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Strategic Forum on Artificial Intelligence

Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

In January 2018, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal held its first Strategic Forum on Artificial Intelligence in order to decode the impressive progress of AI, mobilize the business community and encourage the creation of a supercluster.

Following the resounding success of this first gathering, the Chamber held a second Strategic Forum on AI on February 18, 2019. This forum aimed to bring together the main AI players around common goals in order to solidify Montréal’s AI ecosystem.

After two successful editions, the Chamber is pleased to invite you to a third Forum, on February 24, 2020. This year we would like to facilitate synergy between different players in Montréal’s AI community in order to strengthen Montréal’s position as an AI hub.

This event will focus on accelerating corporate action and the adoption of AI and encourage the creation of new, innovative projects.

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Discover our first speakers

9:15 a.m. Welcome, networking breakfast

10:00 a.m. Opening remarks and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Part 1 : Montréal's AI community is growing

10:20 a.m. Panel - Talent, research and marketing: Preparing for the future of the Quebec ecosystem

  • Valérie PisanoPresident and CEO
  • Laurent CharlinAssistant Professor
    HEC Montréal


  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10:37 a.m. Joint presentation – Strength in numbers: The advantages of AI collaboration

  • Gilles SavardCEO
  • Fassi Kafyeke Senior Director, Innovation

10:54 a.m. Panel-Local emerging players in AI

  • Anne Martel Co-Founder, SVP Operations
    Element AI
  • Frantz Saintellemy President and Chief Operating Officer

Animation :

  • Alain Boudreault Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Part II The transformative power of AI for business

11:11 a.m. Presentation – Adopting AI Thanks to the Democratization of Technology

  • Louis TêtuChairman and Chief Executive Officer

11:28 a.m. Presentation – Artificial intelligence in business –Vidéotron’s experience

  • Mario Lessard General Manager, Big Data Strategy & Business Intelligence

11:40 a.m. Presentation – What Are the Hurdles to Adopting AI in a Company?

  • Jean-Philippe Senneville Director, Business Innovation and Technology
    BDC Advisory Services

11:52 a.m. Networking lunch

Part II The transformative power of AI for business (cont.)

1:00 p.m. Presentation – Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Banking: An Account of our Experience with AI at National Bank

  • Simona Gandrabur, PhD Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Strategy for the Wealth Division
    National Bank of Canada
  • Manuel Morales Chief AI Scientist
    National Bank of Canada

1:17 p.m. Joint presentation – Piloting an AI Project in Logistics

  • Simon Boivin Head of AI Products
    Ray-Mont Logistics International
  • Arnold Liwanag CTO
    IVADO Labs
  • Serge Massicotte CEO
    IVADO Labs

1:34 p.m. Panel – How to attract, train and retain workers in the age of AI

  • Émélie Brunet Vice President, Talent & Ecosystem
  • Manon Poirier, CRHA CEO
    Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés


  • Michelle Llambias MeunierVice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

1:51 p.m. Transformation... Today? Machine Learning, No Previous Experience Required

  • Per NybergChief Commercial Officer
    Stradigi AI

2:03 p.m. Joint presentation – How AI Is Revolutionizing Cybersecurity

  • Martin BerthiaumeFounder
    Elucidia Group
  • Eric PérionSenior Manager – Cyber & IT Risk Advisory
  • Luc SiroisExecutive Director

2:20 p.m. Networking break

Part III AI and social issues

2:40 p.m. Presentation – Data at the Heart of Tomorrow's Energy System

  • Patrick JeandrozHead, Expertise – Data Science and High Performance Computing

2:52 p.m. Presentation – Interpreting Our Environment Through the Lens of AI

  • Emilie HamelVice President Operations
    GHGSat Inc.

3:04 p.m.Presentation Health care and Artificial Intelligence or How to Avoid Human Error

  • Éric Lavallée Partner, trademark agent and head of Lavery’s Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI)
    Lavery Lawyers

3:16 p.m. Panel – Pushing the limits of creative experiences with AI

  • Éric MartelAI and Machine Learning Director
  • Phoebe GreenbergFounder and Director


  • Alain Boudreault Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

3:33 p.m Two-person conversation – Imagining the city of the future: Challenges and opportunities

  • Jean-François BarsoumSenior Innovation Executive | Research, Innovation, Environment and Smart Cities
  • Sylvain PerrasIT Strategy & Transformation Consultant

3:50 p.m How Element AI collaborates with governments to ensure the responsible development of AI products

  • Marc-Etienne OuimetteHead, Public Policy and Government Relations
    Element AI
  • Catherine Rousseau-SaineSenior consultant in strategy and negotiation

4:07 p.m Presentation – How AI Will Change Quebec's Economy

  • Pierre BoivinPresident and CEO
    Claridge Inc.

4:19 p.m Networking

5:00 p.m End of the Forum


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Ticket(s) $275 * $375 *

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information

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

No cancellations or refunds as of 48 business hours before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted until the event is held. Please send cancellation notices by email at


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1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC
H2Z 1H5


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