AI Policy Compass

Offered by Mila and the Public Policy Forum (PPF) Academy, this program is designed to help policy and decision makers navigate the opportunities and risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI). 

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In a world where AI is advancing rapidly and permeating every aspect of our societies, it has become essential for policymakers in all sectors to gain a deep understanding of the profound implications and complexities of this transformative technology. 

This program aims to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of AI technology, including an audit of current and emerging applications, as well as an exploration of associated risks and transformative opportunities in various fields. In addition, it provides an overview of the latest legal and regulatory approaches to AI around the world, equipping participants with the essential understanding required to shape the future of AI governance.

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Who Should Attend

Leaders and policy professionals from various sectors, including all levels of government (federal, provincial, and municipal), as well as the private, academic, and non-profit sectors, who are engaged in the development of AI governance and policy initiatives within their respective fields and sectors, are encouraged to attend. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with renowned AI experts and connect with peers who are encountering similar experiences and challenges. The program places special emphasis on real-world use cases and practical tools to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will:

  • Connect with peers facing similar AI governance challenges, continuing to engage with the alumni network fostered by Mila/PPF.

  • Use an analytical framework for AI policy decisions, continuing to apply it beyond the course.

  • Apply their understanding of AI technology, its applications, implications and policy responses to their work.

  • Access the latest AI-related resources and actively stay informed about AI policy developments.

  • Demonstrate confidence as AI policy leaders, recognized as champions within their organizations.

Teaching Method

This program empowers decision-makers and policy professionals by providing a comprehensive understanding of AI technology, its applications, implications, and governance considerations. Following the 3 Cs approach—Case Studies, Code, and Capstones—learners will engage with relatable case studies, explore actual code, and apply their knowledge in capstone projects. These projects may take various formats, such as written submissions, facilitated discussions, or presentations. 


The program is suitable for learners from diverse backgrounds, with no prior programming experience required. Through frameworks, facilitated discussions, and exposure to real AI models and use cases, the program emphasizes leadership and decision-making in an AI-enabled world.

Program Highlights

Unpacking AI and its Key Concepts

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of AI, covering definitions, key concepts, its distinction from other technologies and the AI lifecycle. They will also explore current and future applications of AI.

AI Opportunities and Risks

Participants will learn from experts and case studies, exploring opportunities opened up by AI, as well as some of the risks and harms it can unleash.

Emerging Responses and Solutions

Participants will learn a policy framework covering key responses to AI, enabling them to effectively address AI policy questions and decisions in their sectors.

Embracing AI Leadership

Participants will reflect on the key leadership questions they need to address for navigating the rapidly evolving AI policy landscape.

Dates and Locations 

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Montréal (French)

August 27, 2024, 9am-4:30pm

August 28, 2024, 9am-2pm


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Ottawa (English)

Fall Edition : November 27-28, 2024


Winter Edition : March 27-28, 2025



Toronto (English)

January 27, 2025, 9am-4:30pm

January 28, 2025, 9am-2pm



How much does the program cost?

$1,800 CAD + tax, including all material.

A 15% discount is offered to PPF and Mila members.

Where does the program take place?

The program takes place in Montréal (Mila offices, Little Italy neighbourhood), Ottawa (PPF offices, downtown Ottawa) and Edmonton (University of Alberta main campus).

6650 St-Urbain Street, #200
Montreal, QC
H2S 3H1

Public Policy Forum
130 Albert Street, Suite 1400
Ottawa, ON
K1P 5G4

University of Alberta
116 St and 85 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta
AB T6G 2R3

How long does it take to complete the program?

Two days of synchronous learning time in class, for a total of 12 hours. 

What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made in writing to The following policy applies without exception:

  • One month before the event: 100% refund, minus 25% admin fee
  • Three weeks before the event: 50% refund
  • Two weeks before the event: No refund
Is the program offered in both official languages?

The program is offered in English in Ottawa and Edmonton and in French in Montreal.


For more information about the program, please contact Ariana Seferiades Prece, Project Manager, Learning at Mila. 

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