AI has the potential to unlock growth for Canada’s small-to-medium sized enterprises. Whether your organization is just getting started with AI or an AI-expert, Vector’s FastLane program will help companies accelerate AI-fueled growth.


This session is a high-level introduction to key aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) that working professionals should know, with an emphasis on applications relevant to the finance sector. The presentation will cover key concepts, terminology, and applications including:

  • Why are we talking about AI?
  • What is AI?
  • How is AI changing the world?
  • Considerations when implementing AI
  • Use-cases in Finance

In addition, there will also be a guest speaker from the finance sector to share how they are leveraging AI in various financial use cases, followed by a chance for the audience to ask questions in a Q&A session.

We encourage you to share this event widely within your network. No previous knowledge of AI is required.


Alik Sokolov’s professional background is in AI consulting as a machine learning and data science team leader, and venture capital as an investor with one of Peter Thiel's funds. Alik is also a seasoned AI project leader and educator in the machine learning field, having taught and developed the machine learning course at the University of Toronto Master's of Mathematical Finance program, as well as many workshops and classes around the world. Alik is also a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, studying applications of machine learning in quantitative finance and responsible investing, and several of his publications form the backbone of's technology.

This event is free and open to the public.