Our Speakers 


Benjamin Haibe-Kains, PhD

Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Affiliate, OICR and Vector Institute

Dr. Benjamin Haibe-Kains is a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), University Health Network, an Associate Professor in the Medical Biophysics department of the University of Toronto and an Affiliate Faculty at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. His research focuses on the integration of high-throughput data from various sources to simultaneously analyze multiple facets of carcinogenesis. Dr. Haibe-Kains’ team is analyzing large-scale radiological and (pharmaco)genomic datasets to develop new prognostic and predictive models to improve cancer care.


Simon Adar, PhD 

CEO, Code Ocean  

Simon Adar is the CEO of Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational research platform for quickly creating, organizing, and sharing project-based code, data, the environment, and the results. It began as part of Simon’s postdoc at Cornell-Tech. Together with a founding team whose search for a “better way” was fueled by their own frustrations and the time spent struggling with previous researchers’ code, they built the one platform that helps eliminate multiple roadblocks, particularly in trying to get other researchers’ code up and running. Simon was a Runway postdoc awardee at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and holds a Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University in the field of Hyperspectral image processing. He previously collaborated with the DLR-the German Space Agency on the European FP7-funded EO-MINERS project to detect environmental changes from airborne and spaceborne sensors.