Conference program

All sessions will be live streamed and on-demand replays will be available until Dec. 31, 2021.
A conference pass is required to attend these sessions. You can purchase yours now:

Business Strategy

  • Business Strategy
  • AI x DESIGN - DESIGNING AI-ENABLED PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND PLATFORMS THAT USERS & CUSTOMERS LOVE

    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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    • Ramy Nassar Founder & Managing Partner, Author 1000 Days Out
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  • The future of AI

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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    • Maria Dimitrova Head of Business Development & Lead Auditor ISO 9001 IMSM
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  • Networking Break

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • WHAT'S CHANGING (AND WHAT HASN'T) IN AI

    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    As we approach nearly a decade of talk about commercializing AI/ML, what lessons have we learned? In this talk, we'll share time-tested strategies for creating value with AI/ML as well as insights about how technology and market developments are changing who, how, and why models are being built and deployed. The presentation concludes by looking forward to the changes organizations should expect to see and can incorporate into their future AI strategies.

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    • Richard Zuroff AI Success Director DataRobot
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  • PANEL DISCUSSION: ENGAGING THE HOISTIC CUSTOMER STARTS WITH DATA HEALTH

    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

    Data stewards today are tasked with bringing the 360-degree view of the customer to life, providing the business with insights that incite meaningful interactions across the customer journey. As these customer-centric initiatives grow, so does the need for trusted, quality data. ​

    Please join this session to discuss:​

    • Enabling data health to preventative measures easily​
    • Building a supportive culture across the data ecosystem for better business decisions​
    • Transforming consumer behavior data to empower enterprise decision making
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  • THE RELATIONAL VS. NON-RELATIONAL DATABASE DEBATE IS OVER: TOP 10 RDBMS-COMPABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR NOSQL PLATFORMS

    11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

    While NoSQL database platform popularity continues to soar, there are classes of applications that many IT teams refuse to move off of relational databases. These applications are often high-value, transactional systems that run core business processes. And while these systems are being migrated to cloud environments, they are not yet moving to NoSQL. This session will discuss ten key requirements that are keeping organizations away from NoSQL's flexibility and scale for these applications. Attendees will learn how modern databases will need to address important functionality such as distributed ACID transactions, SQL language support, schema compatibility, multiple data access modes, high-performance, mobility and more. 

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    • Jeff Morris VP, Product & Solutions Marketing Couchbase
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  • Lunch Break

    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
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  • Business Strategy
  • Business Strategy
  • From product recommendations to offers performance: How AIR MILES drives end-to-end marketing solutions

    1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

    AIR MILES developed an AI-powered product recommendation engine, PRECISION™, used to send product recommendations and personalized offers to Collectors on behalf of its Partners. Once offers are in market, performance needs to be measured from a model point-of-view as well as its financial impact on the business. This session will dive into providing relevant product recommendations to maximize customer engagement with the right offer at the right time, and how AIR MILES quantifies the impact of its end-to-end marketing solutions. 

    In this session, we will look at:

    • How AIR MILES built their PRECISION™ recommendation engine
    • How it generates and serves offers to Collectors
    • How we analyze short- and long-term impacts to performance
    • How we deliver those insights to empower partner businesses to run more impactful campaigns.
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    • Maxime Guy Associate Director, Analytics & Insights Air Miles
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  • How External Data & Intelligence Gathering is Transforming the Public Sector

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
    • Data availability is growing exponentially in the public sector. This is due to governments increasingly investing in digital capabilities for greater transparency and public access. As such, an unprecedented amount of public documents are becoming available online. 

    • Citylitics’ Data Engine has amassed 1.4 Billion public documents from across 31,000 cities, towns, and planning organizations and triangulates this with hundreds of government databases to isolate precise intelligence on local government infrastructure planning and needs from data buried under the myriad of sources. Our analyses on regional and/or market specific infrastructure trends also provide a 5-10 year view of the types of upcoming infrastructure projects and spend.  

    • The alignment of Citylitics data insights with customer goals and ideal client profiles supports data-driven decision making within organizations for business development, infrastructure benchmarking, market identification, and more.  

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    • Ahmed Badruddin CEO Citylitics
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  • PANEL DISCUSSION: DIGITAL IQ & MARKETING BIG DATA

    2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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    • Adam Rodricks National Lead, Digital Services KPMG Canada
    • Carolina Bessega Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder Stradigi AI
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  • Networking Break

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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  • NON FUNGIBLE TOKENS AND IP ISSUES

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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  • PANEL: BUILDING TRUST IN AI & SYNTHETIC DATA GENERATION

    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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  • Modern Data Stack and its evolution or about ML challenges in Data Engineering space

    4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
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Technology

  • Technology
  • WANT TO ADOPT AI IN YOUR BUSINESS: GOOD LUCK!

    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Did you know that only 15% of all AI projects developed today are actually used? Popular case studies circulating on social networks and in the media feature the giants of this world, the likes of Google, UPS and Facebook. 

    They are developing AI projects at breakneck speed thanks to their army of data scientists and billions invested in R&D. 

    Don't try this at home: replicate their success, in your company, with your context.   

    Replicating their recipe and waiting to meet all the winning conditions before launching an AI project will lead you to failure. You will lose time and you will be left behind by your competitors.  

    Don't worry, all is not lost. 

    In full transparency, Olivier Blais delivers a session on the current portrait of AI in business and proposes a new perspective based on his learnings in the field. You’ll discover the best practices and the right steps for the adoption of AI in your company. 

    If you have data and a business goal, don't miss this session. 

    Key takeaways: 

    • We have a tendency of thinking of too big when planning an artificial intelligence project. One must split up initiatives properly.

    • We're often skipping important steps. Transformation must be progressive and take into account the complexity of the project and the organization.

    • The end justifies the means. We need to think in terms of AI systems, not only AI models: quality, ML Ops, production environments, support. 

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    • Olivier Blais Head of Decision Science Moov AI
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  • COMPLETING THE MACHINE LEARNING LOOP

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Completing the machine learning loop is fundamental to the progression of AI software. It requires the unification of code and data. Managing these two components will require processes and tooling to ensure that data bugs can be corrected just as quickly as code bugs.

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    • Jimmy Whitaker Data Science Evangelist Pachyderm
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  • Networking Break

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • APPLYING MACHINE LEARNING TO CREATE, INNOVATE, AND DEVELOP TECHNOLOGIES THAT SOLVE REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS

    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    • Carolina Bessega Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder Stradigi AI
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  • Data as our Unfair Advantage: How AIR MILES leverages their data asset to drive value for their Customers and Partners

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    As one of Canada’s largest loyalty programs, AIR MILES has over 10M Collectors who shop at more than 100 different retailers, generating a significant amount of customer-level data. With this data, the AIR MILES team leverages data platforms to integrate machine learning techniques, predictive analytics, and automated dashboards to uncover customer-level opportunities for our Partners. From supporting marketing personalization efforts, to helping forecast item sales at the store-level, these capabilities maximize Partner value out of the AIR MILES loyalty program. 

    In this session, we will discuss how AIR MILES turns data into value for Collectors and Partners through an integrated approach with data, marketing & technology teams. 

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    • Paul Raso Director, Data Products Air Miles
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  • PANEL DISCUSSION: BIOTECH DATA EVOLUTION

    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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  • Lunch Break

    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
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  • Technology
  • Technology
  • Delta Sharing: An Open Protocol for Secure Data Sharing

    1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

    Data sharing has become critical in the modern economy as enterprises look to securely exchange data with their customers, suppliers and partners. Until recently, data sharing has been severely limited because sharing solutions are tied to a single vendor, creating friction for both data providers and consumers. Databricks has pioneered a new way forward: Delta Sharing, an open protocol for secure real-time exchange of large datasets, enabling secure data sharing across products. We will discuss how we’re developing Delta Sharing with partners at the top software and data providers in the world, enabling users to directly connect to the shared data through pandas, Tableau, or dozens of other systems that implement the open protocol.

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    • Lee Blackwell Solutions Architect Databricks
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  • AI, ETHICS AND ROBOTS: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
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    • Dr. Rex Yeap Council IIPCC
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  • AI FOR HUMAN AND THE PLANET: AI IN NUTRITION

    2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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    • William Brendel Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer Heali AI
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  • Networking Break

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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  • ML OBSERVABILITY:CRITICAL PIECE OF THE ML STACK

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    As more and more machine learning models are deployed into production, it is imperative we have better observability tools to monitor, troubleshoot, and explain their decisions. In this talk, Reah Miyara, Co-Founder, Head of Product at Arize AI, will discuss the state of the commonly seen ML Production monitoring and its challenges. He will focus on how to use statistical distance checks to monitor features and model output in production, how to analyze the effects of the change on models, and how to use explainability techniques to determine if issues are model or data related.

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    • Reah Miyara Head of Product Arize AI
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  • The Creative Potential for AI in the Arts

    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    Virtual 360 show of Technological Singularity

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  • Cognitive voice and Chatbots

    4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

    Voice technologies and AI - interaction between man and machine

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Leadership

  • Leadership
  • UPSKILLING YOUR ORGANIZATION TO SCALE INNOVATION

    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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    • Alan Jacobson Chief Data & Analytics Officer Alteryx
    • Gus Leite Partner, Digital Assurance & Upskilling Leader, National Innovation & Transformation Leader for Risk Assurance PwC
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  • Leader of the pack, or left in the dust? How effectively you use data analytics and AI just might determine where your company ends up!

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    The increased availability of individual-level data both provides opportunities for companies to generate consumer insights and puts pressure on them to invest more on analytics and AI resources.  

    After all, any company failing to grab an opportunity available to the entirety of its industry is destined to fall behind competition.  

    Using findings from her extensive research, and real-life case studies, Dr. Kolsarici will share with attendees: 

    •  How managers can make business decisions by balancing traditional ”test and learn” with state-of-the-art analytics methodologies.
    •  Which companies benefit the most from emphasizing analytics over judgment-based rules.
    • How the successful use of AI and analytics contributes to sustainable competitive advantage and consequently, skyrocketing brand performance.  
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    • Dr. Ceren Kolsarici Associate Professor The Smith School of Business
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  • Networking Break

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • WHY SAMSUNG TOP AI EXECUTIVE THINKS INCREMENTALISM IS HOBBLING AI

    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Whether it's movies like Her, the computer of Star Trek, or Cortana from Halo, we have imagined computers having a voice. With the arrival of the voice assistant, that progress seems to have stalled. We now talk to computers like computers, in transactional, fully-formed sentences. We have arrived at a juncture where we see the entire AI community effectively traveling together, feeding off the outcomes of a few major labs. If there is one takeaway about Deep Learning, it's that we don't know what they really learn. How do you test if someone has learned? By asking them creative, non-memorizable questions. The time has come for us to plumb the depths of machine learning, and the tools are not GPUs, but our own minds. 
     
     

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    • Sajid Sadi Senior Vice President of Research at Samsung Electronics; Head - Think Tank Team, Deploy Team, STAR Labs Samsung Electronics
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  • LEVERAGING AI TO ENHANCE HUMAN CREATIVITY

    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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    • Domhnaill Hernon Global Lead Humanizing Enterprise Technology EY
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  • PANEL DISCUSSION: MANAGING DATA IN A DISTRIBUTED WORLD

    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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  • Lunch Break

    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
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  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • LEADING EXCEPTIONAL TEAMS AND DELIVERING INNOVATIVE TRANSFORMATION

    1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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    • Sue Paish CEO Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster
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  • THE ALGORITHMS AND ITS POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS ONLINE DISINFORMATION AND THE EVOLVING ROLE OF AI AND ML IN POLITICS

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
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    • Marc Cortes Artificial Intelligence Commissioner HERMES AI Excellence Center
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  • SPOTLIGHT ON AI USE CASES AND INNOVATORS AROUND THE WORLD

    2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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    • Richard Boire President, Data Science and Machine Learning Boire Analytics
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  • Networking Break

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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  • AI WORKFLOWS AND TEAMING - HOW DO TEAMS DELIVER AI PRODUCTS?

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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    • Ashley Beattie Innovation and New Technology Consultant Agile By Design Inc.
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  • PANEL DISCSUSSION: WORKING IN AI? THE CUTTING EDGE IS NOT JUST AT GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

    4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    If AI and ML researchers have a common refrain, it's "data, data, data!". The most interesting work requires interesting data combined with interesting insights. We must now ask the question: who has the interesting questions and insights? The big names in AI are exploring areas like generalized image recognition, translation, speech, and so on -- collecting data along the way. However, there are many businesses with troves of data (and insights about that data) that are just waiting to be explored. Join us in a panel discussion exploring what opportunities, insights, and untapped troves of information lie waiting for adventurous minds.

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    • Sajid Sadi Senior Vice President of Research at Samsung Electronics; Head - Think Tank Team, Deploy Team, STAR Labs Samsung Electronics
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  • Emotional EQ and Sets of practices that differentiate high-performing companies from others

    4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
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