Canadian Artificial Intelligence News - June 2021

Updated: 6 days ago

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AI and Sustainability news


The University of Waterloo launches Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) to address industry challenges. More


Minerva Intelligence and 4DM Inc. announce contract with Natural Resources Canada to enhance water resource information. More


University of Manitoba creating the most intelligent maps in Prairie history. More


Social AI news


USask researcher investigates the value of police street checks. More


Quebec's OPTEL launches anticounterfeiting solution to identify product counterfeiting, gray-market diversion, and label damage. More

IBM, ManpowerGroup, and the Royal Alberta College (RAC) launch free digital training program to help make tech more diverse and inclusive. More


AI and Healthcare news


Mimosa Diagnostics develops mobile health platform that uses near-infrared light combined with AI to assess tissue health. More

Toronto's Health Gauge partners with Edmonton's Lenica for launch of new wearables + sports training platform. More

AI Governance news


Ontario one step closer to creating its own provincial privacy law that would legislate the safe use of automated decision-making. More


BMO launches $2M fellowship and award program at McGill University focusing on ethical concerns of AI and its applications. More


Two Ontario universities have financial ties to Chinese AI firm on U.S. blacklist. More

Toronto’s Wombo becomes viral sensation by bringing deepfake technology to the masses. More


Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) publishes paper: "Regulating AI: Critical Issues and Choices" More


AI Venture news

Raquel Urtasun launches self-driving startup Waabi with $100-million in funding plus 40-strong team of scientists and engineers. More


PwC to invest $125 million in Canada in FY22 which to help build human-led and tech-powered strategy in the country. More

Patriot One secures $1M contract to provide misinformation and disinformation detection prototype for Department of National Defence. More

Alberta Enterprise Corporation invests CAD$5 million in precision medicine venture fund to support health innovation companies. More

If there's lithium in Quebec, Toronto's Goldspot wants to help find it. More

Montreal-based SCALE AI announces 4 new projects, and claims to have hot $200M AI investment milestone. More


Toronto's AI/ML Innovations Inc.to acquire Paris, France based Tech2Health. More


Vancouver's Nextech AR acquires Threedy.ai Inc. of Silicon Valley in deal focusing on 3D e-commerce. More

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