Nicolas Chapados holds an engineering degree from McGill University and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Montreal, Canada. While still writing his thesis and jointly with his advisor Yoshua Bengio, he co-founded ApSTAT Technologies in 2001, a machine learning technology transfer firm, to apply cutting-edge academic research ideas to areas such as insurance risk evaluation, supply chain planning, business forecasting, and hedge fund management. He also co-founded two spin-off companies: Imagia, to provide AI-based actionable predictive oncology analytics atop medical imaging data, and Chapados Couture Capital, a Quebec-registered quantitative asset manager. Previously, Nicolas was a member of the speech recognition research group at Nortel Networks, where he led the research and implementation of a natural-language dialog manager for continuous speech recognition applications. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.