This is a joint Council Meeting with members from our Council for Innovation and Commercialization, Council for Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Council for IT Executives

Join Canadian business and public sector executives as we explore scaling resilient AI and Robotics adoption in Canada.

These technologies hold the potential to disrupt business models across the Canadian economy. Learn how to assess, adapt and effectively implement key emerging technologies to stay ahead.

As a participant, you will hear from thought leaders and early adopters about opportunities to disrupt, defining and measuring the return on investment, and addressing cybersecurity and resiliency considerations while achieving organizational efficiencies.

The Executive Leadership Forum will primarily revolve around:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Cybersecurity solutions


Abishur Prakash

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

Demitrius Marshall

Vice President of Technology and Professional Services, RYCOM Corporation

Petya Popova

Director of Finance and Administration RYCOM Corporation

Joyce Drohan

Partner, Omnia AI @Deloitte

JMaya Medeiros

Partner and Patent & AI Legal Expert Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Karthik Ramakrishnan

VP and Head of Advisory and Enablement at Element AI

Conference themes

Overview of artificial intelligence/robotics/cybersecurity and their 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 up-skilling and new competencies for the workforce
  • 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”


7:30 a.m.
Registration and networking breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Harry Sharma

CEO, The Return on Disability Group

Andrea Nadeau

Senior Council Manager The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Abishur Prakash

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

9:15 a.m.

It’s no longer time for discussion, to remain competitive within the marketplace, Canadian businesses must shift into adoption of these technologies. Every business has the same desire to see a return on investment, whether it be cost savings, productivity growth and operational efficiencies, emergence into new business opportunities, and other drivers.

This presentation will explore how to overcome R&D capability roadblocks, board and shareholder stock performance pressures, while balancing customer and employee scorecard targets and align organizations on how we can measure success and what success looks like when adopting innovation into business. Is it replicating models and strategies? Scaling up an innovation or intervention? Is it showing evaluation metrics and indicators being met fully? Let’s find out together!

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Manager of Growth and Partnerships at INTERSECT

9:45 a.m.
Health break and networking
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.

Petya Popova

Director, Finance and Administration, RYCOM

Demitrius Marshall

VP, Technology and Professional Services, RYCOM

Ryan Gariepy

Ryan Gariepy

CTO and Co-founder, Clearpath/OTTO Motors

11:00 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

Dale Boucher

Dale Boucher

CEO, Deltion Innovations Ltd

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.

12:45 p.m.
Lunch break and product showcase
1:15 p.m.

Case study session details coming soon

1:30 p.m.

Calculated risks are essential to the long-standing success of one of the World’s leading food industry brands. From self-service ordering to sustainable menus and packaging, we’ll understand how innovation drives-thru.

2:30 p.m.
Health break
2:45 p.m.

Adopting and implementing AI and robotics into business has endless potential but it also presents unique challenges that businesses have not encountered or considered before. This Q&A session will dive into how businesses can take that initial step in implementing or alternatively scale up innovation in a responsible, ethical and secure way to support long term success and return on investment. Bring your burning questions and have an open dialogue with our panelists who will explore how you can be strategic in your own innovation adoption journey, no matter what phase you are at.


Ramy Nassar

Ramy Nassar

1000 Days Out


Maya Medeiros

Partner and Patent & AI Legal Expert, Norton Rose Fulbright

Joyce Drohan

Partner, Omnia AI BC Leader, Deloitte

3:30 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.

Karthik Ramakrishnan

VP and Head of Advisory and Enablement at Element AI

4:15 p.m.
Closing remarks
4:30 p.m.
Conference adjournment
6:30 p.m.
Network dinner
We will be arranging site visits with organizations in AI, Robotics, Cybersecurity.

Details to follow



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

CN Tower between two high rises


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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