Senior Innovation Executive | Research, Innovation, Environment and Smart Cities, IBM Canda Ltd.
COLLABORATOR, THEME 3 · BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jean-François Barsoum has over 20 years of experience at IBM where his focus is on understanding and communicating the societal and environmental impacts of technology. He was part of the core team that built the smart city concepts in the early 2000s. Currently, his main objective is to communicate and popularise climate change solutions, smart city innovations, and the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles. He regularly advises startups in incubators and accelerators, and is collaborating on large research collaborations with several Canadian universities.
He is on the board of Al Gore's foundation for climate change education, The Climate Reality Project; chairs the disruptive technology committee of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Quebec Smart Transportation experts’ committee; is a director at the Canadian Water Network, and has advised the Canadian government on cleantech programs. He is also part of the committee overseeing the application of the Quebec Policy on Sustainable Mobility.
Private-public research partnerships, AI, impacts of technology on society, startup acceleration