Speakers

Archived from October 2023. Stay tuned for future events!

Keynotes

Tripti Sinha is the Chair of the ICANN Board and the Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the Division of Information Technology. Sinha has over three decades of progressive experience in Internet and cyber-infrastructure technologies. She has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, finance, governance, advocacy, and policy.


Jacques Latour is Chief Technology and Security Officer at CIRA. As an expert in developing innovative, cutting-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 30+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s Chief Technology and Security Officer provides leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry, its underlying DNS and CIRA’s cybersecurity services.


Monique Simard, Producer & Manager of culture

Monique Simard lives in Montreal, Quebec. For over 25 years, she has been active in the Quebec and Canadian cultural milieu. She first distinguished herself in documentary film production, many of which won awards, then as head of public cultural institutions, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB-NFB) from 2008 to 2013 and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) from 2014 to 2018.

From 2018 to 2020, she was a member of the Expert Panel for the Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislation (Yale Report), whose report is the foundation for a major communications reform underway in Canada.

Cindy Termorshuizen, Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada, Breakout Session 2: The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What are the digital policy priorities?

Ms. Termorshuizen is Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at Global Affairs Canada and Personal Representative of the PM to the G7. She has served in several roles at Global Affairs Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Consular, Security and Emergency Management; Director General of International Security Policy; Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada to China; and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan. Ms. Termorshuizen holds a Master of Arts in political science from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in international development and French from the University of Guelph.


Prateek Sibal, Programme Specialist at the Digital Policies and Digital Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI

Prateek Sibal is a Programme Specialist at the Digital Policies and Digital Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO. In this framework, he coordinates the Sector’s work on artificial intelligence and digital transformation with a focus on capacity building for the judiciary and government. His work spans research, advocacy, policy advice and capacity building for the governance of digital technologies.


Jonathan Durand Folco, Associate Professor, St. Paul University, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality

Jonathan Durand Folco is an associate professor at the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. His research focuses on participatory democracy, municipal politics, the commons and algorithmic capitalism. He is the author of À nous la ville! Traité de municipalisme (Écosociété, 2017), Réinventer la démocratie : de la participation à l’intelligence collective (PUO, 2023), Le capital algorithmique : accumulation, pouvoir et résistance à l’ère de l’intelligence artificielle (Écosociété, 2023).


Connor Wright, Partnerships Manager, Montreal AI Ethics Institute, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality

Connor is Partnerships Manager at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute and a first-class philosophy with advanced proficiency in Spanish graduate from the University of Exeter. Connor has featured on panels on the topics of facial recognition technology and post-pandemic education, while currently pursuing a part-time masters at the University of Cambridge in AI Ethics & Society. His main passion lies in the form of social AI, as well as the cross-section between the Sub-Saharan African philosophy of Ubuntu and AI, stemming from his upbringing in South Africa.

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Ellie Evans, Data and Evaluation Product Manager, Cohere AI, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality

Ellie leads Responsible AI & Policy initiatives at Cohere For AI, a non-profit research lab. She support’s the team’s research initiatives in exploring approaches to improve the way we identify and mitigate limitations of generative systems. Ellie is passionate about fostering AI literacy, and ensuring advanced systems support historically underrepresented languages in NLP.


Zorina Alliata, Principal AI Strategist, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality

Currently a Principal AI Strategist with Amazon, Zorina works with global customers to find solutions that speed up operations and enhance processes using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Zorina is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University SCS, as a creator and instructor for the “AI for Leaders” courses within the Project Management Masters program.

Zorina is involved in AI for Good initiatives and working with non-profit organizations to address major social and environmental challenges using AI/ML. She also volunteers with the Zonta organization and as the Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Committee at AnitaB.org, to support women in tech.

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