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September 13 @ 8:30am – 5:00pm

MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street

Event Capacity 100% Full
**This track is currently at capacity. Take a look at the other amazing Elevate Educate tracks to see which one you’ll attend.

Artificial intelligence is radically transforming the way we live our lives.

Powering a new wave of technology, AI is quickly disrupting a variety of industries, meaning that a future of driverless cars, predictive technology and new ways to fight global epidemics might not be too far away.

Canada has a leading role to play in this revolution, on a global scale. Breakthroughs such as deep learning and reinforcement learning, which are currently fuelling the AI engine, came to life at Canadian universities. Top talent is moving into Canada’s cities. Academics like Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio are a driving force behind much of the research in this field.

Join us September 13 to learn more about what all of this could mean for Canada – and the world. Hear about what universities, institutions, startups and enterprises need to do to create the world’s best AI ecosystem, learn how enterprises can transition to the new marketplace and explore how we can nurture and retain the talent required to build it.

Produced by MaRS,  the Vector Institute, CDL, Element AI, and Faktory Ventures, Elevate AI will demonstrate the undeniable impact that artificial intelligence will have on humanity.

Topics Include

  • The untold story of Canada’s role in building global AI

  • Using AI to solve global problems

  • Building the AI ecosystem in Canada

  • How to incorporate AI into your business

  • Talent: The currency of AI



8:30am Breakfast & Registration
9:00am Host Welcome
Ilse Treurnicht, MaRS Discovery District
9:05am Welcome & Overview
Darin Graham, The Vector Institute
Candice Faktor, Faktory Ventures
9:15am Keynote: The Foundations of Deep Learning
Featuring: Geoffrey Hinton, Engineering Fellow, Google; Chief Science officer, The Vector Institute

Description: A pioneer in the field of Deep Learning, Geoffrey Hinton will provide an overview of deep learning, a sub-field of artificial intelligence at the forefront of AI research.

9:50am The Untold Story of Canada's Role in Building Global AI
Tomi Poutanen, Co-founder, Layer 6 AI with Steve LeVine, Futures Editor, Axios

Description: Canada has a strong history of research and education in artificial intelligence. Steve LeVine and Tomi Poutanen will explore how we’ve built momentum over the last few decades.
10:15am Conversation Break
10:35am Lightning Talks: AI is Electricity
Niraj Bhargava, CEO, Fluent.ai
Sanja Fidler, UofT Department of Computer Science
Inmar Givoni, Director of Machine Learning, Kindred
Mohamed Musbah, Head of Product Maluuba

Description: AI has been compared to the invention of the wheel, electricity and the internet. This series of lightning talks will explore the breadth of AI technologies including voice AI, machine vision, robotics natural language processing.
11:15amHow will AI impact my Career in 10 years?
The Knowledge Society

Description: Hear from the next generation of innovators who are already thinking about how AI will have an impact on their careers.
11:25am How AI will Impact the Future of Work
Gary Bolles, Chair for the Future of Work, Singularity University with Krista Jones, Managing Director, Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District

Description: As Managing Director of Work & Learning at MaRS, Krista Jones works with ventures who are supporting changing education and workplace environments, and brings a personal perspective on the impacts of AI as a mother and patient. As Chair for the Future of Work at Singularity University, a think tank whose mission is to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges, Gary Bolles brings an expert perspective on helping organizations identify and understand disruptive technologies.
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pmPhilippe Beaudoin in conversation with deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio

Description: In a fireside chat with ElementAI’s SVP of Research and Co-Founder, Philippe Beaudoin, Yoshua Bengio will explore the need to continue to advance research and have the best minds continue to educate, as well as the need for a multi-pronged strategy to bring industry and academia together.
2:00pm Transitioning to the new marketplace
Afsaneh Fazly, Thomson Reuters
Kathryn Hume, integrate.ai
Jas Jaaj, Deloitte

Description: Canadian and global enterprises are beginning to strategize around the potential opportunities and impacts of AI. Kathryn Hume recently moved from New York to join integrate.ai, a platform for large enterprises to train AI-enabled solutions. Last October, Thomson Reuters, a leading source of news and information for professional markets, announced its new Toronto Technology Centre. Afsaneh Fazly, Lead Research Scientist at Thomson Reuters, will share her perspectives from experience leading research teams in academia and industry.

2:30pm Lightning Talks: The Impact of AI
Farnoud Kazemzadeh, Co-founder, Elucid Labs
Quin Sandler, CEO, Plantiga
Greta Cutulenco, CEO, Acerta
Steve Woods, Co-founder & CTO, Nudge.ai

Description: This series of lightning talks will explore how start-ups are using AI across different verticals including health, sports, manufacturing, and CRM.
3:10pm Conversation Break
3:25pm Building an AI Ecosystem
Jordan Jacobs, Layer 6 AI
Kristjan Sigurdson, CDL
Jason Brenier, Georgian Partners
Deepa Kundur, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Toronto
Steve Irvine, integrate.ai

Description: Start-ups, scale-ups, enterprises, incubators, VCs and academic institutions all have a role to play in building a successful AI ecosystem. This diverse panel will explore how Canadians can combine efforts to build on momentum.
4:30pm How Canada Wins
Daniel Debow, CEO of Helpful.com, ex-Salesforce SVP, Founding team at Rypple & Workbrain, Angel Investor

Description: Passionate entrepreneur Daniel Debow will share his thoughts on how Canada can seize its AI moment.
Darin Graham, The Vector Institute
Candice Faktor, Faktory Ventures

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