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AI Futures Policy Lab: Montreal summary

April 2019

AI Futures Policy Lab: Montreal summary


​Sarah Villeneuve

​Sarah Villeneuve


  • Brent Barron
  • Karen Birkemoe
  • Gaga Boskovic
  • Frederique Bouchard
  • Krista Davidson
  • Meghan Hellstern
  • Heather Russek
  • Jessica Thomson
  • Erin Warne
  • Grace Wong
  • Soraya Zidane



Executive Summary

In January 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) formed a partnership to design and host five AI Futures Policy Labs aimed at generating greater awareness of the long-term implications of AI and exploring the future of AI policy in Canada. Between June and October 2018, CIFAR and BII+E held labs in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver, with the participation of 91 emerging policy leaders.

On November 22, 2018, CIFAR and BII+E hosted the fourth AI Futures Policy Lab in Ottawa, Ontario. This event brought together 28 emerging policy leaders with the aim of:

  • Building capacity of future public service leaders to understand the policy implications of AI and respond appropriately
  • Providing policymakers with a direct line of sight into the AI sector: the myths and hype, the evolving state of technological advances, and potential applications
  • Contributing to early government responses to emerging AI technologies