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Peter Diamandis in Hologram delivers Exponential Impact of Emerging Technologies
Peter Diamandis, brought innovation full force by just his presence, in Hologram format for the closing remarks at the Canada Fintech Forum. Diamandis highlighted the importance of remaining positive in an era where we are constantly placed in a position of fear with the advent of emerging technologies taking away our jobs and means of livelihood. The exponential rate at which these technologies are growing and further disrupting traditional business models forces us to rethink the true premise of the problems on which our businesses are premised.
Fireside Chat with Desjardins Leaders Chadi Habib and Martin Brunelle at the Canada Fintech Forum
I sat down with Chadi Habib, Executive Vice President of Information Technology and Martin Brunelle, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Desjardins Group at the Canada Fintech Forum to understand how Desjardins is plugged into the Fintech and emerging technology ecosystem, why Fintech is important to them and their cooperative, and what they are currently doing to keep pace with this market. At this conference, Pierre Miron, Chief Operations and IT Officer at La Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) announced a $75M Fintech fund to be launched by CDPQ in partnership with Desjardins Group.
Luncheon Conference with Mohamed Musbah of Maluuba and Alec Saunders of Microsoft
Alec Saunders and Mohamed Musbah took the stage at the Canada Fintech Forum to discuss the reality of AI in today's market. Alec Saunders kicked off the session by providing context on the current state of the market and the major technological breakthroughs we have seen in the last decade. Speaking particularly to Natural Language Processing (bread and butter for Maluuba whose focus is on NLP and general AI), Saunders stated that the current error rate with respect to NLP is 5.9% which is about the same as a transcriber. This speaks volumes as to how advanced we've already become in the space.
Carine Michel of Deloitte Canada interviews Microsoft and Maluuba
AI is a topic of interest for almost every organization today - whether they are developing it, adopting it, or determining how it will impact the future state of their business. Deloitte Quebec Consulting leader Carine Michel sits down with Alec Saunders of Microsoft and Mohamed Musbah of Maluuba to discuss practical applications of AI today as well as the long term impact of AI on our economy.
Your Canada Fintech Forum Day 1 Recap
The 2017 Canada Fintech forum hosted in collaboration with Finance Montreal is focused on the emergence of AI in Financial Services and is the largest forum for Fintech in Canada. This forum has brought forth 1300+ ecosystem players from Fintechs, Insurtechs, Regtechs, Incumbents, Consulting firms, Law firms and more to collectively understand how we can better develop meaningful partnerships and cater to the long term transformation of the of the industry.
Panel Discussion on smart contracts in FSI and the transactional application of Blockchain
Robert Dawkins, Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, moderated a Panel discussion with a number of experts. The distinguished experts included Iliana Oris Valiente (ColliderX and former co-founder Rubix by Deloitte), Kris Hansen (Portag3 Ventures), Igor Lilic (ConsenSys), Francis Pouliot (Catallaxy), and Soumak Chatterjee (Payments and Blockchain Deloitte Canada). The possible financial applications of smart contracts seem unlimited and is transforming how transactions can be securely and legally carried out. The panel went through the ups and downs. One thing for sure, like the internet, it will have endless possibilities and those that understand it best will be successful in gaining competitive advantage!
Transforming Development Practices by Pivotal and Desjardins
Exciting and very practical talk by Desjardin's Luc St-Arnaud, responsible for the transformation of development practices at this largest association of credit unions in North America. He very succinctly presented a 3-pronged approach:
Deloitte and Element.AI collaborate to host an AI workshop for Fintech ecosystem players at the Canada Fintech Forum
Jas Jaaj, Deloitte Canada's AI leader and Karthik Ramakrishnan Element.AI's Director of Strategy and Solutions hosted a workshop in the Deloitte Technozone to understand thoughts and perspectives on AI from ecosystem players and to provide an overview of the space from their individual perspectives.