Workshop on the impact of AI on the workforce, culture and social cohesion

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le mercredi 25 septembre 2019
17h00 à 19h30



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The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is collaborating with the Banff Forum for a series of workshops with Banff Forum members across the country.  These discussions are part of the regional consultations that PPF is undertaking as part of its Brave New Work project.


This session in Montreal is our fourth workshop with Banff Forum members, and will be focused on the impact of AI on the workforce, culture and social cohesion. The session will be opened with presentations by Dr Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy and University Librarian, Concordia University and Renjie Butalid Co-Founder Montreal AI Ethics Institute and Associate Director, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship .


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Workshop on the impact of AI on the workforce, culture and social cohesion Speakers

Dr. Guylaine Beaudry, Vice Provost, Digital Strategy and University Librarian, Concordia University

Guylaine Beaudry was first appointed to the position of university librarian by Concordia’s Board of Governors on May 1, 2014. Her second five-year term begins on July 1, 2019. On August 1, 2017, she was named vice-provost of digital strategy and university librarian.

Guylaine joined the university in October 2009 as director of the Webster Library, and she served as interim university librarian from July 2013 to April 2014. Previously, she was director of the Digital Publishing Centre at the Université de Montréal and executive director of Érudit, a publishing platform for scholarly books and journals in the social sciences and humanities.

Guylaine served as president of the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Quebec from 2008 to 2010. She was a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the status and future of libraries in Canada.

In her dual role at Concordia, Guylaine embarked on a series of institution-wide consultations and fact-finding missions to chart the kind of digital culture and identity the university needs to support current and future students, faculty and staff.

Beaudry holds a PhD in History of the Book from École pratique des hautes études (Paris) and a Master of Library and Information Science from Université de Montréal.


Renjie Butalid, Co-Founder Montreal AI Ethics Institute and Associate Director, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

Renjie Butalid is an award-winning entrepreneur whose work lies at the intersection of technology startups, social innovation, and cross-sector civic engagement. He is currently the Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship where he oversees the Centre’s entrepreneurship and mentorship programs.

Prior to joining McGill, Renjie was Head of Global Expansion for the NYC-based startup NextDayBetter, a global storytelling platform for diaspora communities. Renjie led the growth of NextDayBetter’s presence from 2 cities in 2013, to 9 cities across 4 countries in 2015. Previously, Renjie was also Director of Ventures at Igniter, a digital and social innovation agency. He led, a global social enterprise mapping project in collaboration with Ashoka, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and MaRS

In the past, Renjie was a co-founder of mobile app startup Togethr, has worked for Social Innovation Generation (SiG), co-founded TEDxWaterloo, and volunteered for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders in the Philippines. In 2012, Renjie was named top 40 Under 40 by the Waterloo Region Record. In 2013, Renjie was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the Banff Forum.

Renjie holds a BA Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MA International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest.


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