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    Je pense qu'on devrait commencer un fil sur l'intelligence artificielle à Montréal. Nous allons voir de grands changements dans nos vies grâce a l"IA, et Montréal sera méconnaissable dans 10 ans grâce à son leadership dans ce domaine.


    Technology services leader GlobalStep comes to Montréal

    Montréal, Canada | October 23th, 2017

    Company intends to leverage new Montréal base to provide services to its customers globally

    GlobalStep, a world leader in games quality assurance, data analytics and software testing based in Dallas, TX, is establishing a major presence in Montréal as part of a global expansion program.

    “Montréal is a great location with a tremendous creative ecosystem for the games industry, a large pool of talent, and a multi-lingual and multi-cultural environment. We’re proud to now be a part of it,” said Gagan Ahluwalia, Chief Executive Officer of GlobalStep. “Our new operations in Montréal will add localization capability to our portfolio of services as well as greater flexibility and geographic reach in serving our customers.  Some of the initiatives we are considering in Montréal include the further development of Artificial Intelligence in data analytics for video games.”

    Hubert Bolduc, President, and CEO of Montréal International, welcomed GlobalStep’s decision to establish itself in Montréal. “This further reaffirms Montréal’s position as a growing, globally recognized, technology services centre of excellence, especially in such fields as video games and artificial intelligence. GlobalStep is very impressed with our high-quality educational institutions and available talent and intends to use Montréal as a springboard for its future growth.”

    “The arrival of GlobalStep, a quality assurance specialist, confirms the Québec ecosystem’s appeal for the video game industry,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and CEO of Investissement Québec. “Our international team has done some remarkable work to raise the awareness of Quebec’s industry. GlobalStep’s arrival will create new high-quality jobs and allow them to take on more international mandates from Montréal.”

    To enhance its presence in Montréal, GlobalStep has acquired Bug-Tracker Inc., a games testing studio that specializes in games localization, functionality and certification and has 200 employees at offices on Pie-IX Blvd. The combined entity, to be known as GlobalStep, will be able to provide customers a more comprehensive suite of services including Data Analytics, Test Automation and smart manual testing to mitigate development risk. “This acquisition allows us to accelerate our business expansion by leveraging our newly established Montréal base and we look forward to expand the team to service our growing customer base,” said Mr. Ahluwalia.



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    How Montreal aims to become a world centre of artificial intelligence

    Impressive amounts of cash have been flowing into academia, public-private partnerships, research labs and startups active in AI.
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    SK Telecom, Hyundai Motor Company, Hanwha & Element AI Create $45M USD Global AI Fund

    SEOUL, South Korea and MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Element AI, an artificial intelligence company that delivers groundbreaking AI solutions, today announced it has established a joint $45M fund with Korean conglomerates SK Telecom, Hyundai Motor Company, Hanwha. The new fund leverages each partner's unique value and targets the most promising sectors of commercial AI applications and infrastructure, specifically emerging AI-based technologies including autonomous vehicles, household robots, manufacturing, drones, and hardware.


    The $45M fund will be actively managed by the three Korean companies with investment advisory by Element AI. Capital will be deployed to leading AI companies over the next 36 months. The fund is designed to use Element AI's extensive domain knowledge, cutting edge research and proprietary pipeline to source, assess, and invest in startups focused on applying AI in advanced technologies. SK Telecom, Hyundai Motor Company and Hanwha's data and deep industry expertise combined with Element AI's artificial intelligence knowledge will both differentiate the fund in the market and add immense value to portfolio companies.

    "Infusing large companies with artificial intelligence capabilities is the future of global industrialization," said Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné. "Our position in the marketplace gives us extraordinary access to the most cutting-edge technologies being developed today -- all we need are partners and capital commitment to seed the future and that's what we're achieving today with this announcement. SK Telecom, Hyundai, and Hanwha share our passion for investment and building the future; I'm excited we can now work together to create a new global, industrial reality that will serve our local communities well."

    "SK Telecom is striving to create a 'New ICT industrial ecosystem' that shares various technologies, services and infrastructures such as AI and autonomous driving to create new value," said Ryu Young-Sang, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Planning Division at SK Telecom. "SK Telecom is leading the Korean AI industry by launching NUGU, the first AI speaker service in Korea, and by introducing the world's first 5G Connected Car. Last month, we launched the 'Around Alliance', an alliance of industry-academia and collegiate autonomous vehicles, to secure autonomous driving technology. We hope that the joint investment from different fields will lead to the growth engine of New ICT."

    "No single company holds the key to the future and this why Hyundai Motor is pursuing such an alliance under the 'open innovation' philosophy,'' said Dr. Youngcho Chi, the Chief Innovation Officer and the Head of Strategy & Technology Division of Hyundai Motor. "We are pleased to join this great collaboration project with passionate partners who know their space. We look forward to contributing to the building of an ecosystem for the promising startups within the AI and autonomous driving industry," added Dr. Chi.

    Hanwha Asset Management is a comprehensive asset manager with US$ 82bn in AUM in Hanwha Group. Through this partnership, Hanwha will look to create synergies for its portfolio companies, increase the firm's footprint among global start-ups, and strengthen the firm's internal capabilities in assessing innovative technologies and originating new investments. Moreover, this partnership will allow Hanwha Asset Management to closely evaluate the latest Fintech innovations, and grow as a leading asset manager in Asia.

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    Le momentum de Montréal a pris une toute nouvelle allure avec l'éclosion de son expertise en IA.   Nous allons voir cette ville changer dramatiquement devant nos yeux dans les prochaines années, le pied sur l'accélérateur.  

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    il y a 4 minutes, mark_ac a dit :

    What;s important is creating opportunities for companies based in Quebec.

    One of the major leads for Quebec based AI (MCKinsey), said that while Montreal leads in AI research, it lags in AI implementation. The ecosystem here has to implementable as well as theoretical

    C'est vrai, et j'ai totalement confiance que c'est ce qui va arriver.

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    il y a 26 minutes, mark_ac a dit :

    What;s important is creating opportunities for companies based in Quebec.

    One of the major leads for Quebec based AI (MCKinsey), said that while Montreal leads in AI research, it lags in AI implementation. The ecosystem here has to implementable as well as theoretical


    It's a genuine fear that other's have warned about. That we not just become an oversized research center but that we actually benefit from the monetization of the technology. Developing techs and then having them be exploited elsewhere or for the profit of foreign companies that have their profit generating activities elsewhere.... well that's definitely not as good as generating our own spinoffs or making sure that the technologies are exploited here.


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    More good news on the AI front :)


    RBC looks to get smart with Montreal artificial intelligence lab

    Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press 
    Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:45AM EST 

    Canada's largest bank is joining global tech giants in setting up a research lab in Montreal to take advantage of the city's growing artificial intelligence expertise.

    The Royal Bank of Canada will open a Borealis AI lab in the new year, joining labs in Toronto and Edmonton. It hopes to have 10 researchers on staff in the first year of operation.

    "(Montreal) is absolutely one of the hottest places not only in Canada but on earth right now," says Foteini Agrafioti, RBC chief science officer and Borealis AI head.

    RBC will join Silicon Valley tech heavyweights like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, along with Samsung and other global players that have made a presence in the city.

    "It's become very, very attractive with the momentum that they've built," Agrafioti said in an interview.

    While the Borealis labs work collaboratively, she said the contribution of McGill professor Jackie Cheung as an academic adviser will allow the Montreal lab to focus on his expertise of natural language processing.

    Part of RBC's focus is to develop technology to pick up early signs of seemingly disconnected events going on around the world by evaluating social media chatter and news in far flung countries that could potentially have an impact on North American markets.

    Even though heightened activity in Montreal is creating competition for companies looking to lure researchers, Agrafioti is hoping RBC will have home advantage.

    "Our hope here is to be adding the voice of one Canadian business that does fundamental research in AI and giving the people the opportunity to create that value through a Canadian company."

    The Montreal lab will collaborate with the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and renowned expert Yoshua Bengio, who has advocated for using AI to create homegrown tech champions that will keep intellectual property within the country.

    RBC Research Institute aims to ensure academic freedom so talented researchers can stay in Canada and develop technologies that benefit the Canadian economy, Agrafioti said.

    She said the goal is to make sure "that people are building companies that leverage Canadian intellectual property here in Canada on Canadian soil."

    RBC and the Bank of Montreal also announced Tuesday that they are injecting $4 million to the Creative Destruction Lab Montreal, which helps promising startups transition into high-growth companies.

    CDL is a partnership between the University of Montreal's HEC business school and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

    The first round of 28 selected applicants, most of which have patents, will receive coaching from experts and investment funds to accelerate their startups to the next stage.

    A similar lab in Toronto created more than $1 billion in equity value in the last few years.

    "The CDL-Montreal program represents a stimulant challenge not only for our startup companies but also for all the partners involved in this innovative project," stated Fil Papich, co-head of BMO Capital Markets in Quebec.

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