Geordie was the founder (1999), CEO (1999-2003) and then CTO (2004-2016) of D-Wave, and is a co-founder and CEO (2014-) of Kindred. Kindred is an AGI company whose mission is to build machines with human-like intelligence. D‐Wave designs and builds a number of complex technologies, and integrates them to create the world’s first quantum computers. The company’s customers include Google, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos and US government agencies, and investors include DFJ (Steve Jurvetson has been on the Board since 2003), Goldman Sachs, Jeff Bezos and InQTel. In 2012 and 2016 IEEE Spectrum ranked the company #4 in the world in ‘patent power’ for computer systems companies, behind only IBM, HP and Lenovo.
Geordie has spoken at TED and a range of other high profile events, has received coverage from The Economist, The New York Times, Wired, MIT Tech Review, Science and Nature Magazines, and in February 2014 was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. A Harvard Business School case study was written on D-Wave in 2003.
He received a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He is an inventor on 38 granted US patents and a co-author on a large number of published scientific articles, including two Nature papers, more than a dozen PRLs and PRBs, two NIPS and one ACML paper. He was named the 2011 Canadian Innovator of the Year, was named to Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013, won the 2014 Canadian Technology Leader award, has won two Canadian national wrestling championships and is a member of the McMaster University Hall of Fame, won world championships in 2010 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in both gi and no-gi categories, won the provincial A beach volleyball championship with Jason Hall in 2003, for a short time held the Guinness Book of World Records world record for the most yogurt eaten in one minute, was a past holder of British Columbia powerlifting records in deadlift and total for the 105kg masters division, and has completed eight half marathons and two full marathons.