AI Ethics Impact Assessment Review & Expertise

Gain invaluable insights and guidance from our expert advisory panel on AI ethics and governance.

Comprehensive review. Strategic advise.

Ethical Impact Assessment Review
The advisory panel will conduct a thorough review of the ethical impact assessment prepared by your organization. This ensures a comprehensive evaluation of the ethical implications associated with your AI projects.

Strategic Guidance on Ethical Risk Mitigation
Following the assessment, our panel will provide tailored advice on selecting the most appropriate strategies to mitigate identified ethical risks. This guidance is designed to safeguard your organization against potential ethical pitfalls in the deployment of AI technologies.

Members of the Advisory Panel

Sandy Kyriakatos is a seasoned thought leader in the field of data and technology, with a strong track record of success in driving business growth and competitive advantage. She has helped clients to focus on harnessing the power of their second most valuable assetData. Through the relentless pursuit of both Innovation and Ethics, her mantra is to use the Power of Data for Good. 

Sandy has had an extensive career in highly sensitive senior information and analytics roles in both public and private sectors. She was the first CDO for the Government of Canada at Employment and Social Development Canada, as well as the CDO at Canada Border Services Agency. Additionally, she has led data and analytics across industry verticals including at Loyalty One, SAS Canada, and Canada Post. 

Meet Lyn Brooks, a community engagement innovator and digital health champion who envisions platform cooperatives designed to be welcoming, inspiring generosity and acting as extensions of our interconnected physical world.   

Lyn advocates for a sector ecosystem on-ramp that facilitates easy community and marketplace onboarding as a solution to issues around cybersecurity and diversity, equity & inclusion in community engagement.  Underpinned by efficacy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, sound ethical and governance practices, and a blend of in-person and online collaboration.   

He self-identifies as a senior/elder with community-based lived and living experience and embodies a spirit of connecting, collaborating, inspiring and making a difference.

Mélissa M’Raidi-Kechichian is an AI policy, frameworks, and regulation expert based in Montreal, Quebec. Mélissa is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of democracy, technology, and activism, focusing on how digital spaces can be used by everyday citizens to bring meaningful and lasting change to their community. Previously, they worked in the field of civic tech as a project coordinator in data & technology at Open North, in digital identity at the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada as a project coordinator and at the Center for AI and Digital Policy as a researcher, fellow, and team leader. Over the past 5 years, their research focused on AI policy framework development and implementation, the ethics of algorithmic recommendations on social media, and data privacy among other topics.

A seasoned entrepreneur and technology executive with more than 20 years of experience, Paul is widely regarded as a visionary and known for his ability to identify market opportunities and translate complex technical concepts into practical, business-oriented solutions. His leadership style is characterized by his focus on innovation, collaboration, and customer success. Paul is also recognized for his ability to assemble and lead high-performing teams, and for his commitment to fostering positive and dynamic company cultures.

An ardent proponent of remote and hybrid work, Paul is passionate about helping enterprises and government organizations implement cloud-based solutions that promote the secure delivery of data and applications within today’s modern work environments. He is currently CEO of Ottawa-based Tehama Technologies, where his experience and expertise in the areas of data governance, cybersecurity and cloud computing, have contributed to the company becoming an industry-leading cybersecurity platform for the delivery of secure hybrid and remote work. Under Paul’s leadership, Tehama Technologies has helped many organizations increase operational efficiency, reduce security risks, and enhance overall competitiveness.

Prior to Tehama, Paul was Founder and CEO of Pythian, a provider of data management and cloud services to organizations around the world. Over the course of a decade, Paul grew Pythian into a leading provider of data management services, and helped it expand into new markets and geographies. He was also instrumental in establishing Pythian as a pioneer in the cloud computing space, helping organizations to take advantage of the many benefits associated with deploying applications and data in the cloud.

Mardi is the CEO and co-Founder of PolyML, an early-stage Canadian AI and machine learning company with novel technology. In her role, Mardi is responsible for setting the organization’s strategy and executing the growth plan. Mardi is recognized as an expert in the field of AI Governance, serving as a member of the Province of Ontario’s Expert Working Group for a Trustworthy AI Framework and a member of the AI Ethics Advisory Panel for the Digital Governance Council of Canada.

A Board Director with 20 years’ experience in board governance, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning, Mardi also writes on policy issues relating to AI, ESG and the challenges of innovation and sustainability in the digital economy. She is currently serving a second term as a Public Representative on the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario (CPA Ontario) Council and previously served as Chair of the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group and Chair, KidsAbility Foundation Board.

Hira is a subject matter expert in Governance and Oversight of Technology Risk Management in the financial services industry. Currently leading the Technology Risk Management team for Canada Life, her mandate includes Cyber Security, AI, Technology Resilience and Regulatory Compliance oversight over the entire Technology organization.

Starting her career at the Royal Bank of Canada in Corporate Finance, she entered the world of risk management at OSFI. Leading Operational Risk reviews across the financial industry, she also provided oversight on compliance, credit and market risk frameworks. At the Bank of Montreal, Hira led one of the most significant projects in Corporate Operational Risk of governance and process simplification that led to significant efficiencies in the implementation of the RCSA program and improved reporting on risks from the RCSAs.  Moving to Canada Life meant diving deeper into Technology risk management, and while implementing a brand-new technology risk management framework, including governance and processes at Canada Life, Hira co-drafted the first standard on the Ethical Design and Use of Artificial Intelligence for the CIO Standards Council (Govt of Canada). She then transitioned into her current role of leading the oversight team for Technology risk at Canada Life for the business application, digital and infrastructure portfolios.

At present, she is completing a Certificate in Cloud Computing from York University and preparing to write her CRISC exam in the spring.

Cindy Fedell is the Regional Chief Information Officer in the Northwestern Ontario health system. She leads a system-wide journey to transform the health and care of the remote, rural and urban communities through digital health. Previously Cindy was the joint Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Airedale Hospital in the UK where Bradford became one of the most digital hospitals in England. Cindy is a regular speaker internationally on digital transformation. She was the CIO for the West Yorkshire (UK) region and led The Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative. Cindy worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, deploying one of the first implementations of computerized provider order entry in Canada, and at other healthcare organizations and in management consulting. Cindy holds leadership certificates from Yale University and the University of Toronto and degrees from Toronto Metropolitan and Lakehead Universities.

Mark Hobbs is presently the CEO of Fundmetric, a business that implements AI and data infrastructure for fundraising in the health and higher education sector, and was selected as one of 5 companies for a google residency in 2014 at onset of the companies journey. Mark is a visionary leader, and was referred to by Canada’s National Newspaper as a “new (non-tech) tech luminary”. Mark has co-written several peer-reviewed publications including a paper for the International Electrical Engineers (IEEE) conference and a textbook chapter.

Prior to Fundmetric,  Mark began his career as a sales representative for a large technology company where he was repeatedly the top salesperson. He was a partner at Denote Communications, an advertising agency and was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Leaders in Atlantic Canada.

Mark has previously served on many boards including chair of a local community radio station, and several startup programs in Atlantic Canada. He lives in Halifax Nova Scotia with his cat Mini.

At the age of 24 Victor Beausoleil Co-Founded Redemption Reintegration Services one of the largest youth-led, youth justice agencies in Canada. In 2013 Victor Beausoleil received his first public service appointment by the Premiere of Ontario Kathleen Wynne as a member of the PCYO (Premiere’s Council on Youth Opportunities). Victor has worked diligently in the broader equity seeking communities across Canada for the past nineteen years.

As a lecturer Victor Beausoleil has travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, UK and Africa for speaking engagements for community organizations, institutions and philanthropic foundations. Victor Beausoleil has been a board member of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, a member of the grant review committee’s of the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Toronto Community Housing Social Investment Fund.

Victor is currently on the board of directors for the Toronto Community Benefits Network, The Board President of CCEDnet – The Canadian Community Economic Development Network, on the loan review committee for the Fair Finance Fund, on the advisory of the Table of Impact Investment Practitioners, on the advisory of New Power Labs, on the board of REAC – the Regional Ethno- Advisory Council for Corrections Services Canada, the Steering Committee of the Catalyst Community Finance Initiative, on the advisory of the Canadian Employee Ownership Coalition, on the board of the Tribe Network and a Co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Non-Profit Digital Resilience.

The Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, National Post, Share Newspaper and The Caribbean Camera, have all highlighted Victor Beausoleil’s work in communities across Canada. Victor Beausoleil is currently the founder and Executive Director of SETSI – The Social Economy Through Social Inclusion. Victor has written thirteen books and is a Husband and Father of four brilliant children.

James Hinton is the founder of Own Innovation and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies.  In addition to being an IP lawyer, he is both a patent and trademark agent before the Canadian IP Office, and works directly for Canadian companies with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

He is also a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he studies IP and innovation policy. Jim also has a background in mechanical engineering, and worked in heavy truck manufacturing and fiberglass project management, before law school.  Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University (Go Marauders!) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto.

Jim loves to talk about IP – he is an assistant professor at Western University where he teaches engineers all about IP.  He’s also a huge advocate of pro bono (free!) legal services and work with entrepreneurs locally and nationally at incubators and accelerators on IP and IP strategy.  Finally, he works closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s Innovation initiatives and Canada’s national IP strategy.

Noel Corriveau, B.A., , M.A., J.D., is a senior lawyer that specializes in providing legal and ethical advice on the application of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Noel has gained extensive experience in both private and public sectors and is a recognized leader in digital transformation to improve service delivery and process optimization.

In the public sector, he has worked as counsel with the Federal Department of Justice for over 10 years and was also appointed as Special Advisor on Artificial Intelligence to the Chief Information Officer of Canada.

In the private sector, he has worked as senior counsel at INQ Law and served as an AI governance subject matter expert at Deloitte Canada’s Omina AI where he advised clients both nationally and internationally on digital transformation strategies and best practices.

Noel sits on the advisory board of the Legal Innovation Data Institute, is a member of Standard Council of Canada’s AI and Data Governance Standardization Collaborative, and is a member in good standing with the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society of Ontario.

Katrina Ingram is the Founder and CEO of Ethically Aligned AI, a company focused on helping organizations to drive better outcomes in the design, development and deployment of AI systems. A seasoned executive, Katrina has over two decades of experience running both not for profit and corporate organizations in the technology and media sectors as well as experience in the public sector. She is a member of DAMA (data management professionals) and volunteers with several AI ethics organizations. She was named to the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics list. Katrina holds an undergrad in business administration from Simon Fraser University, a master of arts in communications and technology from the University of Alberta and is an IAPP certified information privacy professional (CIPP/C). She combines her love of audio and interest in AI as the host of the podcast, AI4Society Dialogues. Katrina developed Canada’s first micro-credential in AI Ethics in partnership with Athabasca University. She currently teaches at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University as a sessional instructor. She is a member of the Calgary Police Services Technology Ethics Committee and recently served as the City of Edmonton’s Data Ethics Advisor.

Anthony is currently the co-founder and CEO of OpenRep AI, an AI digital powered digital marketing workflow automation tool. Being a CEO at a cutting edge AI company allows him to practice the ethics and risk reduction measures that the Digital Governance Council preaches! 

Anthony is also a motivated and accomplished security professional with a proven track record of success in managing security operations and compliance. As the Manager of Security Operations and Compliance at Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, he leads a team responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive security program. With expertise in vendor management, Anthony has a talent for balancing the needs of security staff and security vendors to achieve optimal outcomes.

Anthony also enjoys giving back through teaching and leading academic programs. As the Program Lead for Academic Cybersecurity Programs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), he is currently building a comprehensive Professional Certification in Cyber Security Program Management.

His passion for sharing his knowledge and expertise is further demonstrated by his role as the instructor of the Cyber Security Strategy and Risk Management Micro-Credential at UBC. Moreover, his expertise in the field is recognized by his position as the lead curriculum developer for a Governance, Risk and Compliance diploma upcoming at Vancouver Community College (VCC), where he offers valuable insights and guidance to help advance the program and prepare students for successful careers in the field.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Anthony is committed to giving back to the community by volunteering his time and serving as the Immediate Past President for the ISACA Vancouver chapter while previously holding the roles of President, Vice-President and Communications Director. ISACA Vancouver is the largest cybersecurity community in Western Canada

Michael has over 20 years of technology, data and analytics and strategy experience in both private and public organizations.

Michael has extensive experience in senior management roles and continually supports the IT industry as a leader in the field. He has a proven track record of transforming systems and teams into world-class performers.

Michael Scarbeau is Vice President, Head of Transformation and Analytics for HSB Canada and holds a Computer Programming and Analysis Diploma from Seneca College

As the Information and Communication Technology Council’s (ICTC’s) Director of Data Science, Rob leads a skilled team of data professionals, specializing in advanced analytics, machine learning algorithms, and visualizations to enhance ICTC’s research efforts. As a thought leader in AI, cybersecurity, and other digital imperatives, Rob brings over 30 years of experience in the software industry.

Rob has excelled in senior roles and shared insights at national and international events on emerging technologies, AI, and open data in government. He holds a BSc in Data Analysis from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. With his extensive experience, Rob plays a key role in shaping ICTC’s approach to the digital economy.

Mai is an industry expert and advisor in Data, Applied AI, Data & AI Governance, Emerging Technologies and Innovation. As a member of the ISED Economic Strategy – Digital Industries Table, she led the sub group that developed national data strategy and IP recommendations. She has also represented Canada at the G7 ministerial meetings on AI and the future of work. Mai has advised on the Ontario Digital and Data Task Force as well as co-chaired a Data Governance initiative with the Standards Council of Canada. Mai is a licensed professional engineer, an executive leader and a serial entrepreneur with a focus on the practical enterprise applications and governance of Data and AI. Mai is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a Senior Fellow at the think tank – Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). She is also a professional speaker on technology and innovation.

* Advisory Committee panel members serve in a personal capacity.

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FAQs

The purpose of the Panel is to assist small and medium-sized Canadian organizations, including startups, in addressing AI ethics challenges and ensuring ethical practices throughout the AI lifecycle. The Panel will provide expert advice on AI ethics and governance to support organizations in making decisions in the design and use of AI technologies.

The Panel shall comprise a diverse group of experts (a minimum of 6), including but not limited to academic, technical, industry, policy, and other subject matter experts with expertise in AI ethics.

The Panel shall include dedicated members with specific sector expertise (e.g., financial services, health care, defense) and members from diverse communities most at risk of harm. Members of the Panel shall serve as knowledgeable individuals in their own right and in their personal capacity in the best interests of Canadians. They will not represent their firms, organizations, or professional affiliations. Members of the Panel shall be Canadian citizen or a Canadian resident.

Digital Governance Council serves as the Secretariat of the Panel.

The CEO of the Digital Governance Council will appoint members following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process designed to ensure a balance of expertise and representation. Selected members will confirm acceptance of their appointment to the Secretariat.

The Panel will meet as needed in the deliberation and preparing an opinion with recommendations to organizations regarding the ethical risks identified and selection of treatment options to safeguard against ethical risks identified and assessed.

The Panel’s role and responsibilities include the review and input into ethical impact assessments prepared by organizations. The Panel will advise on the selection of treatment option to safeguard ethical risks identified and assessed by organizations.

The Panel’s role is advisory and guidance-focused, with no decision-making authority. It focuses on ethical issues beyond strict legal and compliance requirements and provides input upon request across the AI lifecycle.

The Panel shall develop and maintain a review methodology that adapts to advances in AI technology and ethics standards, ensuring organizations are always up to date on the latest developments in the field. The methodology will incorporate a deliberative model seeking a plurality of viewpoints to ensure inclusivity.

The Panel shall receive secretariat support from the Digital Governance Council to fulfill its roles and responsibilities effectively.

The Digital Governance Council uses CryptoMill CODA Arenas (Circles Orchestrated Discussion Arenas) to house and share content in a simple, straight-forward, efficient, and highly secure process.

Upon the AI ethics impact assessment documentation being uploaded, any data shared within the CODA Arena is immediately protected as it is received. CODA protects data using a dedicated Circle of Trust, each uniquely specific to the Arena.  That means that all messages and uploaded files are fully encrypted using the industry standard, government-grade cipher, AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). Once protected, only Arena members will be able to access the protected data – even if it is downloaded to a participant’s device.   CODA enforces the access restrictions and the Arena will only allow access to the accredited Arena/Circle users. As the data is securely stored, users will be able to consume it for as long as the Arena will be active. Once the project or task is done, and the review of the data is complete, the Arena can be deleted and with it, the associated Circle.  This action destroys the Circle keys and, in doing so, immediately “secure erases” all of the data contained in the Arena.  Furthermore, this now-erased data will also be deleted from the Arena data store, leaving behind absolutely no trace of its existence.

To support the Panel’s ability to provide well-informed advice, Panel members may receive confidential information. Members of the Panel must sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement before participating on the Panel.

Panel members are prohibited from disclosing any confidential information received through participation on the Panel, including information received orally or in writing, through email correspondence, telephone calls, print materials, meeting discussions, etc. Conflict of Interest Members of the Panel are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and provide advice exclusively in their personal capacity; the use of their positions cannot be reasonably construed to be for their private gain or that of any other person, company, or organization.

Members of the Panel may receive an honorarium for their time and expertise.

Members of the Panel are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and provide advice exclusively in their personal capacity; the use of their positions cannot be reasonably construed to be for their private gain or that of any other person, company, or organization.

Members of the Panel are required to avoid real, potential or apparent conflicts of interest, and are expected to recuse themselves on issues, where necessary. A member’s recusal from a discussion are recorded by the Secretariat.

Each member are appointed for a term of two years. Members may be reappointed.

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