December 2020

[FREE DIGITAL EVENT] Data, AI and Corporate Leadership in a Post COVID-19 Economy

8:00am-9:30am | Digital event - ,

Join the Economic Club of Canada along with our panel of esteemed experts to discuss Data, AI, and Corporate Leadership in a post-COVID economy. While the pandemic has posed unfathomable challenges to many Canadian businesses, it has also created an incredible opportunity for economic reinvention. Public policy, corporate leadership, along with data and AI governance will play a vital role in renewing the health and vitality of Canada’s economy while creating a new model of how we can become world-class leaders of innovation in the global economy. Join a robust panel of globally recognized thought leaders as they discuss the role of Data Science, AI Research, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate leadership in a post-COVID economy.

Key topics of discussion:
● Public policy and the role of government in the new economy
● Artificial Intelligence or Extended Intelligence? How to use corporate data the right way
● The value-generation, governance, and macro-economic aspects of Artificial Intelligence
● Privacy-preserved Data as the unit economy of the new corporate leadership

Virtual Event link will be provided upon registration – this event is free to attend!

Join us on Youtube: https://youtu.be/i_4W3krN7cg

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

MIT Connection Science & Human Dynamics Lab

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world". He is on the Board of the UN Foundations' Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of advisory boards for the UN Secretary General and the UN Foundation, and previously for the American Bar Association, Google, AT&T, and Nissan. He is a serial entrepreneur and member of the U.S. National Academies.

Arlene Dickinson

General Partner
District Ventures Capital

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is a serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space.

She is a three-time best-selling author, podcaster and accomplished public speaker. Dickinson is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning CBC television series, Dragons Den.

Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Dickinson has served for many years as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.

She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting community and country.

Hon. Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion & International Trade
Government of Canada

Hon. Mary Ng

From promoting Canada to the world as a great place to do business, to helping our entrepreneurs and businesses grow and access new markets – Minister Ng is focused on helping Canadians succeed.

First elected the Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill in April 2017, Minister Ng was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2018 as Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion. After being successfully re-elected in November 2019, she became Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.

Prior to serving as a Member of Parliament, Minister Ng served as Appointments Director for the Prime Minister.

Throughout her 20 years of public service, Minister Ng has been a devoted community leader with a focus on creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, and empowering small business to innovate and grow.

Hossein Rahnama

Founder & CEO
Flybits Inc.

Hossein Rahnama

Hossein Rahnama is a computer scientist and an academic entrepreneur. As a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and professor at Ryerson University, where he co-founded Ryerson DMZ, his research explores AI, mobile human-computer interaction, and the effective design of data-driven services. He is also the founder and CEO of Flybits Inc., a data intelligence company that is serving a global customer base. Rahnama has written more than 30 publications and received 23 patents in computer science. He served as a council member at NSERC (National Science and Research Engineering Council of Canada) and is currently serving on the board of Canadian Science Publishing and the Home Capital Group. In 2012, MIT Technology Review selected him as one of its global TR35 list - The list of top 35 Innovators under the age of 35. In 2017, he was selected as part of Canada's 40 under 40.

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