Artificial intelligence has great potential to help address today’s energy challenges.

Given Alberta’s world-class know-how in energy and the emerging field of artificial intelligence, the EFL, with the support of the Royal Bank of Canada, and our other partners, has launched an initiative to explore the following question:

How can artificial intelligence and machine learning accelerate Alberta’s transition to the energy system the future requires?

To begin to answer this question we are hosting a workshop in Calgary on September 25, 2018 for those interested in learning and exploring how to harness the potential of AI to address some of the big challenges related to energy, climate, and environment in Alberta.

Promising areas include harnessing AI to realize:

Increased productivity and
process improvements

Smart cities and homes

Distributed smart grids

This interactive and dynamic workshop will provide insights and experiences from seasoned AI innovators and practitioners, as well as a space for dialogue and experimentation. Following the workshop, a report summarizing the key insights and ideas will be produced.

Agenda (subject to change):

8:30 Coffee and Breakfast
9:00 Welcome
9:30 The Energy Futures Lab – The Energy System the Future Requires of Us
10:00 Inspiring AI Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges (panel and discussion)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 AI in Depth: Real World Application to Energy and Climate (breakouts)
2:30 Solving Real World Challenges (working groups)
4:00 Wrap-up


Jesse Toor

Jesse is Manager of Technology Innovation and Foresight with the Department of Energy. He holds a B.Sc. in Cell Biotechnology and a MBA with specialization in Natural Resources, Energy and Environment. Jesse’s primary research interests are energy systems-level analysis, particularly the application of lifecycle assessment tools in policy development and regulation. Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Jesse worked for the University of Alberta’s Centre for Advanced Business Research in Energy, World Health Organization, and Institute for Biomolecular Design, and for a local technology start-up in Edmonton’s Research Park. His strength is combining analytical and creative thinking in developing solutions.

Georges Paul Leroux

Georges Paul Leroux, BSc, MASc, LAIC, CD, is SVP Strategy for BluWave-ai, and in this role, Paul leads BluWave-ai’s engagement with customers. Paul has a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence, a B.Sc. in Physics, and a Master’s Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. For more than 30 years, he has been involved in the specification, design, development and operation of complex information technology for large and small companies. Previously, he was Deloitte’s Canadian Leader for Cleantech and he is on the Alberta Cleantech Industry Alliance board of directors. Paul has led or helped found five startups before BluWave-ai, and was responsible for two large scale successful exits worth over $200M in each case. Paul is also a retired Army Officer and a veteran of service in the Canadian Army.

The workshop is invitation only with limited space for 60 participants. For more information or to request an invitation, please contact Pong Leung at or Nagwan Al-Guneid at



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