The Data Effect Ottawa:

Canada’s AI Future

November 2, 2023
The Westin Ottawa | 8:30 am - 1:30 pm (ET)

building a national approach to AI

Amid the hype, how can AI help build a better Canada?

We’re already home to elite AI talent amid a global boom. And our innovation ecosystem is a major asset.

We now need to implement regulation and build AI tools we can trust – to deliver a better digital government and a more innovative economy. 

This November in Ottawa, The Data Effect will examine how to build trusted guardrails to put AI to work, and explore the emerging global collaboration to manage this rapidly evolving technology.

Canada can lead the world in building a national approach to AI that drives human development.




Each ticket receives:

  • Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • Admission to all Keynote and Panel Discussions
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Live Q & A Session
  • Lunch
Group Rate

20% Discount


Each ticket receives:

  • Light Breakfast & Coffee
  • Admission to all Keynote and Panel Discussions
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Live Q & A Session
  • Lunch

The data effect series

The Data Effect is a series of events focused on exploring the potential of data and artificial intelligence (AI) in various domains. The events highlight the importance of data sharing, collaboration, and innovation to drive advancements in healthcare, government services, and research.

The Data Effect Ottawa Focus: 

Best practices to implement responsible AI: How can Canada’s innovation community, government agencies and businesses implement AI ethically and sustainably – from inception – to improve industries, solve society’s problems and help governments and organizations serve Canadians better?

Building trust in AI: How can government, industry, and academia collaboratively shape AI policy to address risks, ensure accountability, and foster innovation?

AI Innovation in Canada: What are the major AI advancements in Canada? What are the priorities and challenges faced by leading organizations in AI?

Collaboration in the AI ecosystem: How can collaboration and better data infrastructure improve efficiency for the government and Canadian organizations?

AI diplomacy: How can Canada position itself as a leader in international collaboration efforts to set the ground for efficient regulations and tackle major challenges with the use of AI.

Speakers will include:

Mark Schaan

Senior Assistant Deputy Minister,
Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector,
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada,
Government of Canada

Jonathan Rosenbluth

Director of Product,

Ima Okonny

Chief Data Officer,
Assistant Deputy Minister,
Employment and Social Development Canada

Colin Deacon

Independent Senator for Nova Scotia,
Senate of Canada

Chris Daoust

Head of Customer Engineering - Public Sector, Healthcare and Higher Education (Canada),
Google for Government

Stephen Burt

Chief Data Officer of Canada,
Treasury Board of Canada

Florian Martin-Bariteau

Associate Professor of Law and University Chair in Technology and Society,
University of Ottawa

Élise Legendre

Chief Data Officer & Director General,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Kevin Tuer

Chief Technology Officer,

Keith Jansa

Digital Governance Council

Shingai Mangengwa

Head of AI Education,

The Venue

11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4, Canada
Rest assured with our Commitment to Clean experience at The Westin Ottawa hotel. Our modern hotel is located in the Ottawa business district across from the Rideau Canal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our renowned Shore Club restaurant is a popular dining choice for hotel guests and Ottawa locals alike. Stay active during your visit to Canada with our hotel's fitness offerings, including our indoor saltwater pool, our modern fitness center and our private squash courts.
Business Casual Attire (no athletic wear) is suggested.

The Event Agenda

8:00 AM

Arrival Coffee

8:30 AM

Welcome by conference MC

8:45 AM

Opening Presentation

9:05 AM

Panel 1: Putting AI to work for good

AI is increasingly transforming the way organizations work. But for the technology to have a positive impact on society and communities, it needs a solid foundation. Join our panel to explore some  actionable strategies to help Canada’s tech founders to create trustworthy AI, and their customers to identify it.

9:40 AM

Presentation 2 : Regulating and Supporting AI in Canada

Mark Schaan, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

10:00 AM

Presentation 3 : The Revolutionizing Potential of Gen AI for the Public Sector

Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize the public sector and to improve services for citizens. Join us as we delve into challenges, opportunities and readiness for generative AI adoption in government.

Chris Daoust, Head of Customer Engineering - Public Sector, Healthcare and Higher Education (Canada), Google for Government

10:20 AM

Break #1

10:40 AM

Panel 2: Building a Stronger Digital Government with AI 

The responsible use of AI & Canada’s vast troves of data can provide the insights and efficiency of a modern government. But for that we need strong data protection and cybersecurity practices. But some steps should be taken to address biases and ensure fairness in AI systems? Join this panel to discuss the balance between AI growth and responsible governance.

  • Ima Okonny, Chief Data Officer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and social development Canada
  • Stephen Burt, Chief Data Officer, Treasure Board of Canada 
  • Élise Legendre, Chief Data Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 
  • Moderator  : Shingai Manjengwa, Founder and CEO, Fireside Analytics Inc. 
11:15 AM

Presentation 4: Inside look at Generative AI

Join this presentation as we explore the forefront of generative AI trends, uncovering its potential to revolutionize knowledge-based industries.

Jonathan Rosenbluth, Director Product Strategy, Cohere

11:30 AM

Break #2

11:45 AM

Table-side breakout discussions

12:30 PM

Presentation 5

12:45 PM

Panel 3: Canada’s Role in a Rapidly Evolving Global Landscape

How can international cooperation on AI regulation benefit Canada and its counterparts? This panel explores global AI governance and collaborative approaches to address challenges and prioritize inclusive and safe practices.

1:00 PM

Panel 4: The Right Innovation Strategy for the Data Driven Economy

Canada is a hub for innovation in tech and AI. How can a strong strategy for the data driven economy help Canada generate and preserve the talent and stimulate investments in Canadian tech companies?

1:30 PM

Closing comments and luncheon

All times ET, Subject to change


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