IBM is doubling down on Montreal’s AI talent by partnering with Montreal based IVADO. “Big Blue” says the deal will lead to the creation of 100 high skilled positions in our city next year as it expands its Client Innovation Centre (CIC) here.
“It is no secret Montreal has established itself as a global hub in AI. The city is a magnet for talent and investments. Research in AI is quickly expanding worldwide – and particularly in Montreal – 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 launched its CIC in Montreal in 2016 with the goal of fast tracking the digital transformation of both public and private organizations in Canada. The partnership with IVADO they say is proof of their commitment to further accelerating the delivery of innovation through artificial intelligence and Salesforce expertise.
“IVADO is a lead player in the Montreal AI and machine learning ecosystem. IBM is an international leader whose footprint in Montreal is becoming increasingly large and important. This is a welcome collaboration.” said David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. He also told MTLinTech that although the Federal Government was not directly involved in this collaboration, that IVADO has been a beneficiary of both the Pan Canadian AI strategy and The Scale AI supercluster, both of which are initiatives of the Federal Government.
IBM says they will be hiring Machine Learning Engineers, Data Scientists, Full Stack Developers and Data Engineers to fill the roles this deal will create. The partnership will also allow them to enhance their AI expertise by teaming with IVADO and its pool of more than 1,100 affiliated scientists from Université de Montréal, HEC Montréal, and Polytechnique Montréal.
IVADO’s CEO Pr. Gilles Savard added “The strength of our local business and research community is a key reason why Montreal has become a global hub in AI. IVADO is pleased to see a leader like IBM invest in – and partner with – our ecosystem as IVADO believes in the importance of strong collaboration between academia and businesses.”