Vik Pant

Chief Science Advisor

Natural Resources Canada

Vik Pant joined Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as Chief Science Advisor on August 19, 2019. In his role, he plays a leadership role in developing and promoting NRCan’s S&T priorities, providing oversight and strategic policy advice on cross-cutting science issues and opportunities.  He is to accelerate the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in the department in order to enhance NRCan’s ability to conduct science, economic analysis, and provide evidence-based policy advice via modern advanced analytical techniques Vik earned a master's degree in business administration with distinction from the University of London, a master's degree in information technology from Harvard University, and is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool). His research, featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and juried international conferences, has focused on conceptual modelling of strategic coopetition in complex socio-technical and multi-agent systems. Vik joined NRCan from the MaRS Discovery District, a technology start-up accelerator in Toronto, where he was a Senior Technical Advisor of Applied Artificial Intelligence. Prior to that, he had held strategic positions in leading software enterprises including Oracle, SAP and Open Text.