Kathryn Hume

VP Digital Investments Technology


Kathryn Hume is the Vice President of Digital Investments Technology at the Royal Bank of Canada. She formerly served as interim head of Borealis AI, a premier machine learning research lab. Prior to joining RBC, Kathryn held leadership positions at Integrate.ai and Fast Forward Labs, where she helped over 50 Fortune 500 organizations develop and implement AI programs. She is a widely respected author and speaker on technology and innovation, with work appearing at TED, HBR, the Globe and Mail, Harvard, MIT, and more. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and speaks seven languages.


thursday – 11:15am Tech Talent Zone

Time Icon 15 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Lower Lobby

Success in Data & AI: Mastering the Art of Adaptability

In a space moving as fast as artificial intelligence (AI), it feels near impossible to stay on top of the latest developments. To build a successful career in AI, one must constantly adapt: recognizing and honing the skills that matter, setting aside those that don’t, and getting used to the discomfort of “not quite” as a way of being. In this talk, Kathryn shares her personal — and relatively atypical — journey in data & AI. From being a literature PhD, to building product teams in ML startups, to leading software development and AI research teams at RBC, Kathryn’s career has been at its core an exercise in adaptability. Join this session and learn the traits that are shared by the highest performers in AI across various roles and hear tips for newcomers to the field.