Keynote Speakers

Anthony Noble

Dr. Anthony Noble obtained a B.Sc. in Physics & Math from the University of New Brunswick, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1990) in particle physics from the University of British Columbia. He then worked at CERN as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zürich before accepting research scientist positions at the Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Ottawa and TRIUMF. Now at Queen’s University since 2002, he has been working with the astroparticle physics group there to develop a world class research team focused on the activities at SNOLAB. With the completion of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment, his interests have been focused on dark matter experiments at SNOLAB where he is participating in the DEAP-3600 liquid argon experiment, and the PICO experiment using superheated fluids. These experiments aim to detect the mysterious dark matter that appears to dominate the matter budget of the Universe, but which has never been directly observed on Earth. He has also performed numerous accelerator based experiments at TRIUMF, Brookhaven and CERN and he spent a sabbatical year working on the ANTARES high energy neutrino telescope located on the Mediterranean seabed. Dr. Noble is the Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute.

Lindsey LeBlanc

Lindsay LeBlanc (she/her) is an experimental atomic physicist working with ultracold atoms and quantum technologies at the University of Alberta, situated in Treaty 6 territory. Lindsay earned her BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 2011, after which she headed to Gaithersburg, MD, where she worked with the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). At the University of Alberta, Lindsay is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ultracold Quantum Gases, and runs the Ultracold Quantum Gases Laboratory, which focuses on both fundamental research and practical applications using atomic physics techniques. With her team, she is currently engaged in three research directions: quantum simulations with ultracold atoms; quantum memories in atomic systems; and hybrid quantum systems, with a focus on microwave interactions and technologies. She is also a mom, a sister, a partner, and a daughter; she is queer; and she embraces all of her identities with joy.

Mathieu Dumberry

My research is focused on the physics of planetary interiors. The topics of my research include the study of convective flows in spherical shell geometries, the generation and evolution of planetary magnetic fields, the rotational dynamics of planetary bodies and fluid-solid interactions at interior boundaries. My work is mainly theoretical, including numerical simulations, with an emphasis on connecting specific observations to simple models of the dynamics.

Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1990, his M.Sc. from Harvard University in 1994, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998. He held a Tier II Canada Research Chair from 2004-2014 and received an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2007. His research is focused on integrating surface, aircraft, and satellite observations of atmospheric composition with global atmospheric models to understand how pollution influences the chemical and dynamical state of the atmosphere. In particular, his work seeks to better quantify emissions of environmentally important trace gases and assess their impact on air quality and climate, and to examine the influence of climate change on atmospheric composition.