Catherine Régis to take up new IVADO post

Catherine Régis

Catherine Régis

Credit: Amélie Philibert, Université de Montréal

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The UdeM law professor and expert in AI, human rights and health law has been appointed to the new position of director of social innovation and international policy at IVADO.

Université de Montréal law professor Catherine Régis has been appointed to the new position of director of social innovation and international policy at IVADO, the Montreal artificial-intelligence consortium.

In this role, she will lead the development of the knowledge mobilization strategy of  IVADO's R3AI program, as well as the development of partnerships focused on responsible innovation and adoption in different environments. She officially takes up her post in January 2024.

Régis is a full professor in UdeM's Faculty of Law. She is also the university's special advisor and associate vice-rector for strategic planning and responsible digital innovation. She holds a Canada-CIFAR Chair in AI and Human Rights (at UdeM-affiliated Mila) and a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. She is an associate academic member at Mila and a researcher at UdeM's Public Law Research Centre (CRDP) and Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM) , as well as at Université Laval's International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (Obvia).

Professor Régis is very active on the international scene. She is co-chair of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)'s working group on responsible AI, which includes 29 member states. She co-leads the international university alliance U7+'s working group on responsible digital innovation and AI, which includes over 50 universities worldwide. She has served as a member of the OECD's working group on trustworthy AI and is a fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)'s science diplomacy program (in 2022).

She is scientific director of UdeM's Summer School in Responsible AI and Human Rights a joint initiative with Mila that brings together an international cohort of students and professionals from several disciplines (law, ethics, international policy, machine learning, and more). She contributed to the drafting of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI and is co-leader of the international working group  established by the Quebec Innovation Council to produce recommendations on the regulation of AI to present to the provincial government in January 2024.