2020 Professional Development Conference

AI – The Future Is Here

Virtual Event

November 19, 2020 and January 21, 2021

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us on November 19th and January 21st to hear from industry, academic and keynote speakers as they share their views and thoughts about AI, including where is it now, where is it going, and are we ready for what it means for us now and what it might mean for us in the future.


Thank you to the following Conference Sponsors:


Thursday November 19, 2020

Keynote Speaker:  Ed Limon

Digital Media Director & Creative Producer at Winged Whale Media

Ed Limon is the Co-Founder & Creative Digital Media Director for an International Award Winning Studio that won of the Telly Awards For Immersive & Mixed Reality & The ECDO Award of Excellence. Since its inception, Ed has collaborated closely with major corporations, tourism authorities, hotel chains & agencies across North America. He also specializes in VR (Virtual Reality) 360 Video, AR (Augmented Reality) and Artificial Intelligence.

As a storyteller, Ed has developed strategies for both consumer & Agent Training Markets. He’s been known to coin the phrase, “The purpose of this incredible technology is to educate, inspire & entice both consumers & agents to better understand the destination”.  His Studio “Winged Whale Media” has had the opportunity to conduct various workshops, keynote presentations & public speaking. He loves mentoring youth and aspiring storytellers to embrace technology and the art of filmmaking.

Session Presenter:  Alireza Manashty

Assistant Professor, Director, Data Science Laboratory

Building Predictive Analytics Models using Data Science Lifecycle

People are curious about becoming a data scientist. You do not need to be a data scientist to start solving business problems using data science lifecycle.

In this talk, you will learn about what Big Data and Data Science could actually mean, and how you can solve an actual business problem and leverage the data science lifecycle to automate some decisions using machine learning models in Python.

What will be covered in this talk:

  • How to reframe a business problem into a data science problem
  • Step-by-step scenario following the data science lifecycle to solve a business problem
  • Python sample code snippets for each step
  • Learning about a simple machine learning model in details

This talk will be followed by a hands-on workshop in December 2020 that allows you to walk through a data science problem.

About the speaker:

Dr. Alireza Manashty is the Director of Data Science Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in Computer Science (Data Science & Machine Learning) at the University of Regina. He is conducting research in temporal forecasting, federated machine learning, and explainable artificial intelligence. He has 9+ years of practical problem solving using machine learning by helping government, hospitals, and tech companies. Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Google (Kaggle) have sponsored his research in recent years. Dr. Manashty holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence, and a B.Sc in Software Engineering.

Session Presenter:  Pat Valente, Data Science Solutions Specialist, SAS Canada

How Business can Utilize and Deploy AI with Greater Ease

AI has many components including Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Find out how SAS breaks down these components for business use in a digestible way within SAS solutions. Learn how this can help to foster collaboration, adoption and technical literacy. With specific examples, we will cover the business applications of these components and help you identify and understand the areas where they can provide added value.

About the speaker:

By leveraging best-in-class software and modern data mining techniques, Pat helps businesses visualize the potential of their data in order to surface relevant insights from it. Pat holds an academic background in Economics and Statistics along with over 20 years of business experience. Pat can easily understand and address data challenges in large organizations, and he knows how to help create value at every step of the analytics lifecycle from data discovery through to business strategy. As a recognized industry expert, Pat has delivered numerous webinars and workshops focusing on how SAS solutions can aid businesses in their analytic growth.

Thursday January 21, 2021

Session Presenter:  Sean Milne, SaskTel

More Speaker Info Coming Soon!

CIPS Saskatchewan 2020 Professional Development Conference (Nov 19th & Jan 21st): “AI – The Future IS Here”