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IDRC at the 2019 Conference of Montreal

June 6, 2019
IDRC is joining the discussion on major issues surrounding economic globalization at the 25th edition of the Conference of Montreal.
Scott Wallace / World Bank

In addition to a plenary session on artificial intelligence and its benefits to society, the Centre will host a panel about priorities for effective climate action in cities across the Global South — one of five concurrent sessions under the theme of climate change, energy, and cities.

Presented by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the Conference of Montreal takes place from June 10-13, 2019 at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal. The theme of this year's Conference is “Embracing change” and will feature notable speakers such as:

  • Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development;
  • Mamuka Bakhtadze, prime minister of Georgia;
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
  • François-Philippe Champagne, minister of Infrastructure and Communities;
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr., chairman and co-chief executive officer, Power Corporation of Canada;
  • Chrystia Freeland, minister of Foreign Affairs; 
  • Mélanie Joly, minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie;
  • Jason Kenney, premier of Alberta;
  • François Legault, premier of Quebec;
  • William Morneau, minister of Finance;
  • Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal; and
  • Rumina Velshi, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Learn more about the Conference of Montreal and register

Overview of IDRC sessions: 

Tuesday, June 11 | 3:00 pm

Making innovation and artificial intelligence beneficial to society
Plenary Session | Ballroom

In collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technologies

Moderated by IDRC President Jean Lebel

Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the centre of a new technological revolution. AI has the potential to address some of our core societal issues and economic needs,but its risks are largely unknown. What kinds of rules and governance do we need to manage the limitless amount of data that circulates globally? What concrete steps must be taken and what investments must we make to improve our data-centric culture?

Wednesday, June 12 | 10:30-12:00 pm

The resilient city: Climate change, adaptation, and the future of urban life
Forum 2 | Salle Montréal 3

Moderated by IDRC Vice-president of Programs and Partnerships Dominique Charron

As urbanization spreads, climate change compounds the stress on rapidly expanding small and medium-sized cities that already struggle with unplanned growth and limited municipal services – especially in the Global South. How can applied research on low-carbon, sustainable development inform better policy and help build healthier, happier, more resilient cities and communities for the Global North and South? How could public interventions and policies mobilize the private sector to invest in climate smart development? How can we better integrate gender and social equity into long-term, climate-resilient urban planning?