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Participant, Artificial Intelligence & Health Futures Policy Lab

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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The Ministry of Health is looking for someone interested in artificial intelligence (AI) to bring the patient’s perspective to a one-day workshop in Victoria that will explore the social and public policy implications of AI in health care.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Research & Innovation, Ministry of Health


The Ministry of Health and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is hosting an AI Futures Policy Lab. This workshop will build a better understanding of AI applications to health and their associated social, ethical, legal, economic and policy implications. Bringing the patient's perspective to facilitated discussions and focused case studies, the patient partner, along with other participants, will explore the public policy considerations, examining avenues for government action.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Can speak to the general patient experience, rather than to a specific cause or condition
  • Comfortable speaking in large groups and voicing your opinion during fast-paced discussions
  • Interest in / knowledge of how artificial intelligence is being used in the health care system
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cathy Almost


  • Vacancies: 1
  • Date and Time: Stage-setting Dinner Feb 25, 2020 and All Day Workshop Feb 26, 2020
  • Location: Victoria
  • Commitment: One Time


Pre-approved travel (Hotel, air/rail/taxi/personal car) will be reimbursed. Reimbursement for meal expenditures based on CIFAR policy, receipts required.


This workshop is put on in partnership with CIFAR, a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity. By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Their time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy. This invite-only workshop will bring together approximately 25 experts from across the Ministry of Health, relevant BC government departments, academia, industry, and the healthcare sector. Under Chatham House rules, the workshop will build a better understanding of AI applications to health and their associated social, ethical, legal, economic and policy implications. Through facilitated discussions, strategic foresight exercises, and focused case studies, participants will explore the public policy considerations driven by these implications over the next five years, and chart avenues for government action to maximize opportunities while minimizing risks to society.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

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