Join us Thursday, November 12 with guest host Vancouver Economic Commission at Inspired AI’s 7th episode – a double-hitter: AI in Action – Health and Finance

Vancouver is more than just mountains and West Coast charm; it is home to two world-class computing science schools, SFU and UBC, as well as Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. The Supercluster is projected to generate more than $5 billion in economic output and 13,500 new jobs over the next decade. Take the time to find out what Vancouver has to offer in this episode of Inspired AI.

What will you find at the Canada booth?

  • Smart Cities and 5G 2020: A New Way Forward – with Peter Wright, Business Development Manager,  Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Using AI to Support Clinicians and Improve Patient Care – Dr. Deepak Kaura, Chief Medical Officer, 1Qbit
  • AI-driven Ultrasound for Diagnosis and Intervention – Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi, Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Curriculum-driven Learning of Stepping Stone Skills – Dr. Michiel van de Panne, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

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  • Implementing AI in Your Organization – Justin Granek, VP Operations, Xtract AI
  • The AI Ecosystem in Vancouver – Steve Lowry, Executive Director, AInBC
  • Don’t Fret About AI, Focus on Humans – Dr. Fred Popowich, Professor, Computer Science, Simon Fraser University
  • The AI-Ready Data Center – Andrew Flower, Director of Sales Western Canada, eStruxture Data Centers
  • Using Machine Learning to predict human movements of entire populations – Yaron Bazaz, Co Founder and CEO, Downtown AI



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Vancouver Economic Commission

As the economic development agency for the City of Vancouver, VEC works to strengthen Vancouver’s thriving economy by supporting local companies, attracting high-impact investment and promoting international trade. VEC collaborates with business, academia and government organizations to position Vancouver as a global destination for innovative, creative and sustainable business.

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The Artificial Intelligence network of British Columbia (AInBC) was established to unify, organize and catalyze the AI and Machine Learning communities in BC to establish the province as a national and global leader in AI by 2022. AInBC believes that AI/ML is of strategic importance to the economic and social well-being of everyone in BC, and is dedicated to ensuring that BC leads rather than follows.

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A global leader in advanced computing and software development, 1QBit builds hardware-agnostic software and partners with companies taking on computationally exhaustive problems in advanced materials, life sciences, energy, and finance. 1QBit and Canadian health care providers teamed up to empower front-line clinicians with Health Canada’s first approved AI tool for radiology in the fight against COVID-19. 

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Downtown AI

For the first time, you can now accurately predict the human movement of entire city populations. Using machine learning algorithms and granular mobile location data, Downtown.AI’s SaaS platform enables mobility services to accurately predict customer demand, to optimize capital placement and evaluate the impact of past investments. The human movement cloud service is currently being used to mitigate COVID-19 challenges and manage exit strategies.

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Xtract AI powers AI solutions that transform the way their clients operate across industries. Their video analysis and classification solutions are accelerating the way that industries process visual data and their document data extraction and analysis solutions are cutting research time from months to seconds. Xtract AI’s advanced AI solutions are solving real world challenges to help clients be better, stronger, faster.

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eStruxture is the largest Canadian-owned network and cloud-neutral data center provider. Their data center solutions are designed with the capacity, performance, and flexibility needed to run modern, demanding enterprise applications, and the control required to rapidly scale in response to unpredictable changes in business.

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Virtro develops competency-based immersive training simulations for Virtual Reality and PC platforms. Their learning applications foster unparalleled levels of engagement through open dialogue with Virtual Humans (AI characters) powered by a proprietary conversation engine. This delivers measurably faster and more focused learning experience with higher retention rates of information and replicable skills

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Simon Fraser University

SFU’s School of Computing Science has earned international recognition for its research excellence and boasts two Canada Research Chairs and a BC Leadership Chair. According to Computer Science Rankings, SFU is #2 in Canada for computer vision and computer graphics publications. Students graduate with advanced knowledge in areas such as networks, multimedia, healthcare and telecommunications.

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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia’s Computer Science department is rated in the top 25 of its kind in the world, and places consistently in the top 3 computer science departments across Canada. Faculty include a Canada 150 Research Chair, four CIFAR Chairs, and many Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. The department recently hired three new Machine Learning researchers and one Vision researcher, meeting the demands of students and industry alike.


With over 800 AI companies and some of the world’s brightest minds in the field, Canada continues to attract global talent and capital. As a result, global companies are choosing to locate in AI hubs across the country to get access to the deepest and highest quality pool of AI talent. Businesses investing in Canada’s AI ecosystems also benefit from strong government support, low business costs, and access to world-class AI clusters. To continue to foster this growth and maintain its leadership position, Canada launched the $125M Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy in 2017—making it the first country to release a national AI strategy.


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