Mastering AI for Good

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Talk 1 - Using AI to reduce food waste
Florian Goebels

Talk 2 - AI for social good: AI solutions in the disability market
Eyra Abraham

Get Moving with Matthew Sookdeo
(Director of Health and Wellness - Pure Fitness Canada)

Talk 3 - Mastering AI Strategy
Brian Lenahan


Talk 1 - Using AI to reduce food waste - Florian Goebels

As Canadians, we waste every day a total of 2.4M potatoes, 1.2M tomatoes, 1.2M apples, and many more. More than half of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted. This totals to an equivalent to 9.8 million tons of CO2 or 2.1 million cars on the road (~10% of cars in Canada).

How can we leverage current AI technologies to tackle this problem? Here I suggest an IoT solution to retrofit existing fridges to smart fridges. I combine image recognition and sensors to conveniently track food waste and consumption. It will support calculating CO2 impact based on each individual’s food consumption, encouraging users to change their consumption lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly while saving them money.

Bio: Florian has more than 7 years of experience in Data science. In 2014 he received his Ph.D. in Computer science from the Technical University of Munich, after which he joined the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow. During Florian’s academic career his focus was on developing and implementing top-notch custom machine learning solution.

Prior to joining BMO Florian worked as a researcher at LoyaltyOne’s innovation lab where he investigates novel applications of deep learning on Canada’s largest retail dataset with the goal to improve your shopping experience.

Florian’s goal as a member of BMO’s Data Cognition Team is to use his acquired ML expertise to deliver the best possible machine learning solution to your specific problem.

In his free time, Florian actively participates in the Toronto AI environment and he explores new ML technologies and their applications.


Talk 2 - AI for social good: AI solutions in the disability market - Eyra Abraham

We often hear news and stories of where AI has gone wrong. However, AI is positively changing the landscape of adaptive and assistive technologies for people living with disabilities. This presentation will highlight the latest successes and positive impact brought by new emerging, innovative technology using AI.

Bio: Eyra Abraham is the founder of Lisnen, a startup changing the landscape of adaptive technologies for people living with a hearing loss using the latest in AI technologies. Lisnen is developing a mobile app that connects people with a hearing loss to the hearing world. Using vibrating and flashing alert notifications, Lisnen brings attention to critical sounds such as siren and fire alarm in any environment right from a smartphone. The goal is to bridge the gap between the hearing world and those with a hearing loss allowing the Deaf/Hard of Hearing to gain independence and security anywhere they are.


Talk 3 - Mastering AI Strategy

Brian will share 3 case studies to illustrate companies that have been successful at developing a robust artificial intelligence strategy, and how you can incorporate these strategies in your own business. Brian's humorous approach to business and technology keeps audiences engaged and invigorated about AI and its future potential.

Bio: Brian Lenahan, the author of the Amazon bestseller "Artificial Intelligence: Foundations for Business Leaders and Consultants", MIT AI program graduate and former bank executive, consults to diverse organizations on developing and implementing artificial intelligence strategies. For more information check out his website at