baltimore (Maryland), where she specialized in UV spectroscopic characterization of very young stellar populations in starburst galaxies. Pr Robert then became recipient of the NSERC grant for Women in Science at Université Laval. Now an active researcher in the field of spiral galaxies and stellar populations, she is deputy director at the Center for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) and council member of the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University.

Nadia Octave

Nadia Octave is a medical physicist working at Hotel-Dieu de Québec. She received her Master's degree from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse in medical physics and her clinical training at the Curie Institute in Paris, France. Before joining the CHU de Québec team in radiation oncology, she worked at the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris and she also worked at the French-Vietnamese Hospital in Ho-Chi-Minh, Vietnam.