Panel Discussion: Considering having a business in the Artificial Intelligence industry?

Panel Discussion: Considering having a business in the Artificial Intelligence industry?

– By TusStar Alberta, TEC Edmonton and AlbertaAI

4:00-6:00 PM, Oct. 17, 2018 Wednesday (Mountain/Alberta Time)

Organizers: TusStar Alberta, TEC Edmonton and AlbertaAI



Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been an essential part of our daily life. AI has developed a large number of tools to solve the most difficult problems in various areas. For example, the SeeingAI app developed by Microsoft can help people who are blind perceive the environment around them. For the past few years, AI has entered the consciousness of almost every industry. It has become one of the hottest topics of mainstream conversations. TusStar Alberta, TEC Edmonton and AlbertaAI have invited speakers with various backgrounds to give you insights about having a business in the AI industry from different perspectives.


4:00 – 4:30 Registration and networking
4:30 – 5:30 Panel
5:30 – 6:00 Networking


Bruce Alton, Partner of A-Partners

Bruce Alton is the founder of A-Partners which is an investor in, advisor to and founder of high-growth enterprises with a particular focus on companies that utilize artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics as a competitive business advantage. 

He has been a company founder and senior operating executive and his thirty-year business career has spanned software development, advanced manufacturing, venture capital, energy and real estate.

Bruce was previously named as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine. He has been recognized for his work with several Alberta community organizations including the A100 – Alberta Technology Entrepreneurs Organization; the Kids With Cancer Society; and the Alberta Economic Development Authority.


Dave Damer, CEO of Testfire Labs

Dave Damer is a computer engineer and proven tech entrepreneur with over 27 years of business leadership experience, 18 of which have been spent building startups. 

In 2017, Dave founded Testfire Labs, a software company that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to build productivity solutions that modernize the way people work, so they can achieve more, faster.

Testfire’s flagship product is, an AI-assistant that transcribes meeting summaries and action items, audits meeting history, and drops it all into a simple, searchable dashboard, for unprecedented organization and productivity insights.

Testfire Labs has been named a Top Startup to Watch by Startup Edmonton, received the 2018 Startup Canada Prairies Region Innovation Award, and has been nominated for the Startup of the Year award by the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).

Dr. Jin Shi, Director of Solutions Architecture, CenturyLink

Dr. Shi Jin has been leading the SafeHaven engineering team for the past 5 years, growing it from a small Edmonton based startup (DataGardens) to be part of one of the largest global technology companies (CenturyLink). 

Before that, Dr. Jin Shi worked in companies like Acrodex and Cybera. He also co-founded Canada’s first infrastructure as a cloud service company VRStorm.  Dr. Jin Shi got his BS from Tsinghua University of China in 2001 and PhD from Cornell University of USA in 2006.


Dr. Yuxi Li, PhD & Post-doc of Computing Science department at University of Alberta

Dr. Yuxi Li has more than ten years of experience in reinforcement learning, machine learning, and AI.  

Dr. Yuxi was an associate professor in China, and a senior data scientist in a fintech company in Boston area. He is a co-organizer for AI Frontiers Conference ( in Silicon Valley in 2017 and 2018. He serves as a Program Committee Member for AAAI 2019, a top AI conference. He published the influential Deep Reinforcement Learning: An Overview on arXiv, and is preparing for a book, to be available in early 2019. He is the founder of

Wei Sun, Vice President of ChiHe Investment Inc.

ChiHe focuses on policy-supported industries, makes equity investments in private enterprises with potentials, and enhances the financial and industrial resources of small and medium-sized enterprises, to boost the real economy. 

ChiHe make equity investment through private equity funds. By leveraging rich investing experiences, we manage the whole process including investment, financing, integration and exit. While achieving expected returns for fund investors, we provide private enterprises with funds, policy supports, market channel and other resources, to help them expand business in right geographic areas and grow rapidly. In 2016, ChiHe and its partners completed acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor in US.

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