The second annual Forum on Artificial Intelligence opened today in Montreal via videoconference. The Forum is organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada and the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa, in partnership with the Government of Quebec, the Region of Emilia-Romagna, and the Region of Lombardy.
The opening session, with the participation of the Undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Manlio Di Stefano, the Minister for International Relations of Quebec, Eric Marquis, the Ambassador of Italy to Canada, Claudio Taffuri, the Ambassador of Canada to Italy, Alexandra Bugailiskis, the Vice President of the Region of Lombardy, Fabrizio Sala, and the Councillor for Education of the Region of Emilia-Romagna, Paola Salomoni, aims to deepen relations and identify concrete opportunities for cooperation between Italy and Canada in a sector of growing practical importance and in which both countries are making significant investment.
“Today, Artificial Intelligence is emerging as a new and powerful production factor, making a major and growing contribution to economic development” stressed Undersecretary Di Stefano. “There is enormous potential to strengthen cooperation between Italy and Canada in this important sector, as well as in sectors linked to health, life sciences, mobility, logistics, digitalization, industry 4.0, big data, cloud computing, renewables. These are all areas in which our companies excel and where they can build productive relationships. We must be ready for the future that awaits us, and be able to seize the development factor that AI represents for our companies, for the benefit of humanity. Increased cooperation with Canada can be an important step on this path.”
The Forum continues through Friday, and will provide opportunities for researchers and Italian and Canadian companies to share and exchange ideas on Artificial Intelligence and identify opportunities for new synergies.