Organization: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Seeking New Director

The Univ of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing is seeking a new director, replacing Dr Raymond Laflamme who is leaving at an unspecified future date. The position is a five-year term with an option for a one-time renewal to provide IQC with leadership, the setting of overall strategic direction, cultivating external relationships and ensuring that…

AIMS-NEI receives $22.6 million in new funding

The federal government is providing $22.6 million over five years to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), helping to expand its model of training African post-graduate students to include climate change. The NEI network of African institutes was launched in 2010 with $20 million over four years, following a proposal…

Perimeter Institute receives $4 million in donations

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics has received $4 million in private donations from several companies and foundations. The five organizations are Gluskin Sheff ($2 million, matched by the institute), the Riddell Family Charitable Foundation ($1 million), the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Family Foundation ($500,000), Cenovus Energy ($300,000) and the RBC Foundation ($300,000). The funding…

Lazaridis and Fregin launch $100M quantum VC fund

Mike Lazaridis has teamed with fellow Research In Motion Ltd co-founder Doug Fregin to launch a venture capital fund in the area of quantum information science with an initial $100 million investment of their own money. Quantum Valley Investments will be based in Waterloo ON which has deep expertise in quantum and theoretical physics. The…

Perimeter and Communitech assist in African mentoring

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Communitech are partnering to assist the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in matching employers with graduates from one of the institutes centres. The AIMS Industry Initiative was launched earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa and is part of the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative. AIMS-NEI was…

Perimeter Institute receives $1.7 million for student outreach

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics has received $1.7 million to enhance its BrainSTEM outreach program to foster scientific talent in students. The funding from FedDev Ontario will expand its outreach offerings to target grade 10 youth, reaching 1.6 million students, teachers and families throughout southern Ontario….

Second AIMS institute opens in Senegal

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has opened a facility in Mbour Senegal, the second in a planned network of 15 centres. The facility — part of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (NEI) — will have an inaugural class of 36 from 14 countries who were chosen from 350 applicants to the Senegal and Cape…

BMO makes $4-million gift to Perimeter Institute

BMO Financial Group has donated $4 million to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) to establish the BMO Isaac Newton Chair in Theoretical Physics. It’s the largest corporate donation in the institute’s history, will be matched by $4 million drawn from PI’s endowment fund and is expected to attract additional funding partners. The chair…

Perimeter Institute lands Stephen Hawking

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) has launched a new Distinguished Research Chair program and landed Dr Stephen Hawking as the inaugural chairholder. Under the arrangement, Hawking will become a regular visitor to the Waterloo ON-based institute, with his first extended stay scheduled for the summer of 2009. Hawking is the latest coup for…