The AI Forum 2018: Taking the next bold step

AI Forum 2018

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If the future is AI, then the future is now. From identifying trends to automation to medical advances, AI is already impacting the way we do business. Adoption of this new mindset and technology is not only occurring rapidly, it’s a necessity in today’s economy, and raises many questions about what it means to be living and working in an AI-First world.

Enter C2 Montréal’s AI Forum, an opportunity to explore the kinds of environments tomorrow’s organizations and workforce will inhabit, and discover new ways and means of accelerating your business. Taking place within the context of C2 Montréal (May 23-25, 2018), the AI Forum – the result of an exciting partnership between leading research lab Element AI and C2 – provides a powerful environment in which to engage this world-changing innovation.


Walking the AI walk

Following its successful debut in 2017, this second edition of the Forum is set to take the AI conversation one step further, moving beyond the philosophical towards practical business applications of a technology that is already all around us.

Where last year’s theme was about a new, mounting wave of technology set to crash into everyone’s business, this year we’re beginning to see what this collision might look like and are quickly moving from abstract aspirations to the work of real-world implementation. Which raises more than a few questions:

  • What have we found out AI is really good at solving?
  • What are the big failures we can all learn from?
  • How does a company become AI “fluent”?
  • What’s turned out to be just hype?
  • How are we designing this technology today so that it will create a better future 40 years from now?

At the AI Forum, experts and other leaders in their respective fields will be addressing these and other burning questions.


What can Forum participants expect?

  • Talks by prominent AI thought leaders
  • Both public and private collaborative work sessions designed to delve deeper into specific issues with the help of world-leading AI experts
  • Exclusive networking panels and opportunities with some the best and brightest minds from the AI community
  • Highly targeted round tables, experimental brainstorming sessions, innovative connection mechanisms and the world-class collaborations that comprise the signature C2 experience


May 23

7:15 – 8:30 am
AI Forum Opening Remarks
Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

Followed by:
Fireside Chat: The State of AI
Mohammed Musbah, Head of Product from Microsoft Research, will sit down with two of the most prominent AI researchers, Hugo Larochelle from Google Brain and Joelle Pineau from Facebook’s AI lab in Montreal to discuss the current state of AI.


1. Mohammed Musbah, Head of Product, Microsoft Research
2. Hugo Larochelle, Research Scientist, Google Brain
3. Joelle Pineau, Head of Facebook’s AI lab in Montreal

Followed by:
Panel: AI Hot Spots Around the World
This discussion will reveal and explore the AI hubs currently emerging throughout the world and make the case for a global AI ecosystem. Through thought-provoking exchanges, we will also ponder the challenges to overcome in getting the most out of this form of globalization.


  1. Jihoon Jeong, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Media & Communications, Kyung Hee Cyber University
  2. Steven Kuyan, Managing Director, Future Labs NYU
  3. Daniel Singer, Venture Capital & Startup Consultant

Moderator: Mark Maclean, Senior Director, Business Development, Montreal International

5:15 – 6:45 pm
Workshop: AI-First Design, presented by Microsoft
How do we make sure AI is considered from the outset of every project so that we create better user experiences and more meaningful interactions?

Expert: Samuel Moreau, Partner Design Director – Cortana & Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft


May 24

7:15 – 8:30 am
Flash Talk on AI Challenges

High-profile AI failures will take centre stage in this lessons-rich session about what we can learn from less-than-glossy events. These case studies will highlight the dangers of hype, but also show that many of these occurrences are, often, simply over-publicized hiccups.


  1. Claude Guay, General Manager, IBM Global Business Services Canada
  2. Stephen Piron, CEO, Deep
  3. Eric Nguyen, Senior manager in the Management Consulting team and an expert in artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Followed by:
Panel: Getting Executive Buy-In
In this discussion, industry experts will share insight on how to gain the necessary buy-in from your executive team. Learn how to build trust to start using AI in your organization.


  1. Carolina Bessega, Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder, Stradigi AI
  2. Shelby Austin, National AI Leader, Deloitte Canada
  3. Foteini Agrafioti, Head, Borealis AI & CSO, RBC
  4. Andy Mauro, Co-Founder and CEO,

Moderator:  Sylvain Carle, Partner, Real Ventures

Talk: The Ethical and Economical Questions Surrounding AI
In this talk,  one of the most prominent researchers in artificial intelligence will discuss AI, economic development and ethics.


  1. Yoshua Bengio, Co-Founder, Element AI and Director, Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms

9:00 am-10:30 pm
Workshop : AI Road-Mapping
In this workshop, Richard Zuroff, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions at Element AI, will take you through a step-by-step process on how to transform your business into an AI-ready organization.

Expert: Richard Zuroff, ‎Senior Manager, Industry Solutions, Element AI

11:00 am-12:30 pm
Workshop (Public Programming): AI Road-Mapping
In this workshop, Richard Zuroff, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions at Element AI, will speak on transforming your business into an AI-ready organization.

Expert: Richard Zuroff, ‎Senior Manager, Industry Solutions, Element AI


May 25

7:15 – 8:30 am
Panel: AI for good
This panel will survey humanitarian AI applications — how AI is being implemented to help charities and climate change initiatives, for example — and encourage participants to conceptualize their own inspiring humanitarian AI projects.


  1. Stephen Spittle, Emerging Technology Lead in Digital Intelligence at Satellite Applications Catapult
  2. Jonathan Kanevsky, Head of Clinical Innovation, Imagia Cybernetics
  3. Emil Hewage, Founder & Director, Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems ltd
  4. Steve Mutabazi, Chief Investment Strategist, Rwanda Development Board

Moderator: Khari Johnson, Staff Writer, Venturebeat

Followed by:
Panel: Intellectual Property in AI, presented by Fasken
With AI comes a host of questions surrounding intellectual property. How will copyright work in the age of AI? Who owns that intellectual property? What patents are organizations putting in place from a defensive point of view?


  1. Jeffrey Astle, Director & Intellectual Property Counsel, Pratt & Whitney
  2. Paul Gagnon, Legal Counsel, Element AI
  3. Florent Chandelier, CTO, Imagia
  4. Johann Gest, Patent Agent, Fasken
  5. Ami Shah, Managing Director Intellectual Property Finance Group, Fortress Investment Group

Moderator: Jean-Nicolas Delage, Partner, Intellectual Property Group, Fasken

11:00 am-12:30pm
Workshop: AI in Blockchain, presented by Catallaxy

Blockchain and AI are among the most promising technologies and will surely disrupt just about every industry. Combined, they can become powerful drivers for any organization. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of blockchain, AI, and how these two technologies intersect.

Expert: Vincent Gauthier, Co-founder Technology and Products, Catallaxy

1:55-2:25 pm
Panel: AI and the Future of Work
There is a lot of fear and uncertainty about whether robots and artificial intelligence will displace a significant number of jobs over the next few years. Will advances in technology automate tasks faster than we can create jobs?


  1. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  2. Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI
  3. Sean Mullin, Executive Director, Brookfield Institute

Moderator: Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent

Understanding the Limitations of AI: When Algorithms Fail given by Timnit Gebru –  Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research, Presented by Microsoft

3:15-4:45 pm
Workshop: Ethics in AI
Ethics and AI are closely intertwined. Who should be held accountable for the results of these high-speed, powerful technological transformations? What do we need to think about as we design these systems? How do we remove bias from the process as much as possible? These are the types of questions we’ll answer in this interactive workshop.

Expert: Kathryn Hume, Vice President Product & Strategy,

Who needs to be there?

At the AI Forum, Element AI and C2 create new opportunities for organizations that wish to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Organizations of all types will benefit from in-depth conversations with experts around the potential of AI and gain insight into how to achieve specific solutions.

The programming of the AI Forum is intended for C-levels and VPs of Fortune 500 companies who are already immersed in AI and who aspire to dive even deeper and learn from the best in the field of AI.

To claim your spot at the AI Forum, and lend your voice to in-depth conversations about AI, purchase your passes here.

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