Investments of $75 million: Scale AI propels 10 AI projects

Quebec City, Quebec - January 14, 2020

Scale AI, a driving force in projects for the application of artificial intelligence at Canadian-based companies, is announcing $27 million in investments to support 10 projects ($22.6 million from the Government of Canada and $4.2 million from the Government of Quebec).


Including these companies’ own contributions, this amounts to $75 million committed to modernizing processes for productivity enhancement through creativity and Canadian-developed solutions.

In sectors ranging from shipping to retail, and including aeronautics, healthcare and supply chain management tools applicable to every industry, these projects show the diversity of practical and immediate applications of artificial intelligence being deployed in Canada, by and with local experts.

“Funding of $27 million, out of a total of $75 million invested in 10 projects, will help accelerate the adoption of AI at the participating companies and will inspire others to follow suit.”

— Julien Billot, CEO of Scale AI

Hélène Desmarais, Co-Chair of the Scale AI Board of Directors, adds, “The files we are receiving show the appetite in every sector for structure-creating support in artificial intelligence. We are convinced that each achievement highlighting our homegrown talent and know-how plays a role in the emergence of this ecosystem in Canada.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, states, “With the announcement of these new projects, it is clear that the Scale AI supercluster has momentum. Scale AI is inspiring companies of all sizes to take the leap toward artificial intelligence and is helping establish Canada as a global leader in this emerging technology. These new projects will help tackle important industrial challenges in Canada’s areas of economic strength. They present new opportunities to generate prosperity for Canadian families through new and innovative high-quality jobs.”

“Quebec occupies an important place in the global ecosystem of artificial intelligence thanks to its pool of talented and highly qualified students and researchers in this area, as well as its innovative companies and start-ups. I am convinced that the projects supported by Scale AI will contribute to strengthening our expertise in this field of the future. In addition, these projects complement our government’s efforts to make artificial intelligence a major driver of Quebec’s economic growth over the next few decades.” – Mr Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Quebec

10 Projects With Investments of $75 Million

With artificial intelligence still in its early stages of development, the projects supported by Scale AI show the added value of collaborative partnerships in developing practical and relevant solutions. Altogether, 9 organizations and 40+ key partners have taken part in the rollout of these 10 projects, including the participating companies, consultancies, research centres and business partners (customers and suppliers).

Here is an overview of the projects supported.

Taking flight: optimization in the airline industry
Air Canada, Plotly
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Improving demand forecast accuracy
Loblaw Companies Limited, Plotly
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AI for the air cargo industry
Air Canada, OEC Group, Edgenda
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Retail supply chain platform
Partners: Ravel by CF, Coveo, Fintech Growth Syndicate, Adeptmind, Mackage, Penningtons, Reitmans, Roots, RW&Co, Softmoc, Thyme Maternity
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Cognitive supply chain in aerospace
CAE, GFI, Groupesag Laser/Jet d’eau, BMP Metals Inc, Avanade, Lixar, Createch, CGI, Deloitte, Presagis Canada Inc.
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Gouvernement du Québec
Gouvernement du Canada