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IBM Partners with Canadian Institute, IVADO, To Explore AI

IBM has teamed up with a Montreal-based Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) to jointly develop artificial intelligence (AI) products, with plans to add another 100 technology professionals to its innovation center.

The innovation center, launched in 2016 for providing digital transformation services, will henceforth focus on AI and Salesforce expertise, the American technology giant stated in a press release.

“Research in AI is quickly expanding worldwide – and particularly in Montréal – but AI is far from having reached its full potential in delivering concrete results for businesses,” said Claude Guay, General Manager, IBM Services, Canada. “IBM’s CIC in Montréal will focus on delivering value to its clients through applied AI and bringing real solutions to real problems.”

The new recruits the company is looking for will work as machine learning engineers, data scientists, full stack developers, or data engineers.

IBM is apparently hoping to leverage the AI expertise of more than 1,100 affiliated scientists working for Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and Polytechnique Montréal.

“The strength of our local business and research community is a key reason why Montréal has become a global hub in AI,” stated IVADO’s CEO Pr. Gilles Savard.

“…IVADO believes in the importance of strong collaboration between academia and businesses.”

The news comes barely a week after the American company claimed that its collaboration with Canadian mining company Goldcorp had successfully developed an AI solution that locates gold deposits deep inside the earth.

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“AI has the potential to be a game changer for us in terms of access to and analysis of the data we need in improving exploration efforts,” said Robin Fell, Director, Strategic Technology Solutions, Goldcorp. “Our AI collaboration with IBM Canada has borne promising results already and we are expanding the scope of our project to test data from other geographies.”

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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