AI Events

Toronto, December 14, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6, Canada

Ideal for large enterprise organizations and virtually any passionate entrepreneur who has the ‘stomach’ for it.


You may have noticed new disruptive technologies and business models are changing your business models at the speed of light. For instance, the hotel industry has been surrounded by Airbnb. The media industry has been taken over by Netflix. The content industry has been taken over by Facebook & Google & the transportation business has been taken over by Uber.

The reality is someone somewhere is working on an disruptive artificial intelligence technology and/or business model designed to disrupt your industry and your career and every case study will show you taking advantage of disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence will help you realize new & exponential growth vs. doing nothing (or being a slow adopter) and be eliminated.

Some case briefs:

A few airlines & a few retailers are piloting dynamic pricing. Dynamic Pricing helps retailers, hotels, and airlines to offer the right price with the right message to the right target customer in real time. AI raises the price when demand rises and reduces the price when the opposite happens.

But this gets better. AI with GPU technology from companies like Nvidia installed in a camera can now help identify moving objects and take an action. This allows for warehouse & distribution organizations that use AI to be notified when a product is low on a shelf. But it also allows the organization to do real time inventory counts and replacement inventory just at the right time. This allows for massive productivity and profitability improvements for companies leveraging AI.

But, there’s more.

Kiva — a robotics company that automated picking and packing was acquired by Amazon — enables Amazon’s “Click-to-Ship” cycle time, which ranged from 60-75 minutes with humans, to drop to 15 minutes while inventory capacity increased by 50%. As a result, Amazon’s operating costs fell an estimate of 20%; providing a reported ROI of 40%.

Netflix uses artificial intelligence to determine what its members want to watch in less than 90 seconds. The AI quickly analyzes which content has been viewed the most in a certain geography and analyzes the viewers behavior to instantly predict shows that the user will more likely want to watch. As a result, the organization has dramatically reduced cancelled subscriptions which would have cost $1 billion in billings.

Uber, Netflix, Amazon, and fast-moving companies everywhere are leveraging artificial intelligence technologies instead of humans to run various tasks and departments. Studies after studies consistently show companies leveraging AI are growing 20-30% faster than businesses run by humans.

What is Rewriting the human story about? This thought-leadership road event has been put together by 8 Billion Acts of Innovation (a venture capital organization that invests in AI), Deloitte, BD2i & Data Centre Dynamics (DCD, the global digital infrastructure transformation conference organization) to showcase new and proven artificial intelligence technologies and business models in Toronto, December 14, 2017; New York (May 2), San Francisco (June 26) and Mexico City (in October 3rd – TBD).

Participants have an opportunity to attend one or all of the events at various cities.

Each event will have 80-100 senior enterprise executive delegates (all C-level) from different industry sectors with a direct interest in AI.

The program is designed specifically for executives who want to participate in a program where they can meet with their peers from different industries and in different parts of the world.

It’s an opportunity to meet CEOs of various AI companies that are developing disruptive business models, an opportunity to meet peers from the same or different industries from different parts of the world in places like New York, Mexico City and San Francisco.

Why Attend?

  1. Access new ideas, proven (exponential) business models & technologies that link to your KPIs via connecting & networking with exponential AI companies.
  2. Accelerate getting access to actionable strategies & resources to help you implement exponential technologies & reduce and/or eliminate the risks associated to implementing the wrong AI technology, hiring the wrong resource or adopting the wrong business models via having an opportunity to get 1:1 coaching from industry peers & consulting with thought leadership resources in how to lever AI technologies and business models.
  3. Travel to some of the world’s leading centers in artificial intelligence and financial sectors: Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Mexico City.

For executives coming with their teams, you have an opportunity have a customized / facilitated workshop with your team and stakeholders at the end of each section.


Logistics: All events start at 11:30 am and conclude by 5:00 pm

Who are the speakers?

Our speakers are futurists, and executives from various enterprise & Artificial Intelligence companies.

Hadid Huque

Terry Stuart
Chief Innovation Officer – Deloitte

Terry Donnelly
Hillstreet Beverage

Heather Tulk
Carlor Growth Strategies

Faramarz Farhoodi
CEO Sapientshopping

Barrie Kirk
Executive Director
Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

Dennie Theodore
Strategy, Communications & Change, TD Bank

Tracy Fleming
Senior Technologist
CTO – Architecture Innovation, AVAYA

AJ Byers
Root Data Center

Terry Johnson

Bradley Arsenault
Electric Brain

Kim Parnell

Khalid Al-Kofahi
VP, Research and Development
Thomson Reuters

Taimour Zaman
Host, Partner
8 Billion Acts of Innovation

Event & Venue:

Toronto, December 14, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto,
ON M5V 2W6, Canada

New York, May 2, 2018

New York Marriott Marquis, New York
535 Broadway, New York,
NY 10036, USA

San Francisco, June 26, 2018

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street, San Francisco,
CA, United States

Mexico City ( October 3, 2018 – TBD)

Details coming soon

Please come back for updates.

Event Schedule



11:00am – 11:30am

Introduction on why we are here & how AI is changing every organization and rewiring the human story.

11:30am – 12:00pm

Keynote Speaker (Nvidia): Here comes the future… How hybrid organizations (artificial intelligence working with humans) are changing your industry & your career?

Where are the opportunities for new growth and what will be the cost of late adoption?

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Keynote Speaker (Terry Stuart from Deloitte)
Why AI is important to companies? Where are the opportunities? Where are the risks?

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Panel Discussion (moderated by Heather Tulk) with enterprise customers – The Era of Artificial Intelligence

  • Why is it important for Executives to be thinking about AI right now?
  • What are major impacts you foresee from AI in your business? What areas of AI are likely to bring the most benefit?
  • How do you identify the best opportunities to use AI in your business?
  • How do you justify the investment and the timing of the investment?
  • Who within the organization will need to be engaged in AI implementations and why?
  • What challenges will you need to overcome?
  • What new questions will you need to ask?

Q&A from audience

1:30pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Panel Discussion (moderated by Bernard Lebelle from Deloitte) with AI CEOs who have proven concepts/technologies – The Era of Artificial Intelligence

  • How do you look at AI differently?
  • What do you is the art of what’s possible?
  • Why Now? How are you helping clients write the business case?
  • Who needs to get engaged and why?
  • What new questions is the enterprise customer asking and why?

Q&A from audience

3:30pm – 3:35pm


3:35pm – 4:15pm

Breakout roundtables:

  • What needs to be true in my company to start an AI project?
  • What is something you don’t feel AI will ever be able to do for us? (personal/professional)
  • What are the fears in my organization that prevented AI projects?
  • What’s already true that I could leverage to start an AI initiative?
  • Does AI implementation require a different approach to change management?
  • What new jobs in your organization might be created once AI is implemented?

Participants are invited to the panel to discuss their findings & results

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Introduction to Mind the Gap – An AI platform to instantly increase your ability to engage your internal and external customers. The artificial intelligence understands who your internal/external customer is and then reads your content (email, blogs, sales letters, internal businesses cases, proposals, website, social media, etc.) & improves the content you are producing so that you can instantly achieve a much higher conversion.