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AI Futures Policy Lab: Edmonton summary

October 2018

AI Futures Policy Lab: Edmonton summary


​Sarah Villeneuve

​Sarah Villeneuve


  • Brent Barron
  • Karen Birkemoe
  • Gaga Boskovic
  • Meghan Hellstern
  • Heather Russek
  • Jessica Thomson
  • Erin Warner



Executive Summary

In January 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) established a partnership to organize and host a series of five AI Futures Policy Labs. The primary goal of these labs was to raise awareness about the long-term ramifications of AI and to enhance the capability to formulate adaptable AI policies in Canada. The inaugural lab was conducted on June 25, 2018, in Toronto, and involved the participation of 18 emerging policy leaders.

On September 20, 2018, CIFAR and BII+E conducted the second AI Futures Policy Lab in Edmonton, Alberta, which drew in 23 emerging policy leaders. The objectives for this event were to:

  • Enhance the capacity of future leaders in the public service to comprehend the policy implications of AI and respond effectively.
  • Offer policymakers direct insights into the AI sector, including debunking myths and addressing the evolving state of technological advancements and potential applications.
  • Contribute to the early development of government responses to emerging AI technologies.