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Thursday, November 8 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
(90 min) Policy Considerations on the Convergence of High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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Organized by: Compute Ontario 

High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have emerged as fundamental tools for 21st Century research. The Federal government announced as part of its 2018 Budget, a commitment of $572.5 million over five years with $52 million per year ongoing to implement a national Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy; reinforcing this point.

Using points of evidence from Compute Ontario’s Highly Qualified Personnel and Technology Investment Studies, this panel will examine how the process of conducting collaborative evidence-based planning with others in the digital research space:
  • Led to the creation of a converged high-performance computing & artificial intelligence platform which will facilitate new tools, skills development and opportunities for researchers and industry partners
  • Identified a significant gap and need for a robust academic-industry collaboration strategy in high performance computing and some of the anticipated challenges 
  • Reinforced the need to change how we measure value and evaluate return on in digital research infrastructure investments to policy makers
  • And considers ways in which regional organization can collaborate to improve coordination and investments in digital research infrastructure to accelerate national planning strategies
This panel will draw on the expertise skill and experience of senior executives from Compute Ontario, Calcul Quebec and Vector Institute.

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Nizar Ladak

President & Chief Executive Officer, Compute Ontario
Nizar Ladak, President & CEO of Compute Ontario is a seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Federal and Provincial Government agencies and hospitals.  His passion is finding innovative solutions to operational problems, mentoring teams and volunteering his time in non-profit... Read More →

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Chris Loken, PhD

Chief Technology Officer, Compute Ontario
Dr. Loken brings more than two decades of experience in technology and specifically, within high performance computing.  For the past 16 years, Dr. Loken has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto, most recently as the Chief Technology Officer at SciNet.Prior... Read More →
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Suzanne Talon, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Calcul Québec
Suzanne Talon has been CEO of Calcul Québec since September 2017, prior to this she held the position of interim CEO for 18 months. She has played a leading role in the creation of the organization which brings together the strengths of all post-secondary institutions in Quebec in... Read More →
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Alison Paprica, PhD PMP

Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships, Vector Institute; Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
As Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships, Alison Paprica is the Vector Institute’s corporate lead for health strategy, overseeing health research collaborations, health data partnerships and health AI application projects. Prior to joining Vector in November 2017, Alison's... Read More →
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Alain Veilleux

Chief Technology Officer, Calcul Québec
Alain has been involved in computing for over 35 years, both as a leisure  starting even before the advent of the IBM PC, and then professionally as a  systems administrator.  He founded the Centre for Computational Science  (CCS) at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2002.The CCS... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Delta Hotel - Richelieu