What is IMPACT AI?

Ottawa’s first and largest artificial intelligence conference. IMPACT AI  is coming to Ottawa.  Please join us on Thursday, May 24, 2018 as MindBridge Ai hosts this flagship artificial intelligence conference at Algonquin College.

The conference will feature over 15 speakers from the private sector and government who will share their insights surrounding applied AI and its transformational effect on the future of the workforce.

introducing our speakers


CTO, Strategic Partnerships and Data Science at IBM Canada

Leon is an award-winning international speaker and a published author. A technologist at heart, Leon’s focus is always on value creation using technology rather than the technology itself. As the Director and CTO of Strategic Partnerships and Data Science Ecosystem, Leon leads a team of Data Scientists focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain.


Senior Advisor at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Michael Karlin is a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where he specializes in public policy considerations of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Over his 10-year career with the federal public service, he’s had fun providing advice to senior officials and Ministers on complex ethical and public policy issues including digital identity, privacy, data sharing, and organizational change. In this capacity, he has won numerous policy and innovation awards.


Veteran BNN Anchor

Michael Hainsworth is Canada’s Most-Watched Business reporter and a veteran BNN Anchor. Michael spent 17 years distilling the day’s most important financial and technology stories into understandable and engaging reports for 2.2 million viewers on BNN and CTV News. A talented broadcaster and journalist, Hainsworth was often called on to anchor special coverage on BNN, such as the Federal Budget or fast-moving news stories like the 2014 Parliament Hill shootings.


Vice President Information Technology at MD FInancial Management

Valerie is a seasoned technology executive, innovation and disruption enthusiast currently serving as a VP, Information Technology at MD Financial Management. Valerie identifies the opportunities created through social, political and technology disruption, creates partnerships, and applies a client-centered innovation process to create experiences, products, and services that delight customers.


CEO, collectiveIQ

Karla is the veteran of creating marketing and strategy experience for top global and domestic brands Canada Post, CIBC Wood Gundy, Empire Life, Homemakers Magazine amongst many. She is the CEO and co-founder of collectiveIQ, an open agency, comprised of over 200 freelance professionals from strategists to storytellers, designers to data scientists, in Canada. In her career spanning two decades, she held leadership positions namely, the Executive Vice President at WPP/Young & Rubicam Canada, responsible for country leadership of the Ford of Canada business spanning multiple marketing agencies. Karla is a speaker, mother and an influencer.


CEO at IMRSV Data Labs

Samuel is an engineer and a lawyer. He is the co-founder and CEO of an Ottawa startup specializing in natural language processing. Their customer list includes Fortune 1000 companies where IMRSV technology is used for a variety of data processing needs.


CEO at SalesChoice Inc.

Cindy Gordon is the Founder and CEO of SalesChoice, an AI SaaS predictive and prescriptive guided selling company. She is also an expert in SaaS, AI, business innovation, early-stage software commercialization and sales /marketing practices. She has held senior leadership and partnership roles in global B2B enterprises, including Accenture, Xerox, Citicorp and Nortel Networks.


SVP, Products & Innovation at Klick Health

Keith is a management professional with over 20 years of experience working on innovation enablement, product strategy, commercial team development and eco-system partnerships. He ‘connects the dots’ across industries and disciplines to create new market opportunities. Keith has co-founded an international innovation consultancy and help start a 250+ person interactive entertainment studio. He has worked with brands such as Nike, Microsoft, Sony, United Health Group and Boeing to bring new products, services, and experiences to market. Currently, he is focused on harnessing the potential of new technologies and techniques such as data science, behavioral science, cloud infrastructure and startup methodologies to drive innovation in commercial healthcare.


Managing Director, Hawk Capital Group

Tom is currently a Managing Partner of Hawk Capital Advisors, a mid-market firm providing independent financial and strategic advice including M&A, capital raise and restructuring services to clients in the defense, security, manufacturing, health technology, biotechnology and innovation sectors.Tom is also co-leading Hawk’s effort to launch a venture capital fund to support early-stage entrepreneurs in the tech innovation space. The fund is scheduled to launch in Q4 2018 as the largest debut fund in Canada.


CEO, Systelos

Jad is founder and CEO of Systelos, an AI powered platform that is reinventing how financial experts deliver value to their clients. After spending 15 years developing top producing advisors, Jad witnessed systemic breakdowns in the wealth management industry. Jad’s mission is to create a new breed of financial experts that is augmented with the power of machine learning and collective intelligence. Jad is a Harvard Business School alumni, holds a Bachelor in Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities institute.


Risk Advisory Partner, EY

Cathy Cobey is a Partner in EY’s Risk practice,advising clients on the risk and control implications of both legacy and emerging technologies. She leads a global team that considers the ethical and control implications of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.Cathy leverages her unique background as a CPA and Technology Risk Advisor, with her involvement with EY’s Climate Change & Sustainability practice to consider the full spectrum of technological and societal implications in intelligent automation development.


CEO, Compass and country lead, vLex Canada
An entrepreneur and entrepreneurial thinker known for doing law differently, Colin is focused on changing the way legal intelligence is incorporated into research and knowledge management. During his time leading Canada’s most-used legal information resource (CanLII), Colin was profiled by the ABA Journal as a “Legal Rebel” (2014), by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as among the “Top 25 Most Influential” (2014), and by Fastcase as a member of the 2013 Fastcase 50 class of legal innovators and visionaries. He is a speaker, author, advisor, instigator and collaborator in legal tech and startup space, and a non-practicing member of the Ontario and Alberta bars. HIs professional background also includes senior legal, policy, business and government relations roles in the telecommunications industry.


Vice President, Innovation and Quality at the Ottawa Hospital

Alan J. Forster MD, FRCPC, MSc is a general internist; Vice President, Innovation and Quality at the Ottawa Hospital; Vice Chair Quality and Clinical Services, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


Chief Officer, Practice Innovation, Pricing & Knowledge Services, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Before joining Blakes, Carla practiced commercial litigation, following which she was Senior Counsel for the litigation team at one of Canada’s largest banks. She is a Past President of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Ontario Chapter. She joined Blakes in 2011 and leads the teams responsible for Practice Innovation, Knowledge Management, Pricing, Library and Research Services, Records Management and Enterprise Data and Analytics. Her role includes developing and supporting alternative fee arrangements and leading legal project management and process improvement practices.


Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer for Citibank Canada

Tony chairs the Risk Committee and manages credit, market, liquidity, operational and cyber risk on behalf of Citi in Canada.He is the Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Management.Tony has had leadership roles in asset liability management, capital market financing, structured derivatives, securitization and corporate insurance at several global banks and is also an active mentor of Fintech startups.


Litigator at McCarthy Tetrault

Carole is a litigator at McCarthy Tetrault. She is the firm lead on artificial intelligence and an active member of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group. She co-authored the firm’s White Paper entitled “From Chatbots to Self-Driving Cars: The Legal Risks of Adopting Artificial Intelligence in Your Business”, and regularly writes and speaks on the topic of AI and the law.


Chief Information Officer Director General Knowledge, Information & Technology Services, National Research Council Canada

Paul is the Chief Information Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. In this role Paul provides the leadership for NRC’s Information Technology, Information and Data Management as well as the National Science Library. Paul is also very active in a number of collaborative Government initiatives with his colleague CIOs from across government and in tandem with key external stakeholders. A seasoned public-servant, Paul has held senior leadership roles since 2004 primarily in the area of Information Systems. Paul has lead IM/IT transformation initiatives as CIO of Justice Canada and Library and Archives Canada. He chaired an International consortium of 40 countries focused on web preservation and is a member of a number of councils and boards.


Executive Director, Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University

Joe Marks has been a technological innovator in five different industries over the past 30 years. Joe holds degrees in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science from Harvard University. His areas of expertise include AI, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics. He has managed over $100M of research spend at Mitsubishi Electric and at The Walt Disney Company. He has also worked on DARPA-sponsored research projects for the US government, and he has co-founded two start-ups. He is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Machine Learning and Health at Carnegie Mellon University.


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