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Bill Tam

Co-Founder and COO

Digital Technology Supercluster

Bill Tam is recognized as one of the pre-eminent leaders of the B.C. tech sector. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill has been actively involved with technology and start-ups as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years. In 2017, Bill co-founded the development of the Digital Technology Supercluster and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. The Digital Technology Supercluster is part of the Government of Canada’s $950-million, five-year Innovation Superclusters Initiative to drive large-scale collaboration among industry leaders, small and medium enterprises, and post-secondary institutions to develop and scale high-potential technologies in Canada. A champion of entrepreneurship, Bill forges partnerships across private and public sectors to accelerate economic growth and foster inclusiveness. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor initiative – a cross-border partnership between B.C., Washington and Oregon to develop and promote a globally recognized hub of innovation and commerce. Bill serves as a director of CBC-Radio Canada, Invest Vancouver and Creative BC and is on the Steering Committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. In addition, he serves as an advisor to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Founders Institute, the Rideau Hall Foundation and is an industry advisor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He earned his MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from McGill University. In 2018, UBC awarded Bill the Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction for his contributions to the engineering and tech community.

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Sessions Bill Tam is a part of

Thursday, June 9, 2022

How are we integrating the advancements of AI and robotics into everyday life?

3:50 pm to 5:05 pm
in Salon 10

Talk Description

Using Canada’s AI advantage to enhance the health and well-being of the world

Since 2015, Canadian companies have raised nearly $3B in funding to support the commercialization of AI and created 26,000 jobs across the country. Canadian scientists, such as Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Richard Sutton have made major contributions to the development of modern AI. Canada's Digital Supercluster focuses on demand-driven innovation, bringing together diverse collaborations: academia, industry leaders, SMEs, public sector develop solutions together better than any single organization could alone. With a portfolio of close to $200M in Digital Health innovations, more than half of our investment portfolio leverages the power of AI and machine learning to advance healthcare delivery, improve accessibility and enhance patient outcomes.

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