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Women Leading in AI+

February 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


An International Women’s Month (IWM) Event Hosted by IBM and Invest Ottawa.
2023 may have been the year Artificial Intelligence (AI) moved into the mainstream, but 2024 will quickly become the year that AI is deployed for business – at scale.

Hear from Canadian AI leaders who have already worked to embed AI into their client experience and internal business operations and ensured that it was built with governance vital to the success of AI-based business transformation initiatives. Hear about the opportunities and challenges encountered throughout these rollouts and the real-world needs that guided their decisions. Then, finally, participate in the discussion about the bleeding edge elements of AI with those who have the future in mind.

Join us for inspiration and actionable insight from true role models who translate vision into action and impact locally, nationally and globally. Our speakers are leading powerful initiatives, companies and investments that are making a difference.

8:00 am – Networking for those joining in person

9:00 am – Welcoming Remarks

9:05 am – Land Acknowledgment

9:10 am – Opening Keynote Speaker: Deb Pimentel, General Manager, IBM Canada Technology

9:30 am – Panel #1: Setting Your Organization Up For Success – Platform Modernization in the Time of AI and the Guardrails Necessary to Use It Responsibly with moderator Joanne Gardner, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Bayview Yards Growth and Success

Panellists include:

– Melanie Gilbert, Partner – Public Sector, IBM Canada
– Ivey Chiu, Senior Strategy Manager – Special Projects & Innovation, Telus Canada
– Shannon Kenney, Acting Chief Information Officer, Enterprise IT Procurement & Corporate Services Branch Shared Services Canada/Government of Canada
– Orchid Jahanshahi, Founder, Advisor & Investor; Head of Marketing, NuEnergy.ai

10:20 am – Refreshment Break

10:30 am – Panel #2: AI for All Canadians – Increased Service and Experience for Citizens, Clients and Customers with moderator Pascale Duguay, Associate Partner – Public Sector, IBM Canada
– Kristina Casey, Chief Service and Digital Officer, Service and Digital Group, Transport Canada / Government of Canada
– Stephanie Duguay, Managing Consultant, Data Scientist, IBM Canada

11:25 am – Panel #3 – Balance, Trust, Stability and Financial Success – Using AI for Talent Transformation with moderator Aneeta Bains, Managing Client Partner – Government of Canada, IBM
– Kim Steele, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Capital Management Solutions, Public Services and Procurement Canada
– Elizabeth Herrera, Vice President, Advanced Analytics Practice Leader, Converge Technology Solutions Corp.
12:00 pm – Closing Keynote with Q&A: Teresa D’Andrea, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Data Officer, Human Capital Management team, Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada
12:25 pm – Concluding Remarks

12:30 pm – Lunch & Networking

1: 30 pm – Event Concludes

This event strives to:
Provide inspiration and actionable insight for current and aspiring women leaders (and the champions and allies who support them) who aim to positively impact the world economically, socially, and/or environmentally.
Profile women leaders from every walk of life who are making a difference in our world, including creating a triple bottom line.
Offer resources and opportunities to help create a greater impact on the world.



Bayview Yards
7 Bayview Station Road
Ottawa, K1Y 2C5
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