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Fireside Chat: Responsible AI

July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Please join Vector Institute and PwC Canada for an engaging discussion about Responsible AI, featuring Annie Veillet, Partner, One Analytics, PwC Canada and Ron Bodkin, VP of AI Engineering and CIO, Vector Institute and Engineering Lead, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society .

As the field of AI continues to advance, the issues and challenges associated with the ethical dimensions of AI will also continue to evolve. This candid and practical dialogue will explore a range of topics that demonstrate why Responsible AI is important for business leaders to understand, and what’s at stake for their organizations and employees, including:


  • Emerging trends and developments in Responsible AI-related research, especially around techniques and capabilities associated with fairness, privacy, interpretability, and more
  • The challenge of balancing best practices and frameworks for Responsible AI processes and governance, even as the science continues to evolve
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the changing risk landscape, and
  • The role that collaboration between industry and research can play in driving forward dialogue about the responsible use of AI as the field continues to transform our world.




Annie Veillet leads the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Automation offerings at PwC and brings extensive experience in the planning and execution of complex Analytics solutions. More specifically she focuses on Responsible AI, leveraging AI techniques to automate, and Robot Process Automation (RPA).

Her experience includes Analytics transformations (from the identification of business drivers to implementing and scaling capabilities), process automation (with embedded AI components), customer segmentation using behavioral traits, and data governance.

Annie has widespread experience for various publicly quoted clients in Canada, the US and Australia.

Annie has a Masters degree in Information Technologies from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor of Commerce from HEC Montreal.



Ron Bodkin is the VP of AI Engineering and CIO at Vector Institute and is the Engineering Lead at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology in Society. Ron is responsible for leading engineering teams that apply Vector’s leading AI research to industry and healthcare problems for Canada, that develop open source software, and that establish and support world class scientific computing infrastructure to scale the adoption of beneficial AI.

Previously, Ron was responsible for Applied Artificial Intelligence in the Google Cloud CTO office where he spearheaded collaborative innovation efforts working with strategic customers and Google AI research and engineering teams. Ron was the founding CEO of Think Big Analytics. Think Big Analytics provided enterprise data science and engineering services and software such as Kylo for enterprise data lakes and data science and was acquired by Teradata in 2014. After the acquisition, Ron led Think Big’s global expansion and created an Artificial Intelligence incubator at Teradata.


Previously, Ron was VP Engineering at Quantcast where he led data science and engineering teams that applied Machine Learning for real-time advertising and audience insights. Ron was also Co-Founder and CTO of C-Bridge Internet Solutions. Ron has an honors B.S. in Math and Computer Science from McGill University and a Master’s in Computer Science from MIT.




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