Thursday, November 19, 2020– 12:00 – 13:30 
Pandemic: AI, disruptive technologies and value creation 
Melanie Gilbert – Associate Partner, Public Sector Blockchain and Disruptive Technologies – IBM, Canada
Abstract: During the global pandemic, both public and private sector industries have had to quickly pivot to new business models. This session will explore how disruptive technologies such as AI and Blockchain are helping the world to quickly adapt and thrive given our new reality.


Melanie Gilbert – IBM, Canada


Mélanie Gilbert is an IBM Associate Partner for the Canadian Federal Public Sector. As a leader she partners with her clients to drive successful projects while providing the strategy to help them better understand and adopt new solutions based on critical business needs.
As the Canadian Public Sector Blockchain lead for IBM Canada, she has assisted Canadian Federal Government departments in better understanding what makes a good Blockchain use case and whether it is the right technology to help them on their transformation journey. More recently, Mélanie has been directly involved in the IBM Maersk Tradelens Canadian pilot. Tradelens is a shipping platform based on Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain technology, processing half a billion shipping transactions a year and which now covers more than 50% of the world’s ocean container cargo.
As of the spring of 2020, Mélanie has had the great pleasure of teaching the MSc course “AI and Disruptive technologies applied to commerce” at emlyon. She is also a guest lecturer at Carleton University and has been a frequent public speaker at over a dozen technology conferences.