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About the AI Forum

November 18-20, 2020 Emilia-Romagna is the featured territory of our 2020 edition.
Overview of the Region : click here

Event under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscapes in Italy and Québec are certainly rich with potential synergies and opportunities for collaborations, technology transfers and research projects. After the success of the first edition of the Canada-Italy Business Forum on Artificial Intelligence, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (ICCC) strongly believes that this is the ideal time to bring together once again Canadian and Italian AI stakeholders, universities, research centers, SMEs, start-ups, and large companies, along with expert speakers and panelists during the second edition of the Business Forum which will be taking place from November 18th to 20th, in a digital format.


Promote structured exchanges of information and know-how between policy makers from both countries;

Encourage the development of partnerships and networks between applied research centers, facilitate technology transfer pathways and optimize the promotion of research results.

Organize targeted business meetings


This second edition of the Canada-Italy Business Forum on AI will take place digitally over 3 half-days from November 18th to the 20th and will feature virtual events designed to best meet the needs of participants including:
– Web conferences
– Industry-specific digital workshops
– Virtual targeted meetings


The Contribution of AI to the “New Normal”
Was COVID-19 an accelerator of innovation and new technological advancements? How can Big Data and AI facilitate and support: health care, public and private mobility, logistics and industry 4.0? How to develop new sustainable opportunities in a time of change? What are the opportunities for integration and exchange between the Italian and Canadian markets and innovation ecosystems?

confirmed speakers, panelists and testimonials

Andrea Bardi - General Manager, Institute for Transport and Logistics Foundation

Sanzio Bassini - Director Supercomputing Applications and Innovation Department, CINECA

Patrizio Bianchi, Scientific Director, IFAB

Massimo Bocchi - Co-founder and CEO, CellPly

Simone Calderara - Associate Professor of Machine and Deep Learning, UNIMORE

Michele Caggiano - Managing Director, FEV

Stefano Cattorini - General Director, BI-REX

Andrea Cavalli - Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Bologna

Silvia Costantini - Consul General of Italy in Montreal

Giacomo Copani - Cluster Manager, AFIL

Rita Cucchiara - Full Professor at UNIMORE and Director of National Laboratory AIIS (CINI)

Ivano Di Santo - CIO, Trieste Port Authority

Manlio Di Stefano - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Sergio Dompé - Vice President, Assolombarda Life Sciences

Alessandro Ferri - Managing Director, Advice Pharma Group

Marco Foracchia - Chief Information Officer, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale IRCCS, Reggio Emilia

Fabio Galbusera - Director, LABS, IRCCS Galeazzi

Pietro Leo - IBM Italy

Marco Lovera - Professor, Politecnico di Milano

Michela Milano - Full Professor, DISI Institute

Ilaria Re - Head of Project Management, Lombardy Green Chemistry Association

Ettore Rizzo - Co-founder, enGenome

Matteo Roffilli - CEO, Bioretics

Daniele Rossi - President, Ravenna Port Authority

Fabrizio Sala - Vice President, Lombardy Region

Paola Salomoni - Regional Minister for Education, University, Research and Digital Agenda, Emilia-Romagna Region

Maurizio Sobrero - University of Bologna - Bologna Business School

Giacomo Soprani - Laboratory Coordinator, Redox Progetti

Claudio Taffuri - Ambassador of Italy in Canada

Gianluca Vannucci - Director of Technological Infrastructures Department, City of Florence

Marco Vianello - International Projects Manager, InfoCamere

Matteo Zanchi - Founding Partner and Managing Director, ENERSEM

Antonio Zoccoli - Vice President, Big Data Association

Serge Auclair - Vice President, Strategy, Human Resources & Digitalization, Montreal Port Authority

Benoit Balmana - CEO, IVÉO

Bastien Beauchamp - CEO, !important

Frank Béraud - Chief Executive Officer, Montréal InVivo

Marc Bibeau - President and CEO, OEC Group

Cedric Bisson - Teralys Capital

Hubert Bolduc - President, Investissement Québec International

Julien Bourque - Director, Strategic Initiatives, Investissement Quebec

Alexandra Bugailiskis - Ambassador of Canada to Italy

Mathieu Charbonneau - General manager, CargoM

Enrico Davide Cremonese - Ivado Labs

Dr Alexandra Dawson - Associate Professor, JMSB

Marc-Antoine Ducas - Co-founder and CEO, Netlift

Dr. Sheldon Elman - Executive Chairman, Carebook

Michael Fratianni - President and CEO, Montreal Gateway Terminals

François Gingras - Director, Investissement Québec – CRIQ

John Kildea - CTO and co-founder of Opal Med Apps Inc.; Co-lead of the Opal Health Informatics research group at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Françoys Labonté - Chief Executive Officer, CRIM

Alexandre Lagarde - Vice-President, Foreign Investment, Montréal International

Alexandre Le Bouthillier - Co-Founder & Chief Corporate Officer, Imagia

David Lederhendler - Director, IVADO Labs

Éric Marquis - Assistant Deputy Minister for Bilateral Relations, Québec Department of International Relations

Dr. Vincent Mooser - Canada Excellence Research Chair in Genomic Medicine, McGill University

Mona Moudallal - Coordinator, Marketing and Industry 4.0, Quebec Ministry of the Economy and Innovation

Jacques Rajotte - Executive Director, International Center of Expertise of Montreal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Mark Anthony Serri - Managing Director, Mid-Market Mergers & Acquisitions, Royal Bank of Canada

Marianna Simeone - Quebec Delegate to Italy

Burkhard D. Sommer - Deputy Head, Maritime Competence Center, PwC

Dr. Mike Tyers - Principal Investigator, Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

Annie Veillet - Partner, AI and Automation, PwC Canada

Carmine Zanni - Manufacturing Advisor, STIQ


November 18, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am (EDT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CET)

Opening web conference: Emerging Policies and Trends

Emcee : Ida Teoli

Opening remarks

  • Mark Anthony Serri, Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank, Vice President, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada
  • Éric Marquis, Quebec Department of International Relations
  • Manlio Di Stefano, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • Alexandra Bugailiskis, Canadian Ambassador in Italy
  • Claudio Taffuri, Italian Ambassador in Canada
  • Paola Salomoni, Regional Minister, Responsible for Education, Universities, Research and Digitalization, Emilia Romagna region
  • Fabrizio Sala, Vice President, Lombardy region 


  • Sergio Dompé, Dompé Pharmaceuticals, Assolombarda Life Sciences

Panel Discussion

Moderator : Françoys Labonté, CRIM

  • Prof. Rita Cucchiara, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE)
    Italian strategy on AI and the needs that emerged from the new normal
  • Cedric Bisson, Partner, Teralys Capital. Co-chair Canada’s COVID-19 Therapeutics Task Force
  • Jacques Rajotte, Interim Executive Director, International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI)

10:30 am – 12:00 am (EDT) / 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (CET)

Digital workshop – Life Sciences

Facilitator : Frank Béraud, Montréal InVivo



  • Prof. Andrea Cavalli, University of Bologna | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Big Data and AI in Precision Medicine
  • Massimo Bocchi, CELLPLY | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Technologies for expediting the characterization of immunotherapeutics
  • Ettore Rizzo, ENGENOME ( | Lombardy Region
    Bioinformatics for Genomic Medicine: Development of software to analyze and interpret sequencing data


  • Dr. Vincent Mooser MD, Canada Research Excellence Chair in Genomic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Director of Québec’s COVID-19 Biobank
    Contribution of Large-Scale Genomics to Drug Discovery and Development
  • Dr. Mike Tyers, University of Montreal
    System Biology Applied to Drug Discovery


  • Maurizio Sobrero, Università di Bologna – Bologna Business School

November 19, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am (EDT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CET)

Digital Workshop – Healthcare

Facilitator : Cédric Bisson, Teralys Capital



  • Sanzio Bassini, CINECA | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Project Exscalate4Cov
  • Matteo Roffilli, CEO Bioretics | Emilia-Romagna Region
    The Brain Initiative

  • Marco Foracchia, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale IRCCS, Reggio Emilia | Emilia-Romagna Region
    The Emilia Romagna Healthcare information systems: a strategic approach for an open, integrated and standardized architecture to be used as a future platform for Big Data and large scale AI application
  • Fabio Galbusera, IRCCS Istituto ortopedico Galeazzi | Lombardy region
    Algorithm to interpret XRay Data
  • Alessandro Ferri, ADVICEPHARMA ( | Lombardy region
    Telemedicine and Biobanks


  • John Kildea, Opal Med Apps Inc, Opal Health Informatic Research Group, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center
    McGill patient portal focused on reporting patient-reported outcomes
  • Alexandre Le Bouthillier, Imagia
    Enabling hospitals, pharma, device or diagnostic companies access and utilize healthcare data while preserving data privacy
  • Dr. Sheldon Elman, Carebook
    Customer-centric digital products for pharmacies, insurance providers, governments, and other businesses


  • Maurizio Sobrero, Università di Bologna – Bologna Business School

9:00 am – 10:30 am (EDT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CET)

Digital Workshop – Logistics

Facilitator : Michael Fratianni, Montreal Gateway Terminal (MGT),



  • Daniele Rossi, Ravenna Port Authority and President, Association of Italian Port authorities | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Pre-Clearing custom solutions in the Port of Ravenna
  • Andrea Bardi, Transport and Logistics Institute Foundation | Emilia-Romagna Region                                    Technological innovation in intermodal freight transport 
  • Ivano Di Santo, CIO, Trieste Port Authority
    Custom Corridor and AI: the case study of the Port of Trieste  


  • Serge Auclair, Montreal Port Authority
    Case study – AI driven solution to fast track critical cargo
  • Mathieu Charbonneau, Cargo M
    Case study – AI driven solution to fast track critical cargo
  • David Lederhendler, IVADO Labs
    Case study – AI driven solution to fast track critical cargo
  • Marc Bibeau, OEC 
  • Annie Veillet, PwC
    Shipping Survey 2020 – Key takeaways and AI in transportation
  • Burkhard Sommer, PwC
    Shipping Survey 2020 – Key takeaways and AI in transportation  


  • Pietro Leo, IBM Italia

10:45 am – 12:15 pm (EDT) / 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm (CET)

Digital Workshop – Industry 4.0

Facilitator : Carmine Zanni, STIQ



  • Stefano Cattorini, Bi-REX | Emilia-Romagna Region
    AI Applications and Uses case in BI-REX Projects leveraging on our Pilot Plant
  • Prof. Simone Calderara, UNIMORE | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Machine learning on the understanding of human behavior
  • Prof.ssa Michela Milano, University of Bologna | Emilia-Romagna Region
    IoTwins Project

  • Giacomo Copani, Associazione Fabbrica Intelligente Lombardia | Lombardy Region
    AI for Manufacturing: strategic road mapping in the Lombardy Region
  • Matteo Zanchi, ENERSEM | Lombardy Region
    Energy efficiency in machine learning and AI for Industry 4.0
  • Ilaria Re, Lombardy Green Chemistry Association | Lombardy Region
    Smart collaboration at the highest level of efficiency for a green, sustainable and safer chemistry

Canada | Québec

  • François Gingras, CRIQ, Investissement Quebec
    Vitrine Technologique 4.0
  • Martin Masse, REAI
    Usine Bleue
  • Julien Bourque, Investissement Quebec
    Productivité Innovation Initiative
  • Mona Moudallal, Ministry of economy and innovation- Québec
    Digital transformation of companies


  • Pietro Leo, IBM Italia

10:45 am – 12:15 pm (EDT) / 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm (CET)

Digital Workshop – Smart Mobility

Facilitator : Alexandre Lagarde, Montréal International



  • Giacomo Soprani,  REDOX Progetti | Emilia-Romagna Region
    5G CAR Project
  • Michele Caggiano, FEV | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Artificial Intelligence & Predictive Driving:  Enablers of Bologna Smart City
  • Marco Lovera, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies | Lombardy Region
    Urban Air Mobility


  • Benoît Balmana, IVEO
    Innovation in small and medium cities context 
  • Bastien Beauchamp, ! Important
    Safety in smart cities
  • Marc-Antoine Ducas, Netlift
    The automobile: the future of public transit


  • Alexandra Dawson, John Molson School of Business

November 20, 2020

8:00 am – 11:30 am (EDT) / 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm (CET)

Business Matching – C2C, R2B, B2B


  • Structured exchange of information, benchmarking
  • Technology Transfer
  • Joint R&D
  • Incubation / Acceleration
  • Facilitate internationalization process (commercial, industrial)

9:00 am – 10:30 am (EDT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CET)

Closing Web Conference: Shared Development and Collaboration Strategies

Emcee : Ida Teoli


  • Hubert Bolduc, President, Investissement Québec International

Panel Discussion


  • Prof. Patrizio Bianchi, Scientific Director, International Foundation Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development (IFAB) | Emilia-Romagna Region
    Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development
  • Prof. Antonio Zoccoli, Big Data Association, Board of Directors Vice Chair, INFN Chair | Emilia-Romagna Region
  • Marco Vianello, Infocamere
    International Collaboration – the use of big data to support business decisions
  • Enrico D. Cremonese, Director of Product Management, Ivado Labs

Areas of Collaboration:

  • Marianna Simeone, Quebec’s delegate in Rome
  • Gianluca Vannuccini, Director of Technological Infrastructures Department, City of Florence
    Smart cities in the “new normal”, need for cooperation between urban areas- possibility of moving to Smart mobility

Wrap Up: What is the Future?

Key messages from the thematic workshops

  • Prof. Maurizio Sobrero, Università di Bologna – Bologna Business School
  • Prof. Alexandra Dawson, John Molson School of Business
  • Pietro Leo, IBM Italy

Closing remarks

  • Silvia Costantini, Consul General of Italy in Montreal
  • Danielle Virone, Executive Director, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada


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Opening web conference: Emerging Policies and Trends
Digital Workshop Life Sciences
Digital Workshop Healthcare
Digital Workshop Logistics
Digital Workshop – Smart Mobility
Closing Web Conference |