December 2017

Beyond Natural Intelligence: The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Business

11:30am-1:30pm | Hyatt Regency Toronto - 370 King St W, Toronto

Technology in the business sector has had its fair share of challenges, but also endless opportunities. We need to understand how Artificial Intelligence is being used and how it is affecting our economy. Listen to a panel of successful business leaders as they discuss how the resurgence and implementation of AI in their companies has allowed them to rise above the rest.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Alice Thomas

Chief Digital Technology Officer
Sun Life Financial

Alice Thomas

Alice is the Chief Digital Technology Officer at Sun Life Financial. Alice joined Sun Life in 2007 and has over 25 years of experience in technology, the last twenty years focused on digital strategy and solutions.

In her current role Alice is responsible for technology enablement of the company’s digital strategies globally. This includes: portfolio management and governance of digital initiatives, creation and management of a global technology roadmap to support business initiatives, providing thought leadership on emerging technologies and enabling global adoption and leading a competitive technology intelligence function. In addition, she leads a global centre of excellence for the design and delivery of digital applications for Sun Life’s clients, advisors and employees.

Alice is also responsible for leading an Enterprise Services wide technology Innovation program, including the launch of several labs for co-creation and incubation of ideas to deliver world-class client solutions enhanced through digital channels. Prior to joining Sun Life, Alice was Vice President Consulting Services at CGI, where she led a national professional services team delivering digital strategy and solutions. She also has held senior IT leadership roles working for a number of other leading Canadian and global organizations including GE Capital, Imperial Oil and the federal government's department of transportation in Ottawa.

She holds a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University in Toronto.
In 2017, Alice received the Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering. Alice was on the board of Microskills, a United Way member agency for two years, and currently is a member of the Alumni Advisory board at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters

John Kelleher

Partner & In-House Executive

John Kelleher

John is a Partner and in-house executive in McKinsey’s special turnaround practice that focuses on providing elite leadership talent to drive large-scale turnarounds. John is an experienced turnaround CEO & private equity executive who has driven multiple successful turnarounds across a range of industries. John is known for combining his skills as an investor with his ability to lead people and to execute as a CEO.

John is also an expert on technology investing and economics. He spent part of his early career in the high technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York doing mergers, acquisitions and offerings for internet, communications, technology infrastructure, and software firms. Since then, he has been an active technology angel investor, and mentor / Exec Chair / lead investor for early stage technology businesses. John’s recent investments include Kira Talent, Wealthsimple, Zensurance, Thalmic Labs, Homigo, and Revlo, among others. John is also co-founder of Tech North, an effort that has gained broad national support that seeks to build the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor in to one of the world’s top technology superclusters. John is co-Chair of NEXT Canada, a national non-profit that seeks to increase Canadian prosperity by providing an ecosystem to support the country’s most exceptional entrepreneurs and innovators. John also helped to launch NextAI - a Toronto-based accelerator for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.

He was a research associate with Michael Porter at Harvard Business School where he studied and wrote about cluster theory including the characteristics of advanced technology and clusters. John’s writing on corporate governance, corporate finance, technology and machine learning has been published in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, McKinsey Quarterly, and Director (the magazine of the Institute of Corporate Directors), among other publications.

He holds an Honors BA in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated as Gold Medalist; an MA in public administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.

Jonathan Kreindler

Co-Founder & CEO

Jonathan Kreindler

As Co-Founder and CEO, Jonathan oversees business and strategy at Receptiviti. Prior to founding Receptiviti, Jonathan was a Co-Founder of a technology company that developed software for professional services firms, universities, and government agencies, and had a 15-year career as a management consultant helping global technology companies like SAP and Cisco with product and go-to-market strategy.

Receptiviti is a technology company with deep roots in academia that is using AI, Machine Learning and proprietary language psychology science to reinvent the way organizations understand, manage, and optimize their most important assets - their people.

Jordan Pearson

Journalist, Motherboard, VICE

Jordan Pearson

Jordan Pearson is a technology journalist living in Toronto, Ontario. At Motherboard, VICE Media's science and technology website, Jordan has reported extensively on every facet of AI and automation, from labour, to privacy, to bias and prejudice in our machines.

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