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Strategic Forum on Artificial Intelligence

The evolution of a key sector for tomorrow's economy Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

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In January 2018, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal held its first Strategic Forum on Artificial Intelligence in order to decode AI’s immense progress, mobilize the business community and promote the creation of a supercluster. Following the resounding success of this first gathering, the Chamber has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the second edition of this Forum, on February 18, 2019.

This major event will equip you with new knowledge thanks to the AI expertise in Montréal, an increasingly fertile and collaborative playground for the industry led by local experts.

Leveraging the momentum created by the arrival of the SCALE AI (Supply Chains and Logistics Excellence AI) supercluster, which was established in Montréal last year and has helped the sector become a pillar of economic development for Quebec and Montréal, this Forum will strengthen the city’s position as an industry leader by promoting closer ties between the business and research communities.

On the program:

  • Accelerating companies’ appropriation of AI;
  • Creating local champions;
  • Strengthening collaboration between stakeholders;
  • Presenting the operations of SCALE AI and announcing the next steps for the supercluster;

By participating in this Strategic Forum, you will also:

  • Learn concrete ways of integrating AI into your company;
  • Get inspired by success stories of companies that have already integrated AI into their development;
  • Seize business opportunities resulting from the presence of major international players in Montréal;
  • Become a key player in your company’s transformation and AI’s success in Montréal.



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9:30 a.m. - Registration and networking coffee

Welcome message and introduction

10:30 a.m.

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Part 1 – AI in Montréal: a look at the last year's progress

10:45 a.m. - A busy year: developments and new players in AI

  • Valérie Bécaert Director, research group and scientific programs
    Element AI
  • Hubert BolducPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Montréal International
  • Émélie BrunetVice President – Talent and Ecosystem

11 a.m. – Creating value with AI

  • Claude Guay General Manager, Global Business Services
    IBM Canada
  • Laurence BeaulieuDeputy Director General

Part 2 – Collaboration and co-innovation at the core of our leadership

11:15 a.m. – Strength in numbers: how to bring together the Montréal ecosystem

  • Pierre Boivin President and CEO
  • Gilles SavardCEO

11:30 a.m. – Ethics and the responsible development of AI: necessity or opportunity

  • Abhishek Gupta Founder
    Montreal AI Ethics Institute
  • Marie-Josée Hébert Vice-Rector, Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation
    Université de Montréal
  • Lyse Langlois Executive Director, International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technologies
    Université Laval

11:50 a.m. – Breaking down barriers between academia and the business world

  • Yves JacquierExecutive Director - Production Studio Services
  • Rémi Quirion Chief Scientist of Québec

12:05 p.m. – Question period

12:10 p.m. - Networking lunch

1:10 p.m. – Who owns data? When AI meets intellectual property and private life

  • Hélène Beauchemin Legal Counsel
    Stradigi AI
  • Éric LavalléeAssociate, trademark agent and head of Lavery’s Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI)
    Lavery Avocats


1:25 p.m. – Making collaboration and co-innovation easier in AI

  • Wayne MadhlangobeDirector, Artificial Intelligence
    Air Canada
  • Charles VerdonData Innovation Strategist

1:40 p.m. – Accelerating technology transfer from academia to industry to build industrialized AI solutions

  • Arnold Liwanag CTO
    IVADO Labs

  • Serge Massicotte CEO
    IVADO Labs

2 p.m. – Question period

Part 3 – Accelerating companies' adoption of AI

2:05 p.m. – Six AI priorities you can’t afford to ignore

  • Ramy SedraData and Analytics Consulting Leader
    PwC Canada

2:15 p.m. – Integrating AI in business: where to start (Presentation in English)

  • Tomasz Jamroz Director of Emerging Technologies Strategy and Advanced Analytics Solutions Lab – Montréal


2:25 p.m. – Education and technology transfer in the age of artificial intelligence

  • Simon Delamarre Director of Continuing Education and Business Services
    Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
  • Françoys Labonté, Eng., Ph.D. General Manager
    CRIM – Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal
  • Serge Lafrance Director, Executive Education and Adjunct Professor
    HEC Montréal

2:40 p.m. – Joining the AI revolution

  • Pierre Gabriel CôtéPresident and CEO
    Investissement Québec
  • Marie-Josée Lamothe President
    Tandem International

2:55 p.m. – Question period

3 p.m. – Break and networking

Part 4 – Transforming the economy of tomorrow

3:15 p.m. – Busting the myths: when AI is good for work and for workers

  • France Dufresne Canada Region Leader – Talent Line of Business
    Willis Towers Watson


3: 25 p.m. – Imagining the bank of the future

  • Anne No Delaide Vice-President, Knowledge-Based Industries, IT, Medias & Lifescience, Commercial Financial Services
    RBC Royal Bank

3:35 p.m. – Encouraging the creation of AI start-ups

  • Sylvain Carle Partner
    Real Ventures
  • Magaly Charbonneau Vice-President, Investments
    iNovia Capital
  • Manon Hamel Vice-President, Business Development and Québec Initiatives
    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    Executive director
    Espace CDPQ
  • Bruno MorencyManaging Director
    Techstars Montréal AI

3:50 p.m. – Exporting AI solutions internationally

  • Frédéric BastienCo-Founder & CEO

4:00 p.m. – Becoming the world leaders in smart supply chains

  • Julien Billot CEO
  • The Honourable Marc GarneauMinister of Transport
    Government of Canada

4:20 p.m. – Question period

4:25 p.m. – Conclusion

  • Valérie Plante Mayor of Montréal
    President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation
    Government of Quebec
  • The Honourable Marc GarneauMinister of Transport
    Government of Canada

4:55 p.m. – End of the Forum


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514 871-4001

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Véronqiue Lauzon
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4006

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Who should attend the Strategic Forum on Artificial Intelligence?

Sooner or later, AI’s integration will affect all industries. Therefore, the Forum is for:

  • Managers on the lookout for new tools that can transform their industry;
  • Companies in the AI sector, AI service suppliers and developers of AI solutions;
  • Those in charge of technological progress and innovation at their companies;
  • Investment funds and incubators;
  • Research centres.

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