The AI Forum at C2 Montréal 2017

The first edition of the AI Forum at C2 Montréal is now sold out!

From automation to new biomedical discoveries, AI is already impacting the global economy. Adoption of this new mindset and technology is rising exponentially, raising many questions around an AI-First world. The AI Forum is an opportunity to explore innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues in an AI-First context, and reflect on the kinds of environments tomorrow’s organizations and workforce will inhabit.

This first edition of the AI Forum, which consolidates Montreal’s leadership position as an innovation hub for AI, is the result of an exciting new partnership between Element AI and C2. Taking place in conjunction with C2 Montréal, May 24-26, 2017, the AI Forum will provide a powerful environment in which dig into one of the world-changing innovations of modern society. 

C2M17_AI_BannerIcons-02Who needs to be there?

At the AI Forum, Element AI and C2 will 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 on 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.


What can Forum participants expect?

  • Keynote speeches by thought leaders including prominent AI researcher and deep-learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio and software industry entrepreneur Jean-François Gagné, both co-founders of Element AI.
  • Dedicated collaborative work sessions designed to delve deeper into specific issues and opportunities with the help of world-leading AI experts.
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with some of the best and brightest minds in the realms of education, creation and commerce, as well as experts and corporations from the AI community.
  • Experimental brainstorming sessions, innovative connection mechanisms and the world-class celebrations that comprise the signature C2 experience.  


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AI Forum programming

The AI Forum will be a place to share perspectives around trends, predictions and issues our society and organizations are facing with respect to artificial intelligence. Co-curated by Element AI’s Bengio and Gagné, the Forum’s programming, which overlaps C2’s general programming, breaks down as follows:

AI Forum programming

May 24th: Demystifying AI to showcase the evolution of the technology, explore trends and assess potential capabilities

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast Panels on Media and AI Maturity

Opening of the AI Forum by Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

Media Brief: Covering the AI Story

  • Sean Silcoff, AI Reporter, Globe and Mail
  • Dave Gershgorn, AI Reporter, Quartz/Atlantic
  • John Biggs, East Coast Editor, TechCrunch
  • Moderator: Catherine Cano, CEO, CPAC

Panel: Becoming AI Mature

  • Joelle Pineau, McGill & MILA Institute
  • Andy Mauro, Co-Founder and CEO, Automat
  • Moderator: Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer, Partner of Real Ventures

10:35 – 11:00 – Keynote: Building the Montreal AI Ecosystem

  • Yoshua Bengio, Co-Founder, Element AI & Director, Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms
  • Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Automating our Way to Greater Creativity

  • Hugo LarochelleGoogle Brain Group Lead in Montreal

13:45 – 15:15 – Workshop: Reimagining Healthcare Through an AI-First Lens

  • Dr. Jonathan Kanevsky, Senior Resident, McGill Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

15:45 – 17:15 – Masterclass: The Fundamentals of AI

  • Yoshua Bengio, Co-Founder, Element AI & Director, Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms

May 25: Exposing the scale and impact of AI for companies, organizations, startups and society alike

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Ethical Considerations for AI

  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Machine Intelligence, Google

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop: Democratizing AI

  • Evan Prodromou, CEO, Fuzzy AI

15:45 – 17:15 – Masterclass: AI’s Cross-Industry Disruption

  • Jean-François Gagné, Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI

May 26th: Initiating a conversation on ethics and regulations around AI and its impact

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast Panels on AI Companies and the Future of Jobs

Speech by Hubert Bolduc, President, Montreal International

Panel: AI and Economic Policy (The Future of Work)

  • Terah Lyons, Former Obama AI Policy Advisor
  • Dominique Gautier, Senior Partner, Roland Berger
  • Robin Blijde, Vice-President and AI Lead, Goldman Sachs

Panel: So you want to found an AI company

  • Blake Borgeson, Founder and CTO, Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Matthew Zeiler, Co-Founder and CEO, Clarifai
  • Zavain Dar, VC, Lux Capital
  • Moderator: Peter Misek, Partner, IT Venture Fund, BDC

11:30 – 13:00 – Workshop: Transitioning Businesses Towards an AI-First World

  • Nicola Morini Bianzino, Managing Director Artificial Intelligence Practice and Growth & Strategy Lead for Technology, Accenture

14:50 – 15:10 – Keynote

  • Naveen Rao, VP and GM, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop:  Democratizing AI

  • Evan Prodromou, CEO, Fuzzy AI

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop: Building Literate Machines

  • Adam Trischler, Head of Machine Reading, Maluuba

15:45 – 17:15 – Workshop: The Future of Healthcare

  • Alexis Smirnov, Co-Founder & CEO, Dialogue