Governance and policymaking in the AI era

With the rapid advancement and adoption of artificial intelligence, it’s crucial for policy leaders to have a high-level understanding of its impact to make informed decisions. To help the Canadian government navigate this technological disruption, WatSPEED has developed a new program, AI Adoption, Policy and Governance , enabling senior policymakers to lead through the opportunities and challenges that AI presents. 

"We designed a program that will empower policy leaders to lead their organizations and our country through the AI revolution," says Dr. Joël Blit, one of the University of Waterloo facilitators of the program, and Waterloo’s chair of the Council on Innovation Policy. "Every Canadian, from frontline workers to senior executives, must understand AI and see it as an opportunity to transform their business." 

The full-day program will be held on May 28, 2024, at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, designed with time for networking and collaboration with other experts and policy leaders.

Participants will: 
  • acquire an understanding of AI and why it is fundamentally different from previous technologies.   

  • gain insights into how the AI transformation is likely to unfold and the opportunities that it will present.  

  • learn about best practices for regulating and governing AI technologies within their work and organization.  

  • leave feeling more confident on how to take action to address the government’s core AI challenges. 

Developed in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the program brings together an interdisciplinary group of Waterloo faculty and CIGI senior fellows who are experts across diverse fields such as computer science, economics, business and law.

Experts leading the programming include Dr. Blit who is a professor of economics and a CIGI senior fellow, Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino and Nestor Maslej who are both CIGI senior fellows, and Dr. Jimmy Lin who is the co-director of Waterloo.AI Institute and David R. Cheriton Chair in Software Systems at the School of Computer Science. WatSPEED and CIGI have also invited a guest speaker from the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, who will provide a keynote on Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Report.    

To learn more about AI Adoption, Policy and Governance, or to register for the one-day program visit the WatSPEED website.