Main Stage Program : September 30th 2020

All sessions will be live streamed online and available on-demand until Oct.31.

Main Stage

  • Strategies to Leverage Big Data and AI for a Better World

    08h45 - 09h15

    Join UN's Lambert Hogenhout as he celebrates advances in technology and the growing ability for technology to have an impact on enviromental and social challenges. 

    • Lambert Hogenhout Chief Data Analytics, Partnerships and Technology Innovation Officer United Nations
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  • Championing Sustainability, Panel

    09h15 - 10h00

    Top industry experts explore why scaling their social and eviromental impact initiatives utlimately generate value for their brand, consumers and employees. 

    • Emily Sommer Engineering Manager Etsy
    • Tanya Woods [Moderator] Founder and Chief Impact Officer Kind Village Inc
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  • Break & Networking

    10h00 - 10h30
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  • Session Reserved for Diamond Sponsor

    10h30 - 11h00
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  • Enhancing Human Creativity Through AI

    11h00 - 11h30
    • Domhnaill Hernon VP, Innovation, Strategy, Creativity, R&D Nokia Bell Labs
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  • Keynote Presentation: Cinchy

    11h30 - 12h00
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  • Lunch break

    12h00 - 13h00
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  • Main Stage
  • Session Reserved for Diamond Sponsor

    13h00 - 13h30
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  • Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    13h30 - 14h00
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  • Afternoon Keynote: AI Solutions for Climate Change

    14h00 - 14h30
    • Vik Pant Chief Science Advisor Natural Resources Canada
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  • Session Presented By: Pachyderm

    14h30 - 15h00
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  • The Indigenous languages technology project at NRC: an empowerment approach to language software

    15h00 - 15h30

    This presentation will describe a three-year project at the National Research Council of Canada that developed software to assist Indigenous communities in their efforts to preserve their languages and extend their use. The project aimed to work within the empowerment paradigm, where the linguistic goals of communities have at least equal weight with those of the researchers. Because many of the technological directions we took were in response to community needs, the project ended up as a collection of diverse subprojects. These included:

    ·       the creation of a framework for building verb conjugators for polysynthetic languages, including Kanyen’kéha (Mohawk) and Michif

    ·       release of the largest available corpus of sentences in an Indigenous language of the Americas (Inuktut) aligned with English sentences, suitable for training machine translation systems (which we also did)

    ·       development of free online services based on automatic speech recognition (ASR) for easing the transcription bottleneck for recordings of speech in Indigenous languages

    ·       software for developing “readalong” audio books for Indigenous languages

    ·       and several other subprojects.


    Most of these subprojects were carried out in close collaboration with communities. The NRC team followed ethical guidelines provided by an all-Indigenous advisory committee made up of language revitalization experts. 

    • Roland Kuhn Principal Research Officer National Research Council of Canada
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  • Break & Networking

    15h30 - 16h00
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  • Session Reserved for Bronze Sponsor

    16h00 - 16h30
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  • Session Presented By: Aifred Health

    16h30 - 17h00

    Aifred is focused on clinical decision support in mental healthcare, starting with depression. Depression affects over 300 million people worldwide. Physicians currently have few tools to help them effectively select and manage mental health treatments based on the unique characteristics of their individual patients leading to an arduous and lengthy “trial and error” approach to treatment. Aifred operationalizes best-evidence guidelines, together with AI-based insights, to support better treatment management, and matching of individual patients to the right treatment.

    • Caitrin Armstrong Chief Technology Officer Aifred Health
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  • Session Reserved for Bronze Sponsor

    17h00 - 17h30
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