Tech Horizons Agenda

Our dynamic lineup of thought-provoking presentations, engaging breakouts, and captivating keynotes:

8:15 a.m. | Breakfast and Networking


9:00 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks

Step into the realm of innovation and knowledge as we commence this highly anticipated event with a warm welcome from Dr. Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo.

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Dr. Vivek Goel

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo


9:05 a.m. | How Technologies Are Reshaping the World

Keynote presentation 

This opening keynote address will paint a panoramic view of how technologies are dynamically reshaping the realms of business, government, and society. From Canada to every corner of the globe, discover the profound impact that technology is having on our world today and get a glimpse of what lies ahead.

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Dr. Michael Chui

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

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Jennifer Smith

Engineering Director, Google Core Labs and Co-Site Lead, Google Waterloo


9:55 a.m. | Networking Break


10:15 a.m. | Human-Centred AI

Panel discussion

Explore the opportunities and challenges in developing artificial intelligence applications that prioritize ethics and human-AI collaboration.

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Armughan Ahmad

CEO and President, Appen

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Tomi Poutanen

Co-founder and CEO, Signal 1

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John Weigelt

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

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Dr. Alexander Wong

Co-director, Vision and Image Processing Lab
Canada Research Chair, AI and Medical Imaging
Chief Scientist and Co-founder, DarwinAI


11:15 a.m. | Navigating Digital Transformation 

Fireside chat

Join us for an intimate fireside chat with Dave McKay, the President and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), as he shares invaluable insights into RBC's transformative journey in the digital age. As an industry titan, McKay will illuminate the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the financial services sector in Canada and beyond.

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Dave McKay

President and CEO, RBC

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Dr. Vivek Goel

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo


12:00 p.m. | Lunch and Networking Break


1:00 p.m. | Technology Collisions

Active learning session

Discover how existing and future technologies have the power to shape your organization as you navigate through a world of technological disruptions and collisions. Through this active learning session with Dr. Joël Blit, you will explore the profound implications and opportunities that emerge when technology intersects and revolutionizes various industries.

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Dr. Joël Blit

Chair, Council on Innovation Policy
Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)


1:55 p.m. | Technology Horizons From Silicon Valley

Special presentation

Join renowned AI expert Dr. Jimmy Lin as he leads a virtual chat with the visionary CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman. They'll discuss the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it's shaping our society - for better or worse. From the heart of Silicon Valley, gain exclusive insights into how AI is revolutionizing our world and transforming the way we do business.

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Sam Altman

CEO, OpenAI

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Dr. Jimmy Lin

Co-director, Waterloo AI Institute
CTO, Primal


2:30 p.m. | Future of Robotics and Automation

Breakout session 

This session will explore groundbreaking technologies and disruptive trends that are reshaping automation, production, and industrial innovation.

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Armen Bakirtzian

CEO and Co-Founder, Intellijoint Surgical

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Todd Deaville

Vice-President, Factory of the Future, Corporate R&D, Magna International Inc.

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Bryan Webb

President, Clearpath Robotics 

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Dr. John McPhee

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Biomechatronics


2:30 p.m. | Future of Cybersecurity

Breakout session

Uncover the hidden world of cyber threats and their implications for organizations in this compelling panel discussion. Bringing together industry pioneers, public security experts, and academic visionaries, this session offers valuable insights into the ever-expanding range of cyber threats that loom over enterprises. You'll also gain exclusive knowledge about the cutting-edge technologies being developed to safeguard against these threats and ensure organizational stability.

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Charles Eagan

CTO, BlackBerry Ltd.

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Claudette McGowan

CEO, Protexxa

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Dr. Bessma Momani

Professor, Political Science
Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 

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Dr. Michele Mosca

Co-founder, Institute for Quantum Computing
CEO and Co-founder, evolutionQ


3:25 p.m. | The Power of Clean Tech in Driving Canada's Future 

Panel discussion

Dive into the forefront of clean technologies and unravel the latest insights and trends driving sustainable development. In this panel discussion, you'll discover the crucial role of clean tech in addressing environmental challenges and promoting sustainability. This dynamic discussion will shed light on the interplay between technology and the broader societal discourse on building a sustainable future.

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Jennifer Edey

Senior Vice-President, Operational Services and Business Development, Bruce Power

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Tracy Primeau

Corporate Director, OPG and WiN Canada
Founder and Principal, Agile Bear

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Amir Khajepour

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems

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Sarah Goldfeder

Director, Government Relations and Corporate Affairs, General Motors of Canada

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Dr. Chisu Kim

Director, Research and Strategy, Hydro-Québec


4:15 p.m. | Technology and Innovation Leadership in the 21st Century

Panel discussion

This closing panel discussion will feature influential leaders from a diverse range of industries who have successfully navigated periods of rapid change. Gain exclusive access to their strategies for leading through transformative times and their valuable insights on the trajectory of the new world of work. The conversation will highlight the intersection of leadership and the ongoing technological revolution.

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Erin Chapple

Corporate Vice-President, Azure Core Product and Design, Microsoft

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Jodi Kovitz

CEO, Human Resources Professional Association

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Kevin Strain

President and CEO, Sun Life

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Kim Watson

President and Managing Director, Wipro Canada

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Mark Weber

Eyton Director, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business


5:05 p.m. | Closing Remarks

As the event draws to a close, we'll reflect on the illuminating discussions and insights into emerging technologies, and their direct applications to business. 

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Dr. Vivek Goel

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo


5:10 p.m. | Reception and Networking

Enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to connect with speakers and fellow attendees.