On October 23, 2018, Canadian STEM leaders will gather at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to honour and celebrate the impact of Canadian visionaries in the science and technology space.

The awards will be presented at the fourth annual Machine Learning and Market for Intelligence Conference, hosted by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL). The conference is dedicated to exploring the commercial opportunities and socio-economic implications arising due to advances in machine intelligence. For more details, visit www.marketforintelligence.com.

The Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto was founded by economics Professor Ajay Agrawal, designed using economic principles, and named after an expression used by the first economist, Joseph Schumpeter, to emphasize the role of the entrepreneur in economic growth under capitalism. In a similar vein, the three annual awards are built around the prevailing models for economic growth: capital, labour, and ideas.

The 2018 recipient of the Labour Award is the national not for profit, Canada Learning Code. The organization is being honoured for their first-order impact on Canada’s competitiveness through tackling the gender divide in the software development sphere.

“We are honoured to be recognized by Creative Destruction Lab with the 2018 Labour Award. It is a testament to the volunteers and mentors across Canada who lead our workshops, empowering more women to be able to build and not just consume technology. The diversity of perspective they bring will help build the technology and more inclusive Canada we aspire to.”

– Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder & CEO, Canada Learning Code

The 2018 Capital Award is being presented to Jim Fleck, in recognition of his visionary philanthropic support of science, technology, and commerce, primarily through his financial support for students and educational institutions, that is uniquely combined with his advocacy and financial support for a wide range of the arts, particularly visual arts, dance, and music.

Last but not least, the 2018 Ideas Award is being jointly presented to Ilya Sutskever and Parvin Mousavi. Dr. Ilya is being recognized for his pioneering work in Imagenet classification with deep convolutional neural networks as well as his research leadership towards the development of safe artificial general intelligence.

Mousavi, the joint recipient of the Ideas Award, is being presented with this honour for her pioneering work in developing machine learning techniques for analyzing data of various modalities such as medical images and molecular signatures to generate computer models that deliver improved diagnoses, such as enhanced cancer detection, and personalized interventions.

Attendees of the conference will also be able to hear from the leading minds in the science and technology realm, including Suzanne Gildert, Founder & CEO, Sanctuary AI; Shivon Zilis, Project Director, Office of the CEO, Neuralink,Tesla; Geoffrey Hinton, Engineering Fellow, Google / Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto; and Ruslan Salakhutdinov, PMC Professor of Computer Science, CMU.

“Every year the Creative Destruction Lab brings together the brightest minds working in the fields of AI and machine learning. This year, the conference is focussing on complements and their critical roles in strategy and business transformation during large scale deployments of artificial intelligence. I am personally very excited about the upcoming conference as one gets to meet the top entrepreneurs, businessmen, and academics coming together from all over the world, learn about phenomenal recent advances in AI, and also discuss various perspectives on the challenges that come with it.”

– Ruslan Salakhutdinov, PMC Professor of Computer Science, CMU

This year, speakers also include Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Heather Reisman, Chief Executive Officer of Indigo; and Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company.

The Machine Learning and the Market For Intelligence Conference is hosted by the Creative Destruction Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Beta, presented by Scotiabank with McKinsey & Company as the conference knowledge partner. Additional sponsors include Harvard Business Review (media partner) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (contributing sponsor).

About The Creative Destruction Lab

The CDL is a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies. Its nine-month program pairs founders with experienced entrepreneurs and investors to set focused, measurable objectives with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation. Founded in 2012 by Professor Ajay Agrawal at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the program has now expanded with locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, and New York City. More information is available at www.creativedestructionlab.com

Since its inception in 2012, companies that have participated in the CDL programs have created over $3 billion (CAD) in equity value. CDL Alumni include Thalmic Labs (Waterloo), Atomwise (San Francisco), Deep Genomics (Toronto), and Kyndi (Palo Alto).

For more information about the awards, please contact:

James Liu
Marketing Lead
Creative Destruction Lab
Email: james.liu@creativedestructionlab.com