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10 Nov Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence

The second edition of the Business Forum promoted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (ICCC) kicks off on 18 November. 3 days of web conference and matchmaking to encourage the development of collaborations and synergies between the innovative ecosystems of Quebec and the Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Florentine territories.


What are the business, exchange and cooperation opportunities between the innovative ecosystems of Italy and Canada, and in particular of Québec


In the global technological and social scenario, Italy and Canada and their respective innovation clusters can help facilitate technology transfer paths and optimize the promotion of research results, as well as increase business opportunities between the two countries.


With these objectives, the Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence is back for the second year, from 18 to 20 November entirely online, on the initiative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (ICCC), with the participation of the Emilia Romagna and Lombardy regions.


Business Forum Canada-Italy on IA

II Edition (digital)

The contribution of big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to the New Normal

18-20 November 2020


It is not the first time that the Centro Studi Italia Canada gives space to collaborations between Italy and Canada in the scientific and technological fields.


We recently interviewed Emanuele Fiore of the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the CNR with whom we discussed the Joint International Research Unit which sees our National Research Council collaborate with the Laval Université of Québec.


In some sectoral focuses we have also presented the extraordinary results that Canada is obtaining for technological advancement, startup ecosystem and the world of research.


Why partner with Canada in the technology field?


The AI scenario is increasingly dynamic in Europe, committed to defining its own guidelines for managing the 4.0 world and building an innovative European ecosystem that escapes the pressure exerted by the United States to the west and China to the east.

The collaboration with Canada could therefore respond to geopolitical and strategic reasons, as well as provide prospects for synergy and business with an expanding innovative ecosystem which, moreover, is expressed with a value system very similar to the European one.


Backed by an advanced social fabric, government policies aimed at technological development and support for academic research and the world of applied research, the Montreal metropolitan area is now the third artificial intelligence ecosystem by number of AI experts, a leader in robotics and the development of machine learning, in research on big data with implications in the fields of health, automotive, home automation and aerospace.


Montreal is the world reference center for research on artificial intelligence, it is the city in which the largest global players in the sector (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung just to name a few) have chosen to locate their research centers, and is the home city of the so-called AI super cluster sponsored by the Canadian federal government. The AI ecosystem of the Montreal metropolitan area also includes a dense network of businesses and start-ups.


Building the New normal with the support of Artificial Intelligence


Given these premises, initiatives such as the Business Forum in the field of AI of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada not only enhance the relationship and dialogue between those involved in the AI field in Italy and Canada, but are also opportunities to be seized for development of partnerships and networks between applied research centers, companies, clusters between the two countries through which to contribute to the construction of a common vision and a proposal for co-managed guidance of the technological transformation underway.


An absolutely necessary guide to give direction to economies, industries and societies in rapid transformation in the most important sectors of human development.


From home automation to transport, from commerce to healthcare, the management of technological and digital transformation is a priority throughout the planet and across many areas.


In this context, we cannot ignore the issue of sustainability which requires a new way of thinking about the environment as a more inclusive and resilient living space.


2020 has also placed us, on a global level, in front of an unprecedented challenge for our age: a health emergency in response to which Artificial Intelligence and Big Data have been, and could be even more in the future, a resource for managing the health and economic crisis, providing administrations with solutions and services for adapting to the COVID-19 crisis and for recovery.


The theme of the Italy Canada Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence, The Contribution of AI to the “New Normal, is an interesting proposal that aims to accelerate the reflection on the contribution that Artificial Intelligence can give to the future we are building for the new post COVID-19 era.


The format of the II Italy-Canada Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence


The tool used is the dialogue between ecosystems to facilitate the meeting and comparison between the clusters of some of the most innovative Italian regions, in particular Emilia Romagna – and Quebec, one of the most advanced Canadian provinces in the field of innovation technology.


The 3-day event will allow the virtual meeting of startups, universities and research centers, large companies and SMEs, institutional stakeholders and experts in the Artificial Intelligence sector.


The Forum’s format includes in the three days:

  • scenario plenary sessions – on November 18th and 20th starting at 3.00 pm

  • Sectoral digital workshops on 18 and 19 November p.m.

  • A matchmaking session on Friday 20th November


5 focus areas covered, those in which more than in others the industries of AI and research have brought out considerable applications of AI, fields where the impact on society is transformative, in particular:


  • Life Sciences

  • Healthcare

  • Smart cities and smart mobility

  • Logistics

  • Industry 4.0


The 3-day program is available here


To join and follow the conference registration is required.


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