Having obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University in 1999, Osmar joined the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science, eventually receiving McCalla and Killam Professorship Awards in recognition of his contributions to research, teaching and learning.
In addition to being a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he has served in editorial positions for a number of scientific journals and helped to chair and organize several international conferences and workshops.
management advisory board
bruce johnson (chair)
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, VISIO MEDIA INC. | EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, SAM (SOCIAL ASSET MANAGEMENT) | DIRECTOR, CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC (CANADA) CORP.
Bruce, co-founder of the personal income tax software company WinTax (later Intuit Canada), brings to the MAB years of experience in top-level positions at a number of technology-based organizations. Currently, he maintains close relationships with members of Edmonton’s tech start-up community, providing support and mentorship to a variety of companies.
president, avac ltd.
Warren is passionate about entrepreneurship, having participated in a number of early-stage ventures and raised growth capital from a variety of sources. He has a wealth of experience investing in the technology sector and is now President of AVAC Ltd., which focuses on investments in early-stage agriculture technologies and agribusiness companies. Warren is also the author of Swagger & Sweat: A Start-up Capital Boot Camp.
founder & managing director, kensington capital partners, ltd.
As the founder and managing director of the investment firm Kensington Capital Partners, Thomas has decades of experience investing in private companies and equity funds. Thomas has previously held several operational and management positions, and he is active on the boards of a number of organizations. Thomas' philanthropic work focuses on education and healthcare.
FOUNDER & PARTNER, FLIGHTPATH VENTURES | CEO, TOUCH METRIC, INC.
Cam is a software entrepreneur and product manager, and as co-founder of Startup Edmonton, he is committed to growing Edmonton’s emerging creative and tech economy. Currently leading Touch Metric, an in-person survey software company, Cam has management and investment experience in a number of tech-based companies.
PROFESSOR & DEPARTMENT CHAIR (COMPUTING SCIENCE), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Mario is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. His publications have received over 3,000 citations, and before joining the University of Alberta, Mario held research and faculty positions at a number of international universities. He has often served as committee member and co-chair of several workshops and symposia.
patrick m. pilarski
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA | CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN MACHINE INTELLIGENCE FOR REHABILITATION | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Amii | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, RLAI LAB | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, BLINC LAB
Patrick is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine. In addition to his roles as Principal Investigator at Amii and the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence (RLAI) Laboratory, Patrick conducts research with the BLINC Lab (Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control), which specializes in advanced prosthetic systems.
PROFESSOR & DEAN (SCIENCE), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA | FOUNDER, ONLEA
Jonathan joined the Management Advisory Board as an extension of his role as Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. A professor of computing science and founding member of AICML, Jonathan is best known for his work in artificial intelligence and games. Notably, Jonathan created the Checkers program Chinook, the first ever program to win a human world championship game.
PARTNER, BLOOMBERG BETA | ADVISOR, OPENAI | ML7 FELLOW, CREATIVE DESTRUCTION LAB | CHARTER MEMBER, THE C100
Shivon is a partner and founding member at Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage companies transforming the future of work. She focuses on machine intelligence technologies and is particularly passionate about helping founders who solve specific problems in industry and enterprise intelligence. Shivon is an ML7 Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab and advisor to OpenAI.
kirk rockwell (ex-officio)
DIRECTOR, CENTRES FOR RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION, ALBERTA INNOVATES – TECHNOLOGY FUTURES
As Director of the Centres for Research and Commercialization at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, Kirk works to transform the way research and commercial development happen in Alberta. Prior to his current role, Kirk worked in the environmental sector of Alberta’s oil & gas industry as both a private consultant and public policy maker.
osmar zaïane (ex-officio)
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Amii | PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Osmar is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta as well as the Scientific Director of Amii. He has served in editorial positions with several scientific journals and has helped organize international conferences and workshops across the world. Osmar has received both a McCalla and Killam Professorship Awards in recognition of his contributions to research, teaching and learning.