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Jean-François Gagné

Jean-François Gagné

CEO Element AI


Jean-François Gagné is a veteran AI entrepreneur. He has been in this field since 2001. Besides running his own companies, he is also a former Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at JDA Software, where he was the youngest global C-Level Executive of a top-20 Enterprise Software company. He has founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research, represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs, and is a sought-after expert for educating top-level management about the impact of AI on the industry.

In October 2016, he co-founded Element AI with Yoshua Bengio, one of the three fathers of Deep Learning. Born out of an AI research lab connected to the world’s top academic institutions, Element AI develops transformative AI business applications for large corporations. Using their product, Element AI seeks to augment every decision. With a global ecosystem that spans North America, Europe, and Asia, Element AI has unparalleled access to two of the scarcest talent pools: world-class entrepreneurs and artificial intelligence experts. As a testament to this valuable access, Element AI raised $102M, the largest Series A for any AI startup to date, just seven months after launching.

He traveled more than half a million miles last year to work with the largest companies that are not yet engaged in ‘big tech’ to prepare them for the AI revolution. He is always happy to share his views on how this new technology will develop and spread through different levels of our economy.

He believes AI can be a force for good and he is therefore actively involved in guiding AI's impact on business, people, and society. While speaking at least twice a week to audiences about AI, running my company, he is an avid supporter of the Canadian startup scene and tries to stay engaged as much as possible.

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