• Oleena Mak

Episode 20: What’s new at Canada’s largest AI startup?

Updated: Mar 5

The Ask AI interview with Jean-François Gagné, CEO of Element AI


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Founded in 2016, Element AI started with the goal of supporting collaboration between decision makers and machines to ultimately help operationalize AI within large enterprises. In just four years, this Canadian-based AI-company has attracted global attention for its world-class AI research team and raised just over $250 million USD in funding.


With the hit of the global pandemic, organizations are now forced to accelerate their investments in artificial intelligence and digitalize their business with strong technological infrastructure. Luckily, Element AI is at the forefront of AI innovation in Canada to provide enterprises with the guidance needed to operationalize artificial intelligence while taking into consideration the governance and ethics of AI.


Tune into this episode of the Ask AI podcast and catch-up with Jean-François Gagné, CEO of Element AI, one of the World’s largest AI startups. We explore his thoughts on how COVID-19 has impacted the AI sector in terms of governance, privacy, and ethics. We also explore his perspective on the role of government in enabling artificial intelligence and machine learning innovation.


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Episode highlights

  • The latest update on Element AI and their product offerings such as Document Intelligence

  • How organizations can build a strong governance process to address data ethics

  • The role the government should take to widely support innovation in Canada

  • JF's perspective on developing a social contract to address trust and transparency in data

Episode links

Element AI Website

Element AI Twitter

JF Gagné on Linkedin

Global AI Talent Report 2020

JF Gagné Blog


Episode credits

Sponsors: Microsoft Canada and Cinchy Chatbot partner: Ada Support Executive Producer: Chris McLellan Host: Jaxson Khan Assistant Producers: Oleena Mak and Kristin Riddell Original music: Mike LeTourneau

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