March 2019

Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: The power of machine learning

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

Uber, Spotify, and Netflix have seamlessly integrated themselves into our lives and brought machine learning to the forefront of our user experiences. How is machine learning best leveraged for the role of the professional accountant? Join CPA Ontario for our third installment of our panel discussion series to learn how CPAs can use machine learning to make their day-to-day more productive and effective.

The discussion will focus on:
• The differences between machine learning and other forms of AI
• How best to integrate machine learning tools into the professional CPA environment
• How the traditional CPA role will be elevated by machine learning and what skills CPAs need to develop in order to evolve alongside machine learning technology

- 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


- For information about accessibility, please email rachelle@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to rachelle@economicclub.ca by Friday, March 1st, 2019
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

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Evolving alongside artificial intelligence: The power of machine learning

Dr. Stephen Thomas

Smith Master of Management of Artificial Intelligence program at Queen’s University

Dr. Stephen Thomas

Director, Smith Master of Management Analytics program at Queen’s University
Director, Smith Master of Management of Artificial Intelligence program at Queen’s University

Stephen W. Thomas is an adjunct professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. He is the Director of the Smith Master of Management Analytics program, and the inaugural Director of the Smith Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence program.

Steve holds PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in Computer Science. His main research interests include big data, machine learning ,and natural language processing. His research has been published in leading conferences and journals. Steve previously ran a big data startup, and before that, held an industrial operations research position.

Jesse Hirsh

Futurist & Digital Strategist

Jesse Hirsh

Jesse Hirsh is an artist, futurist, researcher and internet strategist. An experienced innovator and collaborator, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology.

Jesse owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer lifelong learning facility.

Because of the impact technology has on our relationship with the world, Jesse believes that it should be used in responsible and creative ways. He encourages audiences to use technology as the catalyst for collaboration, education, and growing thriving organizations.

A speaker who brings excitement and curiosity to technical topics, Jesse is able to synthesize abstract concepts into digestible and actionable pieces of information. His insightful presentations feature valuable unique strategic insights relative for each audience. He is articulate, provocative and his area of expertise amongst the most affordable for the calibre of both delivery style and content.

Jesse was educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto. Jesse also recently completed a Masters degree at Ryerson University focusing on algorithms and predictive analytics.

Ramy Sedra

Analytics Leader

Ramy Sedra

AI & Analytics program executive with over 24 years of experience helping global organizations and governments in Canada and internationally. He has intervened across a number of industry sectors in financial services, public safety and defence, transportation / logistics, supply chain, and retail / CPG. Ramy combines a strong business acumen with depth in business transformation through the application of emerging technologies such as advanced analytics, data management, artificial intelligence and automation.

Sumeet Pelia

Omnia AI Deloitte

Sumeet Pelia

Sumeet Pelia is a Director in Omnia AI, Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence practice. He has over 15+ years of experience implementing enterprise analytics/AI capabilities and solutions. His experience includes specialty in Financial Services and includes diverse experience across other industries (Public Sector, Transportation, Retail, and Energy).

He has built solutions leveraging ML and AI for customer personalization, real time risk identification, and implementing enterprise scale cloud analytics platforms.

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