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Sunday, May 12
8:30am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote

The Age of Infinity - Generative AI & Our Future

We are on the brink of a revolution based on the meteoric rise of Generative AI, most notably ChatGPT. These exponential technologies are transforming the way we communicate, collaborate, and create, revolutionizing industries around the world. However, when everyone has an AI co-pilot, who will stand out? 

With the rise of generative AI, cloud technologies, and remote talent, we’re entering into an age of infinite leverage where our work can be replicated at no cost, and we don’t need permission to get started. As a result, we can build exponential organizations — a new breed of businesses that can be more nimble, flexible, and highly leveraged.

In this provocative and counter-intuitive keynote, Kanungo dives deep into the age of artificial intelligence and infinite leverage. He explores why this will shape the future, and how it will impact culture, business, technology, and individuals. 

Speaker: Shawn Kanungo
As a globally recognized innovation strategist and bestselling author, Shawn Kanungo works at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to help them better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. In his high energy keynotes, Kanungo draws on his extensive experience to provide audiences with an optimistic roadmap for the future; one that embraces unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.

Since leaving Deloitte, Kanungo has worked with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He’s led complex projects incorporating artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, behavioural economics, Web3, and more. Today, Kanungo is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends and invests in early-stage ventures.

Kanungo is the first innovation expert to have a streaming special, released on Apple TV and Prime Video in August 2023. It complements and shares the name of his bestselling debut book, The Bold Ones, a playbook for individuals to become bolder and push their careers and organizations forward. It has been touted as one of McKinsey’s top decision-making books for leaders. Kanungo’s work has also been featured in the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC, and CTV.

A prolific content creator, Kanungo’s content on innovation has garnered millions of views across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook. He’s been recognized by Edify magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” and was called the “best virtual keynote speaker I’ve ever seen” by Forbes in 2021.


Sunday, May 12
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Keynote Panel

Information vs. Data: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter? 


In the realms of technology and information systems, the distinction between 'data' and 'information' is both fundamental and critically important. Data can be thought of as raw facts and figures; it is unprocessed, and without any context, it may seem meaningless. On the other hand, information is what you get when data is processed, organized, or structured in a way that adds to the knowledge of the person receiving it. It's data made useful and meaningful.

Understanding this distinction is crucial, especially in today's data-driven world.  During the "Information vs. Data: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?" panel at the conference, experts will dive deeper into this topic, exploring the following burning questions:

  1. What is Data and what is is Information
  2. What is Data Management and what is Information Management
  3. How do these concepts differ from Data Management/Data Governance? 
  4. Should these two concepts merge?
  5. What role does “digital” have in this discussion? 


- Jim Merrifield, Robinson & Cole LLP - Moderator
- Trevor Banks, Manager, Organisational Design and Digital Community Management, TBS
- Peggy Syljuberget, Manager, Resource Center, Manitoba Geological Society 
- Kait Greer, Information Governance Lead, Health Information Management, Northern Health


Monday, May 13
9:00am - 10:00am


The AI Transformation: Understanding Its Impact and How It Affects Our Work

The world of AI experienced a seismic shift over the past 18 months with the introduction of modern large language models such as ChatGPT. Not only did they expand the horizon of AI applications, but they also changed the ease with which they could be deployed. In this talk we’ll dive into some fundamental AI concepts and how those have been affected by the introduction of large language models and their capabilities. Information management is no exception to this and we’ll highlight how these changes have affected applications such as data classification and retrieval and leave you with best practices to consider.

Speaker: David Chan
David is the Product Lead - Industry at Amii. His team works with diverse clients to help them understand if and how their business challenges can be solved using AI and ML and to help them mature their level of AI adoption. Over the last decade, David has been working in data science and seeing the field evolve and mature in Alberta. Before joining Amii, he helped build and lead a data science team in the not-for-profit tech sector in Alberta and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary. David is a volunteer & co-lead with Data for Good Calgary and active member of the Calgary data community.

About Amii
The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) is one of Canada’s three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. We're an Alberta-based non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption.