Business Excellence Series: How AI Will Transform Your Business


Artificial Intelligence isn't actually new. It dates back to the 1950s. But its real impact has come only in the last few years as businesses capitalize on its superset of capabilities, from machine learning to predictive analytics to neural networks to pattern recognition and more. Data, low-cost computing power and a deeper understanding of algorithms have helped propel AI to perform jobs humans can't necessarily do within time or resource considerations. AI offers opportunities to manage workflows and help us work better and faster, leading to a better return on investment. With those developments have come important ethical questions and concerns about how AI will help and hurt labour markets, what will be its impact on the development of intellectual property, and how human behaviour will adapt. Our expert panel will examine how AI can improve businesses in serving, automating, marketing and managing.


Dr. Greg Mori

Research Director, RBC's Borealis AI

Dr. Greg Mori is Research Director for RBC`s Borealis AI Vancouver lab and a Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University.  He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He received an Hon. B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 1999.  He was a Visiting Scientist at Google and has served as a scientific advisor to 9 start-up companies.  Dr. Mori conducts research in computer vision and machine learning and has authored more than 100 research papers in these areas.

Jameel Ahamed

Partner, Consulting, Digital and Data Analytics, KPMG

Jameel is a Partner in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice in BC and has deep experience working with organizations in Canada and the United States on delivering digital and data-enabled transformation projects within organizations in various sectors including transportation, mining, utilities, oil and gas and government. As a thought leader in the Data and Analytics field, Jameel is involved with organizations to help them strategize and implement analytics and AI solutions to improve their business processes and enable their workforce to utilize these emerging and disruptive technologies. Jameel is involved in the technology ecosystem in BC, author of the BC Technology Report Card and is an advisor to the Artificial Intelligence Network of British Columbia (AInBC). He also sits on KPMG Canada’s National Digital Leadership team.

Roch Ripley

Head of Vancouver Intellectual Property Department, Gowling WLG

Roch Ripley devotes his practice to intellectual property and technology law. Roch delivers strategic advice on how to economically procure and enforce intellectual property rights with a view to helping smaller clients position themselves for investment or acquisition, and to helping larger clients establish portfolios that can be asserted offensively or defensively, and leveraged in licensing programs. He has particular expertise and experience helping clients in the information technology (including blockchain and VR/AR/MR), energy and clean technology sectors. 

Dr. Todd Law

Business Development Manager at Fujitsu Intelligence Technology, PhD in Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Todd Law's professional experience includes over 25 years in the high technology space, with leading employers such as Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Spirent Communications, and most recently Fujitsu Intelligence Technologies. His career has focused on artificial intelligence, image processing, network testing, automation, and cloud technologies, for which he has extensive experience in both product management and business development.  He graduated from McGill University in Electrical Engineering, and from the Nagoya Institute of Technology, in computer science.


Hayley Woodin

Reporter, Business in Vancouver

Hayley Woodin is a multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver and editor of BIV Magazine. She co-hosts and co-produces the podcast BIV Today, appears weekly on Global News Morning, contributes regularly to BIV’s print and digital publications and covers a wide range of industries, from real estate to resources, technology to trade. Hayley is a regular emcee and moderator at industry, community and charitable functions.


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