Jean-François Gagné

Speaker, Jean-François Gagné
Co-Founder and CEO, Element AI
  • Represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs Canada

When J-F was Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at JDA Software, he was the youngest global C-level executive of a top 20 enterprise software company.

The AI businessman

Software industry serial entrepreneur Jean-François Gagné has a new high-tech mission: bringing researchers, entrepreneurs and large organizations together to create singular AI-first strategies. He co-founded leading AI solutions provider Element AI with deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio and AI researcher Nicolas Chapados. With funding from Microsoft Ventures, they’re building their ranks in Montréal, a city that boasts the highest concentration of artificial intelligence researchers in the world. J-F is the former CEO of Planora, a company that combined AI, machine learning, operation research and user experience to optimize business processes. An in-demand speaker at AI conferences, J-F has made his mark in sectors from retail and manufacturing to healthcare and security, lending his expertise in best practices and cutting-edge tech.
“We are in a period of unprecedented technological change. [AI] is the biggest opportunity since the arrival of the internet.”
J-F in La Presse
  • Represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs Canada

When J-F was Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at JDA Software, he was the youngest global C-level executive of a top 20 enterprise software company.