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Separating hype from reality in AI

Jun 4, 2019 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Scotiabank Centre, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto

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A recent McKinsey survey suggests that AI adoption could raise global GDP by as much as $13 trillion by 2030, the biggest global economic growth driver and business opportunity of our lifetime. But what are the real opportunities with AI? And how can you start benefiting from them today?

Join us as Steve Irvine, founder and CEO of, one of the fastest-growing global AI companies, cuts through the hype of AI into the underlying trends behind this movement. He’ll also discuss ways to take advantage of those trends to gain an unfair advantage in our competitive market.

Drawing from his experience with and as advisor to the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Irvine will inspire you with the art of the possible. He’ll share insights into how we got here, where the world of AI is going in the future, and the impact on financial services.

This event is the Scotiabank Speakers Series in Digital Transformation in Banking.


$50 (plus HST)


Scotiabank Speakers Series in Digital Transformation in Banking

5:30-6 p.m. Registration and reception
6-7 p.m. Presentation from Steve Irvine, CEO & Founder of, on opportunities in AI
7-7:30 p.m. Q&A

Location: Scotiabank Centre, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto

Topics You Will Explore

  • Trends behind the AI movement
  • The future of AI
  • AI's impact on financial services

About the Speaker

Steve Irvine

Steve Irvine, CEO & Founder of
Prior to founding, Steve Irvine was the global head of partnership programs for Facebook and Instagram. While there, he also held other senior leadership roles, including leading a global strategy team and helping to build Facebook's presence in Canada as an early member of the Facebook Canada leadership team. Before joining Facebook, Irvine was the founder and CEO of two innovative marketing technology companies. He is currently a board member of Aviva Canada and Polar, and an advisor for the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a global leading AI research institute based in Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.

About the Moderator

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson, Editor, Ivey Business Journal (IBJ)
Thomas Watson (Twitter:@NotSocrates) is a management consultant and award-winning journalist who regularly contributes to Canada’s leading business publications. In 2013, he was recruited by the Ivey Business School to transform IBJ, which launched in 1933, into a digital hub for management-related thought leadership. He also works with Ivey’s leadership institute and consults on select executive programs and MBA case writing projects. As a guest lecturer, Watson shares his experience as a financial-sector whistleblower during the dot-com boom, which led to a long investigative reporting career with Canadian Business magazine, where his work was repeatedly recognized for excellence by the National Media Awards Foundation.

About the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab

The Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School is funded by a generous $3-million donation from Scotiabank. The goal of the Digital Banking Lab is to provide research, education, and outreach on digital disruption and FinTech innovation. Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Vergne is Director of the Digital Banking Lab.