Marc-Antoine is professor of philosophy at the Université de Montréal, associate member of Mila, and holds the CIFAR Chair in AI ethics (he held the Canada Research Chair in Public Ethics and Political Theory 2014-2019, SHRCC). Since 2013, he has been Director of Ethics and Politics at the Centre de recherche en éthique (Center for Ethics, Montréal). He specialized in theories of democracy and social justice, as well as in questions of applied ethics. His current research focuses on the ethical and social impacts of AI and issues of governance and institutional design, with a particular focus on how new technologies are changing public relations and political structures. In 2017, he instigated the project of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI, and chaired its scientific committee.
Marc-Antoine Dilhac is co-director of Deliberation at the Observatory on the social impacts of AI and digital technologies (OBVIA). He sits on the AI Advisory Council of the Government of Canada.
He holds a PhD in political philosophy from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and was awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (SHRCC).
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Alexis is currently completing his Master’s thesis in philosophy at the University of Montreal, for which he is the recipient of an excellence scholarship for projects that join the Montreal Declaration and the responsible development of AI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy/sociology from the University of Montreal, and he also holds a certificate in higher education pedagogy from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Passionate about social justice issues, his research aims to conceptualize algorithmic performativity, a theoretical tool allowing a better understanding of the unfair effects of algorithms. By proving that a performative force emerges from the repetition and accumulation of algorithmic decisions, it would become possible to manipulate it so that it participates positively in achieving greater social justice. The questions of identity construction, representation and inclusion guide her work, which is fundamentally in line with the spirit of the Montreal Declaration.
Emanuel Lemus-Monge completed a bachelor’s degree in business engineering at the Louvain’s School of Management in Mons, Belgium. He’s currently finishing his MSc degree in Data Science at HEC Montréal, Canada. Both his master thesis and recent involvement on the “AI & Sustainable Finance” project for Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation (M.E.I) focuses on textual analysis of financial disclosures using deep learning techniques.
With the help of his colleagues at Fin-ML an investing tool analyzing transition plans to net-zero in under development. While his work with Algora lab investigates the ethical boundaries of the ESG ecosystem and existing tools, to make sure sustainable investing will be a vector of positive societal change for the future.”
Lucia Flores Echaiz
AI Ethics Researcher
Lucia holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Minor in Philosophy. She is currently completing aMaster’s degree in Law and Society at Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research explores how AI systems can lead to discrimination of vulnerable populations and how Canadian constitutional law responds to this issue.
Her academic path is marked by a continuous social involvement in various projects related to human rights protection, which earned her the Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré scholarship and the Natasha Binsse-Masse award. She also has experience in domestic violence intervention at a women’s shelter.
In 2019, Lucia had the opportunity to conduct research at UNESCO regarding AI ethics (especially on AI and human rights as well as AI and gender), which concluded in the co-authorship of the Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies: a ROAM perspective publication. Her research interests include AI ethics, continental philosophy of technology, theories of discrimination, as well as feminist and decolonial perspectives. She wishes to bring her theoretical expertise and social justice dedication to different projects at Algora.
AI Ethics Researcher
Patricia is a PhD student in AI ethics at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Professor M. Dilhac and her thesis focuses on the moral training of AI systems through the framework of virtue ethics. She is a researcher at Algora Lab, where she works on various projects such as the “AI and sustainable finance” project, a partnership between Algora Lab, CIRANO and Fin-ML. His research focuses on the impact of AI on carbon footprint measurement and reporting, in the context of sustainable finance.
Patricia is also an ethical AI journalist for CScience IA. CScience IA is the media 100% dedicated to Artificial Intelligence in Quebec. Through her entrepreneurial spirit and her constant creativity, she participated in the development and marketing of numerous software. His activities and interpersonal skills had enabled him to develop a solid business network that led to several contracts or partnerships. She is passionate about the UN SDGs and has a particular focus on SDG16: peace and justice. Patricia Gautrin is President of NAPSE Intelligence and seeks to prototype an ethical AI certification aligned with this Sustainable Development Goal 16.
Patricia Gautrin is also an author in AI ethics. His recent book is: PAUSE Why AI Needs Ethics. A book that examines the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence, as well as the need for ethics in AI. Patricia Gautrin lays out her case in a way that is accessible to entrepreneurs, professors, executives, researchers and any member of society interested in understanding the challenges posed by artificial intelligence and taking the best possible steps to implement it. square.
AI Ethics Researcher
Passionate about the issues of representation, participation and deliberation, her role is to develop deliberative workshops between different stakeholders on the algorithmic society or algodemocracy. She was a member of the steering committee of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI, an ethical framework for inclusive, fair and responsible AI deployment. She organized numerous deliberative workshops in Montreal in marginalized communities.
She holds a double bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a master’s degree in political and moral philosophy from University of Montreal. In her research, she is interested in the gender issue within the AI and has notably worked on her master’s thesis on the ethical issues of sexual robotics from a feminist critical perspective. Very concerned about the issues of representation of women and minorities, she chaired for two years the Sofépum (Societies Feminism and Philosophies of University of Montreal), a committee aimed at the inclusion of women and minorities in the academic life of the philosophy department.
More recently, she has been working on the concept of vulnerability in the field of AI and particularly on the issue of the relationship between humans and AI.
Doctoral Student, Mila
Vincent Mai is a Ph.D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence at Mila. His research focuses on the application of AI techniques in robotics. As part of the Algora team, he hopes that his technical knowledge in AI can contribute to the lab’s mission.
He has always been interested in how technologies impact society. He believes in the benefits of education and deliberation about AI and its uses.
He had the opportunity to take part in the development of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI, from the deliberations to the redaction of the report. He has also been involved in several other projects, such as a robotics summer school in Ghana or a student thinking group about the use of AI at the workplace.
He holds a Masters degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an engineering degree from Polytechnique Montreal.
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Postdoctoral fellow, Senior Analyst
Carl is currently postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal and Mila, and has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA).
He is a lecturer and adjunct professor at UQÀM (Montréal, Canada). His research is oriented towards the creation of AI Ethics Tools. His objective is to contribute to the concrete application of high-level ethical principles by developing lists of standards in high-risk areas (Health, Finance).
In general, he is interested in the responsible development of technologies in society, health care and psychology. He co-created canadaprotocol.com, an open access tool for AI developers working in Mental Health. He is also working on the ethical evaluation of free mobile applications and on the concept of moral competence in AI. Finally, he is leading “Reach Me” an m-health project to improve pregnant women’s access to prenatal services, using text messaging.
He holds a M.Psy. (ICP, France), and a Ph.D. in Psychology (UQÀM, Canada). Since October 2019, he is actively involved in the organisation of the AI Civic Forum.
Assistant Professor, HEC Montreal
Golnoosh obtained her PhD from KU Leuven and UGent in 2017. During her PhD, she addressed several problems in user modeling by applying and developing statistical machine learning algorithms. She later joined the LINQS group of Lise Getoor at UC Santa Cruz, to continue her work on learning and inference in relational domains. She is currently a post-doctoral IVADO fellow at UdeM and Mila, working with professor Simon Lacoste-Julien and professor Michel Gendreau on fairness-aware AI. She will be joining the decision sciences department at HEC Montréal as an assistant professor this Fall.
She has been a visiting scholar at multiple institutes such as UCLA, University of Washington, Tacoma, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft Research, Redmond. She has had successful collaborations that are reflected in her several publications in international conferences and journals. She has also received two paper awards for her work on statistical relational learning frameworks. She has been an invited speaker and a lecturer in multiple venues and the scientific director of IVADO/Mila “Bias and Discrimination in AI” online course.
Jean-Christophe is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) under the supervision of Daniel Weinstock and Marc-Antoine Dilhac. He is also Visiting Researcher at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
Bioethicist by training, his research lies at the interface of health policies, citizen and patient engagement in research and health governance, as well as business practices. His professional experience, working for both the pharmaceutical industry and the government, provided him with an insider’s understanding of the ethical, policy and social dimensions of health technology development and assessment.
Jean-Christophe uses both empirical and conceptual bioethics methodologies. As part of his research, he makes recommendations on the appropriate management and resolution of ethical issues for health regulators and industry decision-makers.
Starting January 2021, he will be Assistant Professor in Health Ethics at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Simon Fraser University.
Jihane Lamouri is a higher education professional with over 10 years of experience in the international development and diversity and inclusion sectors. She is passionate about research and science management, student success, inclusion and social justice.
As a gender-responsive education planner within IIEP-UNESCO Dakar, she supports Member States in the development, implementation and monitoring of gender-responsive, inclusive and inclusive education policies and programs. fair. Previously, she led diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at IVADO, a consortium that brings together more than 1,000 scientists and 70 industrial partners to facilitate the emergence of cutting-edge expertise in artificial intelligence.
At the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, she was mainly responsible for the integration of gender equality and inclusion in a network of 6 African centers of excellence and the coordination of an international scholarship program with Canadian universities. Previously, project manager at Laval University, where she initiated and developed the first intensive and international training seminars of the Chair in International Development.
Her career aspirations are to create positive learning and working environments for the benefit of students and institutions in Canada and abroad. Expertise: project management (international education/development), student advising, academic partnerships and collaborations, diversity, gender, equity and inclusion, policy development, research.
Professor of mathematics and statistics, UdeM
An active member of the Montreal AI community involved in various collaborative initiatives linking up technical data science teams with product owners/managers in order to create a coherent AI transformation strategy.
During his tenure as Chief AI Scientist at National Bank of Canada he oversaw the scientific component of the AI transformation initiative of the sixth largest commercial bank in Canada.
As a researcher affiliated at OBVIA, he is also involved in the ongoing worldwide discussion around AI Ethics the commitment with responsible AI deployments. Currently working on the impact of AI in measuring and reporting ESG footprint in the context of sustainable finance.
He continues to conduct collaborative research and teaching activities at the University of Montreal where he is the director of the FinML network, whose mandate is to train the next AI-enabled generation of finance and banking professionals. He is also the Partnerships Deputy Director at the Centre de Recherche Mathématiques – CRM in Montreal where he strives to build bridges between the industry sector and the mathematical community in the province of Quebec.
He is also a Core Advisor for The PathCheck Foundation, a non-for profit out of MIT that develops and deploys technological solutions for COVID-19 spread mitigation strategies like exposure notification and, testing and vaccine logistics.
Active member of the FinTech community in Montreal where he plays different roles as advisor and founder.
Postdoctoral researcher at Mila
Sasha Luccioni is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on AI for Humanity initiatives at Université de Montréal and Mila, under the supervision of Yoshua Bengio. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Computing from UQÀM in 2018 and spent two years working in Machine Learning, specifically in applying Deep Learning and NLP to different industrial applications. She is highly involved in community initiatives, serving on the Research and Policy Committee of Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and as the Content Chair of Climate Change AI (CCAI).
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Researcher in AI Governance
Camylle is a Researcher in AI Governance at Algora Lab. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University, and has a Bachelor’s in Honours Philosophy from McGill University. She also has extensive experience working and volunteering in the environment and waste management sector at the municipal level. As a budding researcher, Camylle’s current research interests lie at the intersections of AI and policy as well as politics.
Sociologist of science and technology, Didier Fayon is working on a thesis on the social representation of AI among researchers. He is a lecturer, research assistant, teaching assistant, financial analyst, budget analyst and business process analyst.
Fatima Gabriela Salazar Gomez
Knowledge Mobilization Officer | Citizen Mobilization Manager | EDI Manager
Fatima has a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is pursuing a master’s degree in research-creation in the department of communication at the University of Montreal. She is particularly interested in her thesis about the issues of representation of people of colors and community art as a form of citizen participation.
Since 2019, she has been working as a consultant for the MTElles project which aims at the equal participation of women in municipality and community life. Her participation in the project allowed her to acquire a better knowledge of the systems of governance and citizen participation within the city of Montreal. In particular, she participated in the evaluation and development of inclusive and intercultural practices for various boroughs.
As an anti-racist and decolonial feminist activist, she has at heart the issues of representation and inclusion of BIPOC, especially women. In 2019, she initiated and coordinated a citizen contribution activity with the research team ERASME. Bringing together thirty citizens, practitioners and researchers, the project took part of the public consultation on racism and systemic discrimination in the City of Montreal.
Within the AI Civic Forum project, she hopes to put to good use her expertise on citizen participation, social inclusion and social issues relating to people of colors.
Gabrielle is a master’s candidate in bioethics at the University of Montreal. His main interests are the ethics of artificial intelligence and digital ethics. With an entrepreneurial spirit, it is under the direction of Bryn Williams-Jones that she seeks to operationalize the Montreal Declaration for responsible AI in an entrepreneurial context.
She is particularly interested in the flourishing environment of startups – many in Montreal – and challenges herself to inculcate a culture of ethics in this effervescent environment. It is also thanks to her involvement with Inven_T that she strives to nurture this passion for the technological ecosystem. Raised by two teachers, she has education at heart, and makes knowledge transfer, public communication and the promotion of digital literacy her priorities in her professional and academic endeavors.
Marie Zumstein is a doctoral candidate in law, option innovation, science and technology at the University of Montreal. His research focuses on the creation of a new legal category with respect to the most developed AIs with the aim of protecting human rights while encouraging innovation. She is also interested in ethics and the place of the population in the processes of deliberation and regulation of new technologies, particularly in connection with the notions of trust and ethical social acceptability of AI.
Marie holds a degree in international and European law from the University of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She then studied for a minor in anthropology and obtained a certificate of international cooperation at the University of Montreal in order to broaden her reflections in a multidisciplinary perspective and not be confined to the legal field alone. Returning to law in the second cycle, his reflections lead him to think about AI, the place to be given to it within society, and its links with the human person and society. An interest that only grew and that pushed him to continue his reflections in this direction in the doctorate.
Algora Lab Web Communication Manager
Concerned about the craze around artificial intelligence in every industries and its misuse as a keyword in business marketing, Quentin was immediately interested in being part of the team at Algora Lab.
Graduated in Information Technology Engineering, he is specialized in Transport / Internet / Videos technologies. He currently works as a project manager in telecommunications engineering at Videotron.
His education at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), included an introduction to deep learning with tools like Anaconda, Google Collab using the Python language. Quentin has worked with libraries such as Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib, SciPy and TensorFlow.