The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

A look back at the second day of the AI Meetings

The second day of the AI Meetings, held on March 19, shone a light on the different applications of artificial intelligence in local businesses to ensure the growth and increase the competitiveness of our key sectors.

Overview of discussions, which occurred in hybrid mode at the Oasis Immersion space of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

"What makes me optimistic is the vitality and spirit of cooperation that drives our sector. However, three challenges remain: data, talent, and checks on investment." – Hélène Desmarais, Co-chair of the Board of Scale AI and Cofounder and President of IVADO Labs

Key principles to scale AI and machine learning

"The key takeaways for your business: invest in data platform; create a data culture focused on driving impact; articulate value to stakeholders in a way they understand."– Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Vice-President, Commercial Intelligence, Shopify

Main trends in supply chain solutions based on AI; research and industry

"COVID accelerated the adoption of AI for many businesses, particularly for those that claim leadership." – Arnold Liwanag, CTO, IVADO Labs

AI at the service of transportation and logistics

"Despite access to data, we need reliable, stable processes. We need to move toward the industrialization of AI, something more robust." – Pierre Dodin, Principal Data Scientist, Bombardier Aftermarket Planning and Forecasting, Bombardier

AI solutions for retail and customer service

"With the number of open-source solutions now available, the challenge for developing an effective solution is to ensure that it is appropriately adapted to our needs." – Martin Denault, Director, Business Intelligence, Bell

AI's contributions to stimulate advances in health care

"When we talk about digital technology, it is no longer just a trend, but a real digital reality, particularly for health industries. It is directly rooted in the strategies and technologies that businesses are developing." – Christelle Fasano, Senior Director, Business Development, Pharma & Biotech, Imagia

The benefits of AI for manufacturing and the potential of automation

"Artificial intelligence is always used to make the best decisions. We are trying to democratize the technology and promote data collection as a planning tool." – Boris Germanov, VP, Strategy and Growth, Partner, Civalgo

The potential of AI to address labour and training challenges

"Talent is central to our mission, but it also has to be central to the digital transformation of businesses. This is why for organizations in Quebec the training offer is developed to respond to demand." – Laurence Beaulieu, Deputy CEO, IVADO

The accelerated transformation of financial services through artificial intelligence

"The true key to success for implementing AI solutions in our organization, beyond the product itself, lies in the commitment of executives and the involvement of business analysts." – Simona Gandrabur, AI and Data Business Lead, National Bank of Canada

Intelligent solutions for the decarbonization of the economy

"There is no shortage of opportunities right now, but the challenge remains being able to attract the best talent possible, adapt to their priorities, and train them properly." – Patrick Elie, CEO, Metrio Software Inc.

Closing discussion

"We are fortunate to have the best researchers in the world. We now need to build bridges between the artificial intelligence sector, schools, and our businesses across Quebec, particularly through our innovation zones." – Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec's Minister of Economy and Innovation

The talk is available to listen to on the Chamber's YouTube channel

About the AI Meetings
The AI Meetings were jointly developed by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Scale AI, and Forum IA Québec. They were made possible through the invaluable cooperation of our Gold sponsors: Air Canada, Microsoft and the Government of Quebec; our Silver sponsors: National Bank, Bell, CAE, Deloitte, Intel, Montreal Gazette, the Palais des congrès de Montréal and Prompt; and our Bronze sponsors: Hydro-Québec and Loto-Québec.
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