February 2019

Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: Ontario at the forefront

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King St W, Toronto

With over 30 years of innovation in the field, Ontario is an established hub of AI development, and remains at the forefront of progress. Join CPA Ontario for the first installment of our panel discussion series to learn how business leaders can work alongside cutting-edge technology to optimize their output and prepare for the future. Our panelists will discuss:
• The history of artificial intelligence in Ontario and how it continues to evolve
• How business professionals can leverage AI to optimize their analysis and output
• The skills that will be most valued by businesses and organizations leveraging the best of AI technology while still harnessing the power of a highly skilled workforce

This event is part of a three part series: Evolving alongside artificial intelligence

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario is excited to lead an in-depth conversation with industry leaders about how artificial intelligence is impacting the professional landscape. In this three-part series, expert panelists will share their perspectives on how business leaders can evolve as artificial intelligence - such as natural language processing and machine learning – continue to permeate organizations. How can today’s leaders best leverage this technology? How can professionals work with AI technologies?
Join us for all three sessions, with a special bundled rate and transferable pass. Or, register for each session individually. Attendees will leave feeling informed and equipped to manage the opportunities that AI brings.

Member price will be offered to guests who would like to attend all three events in this series. Please call Holly Dickinson at 416-306-0899 if this is of interest to you!

Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: Ontario at the forefront

Ajay Agrawal

Creative Destruction Lab & NextAI

Ajay Agrawal

“Humans make noisy predictions” says world-leading Artificial Intelligence researcher and economist AJAY AGRAWAL. Author of the game-changing book Prediction Machines and founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab—which boasts the greatest concentration of AI start-ups of any program on the planet—Agrawal’s talks illuminate the incoming realities of AI: how machine prediction, stripped of all that noisy (and expensive) human thought, is on the verge of presenting us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way we do business, “drive” cars, run governments, and provide healthcare.

Named the engineer of a “Billion Dollar Breakout” by The Globe and Mail—Dr. Agrawal comes at AI’s potential from the perspective of economics. Advances in AI and machine learning mean profound opportunities for innovation and investment. As founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab (the “Silicon Valley of the North”), Agrawal unpacks the full potential of AI and machine prediction, without spin or jargon. Report on Business Magazine has also named Agrawal to its “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch, calling him “a key contributor to Toronto’s emergence as a world-class technology ecosystem.” His first book, Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence is a must-read, sweeping guide—and practical toolkit—for anyone seeking to leverage the disruptive, transformative power of AI in the coming decades. It’s already been cited several times in The Economist and is on Bloomberg and Politico’s best summer reads lists, among others.

Professor Agrawal and his co-authors also describe the “Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence” in the Harvard Business Review online, and were co-organizers of the research session on the Economics of Artificial Intelligence at the American Economics Association annual conference in Chicago. Agrawal is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.

As co-founder of NextAI, a not-for-profit, Agrawal helps young entrepreneurs and technologists explore new commercial opportunities that are a direct result of advances in AI He is also a co-founder of “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence,” an annual conference on the business of artificial intelligence. In addition, he is a co-founder of Kindred, a company that seeks to build machines with human-like intelligence.

Agrawal was awarded Professor of the Year by MBA classes at the Rotman School seven times, the Martin-Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching, and most recently the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award, among several other honours. He conducts research on the economics of artificial intelligence, science policy, entrepreneurial finance, and the geography of innovation. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple management and economics journals, and holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Economics and an M.Eng./MBA from the University of British Columbia. He served as a Visiting Scholar at MIT, London Business School, and Harvard University, as well as a Visiting Professor at Stanford.

Amber Mac

President, Ambermac Media

Amber Mac

Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. Mac asks, “if it’s so easy to disrupt, the question we need to ask ourselves is why isn’t everyone doing it?” No matter how confident and established the company, everyone needs a blueprint—and Mac’s talks provide you with just that.

Disruption means to interrupt the normal course of things, and Amber Mac is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. Mac started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. What others thought was a trend, she recognized as an explosion. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Mac eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach Tony Robbins. Since then, her client list also includes Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.

An insatiable media adopter, Mac is currently host of the top-rated podcast, The AI Effect, now in its second season. The AI effect explores the Canadian AI ecosystem and the extraordinary pace of its technological growth, focusing on the rewards and perils for individuals, businesses, and society. With her co-host, Jodie Wallis of Accenture, Mac interviews guests like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joelle Pineau of the Facebook AI Research Lab, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and many others about the challenges and benefits of AI adoption in Canada.

Mac is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Mac has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including an event this spring where she interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital. Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. In 2018, DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio and has more than two million social media followers online.

Benji Sucher

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Layer 6 AI (TD Bank)

Benji Sucher

Benji is VP and COO (Layer 6 AI), TD Bank Group following the acquisition of Layer 6 by TD in January 2018. Benji Sucher also invests through Radical Ventures, an early-stage AI‐focused VC fund. Prior to joining Layer 6, Benji was a VP of M&A and Integration at Constellation Software (TSX:CSU). At Constellation, he was responsible for acquiring, integrating and growing companies around the world. Prior to Constellation, Benji worked in Private Equity, where he invested in companies and worked closely with portfolio companies to help develop and analyze competitive, operating and strategic initiatives. Benji holds a CPA designation, which he obtained from PwC.

Tiff Macklem

Dean & Professor of Finance
Rotman School of Management

Tiff Macklem

Tiff Macklem served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the governor and four deputy governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s chief operating officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations.

Prior to his appointment at the Bank of Canada, Dr. Macklem served as Associate Deputy Minister of the deferral Department of Finance and Canada's finance deputy at the G7 and G20. He also served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Standards Implementation of the Financial Stability Board. Dr. Macklem holds a B.A (Honours) in economics from Queen's University, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. (in economics) from the University of Western Ontario.

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