Women in Debate: Can we trust Artificial Intelligence?

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Automation, driven by technological progress, has been expanding for the past several decades. As the pace of development increases, so has the urgency in the debate about the potential effects of automation on jobs, employment, and human activity.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the center of the future of technologies. AI is quickly permeating society and popping up everywhere - from customer support to music players to autonomous vehicles - but humans are slow to completely trust the technology. Can we ever completely trust Artificial Intelligence or will humans always be hesitant to give up control?

Based on the Oxford style debates popularized by the podcast 'Intelligence Squared', The BC chapter of Women in Communications and Technology brings you Women in Debate: Can we trust Artificial Intelligence?

Our Debaters


Natalie Cartwright.  Natalie is a vocal proponent in examining the ethical implications of new emerging technology. She is an advocate for socially conscious innovation and how the intersection of humans and technology can positively impact society. As Co-Founder and COO of Finn AI, Natalie works alongside some of the world's top financial institutions to improve financial wellness amongst consumers. These include: ATB Financial, Bank of Montreal (BMO), Banpro Grupo Promerica, Fidor Bank, and TymeBank, as well as partnerships with Auth0, Fidor Solutions, Temenos, and Visa Canada. Prior to founding Finn AI, Natalie worked at the Global Fund in Geneva managing a USD $250 million health investment portfolio. Natalie received her MBA at IE Business School in Spain.

Natalie actively serves on the Program Committee, Global Forum on AI for Humanity; she is a member of Canada’s AI Advisory Council; and is a Director with AIinBC.


Shalaleh Rismani.  Shalaleh is an engineer and system analyst with a speciality in finding needs for AI and robotics development with a focus on social and ethical issue. She has a diverse range of experience in robotics, medical device development, organization development, and facilitation. 

She is currently the Director and an Executive Member of the Open Roboethics Institute, an internationally renowned think tank that has been spearheading active discussions on the ethical, legal, and societal issues of robotics and intelligent machines since 2012. She is also an Adjunct Professor at UBC.



Sasa Jarvis. Sasa is an associate in the Capital Markets and M&A Group at McMillan LLP. Her practice primarily focuses on corporate and securities law matters, in particular financings of public and private companies, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, and continuous disclosure obligations.

While representing clients in various industry spaces, including mining, cannabis, financial services, and regulated industries, Sasa works extensively with technology clients, and specifically in the blockchain and fintech space.  Sasa is a founding member of McMillan’s Capital Markets Technology Initiative, which works across a broad range of industries such as fintech, software, gaming (e-sports), artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.


Julie Bogle. Julie is a member of BLG Vancouver’s Securities and Capital Markets group, and the founder of the “Driven by Women” initiative. Julie’s practice focuses on all aspects of the capital markets sector. She acts for public and private companies and underwriters in connection with general corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, private placement transactions and corporate reorganizations.




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June 18th, 2019 5:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
1055 West Georgia (Royal Centre Tower)
RBC: 36th Floor
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Non-Members $ 12.60 (includes taxes of $ 0.60)
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