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Artificial Intelligence and Brain Computer Interfaces:
And you thought Siri was wild!

Saturday, October 14th, 2-3pm, Main Pavilion


Elon Musk’s new company, Neuralink, is building implantable brain computer interfaces [BCIs]. The first wave of “Neural Tech” aims to replace lost function [think cochlear implants on steroids, targetting everything from depression to Parkinson’s Disease. But the next frontier is focussed on enhancing brain function — connecting our brains to computers and the internet to achieve entirely new capabilities well beyond our natural abilities. We take a look at Neural Prosthetics: what’s here, what’s coming and where we’re heading.


Graeme Moffat, Ph.D., VP of Research & Regulatory Affairs, InteraXon

Graeme Moffat leads neuroscience research and health and wellness applications for InteraXon as VP of Research & Regulatory Affairs. He has more than a decade of research experience in psychology and neuroscience and in scientific management.

Prior to joining InteraXon, Graeme served as managing editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurology and Frontiers in Psychiatry in Switzerland, where he built and coordinated an editorial network of tens of thousands of neuroscience researchers and led the publishing group to a ten-fold growth in revenue. His experience also includes research engineering at Neurelec/Oticon and graduate and postgraduate work at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) in France. Graeme holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Université Aix-Marseille. He is a TalentEdge Fellow of the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a member of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technology (CeReB). Graeme has also published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded grants and scholarships for research in neuroscience.

Yannick Roy, Co-founder and Executive Director, NeuroTechX

Yannick is spearheading NeuroTechX – the international neurotech community, as the co-founder and executive director. He is an electrical engineer with a background in computer science currently doing his PhD in visual neuroscience at University of Montreal. He’s obsessed about combining brain & tech. When he’s not engaging with other neurotech enthusiasts or managing neurotech projects, he’s usually in his lab working on his research. He also teaches computer science at L’École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal .

Heather Evans, Senior Advisor, Advanced Technologies, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research Innovation and Science

Heather is an entrepreneur turned civil servant (for now). She currently works for the Province of Ontario as a Senior Advisor in Advanced Technologies for the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research Innovation and Science. Specifically, she focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Technologies.

Prior to joining the public sector, Heather co-founded a deep learning automatic speech recognition company, Spreza (now transitioning to open source) and a 3D printing technology company, Mosaic Manufacturing. She holds a business degree from Queen’s Commerce and is an alumnus of Canada’s top entrepreneurial program for recent graduates, the Next36.

In addition to startups and technology, Heather loves travel and international relations. She recently led the Canadian delegation at the G7 Youth Summit in Rome, which focused on digitalization and innovation. She has also represented Canada at major international events in Germany, Switzerland and the United States as well as participating in the UN Youth Assembly.

Heather is passionate about discussing and discovering the best ways to prepare for the future of work, and raising awareness and understanding of technological advances.

Jacob Flood, Founder & CEO, Mindset

Jacob is founder and CEO of Mindset: smart headphones that improve your concentration. At Mindset he’s spent the last two years working to develop a tool that leverages EEG to help people accomplish more, through improving their concentration.
Jacob’s passion lies in self-improvement – leveraging tools and strategies to accomplish more and feel better about it. After 8 years of math and science tutoring, he founded JFlood.ca, a platform dedicated to condensing academic learning. He used his learning from this experience and his engineering degree to author and publish the book Study Smart, a guide to getting better grades with less effort. His work experience led him from telecommunications at CBC to satellite systems at MDA, and eventually to BCI at Mindset.

Tom Ladd, Managing Director, Smartstones, Inc.

Tom has been working in Health Technology since 2007 engaged in activities in Private Health services and Medication Management. Prior to 2007 he was in Enterprise Software sales across North America. The last few years have been dedicated to Start Ups and Technology  in the area of Aging and Disabilities. Originally from Montreal, he resides in Toronto with his husky mutt, and has two daughters both now in University.