• Chris McLellan

Canadian AI News - August 2022

Welcome to the Ask AI news roundup where we highlight the latest innovations, investments, and breakthroughs in the Canadian artificial intelligence sector. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to our podcast and monthly newsletter and following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Sustainability


🌽 The University of PEI's School for Climate Change and Adaptation is using artificial intelligence in a project to create a more environmentally efficient approach to farming. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How can AI make an impact in carbon-intensive industries? We asked Mark Speaker, Industry Solutions Executive at Microsoft Canada. Get episode


Governance & Society


😇 Ottawa expands use of NuEnergy.ai’s ‘trust’ platform, Ethical AI critical to an organization’s reputation, says CEO Niraj Bhargava. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: Can AI help preserve indigenous languages? We spoke with Anna Kazantseva, Research Officer for Indigenous Language Technologies, NRC. Get episode


Healthcare


👀 First-of-its-kind portable x-rays helping people in remote northern Sask. communities - Synthesis Health Inc. has created artificial intelligence to help work them. Full story


💲 Sunnybrook researchers have been awarded more than $12M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Spring 2022 Project Grants competition. Full story


👓 Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada brings AI-driven diabetic eye screening to rural and Indigenous communities. Full story


👋 Nexalogy Environics Inc has partnered with Medi-Call to launch an AI Assisted Mental Health Program to help prevent suicide. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: Why is AI essential for developing new medicines for genetic diseases? We spoke with Amit Deshwar, VP and Head of Predictive Systems at Deep Genomics. Get episode


Business


💪 Canada faces a shortage in digital and STEM skills, according to a new C.D Howe Institute report. Get study


📑 A new report by Accenture entitled 'Why AI in Insurance Claims and Underwriting?' claims to prove that AI technologies could help save the insurance claims process $218B. Full story


💸 SCALE AI announces $1.1-million investment into Adastra x Taiga Building Products Supply Chain Optimization Project. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How is applied (and responsible) AI impacting enterprise competitiveness? We spoke with Cory Janssen, Co-CEO at AltaML. Get episode


Natural Resources / Agriculture


🐟 A.I. tech developed in Nova Scotia could help avert fish kills at hydro dams. Innovasea says it has successfully developed technology to instantaneously detect and count fish. Full story


🌾 Antara Agronomy’s field day held near St. Jean, Manitoba focuses on training AI to unlock the potential of green-on-green spot spraying systems to identify and target weeds. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How is AI making greenhouse production more efficient? We met with Yves Daoust, Founder and CTO at Winter Farm who were awarded $2.9M to find out. Get episode


Robotics/AV/AR


🦴 A group of University of Alberta researchers are trying to redefine medical assistance for those with mobility issues by combing artificial intelligence with exoskeleton technology. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: How will AI create immersive content for the metaverse? We asked Manal Siddiqui, CEO, and Pietro Gagliano, CVO, at Transitional Forms. Get episode


Public Sector


💸 Montreal's SCALE AI has announced a major financing round in artificial intelligence: $50 million to support 12 new projects. Full story


💸 The Government of Canada has invested $19M CAD into research on environmental sustainability, health innovation and more. Full story


🏆 Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has received the prestigious Royal Medal from the Royal Society, the U.K.’s national academy of sciences. Full story


😀 Ask AI Exclusive: What goes on at MILA, Quebec’s renowned AI research Centre? We asked Stéphane Létourneau, EVP, MILA. Get episode


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