Project Description

Artificial Intelligence Quotient - GCC2019

Montréal and Berlin, February 21, 2022

The German Canadian Concourse 2019 (GCC2019) will investigate the readiness of Germany’s and Canada’s industry and research infrastructure for more Artificial Intelligence and their approaches to implement AI into core industrial and societal processes. We will compare initiatives paving the way to increase the“Artificial Intelligence Quotient”, AIQ, of the two countries and we will look into economic opportunities for business applications related to AI. The GCC2019 will contrast visions with concerns, technological state of the art with policies; it will showcase existing cooperation between Canada and Germany and will help identifying potential for future transatlantic collaboration. The two focuses of the kick-off sessions in Berlin and Montréal are:

AI Landscape in Canada and Germany – A comparison of the two eco-systems in Canada and Germany including an overview of the key players and major trendsetters in the field / Highlight of recent initiatives, existing infrastructure for research and innovation, governmental and private investment, regulatory and ethical aspects. Central elements of the discussion will include:

  • Canada’s AI supercluster initiative for AI in supply chains and the provincial and federal commitments for advancing Canada AI competence
  • Germany’s public private partnership DFKI (German Research Centre for AI) as a platform to transfer AI research into industry
  • Montréal’s leading role in promoting an ethically responsible development of AI
  • Comparison of Canada and Germany with other aspiring nations to lead the AI movement

Certification of AI: Standards for Collaboration in Intelligent Mobility – At the example of intelligent mobility, we will discuss the aspect of Artificial Intelligence applications in (safety) critical environments. The discussion will address the need to find standardization and certifications methods to verify the safe behavior of complex systems relying on artificial intelligence which per se is not deterministic. Central aspects will be:

  • Approaches to introduce certification methods in Germany and Canada
  • Challenges imposed by regulations for development and testing of autonomous vehicles
  • Cybersecurity and safety aspects
  • Standardization as enabler for economic exploitation of AI solution and transatlantic cooperation

Date and Venue

The GCC convenes on 21 February 2022 in Berlin (Embassy of Canada) and in Montréal (McCarthy Tétrault) for a Transatlantic Symposium, interconnected via video conferencing.

The Networking Reception in Berlin will be hosted at the Permanent Representation of the Federal State of Bremen. The reception in Montréal will be co-hosted at Aviseo Conseil.

The Field Trip in Berlin will be hosted by Smart Data Forum. The Field Trip in Montréal will be hosted by IVADO Labs.

Speakers / Panelists (to be completed)

  • Dr. Ashkan Amiri, Distinguished Architect, Machine Learning and AI, BlackBerry
  • Marie-Josée Blais, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector, Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MÉI), Government of Québec
  • Matthis Eicher, Expert Functional Safety for Autonomous Driving & AI, TÜV Süd
  • Senator Martin Günthner, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
  • Stephan HinzeNeurocat 
  • Étienne Leclerc-Jolette, Project and Development Manager, CRIAQ (Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec)
  • Dr. Andreas Liebl, Managing Director / Geschäftsführer, appliedAI / UnternehmerTUM
  • Joachim LonienDIN
  • Dr. Christian Müller, Head of Competence Center Autonomous Driving, DFKI – German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence
  • Charles Morgan, Partner, Technology, McCarthy Tétrault
  • Phil Rivard, Director of Venture Managers, NEXT AI Montréal
  • Prof. Dr. Gilles Savard, CEO, IVADO / Founder and Adminstrator, SCALE.AI
  • Dr. Sirko Straube, Deputy Director, Robotics Innovation Center Bremen, DFKI
  • Dr. Denise VandeweijerBMW Group


Program and Registration

Updated program and registration information can be found at

Registration is open until 15 February 2019.