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Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Putting Ideas into Action




17:00  to 19:00 - Symposium
19:00  to 20:00 - Cocktail reception

Course given in French

HEC Montréal
February 21, 2017

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The huge leaps forward in big data and artificial intelligence in recent years represent a significant source of growth for Quebec.

Executive Education HEC Montréal and the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) held an important symposium on big data and artificial intelligence on February 21. Top experts and business leaders were on hand to talk about their achievements in the field and provide concrete examples from key sectors such as healthcare, energy, transportation/logistics, trade and finance.

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Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Challenges (in English)
Paul Desmarais III, Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation; Executive Chairman, Portag3 Ventures; Chairman, Wealthsimple and Diagram

Presentation of Paul Desmarais III


Panel – Putting Ideas into Action: Transforming Our Top Companiess
Moderated by Jean-François Barsoum, Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, IBM


  • Elie Beignon, Services Director – Diversification Industries, Dassault Systèmes
  • Johanne Duhaime, Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies, Hydro-Québec
  • Christian Faubert, Vice-President, Information Technology and Integration, Data and Content Management Services, National Bank of Canada
  • Andrew Fernie, Senior Technical Fellow, Technology and Innovation, CAE


Panel with three startups
Moderated by Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer, Co-Founder and Partner, Real Ventures

  • Nicolas Chapados, Co-Founder, Element AI and ApSTAT Technologies
  • Andy Mauro, Co-Founder and CEO, Automat.ai
  • Alexis Smirnov, Co-Founder and CTO, Dialogue

Cocktail reception

Photograph album

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