The nominating institution National Research Council of Canada on the breakthrough:

The pioneered development of quantum dot lasers has revolutionized modern-day digital communications. This technology boosts the fiber communications-network backbone, thereby improving fixed wireless access for rural communities and optical satellite communication for the truly remote. This technological capacity leads to a more competitive and sustainable information-based economy, can reduce the divide between urban and remote communities, and between affluent and developing countries.

Tags: Energy, Engineering, Green Tech, Quantum Technologies.