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AI Futures Policy Lab: Vancouver summary
This report provides a summary of the activities and content covered during the AI Futures Policy Lab hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia in partnership with CIFAR. This lab is part of a cross-country series of workshops with emerging policymakers exploring the future of AI policy in Canada.
AI Futures Canada
In January 2018, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) teamed up to design and host five AI Futures Policy Labs, beginning with a Toronto pilot.
AI Futures Policy Lab: Toronto pilot summary
An overview of activities and insights from participants during the first AI Futures Policy Lab we hosted in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).


t the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), we’re motivated by the potential of the innovation economy. We believe Canada can build prosperity that will be more widely shared than ever before. To achieve this future, Canada will need far sighted insights and new thinking to advance actionable innovation policy.


Our multi-disciplinary teams focus on work streams which we believe are critical to Canada’s future economic success. They build collaborative relationships with our partners to generate rigorous research, propose unconventional approaches and pilot ideas to explore how Canada’s innovation economy can include people of different ages, incomes and backgrounds.

This project aims to support evidence-based approaches to address the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face in growing their businesses. The funded projects both provide support to women entrepreneurs growing their businesses and strengthen the capacity of Ontario’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to serve the province’s entrepreneurs.
We partnered with CIFAR to develop and host a series of AI Futures Policy Labs with the aim of helping emerging policy leaders in Canada’s public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors prepare for the opportunities and challenges that accompany the rapid development of artificial intelligence.
How can Canada level up our digital literacy? We're seeking to understand what digital literacy is, who has access to it, and why it’s important for civic, social, and economic participation. We'll be looking at the state of digital literacy across the country, at all ages and levels.
This work stream seeks to understand the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), demystify core AI capabilities and identify new ways of using advances in AI to improve government and promote public interest.
Impact of Tech on Ontario’s Workforce: A research project
Over the course of five months, beginning in Fall 2017, we examined the implications of technological change on Ontario's labour market, including areas of potential worker disruption but also opportunities for growth. Supported by the Ontario Government, we sought to produce a report to share our learnings.
Intro to AI for Policymakers
Prepared as background reading for participants at our March 2018 AI + Public Policy conference, this report explores the origins of AI, AI’s present-day capabilities, the challenges and opportunities associated with these technological advances, and their application to public life and public policy.
The AI Shift
This report gathers insights from guest speakers and participants gathered during our one-day conference, hosted in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Policy Innovation Hub. The event explored changes in technical capabilities of AI, their commercial applications, and proposed recommendations for how government responds and how sectors collaborate.