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Kim Owen completed her BSc Honours in Physics at the University of Calgary, writing her thesis about the transformation of entangled states using qubit catalysis, local operations, and classical communications. She first joined the QC2 lab in 2017 as an undergraduate student, working on quantum cryptography. The goal of that project was to realize the first implementation of Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (MDI QKD) coexisting simultaneously on the same fibre as classical data. This paper was published in Quantum Science and Technology in 2019. In 2019, Kim began her MSc under the supervision of Professor Daniel Oblak at the Quantum Cloud Lab, in strategic partnership collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa. The focus of her project is the first implementation of MDI-QKD using quantum-dot single-photon sources. In order to gain a familiarity with these quantum dot sources, she spent a summer working with Dr Dan Dalacu in Dr Robin William’s group at the NRC. This summer internship led to the discovery of a quantum dot exhibiting a twin-to-single photon transition mediated by pump power, published in 2020. Kim has a passion for asking and answering difficult questions and enjoys climbing and cross country skiing in her free time.