Danielle Gifford

Executive Director, M51


Throughout her career, Danielle has been heavily involved in the start-up world, working with companies focused on B2B and B2C technologies in AI, AR, and cloud platforms from pre-seed to both acquisition and failure.

Prior to joining Movement51, Danielle was responsible for building an AI Talent and Experimentation Accelerator that served private and public sector organizations. Over a two-year period, the Lab trained over 150 individuals, partnered with Microsoft, and developed proof-of-concept models for 70 AI use cases in diverse industries such as digital media, finance, renewables, and supply chain.

Earlier in her career, Danielle served as a Venture Manager and Head of Site Recruitment at the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), where she sourced and managed a portfolio of ventures across a range of industries, including energy, agriculture, fintech, and health. Her efforts contributed to over $250M in equity value creation.

Danielle holds a Dual Honors Degree in Psychology and Business, an MBA, Executive Certificates from MIT, and also sits on the Protein Industries Canada Artificial Intelligence selection committee.


wednesday – 09:35am AI

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Unlocking Potential: The Art of Prompt Engineering

Prompt engineering stands at the intersection of search and reasoning engines, a nexus where recent advancements like ChatGPT and Microsoft Bing have left an indelible mark. Join us as we dive into the principles of prompt engineering, including practical applications, key considerations, and the balance between search algorithms and human-like reasoning. As we look forward, we will examine how reasoning engines are laying the groundwork for more intuitive response systems and analyze the implications that are beginning to surface.

wednesday – 09:30am AI

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Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

AI Stage Kickoff

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), once merely theoretical, are now a household conversation and used widely in industries like tech, banking, healthcare, and entertainment. From advancements in disease detection and deep fakes, to driverless cars and ChatGPT, find out how the capabilities and ethics of this disruptive technology are leading us into the next decade. Join us as we kick off the AI Stage.