AlbertaAI Annual Conference Invitation

AlbertaAI Annual Conference Invitation

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Date: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,  March 23rd, 2019 (Saturday)


Co-Organizers NCG, UA-CGSCiGeek,ECISE, ETA, ACOAC  


Language: English


This event is exclusively Free for AlbertaAI Members, VIP guests, and speakers.


seats spots are limited. Register/renew free membership and RSVP through the link at:


CCIS 1-430, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), University of Alberta, 11335 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2M9 (Google Maps: 


In September 2017, a group of passionate volunteers found the Alberta Artificial Intelligence Association (AlbertataAI). AlbertaAI is a non-profit organization with a vision to cultivate the Alberta AI ecosystem and connect the AI community in Alberta with the world. We have rapidly expanded and currently have over 300 members, including university professors, CS graduate students, IT professionals, and AI enthusiast from various industries. We have organized many high-profile AI talks and training, e.g., AI for Kids, Deep Learning Beginner/Advanced Camps, AI Entrepreneurship Camp, Data Science Kaggle Camp, and Meetups. We are supported by the Alberta local community like UAlberta, TEC Edmonton, SAS, Microsoft, City of Edmonton, and student & community organizations. We have also contributed to local AI ecosystems by supporting events and activities, e.g., TusStar Alberta Incubator establishment, UAlberta International AI Summer Program, Edmonton Global AI Hub, AI4Youth Conference, Calgary AI Meetup, and Calgary Google Developer Group. In addition, we collaborate with international partners and have established a joint innovation centre with Shanghai Chiju to promote AI education and projects.

On March 23rd 2019, we will hold the first annual Alberta AI conference. We have invited guest speakers, including university professors, students, incubators, and local AI company executives, who will share their AI-related stories and promote the idea of “Cultivate Alberta AI Ecosystem”. The conference will have 100-200 attendees and with AI experts and executive guests from local organizations. We will have speeches and demos to promote the great AI things happening in Alberta. The speakers include City of Edmonton/Red Deer Councillor, executives from TEC Edmonton, AltaML, UAlberta Multimedia Research Centre, Health City, and AI for Kids student. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Get the latest conference information at:

 Conference Tentative Agenda:

  • Checking In & Networking 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Section 1: Opening 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Greetings from Andrew Knack, City of Edmonton, Councillor (5mins)
    • Greetings from Lawrence Lee, City of Red Deer, Councillor (5mins)
    • Greetings from Yueshan Tong, Consul of sector for Commercial and Science & Techlonogy in  Chinese  Consulate General in Calgary (5mins)
    • Dr. Lihang Ying, President of AlbertaAI (15 mins)
      • Find yourself in Alberta AI ecosystem through AlbertaAI
  • Section 2: Innovation 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    • VIP Speaker (20 mins)
      • Building an innovation ecosystem
    • Geoff Kliza, Director, Innovation Affiliates, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (30 mins)
      • Machine Learning 101
    • Panel discussion (Q&A) (10mins)
  • Section 3: Coffee Break and Demo 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    • AI for Kids Project Demo
    • Microsoft
    •  MRC Lab
    • UAlberta Robomaster Club
  • Section 4: AI Education and Startup  3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • Dr. Irene Cheng, Director, Multimedia Research Centre (MRC), University of Alberta (20mins)
      • Cultivate AI professionals – overview UAlberta Multimedia Master Program
    •  Lan Tan, Director, Entrepreneur Development, TEC Edmonton (15mins)
      • How TEC Edmonton cultivate and help AI startups in Alberta
    • Mack Male, CEO, Taproot (Local Tech Media) (15 mins)
      • AI sector evolving and trends in Edmonton
    • Panel discussion (Q&A) (10 mins)
  • Section 5: AI Industrial and Companies 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    •  Cory Janssen, CEO, AltaML (15 mins)
      • Showcase of successful AI consulting projects of AltaML  
    • Reg Joseph, CEO, Health City (20 mins)
      • Creating an AI platform to improve the marketability of the health innovation  
    • Mike Hoff, COO, Calgary Google Developer Group  (15 mins)
      • Overview of Google Developer Group in Alberta and world-wide
    • Panel discussion (Q&A) (10 mins)
  • Closing and Networking 5:30 PM – 5:50  PM

Conference Speakers

  • Andrew Knack, City of Edmonton, Councillor
  • Lawrence Lee, City of Red Deer, Councillor
  • Dr. Lihang Ying, President of AlbertaAI
  • Geoff kliza, Project Manager, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute
  • Dr. Irene Cheng, Director, Multimedia Research Centre (MRC), University  of Alberta
  • Yueshan Tong, Consulate, Consulate-General of the P.R.China in Calgary
  • Lan Tan, Director, Entrepreneur Development, TEC Edmonton
  • Winston Leung, Senior Partner, Fusion 6 Consulting
  • Mack Male, CEO, Taproot (Local Tech Media)
  • Cory Janssen, CEO, AltaML
  • Reg Joseph, CEO, Health City
  • Mike Hoff, COO, Calgary Google Developer Group

Confirmed VIP Guests

  • Prof. Bin Zheng, President of UAlberta Chinese Professor Association

  • Prof. Li Cheng, Associate Professor of UAlberta Electronic Computer Engineering

  • Dr. Yuxi Li, CEO,

  • C.H. William Cheung, J.D., Senate of UAlberta

  • Jonathan Dai, President, Howlund International Corp.

  • Bob Hiew, VP Business Development, DAMA Edmonton

  • Kwok Seto, Account Executive, SAS

  • Dexter Pizzey, Microsoft
  • Shawn Kanungo, Founder, Silver Voice
  • Amy Bronson, Deloitte

  • Ramya, Kunnath Puliyakodil, Deloitte

  • Sharon Bratt, Professor of MacEwan University Computer Science

  • Prof. William Wei, Associate Dean of MacEwan University School of Business

  • Mark Zhou, President of Edmonton Tianjin Association

  • Rollie Dykstra, VP Investments, Alberta Innovates

  • Warren Johnson, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII)

  • Terry Leung, Senior Manager, PWC
  • Dr. Haijun Yan, CTO, Fan Yang Team Realtors

  • Dr. Jay Sun, President of East China Immigrants Society of Edmonton

  • Lin Zhong, BizWorld Enterprise Solutions
  • Jim Xu, President, Edmonton IT Club

  • Prof. Tony Qiu, Director, Centre for Smart Transportation, University of Alberta

  • Bin Lau, Strategic Advisor, Office of Mayor Don Iveson

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