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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

Abishur Prakash

Co-founder and Geopolitical Futurist, Center for Innovating the Future

Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology

 
 
Joyce Drohan

Partner, Omnia AI @Deloitte

Julie Ades

Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

 
 
Karthik Ramakrishnan

VP and Head of Advisory and Enablement at Element AI

Maya Medeiros

Maya Medeiros

Partner and Patent & AI Legal Expert, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

 
Verna Yiu

President & CEO, Alberta Health Services


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

7:00 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m.
Welcoming remarks
8:15 a.m.

Session description coming soon.

Abishur Prakash

Co-founder and Geopolitical Futurist, Center for Innovating the Future

9:00 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

9:30 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.

9:45 a.m.
Health break
10:15 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.

11:15 a.m.

Our expert panelists will walk you through their experience in business and share how technology shifted their overall business models. This presentation will help you understand how to:

  • position your business to adopt innovation
  • build capacity to embrace and embed technology within your business
  • adapt your current processes to evolve alongside emerging technologies
Verna Yiu

President & CEO, Alberta Health Services

12:15 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.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch break
1:30 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.

Senior Executive from ISED

Senior Executive from ISED

 

2:15 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.

2:30 p.m.
Break
2:45 p.m.

Each business has its own definition of success. Despite the differences, all businesses expect a return on their investments, be it cost savings, productivity growth, or new business opportunities. This open dialogue with our expert panelists will explore what success looks like when adopting innovation into your business.

Maya Medeiros

Partner and Patent & AI Legal Expert, Norton Rose Fulbright

Joyce Drohan

Partner, Omnia AI BC Leader, Deloitte

4:00 p.m.

In the age of AI, leadership plays a key role in innovation adoption. Are you ready to lead the charge? Learn critical components of an enterprise-level AI transformation. Think systematically about executing this innovation. You’ll walk away from this session able to diagnose organizational maturity for AI, and with some tangible suggestions on how to move forward. Position your organization to stay ahead of the mainstream.

Julie Ades

VP and Head of Advisory and Enablement at Element AI

4:30 p.m.

Session description coming soon.

4:45 p.m.
Conference adjournment and evaluation

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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