Desjardins Speaker Series featuring Raquel Urtasun
Driving Innovation: Raquel Urtasun discusses Waabi’s AI-first approach to self-driving technology and shares insights from her entrepreneurial journey.
Join us on March 9th for a conversation with Raquel Urtasun, CEO and founder of self-driving technology startup, Waabi.
Raquel Urtasun is a leading machine learning expert, award-winning researcher, and professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. In this keynote event, she will share her entrepreneurial journey, including lessons learned from building Waabi, her thoughts on the Canadian and Toronto AI ecosystem, and advice for the next generation of founders.
The keynote will take place as part of True Blue Impact Day on March 9th, marking the culmination of U of T Entrepreneurship Week. Audience members are invited to watch virtually or attend in person at MaRS Discovery District.
Founder & CEO, Waabi
Professor, Department of Computer Science, U of T
Raquel Urtasun is the founder and CEO of Waabi, an AI company building the next generation of self-driving technology. Waabi is the culmination of Raquel’s 20-year career in AI and 10 years of experience building self-driving solutions.
Raquel is also a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI, and the recipient of several high-profile awards including a Longuet-Higgins Prize, an Everingham Prize, an NSERC EWR Steacie Award, two NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Awards, three Google Faculty Research Awards, an Amazon Faculty Research Award, two Best Paper Runner up Prize awards at CVPR in 2013 and 2017 and more.
In 2021, Raquel was named as 100 Women of Impact by Entrepreneur Magazine, 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider and Toronto’s Most Influential Torontonians according to Toronto Life Magazine. She was also named Chatelaine 2018 Woman of the year and 2018 Toronto’s top influencers by Adweek magazine.