AI & the Future of Marketing & Communications : The Advertising Club of Edmonton


Join us for lunch Thursday, June 15th, at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for one of the most critical conversations on the future of marketing, communications and artificial intelligence.

Get up to speed on the dizzying developments in AI and its effects on creative work, copywriting, human management and learn the future of our industry.

This is one of the most important conversations on our collective futures told by the very people developing the technology up close.

Don’t miss it.


Alona Fyshe, Amii Fellow and Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Alona Fyshe combines her interests in computational linguistics, machine learning and neuroscience to study the way the human brain processes language. Using machine learning to analyze brain images collected while people read, she studies how humans represent the meaning they encounter in text, and how they combine words to understand higher-order meaning. She’s also interested in how computers learn to represent meaning when trained on text or images. Developing algorithms that can generalize beyond common word usage, Alona works toward computer programs that can truly understand language, and develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. By using brain images of people reading, she explores how the human brain handles the complexities of language, which could inspire the next generation of semantic models. Alona has discovered interesting connections between meaning representations in computer models and those in the human brain. Those connections serve to advance both our understanding of the brain and the state of the art in machine learning.

Alona is a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and Fellow at Amii and an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Computing Science and Psychology at the University of Alberta. She is also a Fellow of CIFAR’s Learning in Machines and Brains program – in addition to having been named a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. Prior to her appointment at the University of Alberta, Alona was an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria and, before that, a Software Engineer with Google using machine learning to create better online shopping experiences. Alona holds two degrees (BSc and MSc in Computing Science) from the University of Alberta as well as a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Alona has been invited to speak at leading international conferences such as the Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, and the annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.


Marcin Mizianty, VP of Data Science, Alta ML

Marcin is an accomplished leader in the field of data science and machine learning. As the VP of Data Science at AltaML, he leads a team of over 50 ML Developers at one of North America’s fastest-growing companies. Marcin’s expertise is backed by a PhD in Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems from University of Alberta, where he has also published over 30 scientific, peer-reviewed publications.

With over 15 years of practical academic and industry experience, Marcin excels in Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics. He is passionate about building and nurturing high-performing ML Development teams, driving the development, operationalization, and adoption of Data Science, ML, and Big Data products. Marcin’s dedication to the field extends beyond his role at AltaML, as he actively engages with Edmonton’s Data Science community and imparts his knowledge as a Data Science instructor at the North Alberta Institute of Technology.


Micah Slavens, Principal, Lift Interactive

Micah is a seasoned internet professional with over two decades of experience in the digital realm. Since 1999, he has been actively shaping the online landscape, co-founding Lift Interactive with his partner, Kristi, in 2002. As the co-founder of this internationally acclaimed digital studio, Micah has successfully led numerous projects for clients across diverse sectors, including notable names like USAFacts, GE, Adobe, Cargill, National Instruments, Tourism Jasper, and Explore Edmonton.

Micah is deeply committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. He actively pursues professional development and has completed ML Foundations 1 and 2 offered by AMII. Micah and his team at Lift Interactive have embraced the power of AI tools, harnessing their potential to elevate web applications and revolutionize digital marketing strategies.

With a keen understanding of the ever-evolving digital landscape, Micah combines his expertise and passion to deliver exceptional results. He thrives on pushing boundaries, constantly seeking innovative solutions that drive transformative outcomes for his clients.


Lindsay Sylvester, Director, Marketing Operations, Amii

Lindsay Sylvester is the Director of Marketing Operations at Amii.

An alumna of MacEwan University and Seth Godin’s AltMBA program, Lindsay has sought to work for organizations she is passionate about. As result, she has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit sector, where she has helped a number of organizations, both large and small, measurably build brand loyalty and increase revenue. Some of her work has even won awards.

In her current role, Lindsay is focussed on creating engaging content that gets people excited about how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to solve complex business and social issues.

When not in the office, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on and spending time with her family. She also serves on the board of directors for the Victoria School of the Arts Foundation.

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