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Wed, Sept 25


MaRS Centre

101 College St

Conversations about artificial intelligence are often focused on future promise – the world that AI will build. But what does AI mean in 2019?

Elevate AI will investigate the commercialization and practical application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning right now. At Elevate AI, academics, startup founders, and corporate leaders will discuss the AI-powered products that are being built, shipped, and sold today.

Guests should expect sessions where today’s AI leaders show their work and speak openly about the ethical and practical challenges they face in their industry.

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Mon, Sept 23

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Tues, Sept 24

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Wed, Sept 25


10:00am - 10:15am

Welcome & Opening Remarks at Elevate AI – Commercialization and Responsible Application

Welcome & Opening Remarks


10:15am - 10:35am

Developing AI Discoveries with Brendan Frey of Deep Genomics

Brendan Frey, CEO and Founder of Deep Genomics, will explain how their AI system was able to discover a therapy that humans couldn’t find, and how his team is now poised to rapidly discover many more genetically individualized medicines.


10:35am - 10:50am

Investing in Canadian Innovation with Ed Clark of Radical Ventures

The Chair of Vector Institute and Partner of Radical Ventures explains how investing in social infrastructure has allowed Canada to be a leader in innovation.


10:50am - 11:20am

Canada Versus the World with Ed Clark of Radical Ventures and Paige Dickie of Vector Institute

Two members of one of Canada’s leading artificial intelligence organizations engage in an honest conversation about the challenges in building a national AI ecosystem that can compete on the global stage.


11:20am - 11:35am

How Human-Realistic Language Models Will Transform Society with Brianna Gopaul of The Knowledge Society

Language models such as OpenAI’s GPT2 are getting better and better at generating fake human-realistic texts. What are these language models and how will they transform society in coming years?


11:35am - 11:50am

Global AI Driven Transformation with Traci Gusher of KPMG in the U.S.

Learn what an artificial intelligence-driven enterprise means today. It won't be a monumental technology revolution, but rather a monumental revolution of people.


11:50am - 12:30pm

Connecting Canada’s AI Ecosystems with Salim Teja of Radical Ventures, Steve Lowry of AInBC, Kristina Williams of Alberta Enterprise Corporation, and Arnold Liwanag of IVADO Labs

Canada is home to some of the world's leading AI organizations, situated not in one single center of AI gravity, but within several regional hubs. Discover how building strong linkages across these geographically disperse AI communities creates both local and national opportunity for Canada.


01:30pm - 02:00pm

What Uber Has Built in Toronto with Raquel Urtasun of Uber ATG

Drawn to the expertise and talent available in Toronto, Uber expanded its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) to Canada. Led by Chief Scientist Raquel Urtasun, Uber has been testing its self-driving cars in the city, collecting data, and testing new approaches to its mapping technology. Returning to the Elevate stage, Urtasun will share the results of two years of work to make self-driving cars a reality.


02:00pm - 02:20pm

Responsible AI in Financial Services with Michael Rhodes of TD

TD’s Group Head, Innovation, Technology and Shared Services, speaks to both the opportunity and the challenges for artificial intelligence in financial services industry.


02:20pm - 02:50pm

The Risks and Rewards of Responsible AI with Tomi Poutanen of TD, Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi of Vector Institute, and Elissa Strome of CIFAR

A follow-up conversation with artificial intelligence leaders discussing the responsible application of AI across industries.


02:50pm - 03:05pm

Mad Men vs. Math Men with Helen Kontozopolous of

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03:05pm - 03:40pm

Mapping AI Commercialization with Christian Weedbrook of Xanadu, Jessica Yip of A&K Robotics, Candice Faktor of Faktory Ventures and JF Gagné of Element AI

It's one thing to build an algorithm; it’s another to build a business. While Canada may be a world leader in artificial intelligence innovation, it faces many challenges in commercializing that innovation. This panel features Canadian leaders currently hurdling the chasm that has caught far too many AI companies.


03:40pm - 04:10pm

Why Your AI Company Will Fail Without the Right IP Plan with Carole Piovesan of INQ Data Law and Natalie Raffoul of Brion Raffoul

Learn from two of Canada’s sharpest corporate lawyers in the AI space about emerging issues and IP pitfalls everyone in the AI ecosystem needs to beware.


04:30pm - 07:30pm

Elevate AI Stage Social

Keep the conversation going at The Parlour! This is the official After party for the AI Stage.

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Thurs, Sept 26

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