Emerging technologies like AI and Robotics present significant potential for businesses and governments alike. Is your organization ready to adopt what’s available now? And what about the technologies that are just around the corner?

The Technology Shift Conference sheds light on key emerging technologies, and showcases how Canadian businesses can put them into action. These technologies hold the potential to disrupt business models across major sectors of the Canadian economy. Learn how to assess, adopt and implement technologies, and get ahead of the mainstream.

Walk away with a firm understanding of emerging technologies and key, near-term applications. Find out how to benefit from adopting emerging technologies, while mitigating the risks of large-scale job market disruptions.

Adapt to the fundamental technological shift

The Technology Shift Conference will primarily revolve around two emerging technologies:

  1. Artificial intelligence
  2. Robotics

Both technologies have been touted as disruptors of modern, knowledge-based economies. Now, both have matured enough to be adopted by “non-innovator” companies.

A recent survey of businesses by McKinsey reports that “nearly half of respondents say their organizations have embedded at least one into their standard business processes, while another 30 per cent report piloting the use of AI.”

For Robotics, a BCG survey of businesses recently found that “Most producers recognize that advanced robotic systems will play an important role in the factory of the future, and they are optimistic about the potential to increase the use of these systems…. Approximately 70% of survey respondents describe these functionalities as very relevant to their future production.”

Gain solid, actionable knowledge so that your organization can build its capacity, resilience, and processes to evolve alongside emerging technologies.

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Speakers

Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology

Julie Ades

Director, Innovation and Technology


Conference themes

Overview of artificial intelligence and its key sectoral applications that are:

  • currently available
  • expected to be available in the medium term

Overview of robotics and its key sectoral applications that are:

  • currently available
  • expected to be available in the medium term
  • Fundamental changes to core business processes/functions
  • Shifts in corporate culture e.g. change management, digitization, risk tolerance, flexibility, etc.
  • Continuous upgrading of skills and competencies for the workforce i.e. collaboration, complex problem solving, resilience, etc.
  • Looking beyond tax breaks or investments to procure advanced technologies
  • Policy options to mitigate primary impediments to technology adoptions
  • Successfully engaging with small and medium sized businesses to address technology adoption challenges
  • Developing a more comprehensive measurement framework that includes “capabilities to innovate”

Agenda

May 11, 2020 - Toronto

8:00 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcoming remarks
8:45 a.m.

This opening presentation will set the tone for the conference as experts provide an overview of artificial intelligence and robotics in Canada and explore the significant impact these innovations are creating across sectors and jurisdictions, shifting business and operations into new territory at an unprecedented rate.

Harry Sharma

CEO, The Return on Disability Group

Julie Ades

Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

9:15 a.m.

Technology in general, and AI and robotics specifically, has great potential to disrupt business models across sectors and ultimately alter the Canadian economy. This series of short presentations will explore leading AI and robotics trends, including how they are impacting business now and how they will shift the future of business, even for non-innovator companies.

10:15 a.m.

How do companies prepare for disruptive technologies, adopt these technologies to alter their business, and sustain this innovation over the long term? This case study is sure to get your wheels turning and provide tips and tricks to support your business during its innovation adoption journey, using practical real-life examples from a leader who has been there.

10:30 a.m.
Health break
11:00 a.m.

Our expert presenter will share how technology shifted their overall business model. This presentation will help you position your business to adopt innovation, build capacity to embrace and embed technology within your organization, and adapt your current processes to evolve alongside emerging technologies.

11:45 a.m.

How do companies prepare for disruptive technologies, adopt these technologies to alter their business, and sustain this innovation over the long term? This case study is sure to get your wheels turning and provide tips and tricks to support your business during its innovation adoption journey, using practical real-life examples from a leader who has been there.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch break
1:00 p.m.

This session will offer an overview of policies that regulate, fund and promote technology-based innovation. These policies are important as they have a significant impact on time it takes for a product’s validation phase, market entry and, finally, large-scale production. This thought-provoking presentation will highlight what you need to know about creative opportunities to procure innovation within your business and measurement frameworks to assess the capacity of your business to innovate.

1:45 p.m.

How do companies prepare for disruptive technologies, adopt these technologies to alter their business, and sustain this innovation over the long term? This case study is sure to get your wheels turning and provide tips and tricks to support your business during its innovation adoption journey, using practical real-life examples from a leader who has been there.

2:00 p.m.
Health break
2:00 p.m.

Every business and its desired return on investment is different, but what they all have in common is the need to see a return on investment, whether it’s cost savings, productivity growth and operational efficiencies, emergence into new business opportunities, or other drivers. This open dialogue with expert panelists will explore how to measure success and what success looks like when businesses adopt innovation. Is it replicating models and strategies? Scaling up an innovation or intervention? Showing that evaluation metrics and indicators are being fully met? Gain experiential and evidence-based insights into these questions.

2:45 p.m.
Health break
3:15 p.m.

This final Q&A will dive into what it takes to enable a workforce and business to adopt and adapt to change, build capacity to support growth through skills training, shift a corporate culture, and create a resilient workforce that embraces operational variation over time.

This is your time to bring the conversation back to your business and how you can imagine disruptive technologies like AI and robotics fitting into your world as this space continues to evolve. Ask our expert panelists your burning questions so you can take action once the conference is over.

4:00 p.m.

Session details coming soon.

4:30 p.m.

Session details coming soon.

4:45 p.m.
Conference adjournment and evaluation
5:00 p.m.
Networking reception and trade show

Register

$1,195

$995

Early Bird Price
Until February 14, 2020.

Coming with a group?
Please contact us for more information and group rates.

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Location

Westin Harbour Castle
Toronto, ON



*Event fees do not include accommodations. To receive the preferred rate, please use the “book accommodation” link above. The last day to secure your preferred rate is April 23, 2020.

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