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AI Futures Policy Lab: Vancouver summary

November 2018

AI Futures Policy Lab: Vancouver 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) joined forces to establish a partnership focused on developing and hosting five AI Futures Policy Labs. These labs aimed to achieve two primary objectives: raising awareness about the long-term consequences of AI and building the capacity of emerging policy leaders to craft flexible AI policies in Canada. Between June and September 2018, CIFAR and BII+E organized two of these labs in Toronto, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, engaging a total of 41 emerging policy leaders representing various sectors, including public, private, academic, and not-for-profit.

On October 18, 2018, BII+E and CIFAR conducted the third AI Futures Policy Lab in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event convened 22 emerging policy leaders from Vancouver and Victoria with the following objectives:

  • Enhancing the capacity of future leaders in the public service to comprehend the policy implications of AI.
  • Providing policymakers with an accurate understanding of the AI sector, its current capabilities, and potential applications, while dispelling myths and hype.
  • Stimulating early discussions on appropriate government responses to emerging AI technologies.