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 Energy Futures Lab, with the support of the RBC Foundation, JWN Energy, SAIT, and Spartan Controls is hosting a workshop to explore the following question:

How can artificial intelligence enable Alberta to thrive
in a competitive, low-carbon world?

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 Energy, Climate and AI: Perspectives on Opportunities and Barriers (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)
4:30 Wrap-up


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.

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.

Judy Fairburn, PEng, MBA, FCAE

Ms. Fairburn is a champion for Canadian innovation, proudly serving on the boards of Calgary Economic Development, Tundra Oil & Gas, Veerum Inc, Public Policy Forum and Sustainable Development Technology Canada as well as a member of the federal “Resources of the Future” Economic Strategy Table. She has forged a career at the leading edge of collaborative innovation as a senior energy executive (recently as Chief Digital Officer and EVP Business Innovation), co-founder of Evok Innovations and as a co-founder and inaugural Chair of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). She also led substantial change as the first Board Chair of the consolidated Alberta Innovates, the agency of the Alberta government that funds, advises and provides scale-up support to innovators across the health, energy, agriculture, forestry and digital sectors.

Mong Dang

Mong is Manager of Advanced Analytics with Suncor Energy. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering and Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Mong leads a team of data scientists, data engineers, and industry stream specialists in the passion and focus of innovating with data. Experienced in image and video advanced analytics, predictive modeling, signal processing, data visualization, and machine learning, she has provided data analytics solutions for large to small-sized companies and built strategic and implementation services in technology across the globe with clients served in energy & resources, manufacturing, health care, consumer business, real estate, and public sector. Mong also sits in the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics working group with COSIA.

Nav Dhunay

Named a “Game Changer” by Oil and Gas Magazine, Nav is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, and technology visionary. He’s currently the CEO and co-founder of Imaginea.Ai, a Calgary-based company with the bold mission to create an Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem focused on solving the world’s biggest problems. Prior to founding Ambyint Inc., Nav founded three successful technology startups, including CanFlix – a technology designed to form the basis of the globally-recognized Netflix and NavNet, giving users the ability to control lights, music, and thermostats rely from a mobile device. Nav maintains a deep-seated passion for fostering team innovation within his companies where experimentation is encouraged, and collaboration made a cornerstone of company success.

This workshop is made possible with the support of the RBC Foundation, JWN Energy, Spartan Controls and SAIT.

The workshop is invitation only with limited space for 60 participants. The participants will be a mix: 1/3 AI innovators; 1/3 “receptors” i.e. energy/utilities companies; and 1/3 “enablers” i.e. academia, government, finance, and advisory services. For more information or to request an invitation, please contact Pong Leung at or Nagwan Al-Guneid at


*Funds provided by RBC Foundation


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