David Usher

Founder, Reimagine AI

The Power of Human Creativity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Welcome to the new world. The artificial intelligence and robotics revolution are changing everything about the way we live and work. In this new paradigm, creative thinking is quickly becoming an essential skill in the coming revolution. Using live music, video, improvisation, technology, and humour, David Usher, Juno Award-Winning Musician and Creativity & AI Expert, will reveal why now more than ever creativity and innovation are the only way forward and an organization’s last, best competitive advantage.
When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers and SAP want to re-inspire creativity in their employees and executives, they bring in David Usher. He doesn’t just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI)—he lives it. Drawing from his unique experiences as the lead singer of Moist; a multi-platinum, four-time Juno award-winning musician; a bestselling author; and the founder of the artificial intelligence creative studio Reimagine AI, David defines the path that companies and institutions can follow to reboot their creativity in this brave new world of disruptive change.

Using examples related to the disruptions brought about by the digital economy to the music industry, and his experiences at the forefront of the AI revolution, David reveals why now more than ever creativity and innovation are the only way forward and an organization’s last, best competitive advantage.

In his dynamic, interactive presentations, David uses live music, video, improvisation, technology and humour to electrify audiences and demonstrate that creativity and creative success are learnable skills that anyone can master, and to help audiences jumpstart their creative process both in their work and their lives.

Sylvain Lafrance

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

The Future of Leadership
Who are the leaders of tomorrow? How can the men and women who will be called upon to lead effectively prepare themselves for the challenges of this new interconnected, globalized, fragile and transparent world? What training and development needs will these new challenges generate? This conference should allow you to reflect on the major issues that lay before us and, above all, find some ways to survive this rapid revolution of tools, beings and values.
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.

Erin Willett

Founder, The Tap In Team

What Makes a Courageous Company
Change is upon us and evolution is necessary. Your company is being faced with an identity crisis. Being an innovative, resilient company isn’t a choice, but a necessity. You need to adapt, to shift, to iterate and learn. What do you do? Join Erin in exploring how companies can nurture environments where creative courage is unlocked in the face of crisis using authentic leadership and open hearts.
Leading with emotional intelligence, creative courage and collaboration, Erin intends to change the way we do business. Call her a modern-day hippie—she believes that strategic companies have soulful approaches. Using her proprietary brand and culture building methodology, she has spent the last eight years shaping strategies for attraction, engagement and retention.

Coaching leaders and working with growing businesses, Erin helps teams build movements around their unique identity, shaping their communication strategies and tactics so they can nurture strong communities and expand their loyal markets. Erin specializes in supporting early-stage, fast-growth companies like Goalcast and Porpoise, and has likewise brought this dynamic approach to established organizations looking to make a splash, like Air Canada.

Harold Dumur

Founder and CEO, OVA

Co-Creation Using Artificial Intelligence in Mixed Reality
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.
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.

Andreea D. Vanacker, Ph. D.


Connecting the Dots Between Employee Well-Being, Learning and Satisfaction in the Industry 4.0 Context
Are you ready for the future of work? Discover how organizations can maintain a competitive edge in the Industry 4.0 context, embrace intelligent learning and meet employees' increasing demands regarding overall well-being.
Andreea's passion for business strategy, innovation and international growth has led her to hold several executive roles over the last twenty years, in everything from start-up companies to international organizations, including Bombardier and IATA.

She has managed global businesses and teams while working with clients in the manufacturing, aviation, aerospace, luxury, technology and retail industries in all corners of the world. She speaks four languages and holds a Ph.D. in Economics, along with a degree in Finance and International Business from HEC.

Since writing the book, Successonality, The Ten Secrets to a Success-Focused Personality, Andreea has worked with Fortune 500 clients to drive strategic business growth and peak performance. Andreea is also the founder of SPARKX5, a strategy and technology company that has developed an employee well-being application to enable employees to thrive in all areas of their lives.

Hugues Foltz

Chief Strategy Officer, AI and Industry 4.0, Vooban

The Massive Arrival of Disruptive Technologies such as AI and their Impact on the Workforce and Training
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?
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.

Louis J. Duhamel

Business strategist

Your business at the heart of the 4th Industrial Revolution
In the context of a thriving manufacturing sector, where an extreme scarcity of labour still limits the sector's growth, this presentation will explore how manufacturing companies can transition to the new industrial era by providing an understanding of the Industry 4.0 paradigm, the challenges facing the innovative manufacturer, and the transformation of work in relation to the transition of manufacturing companies. This presentation will highlight the human challenges we face today, but more importantly, how the workforce will be able to adapt and take its place in the factories of the future. For a promising future, the transition to the innovative manufacturer must primarily focus on the people.
Louis J. Duhamel is a business strategist who has been touring Quebec since 2011 with his “Le Point sur le Québec manufacturier Deloitte” tour, the various editions of which have been presented to more than 18,000 opinion leaders from the business community and political class. There have been nearly 200 presentations to date in all regions of Quebec.

Barbara Donaldson

Director of Delivery Adoption, Element AI

What L&D Professionals need to know about AI
This presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and other technologies will present for learning and training professionals, organizations/companies and learners themselves. Barbara will explore opportunities and challenges from a training and learning perspective, pose questions and highlight some of the ways that the learning profession could help people prepare for the future.
Barbara Donaldson is the Director of Delivery Adoption for Element AI. Element AI delivers AI products at scale to help people work smarter.

Prior to joining Element AI, Barbara worked as an independent Change Management and Learning Consultant for organizations delivering large scale technological change. She has worked in many provinces and in a wide range of sectors, including transportation, health care, oil and gas, and insurance.

She has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Ed. in Adult Education. She is an active member of both the Institute for Performance and Learning and the Association of Change Management Professionals, where she mentors and coaches new specialists.

Sébastien Tremblay

Professor of Psychology, Université Laval

Education 4.0 and developing the skills of the 21st century
Our vision of education 4.0 is to “revolutionize” the traditional pedagogical approach and focus on the development of the skills of the 21st century (complex thinking, creative problem solving and adaptability). In this digital and intelligent age, we propose to offer training focused on experiential pedagogy and the competency-based approach through R&D projects in a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral environment (universities, companies, cities) and through various innovative educational activities such as serious play and design thinking. These new pedagogical activities aim to keep students in a maximum learning zone (especially with adaptive serious gaming). This model not only develops students' autonomy through experiential and reverse instruction, but also an awareness of the importance of developing their skills throughout their lives and aligning them with the requirements of industry 4.0 and the social environment.
Sébastien Tremblay received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Cardiff University (1999) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship from a partnership between Cardiff and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA; now QinetiQ). He is a professor at Laval University, the founding member of the Co-DOT lab (www.co-dot.ulaval.ca), an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, UK, and the Director of the Joint Research Unit in Urban Sciences (www.umr-su.com)—a consortium of academic, industrial and government partners teaming up in a joint R&D initiative to create innovative and smart solutions to emerging city challenges.

His research program is centred on human interactions with technologies, and the main goal is to maximize human performance and quality of life in a wide range of domains such as security, transportation, emergency medicine, education and entertainment. From a cognitive science perspective, he has contributed to the development of intelligent systems in those domains.

André Du Sault

Canadian Director, Harvard Consultant

Rethink Team Leadership
A growing number of companies wish to move towards more agile and customer-oriented cultures. To this end, the entire pyramid of corporate leadership is being transformed and the leadership of high-performing teams is becoming a central part of this cultural transformation. Therefore, what are the new conditions and skills required?
Mr. Du Sault is a consultant and advisor to CEOs and executive directors. He helps them hone their leadership skills to become better strategists, prepare well-funded business plans, plan their organizational growth and integrate performance and agility practices. He sits on many advisory committees. He teaches at the master's level and regularly publishes feature articles.

Mr. Du Sault is a graduate of Université Laval in Forest Engineering and holds an MBA from the London Business School and an MPA from Harvard. He is the Governor of the Harvard Club of Quebec and the Canadian Director for the Harvard Alumni Association.

Matthieu Dugal

Matthieu Dugal will be hosting ReBoot's 7th edition on Novembre 2019.
A graduate in journalism and political science, Matthieu has been a journalist, columnist and radio host for more than 20 years. Since September 2018, he has been the host of the daily techno-scientific show Moteur de recherche on Ici Radio-Canada Première as well as a science/faith columnist on Pénélope McQuade's show with host Alain Crevier, broadcast on the same station. Recent engagements include the digital culture program La Sphère, which he hosted from 2011 to 2018 on Ici Radio-Canada Première, and the Hackers series, presented in 2016 on Ici Explora.

This fall, Matthieu will be publishing a book with the Cardinal publishing house entitled, “Wiki, Gif & LSD, encyclopédie anecdotique du Web", co-written with his colleague Fabien Loszach. He can also be seen in the second season of the scientific documentary series "Couple de nerds" on Savoir Média, which he co-hosted with his wife, scientific journalist Marianne Desautels-Marissal.

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