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
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AI Futures Policy Lab: Vancouver summary
​Sarah Villeneuve
Alumni, Policy Analyst
November 14, 2018
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About this Report

On October 18, 2018, CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) convened 22 emerging policy makers from across sectors in Vancouver, British Columbia at Microsoft Canada’s downtown campus. Among the participants were emerging policy leaders from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. The event in Vancouver was the third in a series of labs that CIFAR and BII+E have been hosting with the goal of exploring the future of artificial intelligence policy in Canada. The first took place in Toronto in summer 2018, with labs following across the country throughout the rest of 2018 and early 2019.

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 how to facilitate conversations with stakeholders on AI while cutting through the myths and hype associated with its capabilities and applications
  • Gain insight into early-stage policy recommendations generated by participants

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Key Findings

  • AI is becoming increasingly embedded within everyday life. Policymakers need to close the gap between  this technology’s development + use and policy responses.
  • There is a need for more multi-disciplinary conversations that bring together policymakers with members from industry, academia and civil society to discuss and formulate strategies for addressing challenges associated with AI’s development and use

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Jun 19, 2020

We worked with CIFAR and the British Columbia Ministry of Health to bring together a diverse group of experts to discuss the application of AI to the provincial healthcare system.
Abstract illustration of brain showing the neural network.

Aug 22, 2018

An overview of the Toronto pilot of the AI Futures Policy Labs, a series of workshops for emerging policymakers across Canada created in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Illustration of people talking inside car that is transmitting signals.
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