Big Data & AI Toronto 2019 Program

1Room 203: Big Data Strategy

  • Track:
    Leadership
  • Track Keynote: Beyond Big Data

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Overcome organizational challenges with strategic change management
    • Noelly Tamez Program Director, e-City Programs City Of Toronto

    $
  • Implications of Canada’s Digital Charter for Digital Marketing and CASL

    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    What will Canada’s Digital Charter mean for your organization? We’ll discuss the changes proposed under the Digital Charter and how they’ll affect digital marketing and CASL compliance.
    • Constantine Karbaliotis Director, Leader Managed Privacy Services PWC

    • Neil Beaton VP Corporate Development CAPS Group

    $
  • Panel: Experimenting With Big Data

    11:30 am - 12:15 pm
    Learn from success stories (and failures)
    • Anthony Hooper AVP Software and Big Data AT&T

    • Brian Cline Chief Technology Officer Caddle

    • Christopher Janca (Moderator) Project Manager Advanced Technologies Parker Hannifin

    • Eugene Wen VP Group Advanced Analytics Manulife

    • Selwyn Collaço Chief Data Officer TMX Group

    $
  • Networking Lunch

    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Agile Methodologies

    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    How agile practices can help fix your Big Data challenges
    • Dominic Fortin Sr. Director, Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics The Cooperators

    $
  • Ask an Expert: Fivetran

    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
    Ask an Expert: Fivetran
    • Ethan Lockshin Global Fivetran Evangelist Fivetran

    $
  • Panel: Intelligent Decision-Making

    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
    The role of AI, IoT and Big Data in generating business intelligence
    • Andrew Ricchetti Head of Analytics 407etr

    • Eric Bogart VP, Advanced Analytics Acosta

    • H.K. Brar (Moderator) Advisor, Strategic Technology Operations FedEx

    • Sarah Sun Chief Data Strategist Goldspot Discoveries Inc.

    $
  • Networking Break

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Data Engineers: The New Kids on the Block

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    2019 has been dubbed as the year of the data engineer, bringing AI to the forefront. Learn about the future of data science and emerging skills set for the future data leaders.
    • Jeff Zakrzewski VP Platform Engineering Ritual Co.

    $
  • Practical applications for Data visualization

    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    The presentation will walk participants through several real life applications that have been done within Statistic Canada.
    • Mathieu Laporte Communication and Dissemination Branch Statistic Canada

    $

2Room 201F: Big Data Technical

  • Track:
    Tools & Platforms
  • MASTERCLASS: MACHINE LEARNING FROM EXPERIMENTATION TO PRODUCTION

    9:00 am - 10:00 am
    1-hour skill-based workshop hosted by WeCloud Data
    • Jolay Zhang Senior Software Development Engineer | Solution Architect WeCloudData

  • Track Keynote: Augmented Analytics

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    This presentation will give a high level overview of augmented analytics.
    • Sahar Nezami Senior Director, Advanced Analytics and Data Management CIBC

    $
  • The NextGen of Big Data Platforms

    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    100s of PetaBytes with real-time access
    • Reza Shiftehar Engineering Manager, Hadoop Platform Team Uber

    $
  • Industry Session led by Neo4j

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Neo4j

    $
  • Data Science Automation

    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Learn about the characteristics and the process of data science automation
    • Ikjyot Singh Kohli Senior Manager, Data Science & Analytics Cineplex

    $
  • Networking Lunch

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Win Back Your Day: Stronger, Better, Faster Data Insights with Self-Service Analytics

    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    This session appeals equally to anyone who wants to work more efficiently with their data and covers the needs of analysts, data scientists, managers and business leaders.
    • Dr. John Tullis Data Analyst University Of Edinburgh

    • Presented By Alteryx

    $
  • Panel: Shifting Towards a Python Environment

    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
    Use cases and best practices
    • Andi Moshirvaziri Director, Product Owner Data Labs Scotiabank

    • Ashish Gupta (Moderator) Manager MIS Projects Scotiabank

    • Matthew Tenney Data Science Supervisor Data Analytics and Visualization Team City Of Toronto

    • Saad Rais Lead Data Scientist Ontario Ministry Of Health And Long-Term Care

    • Shaohua Zhang Co-Founder WeCloudData

    $
  • Kubernetes: The Latest in the Ecosystem

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    The hottest technology in the ecosystem
    • Anthony Hooper AVP Software and Big Data AT&T

    $
  • Networking Break

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Enhancing Data Quality

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    Principles, Approaches, and Best Practices
    • Carl Anderson Director, Data Science WW

    $
  • Big Data and Mobile eCommerce

    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    In this 30-minute talk, we will cover challenges we faced at early stages, how we solved these challenges, and finally provide a complete end-to-end solution doing eCommerce on mobile centered around big data.
    • Yuli Ye Head of Machine Learning Wish

    $
  • Scatteract: Automated Extraction of Data From Scatter Plots

    4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
    Charts are an excellent way to convey patterns and trends in data, but they do not facilitate further modeling of the data or close inspection of individual data points.
    • Mathieu Cliche Data Scientist Bloomberg LP

    $

3Room 202: AI Strategy

  • Track:
    Canadian Innovation
  • Track Keynote: Democratizing Financial Advice with AI

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    • Andrew Graham Co-Founder & CEO Borrowell

    $
  • Innovation Community Playbook

    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    • Fareena Contractor Head of Walmart Innovation Community Walmart

    $
  • Machine Intelligence in Alberta

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Anna Koop Senior Scientific Advisor Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii)

    $
  • Innovating with Startups

    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    3 ways to reach win-win outcomes
    • Tamara Zimmerman AVP, Innovation BDC

  • Networking Lunch

    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Innovations in Intelligent Mobility Systems

    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    commercializing breakthrough innovations
    • Vik Pant Senior AI Advisor (Applied AI) MaRS Discovery District

    $
  • Case Study

    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
    $
  • Applied Approaches to Solving the Cold-start Problem

    2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    • Parinaz Sobhian Director of Machine Learning - Impact Team Georgian Partners

    $
  • Why Adopting AI is Key to your Companies Survival and Where to Start

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    This session will profile ways your business can proactively adopt AI, including an over new of NextED - a new online program from NEXT Canada to help you up skill your workforce.
    • Beth Porter CEO and Co-founder Riff Learning Inc

    • Hossein Rahnama CEO and Co-founder Flybits

    $
  • Networking Break

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Identify AI growth opportunities

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    Revolutionize biomedical product search
    • David Chen Co-Founder and CTO BenchSci

    $
  • The Levels of Autonomy for the Smart Home

    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    • Sina Shahandeh VP Data Science Ecobee

    $

4Room 201D: AI Technical

  • Track:
    Models & Methods
  • Using Distributed Computing to do ML inference in the Home Edge

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Machine Learning on the Edge
    • Iqbal Mohomed, PhD Director, Samsung AI Centre Toronto Samsung AI Research

    $
  • IBM Data Science and AI Capabilities

    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    • Nadine Boucher Data, Analytics and AI Lead IBM Canada IBM

    $
  • Consumer Airfare Prediction

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    and Other Big Data Challenges at Hopper
    • Patrick Surry Chief Data Scientist Hopper

    $
  • Insights & Actions

    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    An exploration in how agriculture can be disrupted with autonomous harvesting robots, through the convergence of robotics, artificial intelligence and big data.
    • Josh Lessing Co-Founder & CEO Root.ai

    $
  • Networking Lunch

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Interpreting Machine Learning Models with SAS

    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Approaches to help interpret Machines Learning models that rely on visualizations and model agnostic algorithms
    • Alexander Terado Solutions Specialist – Customer Advisory Data Sciences SAS

    • Dr. Lorne Rothman Principal Data Scientist SAS

    $
  • Containerizing reinforcement-learning systems to make online business decisions as micro-services

    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Dive into the design details of a reinforcement learning (RL) web application system
    • Kevin Ferreira, Ph.D. Senior Manager, AI Labs Bell Canada

    $
  • Solving for Data Lineage with Pachyderm at RBC

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    In this session, we'll demonstrate the importance of data lineage when it comes to applied machine learning, and show how data scientists can put
    • John Karabaic Senior Sales Engineer Pachyderm

    $
  • Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy in Space

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Navigating and growing in the international New Space Economy
    • Rohaan Ahmed Mission Systems and Project Engineer MDA Corporation

    $
  • Networking Break

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Taking a peek under the hood: Interpreting black box models

    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    How to interpret black box models without compromising performance
    • Jennifer Nguyen Lead Data Scientist Sun Life Financial

    $
  • Quantum computing + Artificial Intelligence

    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Quantum computers are here.
    • Christian Weedbrook Founder & CEO Xanadu

    $

AI Theatre

  • AI Solutions

    6:00 am - 7:00 am
  • How can your organization adopt AI?

    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Join Konrad Konarski, AI and IoT Practice head at V-Soft Consulting as he shares ground breaking ways innovative businesses have used AI to drive efficiency, increase profits and improve the work environment for the companies that leverage this technology.
    • Konrad Konarski Artificial Intelligence And IOT Practice Head V-Soft Labs

  • QuantHub: Analytics & Business Strategy Alignment – How to Ensure your Killer Tech Delivers Real Value

    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Your advanced analytics efforts aren’t all that in synch with your overall business strategy. Don’t
    • Matt Cowell CEO QuantHub

  • Industry Session led by AI Deep Dive

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    • AI Deep Dive

  • diwo: Smoothing the last mile: Cognitive Decision Making paves the way towards action

    11:15 am - 11:45 am
    $900 billion was lost to unsuccessful digital transformation initiatives last year, with 70% of initiatives not reaching their intended goals.
    • Krishna Kallakuri President & Founder Diwo®

  • The AI you don’t hear about enough: creative applications to inspire the masses

    11:45 am - 12:15 pm
    This speaking session challenges our typical understandings of “practical” AI implementation, presenting a nuanced view as to how AI empowers creativity in exciting and surprising ways.
    • Dario Morrone Director of Client Transformation Stradigi AI

  • IMRSV Data Labs: Applied AI: Challenge Accepted

    12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
    Artificial Intelligence is everywhere with examples including automatic tagging of our photos, helping us with directions, and letting us ask our phones questions.
    • Aleksandr Gontcharov Machine Learning Engineer  IMRSV Data Labs

  • Lunch Break

    12:45 pm - 1:15 am
  • Wysdom AI: The 5 Reasons Your Conversational AI is Failing

    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    These chasms are not insurmountable once you know what they are. Come join us to find out the 5 killer reasons your Conversational AI is failing and how to make your AI lives up to its promise!
    • Karthik Balakrishnan CTO Wysdom.AI

  • Natural Language Processing

    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Provalis: Using Text Mining in Business Analytics to extract Meaningful Information from Unstructured Big Data

    2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    This presentation will showcase the different text analytics approaches used for Business Analytics such as computer assisted qualitative coding; exploratory text mining; content analysis dictionaries or taxonomies and unsupervised machine learning.
    • Adam Bendriss Alami Director of Marketing Provalis Research

  • Practical Steps to AI Business Transformation

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Join our discussion to learn practical steps to kick start your AI transformation.
    • Maxime Guilbot Founder & CEO Ekohe

  • How better training data can change your game in AI?

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
    Xiaofeng, the Lead Scientist in AI and Research in at Fanhan Tech will speak to the importance of high-quality training data set to the success of an AI project and how Fanhan’s innovative approaches helped its clients successfully implement their key AI projects, such as enhancement to the accuracy of a multi-language chatbot AI model and development of AI model for smartphone camera.
    • Xiaofeng Lui Lead Scientist for AI and Research Fanhan Technologies

  • Networking Break

    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Networking Break
  • Trusted AI

    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Big Data Theatre

  • Big Data Solutions

    6:00 am - 7:00 am
  • The Future of BI isn't a BI Tool

    9:30 am - 10:00 am
    Enterprises today use thousands of SaaS applications and business systems that create more data than ever . Organizations need a solution to simplify the end to end workflow-- this session will share the solution and the future opportunities it creates.
    • Zach Aragosa Data Analyst Looker

  • Denodo: Leverage Data Virtualization to Accelerate Advanced Analytics and Data Science in a Hybrid Cloud world.

    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Learn how Data Virtualization can simplify IT's role in modernizing Analytics, enabling self service options for Data Science in a Hybrid & Multi-Cloud environment.
    • Mitesh Shah Cloud Product Manager Denodo

  • Getting Consumer Consent on Big Data

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Learn how MiDATA's "Centralized Consent" model makes obtaining consumer consent on corporate data drastically simpler for companies, bringing them in compliance with Canada's privacy regulations - PIPEDA's "Guidelines for Obtaining Meaningful Consent".
    • Midata

  • Accelerating Data Warehousing with Centerprise Data Integrator

    11:15 am - 11:45 am
    This session appeals to anyone who wants to accelerate the design and development of their enterprise data warehouse (EDW) while simultaneously addressing the thorny problems typically associated with data warehouse development, such as high costs, ever-changing requirements, and low user adoption.
    • Mike A. O'Quinn Chief Technical Officer Astera

  • You’re Not Afraid of Big Data, Neither is R

    11:45 am - 12:15 pm
    This session will focus on using R to orchestrate workflows and communicate insights from data that don’t fit into memory
    • Alex Gold Solutions Engineer RStudio

  • The Key to Successful Big Data & Analytics Projects

    12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
    Join this session to hear from the experts on how strategic partnerships can pave the path to dramatic results in big data & analytics projects.
    • ISM Canada

  • Lunch Break

    12:45 pm - 1:15 am
    Lunch Break
  • Data Science without Silo Barriers

    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    Empower and scale emerging tools and practices while breathing new life into existing infrastructure and training investments.
    • Bryan Whitmore Chief Field Technologist Vertica

  • Modern Approach to Big Data on Azure

    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
    • Kevin Harmer Microsoft Practice Lead Adastra Corporation

  • How columnar databases simplify ad hoc, interactive analytics

    2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    In this session, we will explore the architecture of columnar databases, from storage to query processing, to explain why they are a better fit for modern analytics.
    • Shane Johnson Senior Director of Product Marketing MariaDB

  • Operational Excellence with Data at Scale

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    In this talk you'll learn actionable methods to help your organization excel at using data to drive growth and innovation while simultaneously increasing efficiency.
    • Segment

  • Superhuman reasoning: How AI systems may transform the practice of science

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
    Dr Larisa Soldatova will present the results of the recent European project AdaLab, an AI framework for systems biology.
    • Dr. Larisa Soldatova Reader in Data Science Director online MSc Data Science programme University Of London

  • Networking Break

    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Networking Break
  • Data-driven Digital Transformation

    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Big Data in Real-Time

    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Theatre 1: Main Stage

  • Accelerate the Future

    6:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Opening Keynote: Big Data and Antitrust

    8:45 am - 9:15 am
    The advent of data-driven innovation has had a profound impact on the competitive dynamics of many industries across the globe. This session will focus on how antitrust policy is adapting to this changing environment.
    • Anthony Durocher Deputy Commissioner Competition Bureau Canada

  • Panel: Connected Economy

    9:15 am - 10:00 am
    IoT, Connected Devices, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities..The impact of the connected economy is transformative
    • Abhinav Tiwari Head of Advanced Planning Alectra Utilities

    • Amar Varma Co-Founder Autonomic (Ford Smart Mobility)

    • Jason Falbo Chief Technology Officer Mircom Group Of Companies

    • Richard Wunderlich Director, Smart Grid Initiatives Siemens

    • Ryan Lanyon Manager, Transportation Policy and Innovation City Of Toronto

  • Networking Break

    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Networking Break
  • Is AI Exploiting Your Customers or Building Stronger Relationships with Them?

    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    In this presentation, integrate.ai’s Founder and CEO will share emerging best practices for better understanding consumers while protecting and fostering trust.
    • Steve Irvine Founder & CEO Integrate.ai

  • Keynote: Taking the Next Step in E-Governance

    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Transforming Estonian Government
    • Ott Velsberg Government Chief Data Officer Government Of Estonia

  • The Emergence of Hybrid Data Architectures to Accelerate Cloud Analytics

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    This session appeals to anyone wanted to create a scalable, efficient and secure cloud analytics architecture.
    • John Morrell Senior Director for Data Science Products Datameer

  • Lunch Break

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Lunch Break
  • Panel: NextGen CX

    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Customer experience is undergoing a renaissance, making the customer in charge.
    • Christian Magsisi Senior Director, Technology & Digital MLSE

    • Dariane Hunt SVP, Design Director Artificial Intelligence Bank Of America

    • Janet Ilhm (Moderator) Director, Digital Experience The Ontario Cannabis Store

    • Nick Necsulescu Director of Customer Data and Insights World Vision

  • Think Like a CTO: Using Big Data to Solve Big Problems

    1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
    What keeps most enterprise leaders up at night? As recent polls, surveys and market research shows, nearly every enterprise in 2019 has a fear of “death by Amazon.”
    • Kevin Loo Co-Founder and CRO CTO Boost

  • Keynote: Data for Good

    2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    How organizations can cross boundaries to impact society with data-driven applications
    • Terry Hickey Chief Analytics Officer CIBC

  • How to Make Data Available with the Cloud

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    • Kris Lawson Regional Director – Canada Snowflake

  • Networking Break

    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
    Networking Break
  • Deep Fried Data

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    Using Big Data and AI to enhance the restaurant experience for both customers and operators
    • Jack Chao Lead Data Analyst Recipe Unlimited

  • Innovating in a Large Organization Using Big Data and Advanced Analytics

    4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    • Neil Bartlett SVP, Data and Analytics RBC

  • The Startup Panel

    4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Bringing together Canada's gems to address best practices for Big Data and AI implementation (and success)
    • David Lloyd CEO PostBeyond

    • Jeff Dennis Entrepreneur In Residence Fasken

    • Ransom Hawley CEO Caddle

    • Rob Catalano Chief Engagement Officer WorkTango

    • Sascha Darius Mojtahedi CEO Bunz


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