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This year, we have an exceptional line-up of renowned speakers and experts from the artificial intelligence, technology, education and management industries on subjects including:

  • The impacts of AI on the workforce and on learning
  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and AI
  • The power of creativity in the age of AI
  • The future of leadership
  • Unlocking creative courage using authentic leadership

More speakers will be unveiled soon!

Lafrance, Sylvain

Adjunct Professor at HEC Montréal, Director of “Gestion” Magazine

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Sylvain Lafrance joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1978 as a journalist. In the fall of 2005, the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointed him Executive Vice-President of CBC/Radio-Canada French Services, entrusting him with the integration of Radio-Canada’s radio, television and web services.

It was under his leadership that several major projects of the digital era were born, including TOU.TV and Bande-à-part.

He left Radio-Canada in October 2011 and became Adjunct Professor at HEC Montréal. He is also director of “Gestion”, a quarterly magazine covering major trends in the world of management.

Mr. Lafrance is a member of the Board of Directors of Attraction Media, a Fellow of the Public Policy Forum of Canada and chairs the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

He is also a member of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the Order of La Pléiade (awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie), a Knight of the French National Order of Arts and Letters and a Knight of the French National Legion of Honour.

Foltz, Hugues

Vice-President, Strategy, AI and Industry 4.0 at Vooban

Today, organizations must be innovative—it is a question of survival, not an option. New technologies, including artificial intelligence and IoT, are unlocking a world of opportunities for innovative companies and disrupting both business models and jobs. But beyond all these new technologies, what will be the impact of this shift and transformation on your company and, most importantly, how can you prepare your workforce for the changes ahead?
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Hugues Foltz has been Chief Strategy Officer at Vooban since 2018. A fast-growing artificial intelligence development firm in Quebec, Vooban is at the forefront of disruptive technologies, using, among other things, AI and machine learning to offer innovative solutions in all kinds of industries. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years as Vice President of Professional Services and Vice President of Innovation at the Optel Group.

Hugues Foltz is also the founder of ellicom, which he started in 2002 and ran for 14 years. From 2002 to 2016, he surrounded himself with key players in the training and technology industries with the goal of becoming the Canadian leader in e-learning.

Dumur, Harold

CEO of OVA

The rise of artificial intelligence is shaking up several industries and immersive technologies are no exception. This presentation will focus on this new world and the way it is already revolutionizing even the most innovative companies.
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Harold Dumur, CEO of OVA, received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Université Laval in 2011 and was awarded the SNC-Lavalin Fellowship for Best Engineering Project upon graduation. He is a member in good standing of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. In 2012, he received his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from McGill University.

In 2014, he founded the company OVA, which developed its own virtual reality platform, StellarX. He presented the StellarX platform at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, OVA was named among the top 3% of virtual reality startups by HTC Vive. OVA was also the winner of the OCTAS award in the Startup category for StellarX in May 2019.

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