Though the Government of Canada (GoC) has a number of department and agencies involved in artificial intelligence (AI) related work, there is a limited understanding of the current GoC capacity as well as how to best develop, utilize, and grow AI across the GoC. As GC Entrepreneurs, we have taken this opportunity to work horizontally and provide a clear picture of the current state of AI capacity in the GoC. We conducted 25 interviews with teams representing 20 departments and agencies. These interviews reflect the experiences of approximately 350 AI practitioners. Our goal was not only to document what is done with AI, but to understand the who and the how.
This presentation explores the tension between the opportunities and challenges relating to the use of AI in the GoC from the perspective of practitioners. It concludes by providing a number of recommendations that could help support the growth of the GoC AI capacity.
About the Speakers: Mathieu Audet
Mathieu is the GC Entrepreneur for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), working on projects related to Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. Mathieu has worked at ESDC since 2007. He is currently heading the Behavioural Insights Research and Design (B.I.R.D.) unit in ESDC's Innovation Lab. Prior to that, he worked as a poverty researcher
for the World Bank and academia. Outside of work Mathieu is passionate about his family with his two young boys as well as food, cycling, sailing, astronomy and videogames. A bit of a futurist, he is always ready to engage in conversation about how government will/must evolve into the 21st century and beyond.