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AI Futures Policy Lab: Ottawa summary

December 2018

AI Futures Policy Lab: Ottawa 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 create and host five AI Futures Policy Labs. These labs had a dual focus: increasing awareness about the long-term consequences of AI and exploring the future landscape of AI policy in Canada. Between June and October 2018, CIFAR and BII+E conducted labs in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver, with the participation of 63 emerging policy leaders representing diverse sectors.

On November 22, 2018, CIFAR and BII+E organized the fourth AI Futures Policy Lab in Ottawa, Ontario. The event united 28 emerging policy leaders with the following objectives:

  • Enhancing the capacity of future public service leaders to comprehend the policy implications of AI and respond effectively.
  • Providing policymakers with a clear view of the AI sector, including dispelling myths and addressing the evolving technological landscape and potential applications.
  • Contribute to shaping early government responses to emerging AI technologies.