Growth Across Borders: Navigating International Expansion for AI Companies

In an industry market by rapid innovation and business opportunity, AI and Deep Learning companies need to anticipate and capitalize upon growth opportunities abroad. In this session, an executive panel will lead audience members to a better understanding of the risks, rewards, and thought processes around international expansion for AI companies. Audience members will walk away with a more complete awareness of business considerations for developing a global workforce, including the rationale for globalizing, ecosystem selection, working with strategic partners, navigating labor markets and more.

Jon French, Senior Director of Global Recruitment, Community & Alumni at NEXT Canada

Jon joined The Next 36 (now NEXT Canada) in April 2011 and is responsible for marketing, communications and recruitment with an emphasis on attracting high potential entrepreneurs to the organization's three programs. Jon manages relationships with prospective applicants, student organizations, national partners, university representatives and members of the start-up community. Prior to joining NEXT Canada, Jon was Associate Director, Career Information with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) where he spent almost ten years promoting the CA designation to students across Ontario.

He has been actively involved with the Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers, where he sat on the National Board of Directors from 2007-2010. Most recently, Jon has joined the Advisory Boards for Venture for Canada and the MLSE Foundation: 3TO6 Team. Jon has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an International Business Diploma from Vaxjo University in Sweden.

Ram Shanmugam, Co-founder, CEO and President at AutonomIQ

Ram Shanmugam is the co-founder and CEO of AutonomIQ, a company focusing on using AI, machine learning and deep learning innovations to deliver autonomous testing and dev-ops solutions. Ram is a serial entrepreneur, and most recently, he was the co-founder and CEO of appOrbit. Previously, he held product, technology and operational management roles at companies such as Actifio, SunGard, Cisco etc. In addition to his role at AutonomIQ, Ram also spends time helping CIOs identify transformation opportunities using AI, machine learning and deep learning technologies.

Thomas Hamilton, VP, Legal Strategy at Ross Intelligence

Thomas Hamilton is the VP Strategy and Operations at ROSS Intelligence, where he co-ordinates efforts across the company to ensure that sole practitioners, legal aid groups, law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments, state bar associations and law faculties are able to benefit from cutting edge developments in artificial intelligence research. Thomas believes passionately in the ability of technology to improve access to justice worldwide, and as employee #1 at ROSS Intelligence, speaks to groups around the world on legal technology innovation, law firm strategy and the transformative economic potential of artificial intelligence technology.

Lloyed Lobo, Co-Founder at Boast.AI

Lloyed is the co-founder of Boast.AI which helps businesses automate the complicated process of claiming R&D incentives from the government. At Boast, Lloyed is responsible for growth, go-to-market and new product strategy. Lloyed is also the cofounder of Traction which brings together founders and leaders from the world's fastest growing companies to share best practices on business growth.

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