Making A Difference Speaker Series


What The Making A Difference Speaker Series? 

Our Making A Difference Speaker Series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host virtual talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories. These FREE 30-45 min talks deliver experiences that amplify youth voices about issues they care about and invite them to participate in our exciting innovation challenges.

Who Can Attend? 

The Making A Difference Speaker Series is open students (grades 6+), teachers and parents.  You may register independently or in groups.  If you have a device and a reliable internet connection you’re ready to register and join the discussion!

When Are The Talks?

Join us every month to awaken your creativity, learning from experts with meaningful conversations. This year we look forward to exploring new topics, including fashion tech, musical machines, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and more.

Brilliant Labs is committed to empowering youth, adults and families to fuel their passions, take creative risks and construct a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. We explore fun ways to introduce novel technologies to catalyze positive social and ecological change within communities. 

If you have questions about this speaker series or would like to propose a topic or guest speaker, please connect with us! 

Making A Difference Speakers: 2021-2022

videns analytics

Artificial Intelligence and Data Valuation at Videns Analytics


Sarah Legendre Bilodeau and Catherine Bourdeau-Laferrière both work in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data Valuation at Videns Analytics, where they use their passion, talent and experience to implement efficient and sustainable processes, in harmony with people and organizational values, for a better society.

In their presentation, discover the atypical path that led them to data science. These two women work in technology. They will also share with you their journey in a male dominated field. Finally, it is with great pleasure that they will present you some examples of concrete applications in AI, produced by Videns Analytics.

Please join us on Thursday, January 20, at 1:30 pm AST. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.

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About Our Speakers:

Sarah Legendre Bilodeau, CEO and Co-Founder of Videns Analytics

With nearly 15 years of experience in data science, Sarah Legendre Bilodeau has evolved in various application contexts: marketing, finance, insurance, retail, technology, and public health. In 2018, she co-founded Videns Analytics, where she works as CEO. This company specializes in the development and deployment of analytics and artificial intelligence solutions. Since 2018, she has assisted several large organizations in Quebec in the development of their analytics roadmap, such as Energir, Desjardins Sécurité Financière and iA Financial Group. Sarah has been teaching at HEC Montreal’s Master’s in Business Intelligence and Data Science since 2015, in addition to being a trainer at HEC Montreal’s School for Executives and at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi’s continuing education.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Université Laval and a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Montréal (Business Intelligence).

Catherine Bourdeau-Laferrière, Data Scientist, Product Development Manager at Videns Analytics

Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Laval University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique. She previously worked in the agri-food industry where she held various roles in operations management. Realizing the importance of data in the decision-making process, she decided to make the leap to a career in data science. Catherine recently developed an algorithm to adjust quality assurance strategy by identifying non-quality risks before production. She is also leading the development of a user-friendly educational decision support tool. In addition, at Videns, she assumes the role of Product Development Manager.

More About Our Guests

Sarah Legendre Bilodeau
Catherine Bourdeau-Laferrière

Thank You To All Our Making A Difference Guest Speakers

Ken Nakagaki
Lee Jones: Express Yourself Creatively
Andy Ellis: Decision Making & Cyber Security
Josh Keys: Creativity and Robotics
Tim Savas
Tosca Terán: Designing With Nature
Professor Alissa N. Antle: Designing for Wellbeing
Professor Lining Yao: Shaping the Future Through Morphing Matter,
Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi: Designing for Empathy, Conversations

JOIN HOST Alisha Collins as she welcomes global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories.

ABOUT Alisha grew up in India & studied at MIT MEdia Lab Cambridge, MA U.S. and Sristi Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengalura, India.   Learn more about Alisha in Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope. 

Let’s get talking about sustainability.

The Brilliant Labs’ Speakers Series got my students asking tough questions about the future, but also engaged them to think about what they can do to make a difference.  They’re still talking about mycelium!

M. Thomas, Grade 11-12 Physics Teacher

We are here to help teachers, youth, and communities innovate and develop a sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit.