QEYnet was founded by a group of aerospace engineers and quantum communication experts who have built their careers designing small, low-cost, but highly-capable spacecraft and robust, free-space optical quantum key distribution technology, respectively. Their combined experience and industry connections position QEYnet to offer first-to-market satellite-based QKD at a low cost.

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Cordell Grant

ceo and Co-FOUNDER

Having managed such cutting-edge spacecraft programs as the BRITE-Constellation, CanX-4&-5 (formation flying) and GHGSat-D, Cordell has been at the forefront of the low-cost, high-performance satellite market for almost 15 years. Fascinated by both space exploration and cryptography his entire life, QEYnet has finally provided Cordell with the opportunity to merge those two passions.  Cordell obtained a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) in 2000 from Cape Breton University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Dalhousie in 2003. In 2005, Cordell completed a Master of Applied Science at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Space Flight Laboratory. In 2017, he was one of the final 72 candidates in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut selection campaign.

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Thomas Jennewein

Chief scientist and Co-FOUNDER

Dr. Thomas Jennewein is a faculty member in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Institute for Quantum Computing of the University of Waterloo since 2009. His research is focused on building elements and components for a global quantum internet.  Notable fields include experimental implementations of quantum photonics and quantum optics, and foundational experiments of quantum entanglement and quantum science. He is the inventor and Principal Investigator for the Canadian QEYSSat mission proposal, which aims to demonstrate quantum key distribution between ground and space in order to achieve quantum networking at global distance scales.  Dr. Jennewein completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Vienna and spent one year in the automotive industry, followed by several years as a Senior Scientist at the Vienna Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI).

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Jennifer Elliott

VP Business development and Co-FOUNDER

Jennifer Elliott is an aerospace engineer specializing in the development of micro and nano satellites.  During her time working at the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory, she contributed to the development of five cutting-edge low-cost micro and nano satellite missions, three of which are successfully operating in orbit.  Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.  As part of the QEYnet team, Jennifer is currently focused on networking and business development.


Jean-Philippe Bourgoin


Dr. Jean-Philippe Bourgoin obtained his PhD at the Institute for Quantum Computing in 2014 following research focused on satellite-based quantum cryptography as part of the Canadian QEYSSat initiative.  He has led development, testing, and field demonstrations of satellite payload component prototypes and supporting ground systems.  His expertise includes quantum optics, free-space optical communication, optical propagation modelling, and field implementation of quantum cryptography.

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Brendon Higgins


Dr. Brendon Higgins is an experimental physicist with a background in computer science.  He joined the Institute for Quantum Computing in 2011 as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, and has since played a major role in the Canadian QEYSSat and related initiatives.  His expertise in software development, classical and quantum communications protocols and quantum optics has been crucial for numerous subsystem development activities, as well as laboratory and field tests of system prototypes.  He is lead developer of both satellite-side and ground-side QKD software, and also developed telescope motion control software that was used in IQC's successful ground-to-airplane QKD experiments.  Prior to arriving in Canada, he completed Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees before earning a PhD at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2010.