AI Futures Policy Lab: Edmonton summary

This report provides an overview of the AI Futures Policy Lab we hosted in Edmonton, Alberta in partnership with CIFAR
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AI Futures Policy Lab: Edmonton summary
​Sarah Villeneuve
Alumni, Policy Analyst
October 11, 2018
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About this Report

On September 20, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) convened 23 emerging policy makers from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors in Edmonton, Alberta. This included public servants from the provincial government, not-for-profit researchers, entrepreneurs from local start-ups, and professionals from private sector consulting and technology firms, such as Deloitte and Microsoft. Edmonton was the second stop in a series of five labs that CIFAR and BII+E are hosting across the country to explore the future of AI policy in Canada. The first took place in Toronto, with subsequent labs set for Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal.

These labs aim to raise awareness of current AI capabilities and applications, increase the ability of policymakers to respond to AI developments, and contribute to early thinking around AI policy in Canada. Overall, labs are designed to encourage critical thinking, support collaborative brainstorming, and facilitate the development of policy recommendations in relation to current AI capabilities. Are you an emerging policymaker interested in participating in an upcoming AI Futures Policy Lab? Contact Sarah Villeneuve at

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the process of convening actors around topics related to AI + policy
  • Gain insight into early-stage policy recommendations generated by participants

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Key Findings:

  • Public policy is lagging behind technological developments in the public sector
  • AI policy needs to be agile in order to remain relevant as technology advances
  • In order to be effective, AI policy needs to be specific. Instead of applying a general framework across industries, AI policy should be developed according to the capabilities, applications and context of a particular technology

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