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Forum IA Québec launches a new platform in the province’s AI sector

The Vitrine includes a wide range of practical tools to help users adopt and integrate AI solutions more quickly and ensure that all of Quebec reaps the economic and social benefits of AI.

April 8, 2022   by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Forum IA Québec announces that they are launching a new platform in Quebec’s AI sector: the Vitrine AI Québec.

Created by the Forum, the platform was made possible due to financial assistance from Quebec’s Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI) and the Ministry of International Relations and la Francophonie (MRIF), as well as support from working groups made up of diverse representatives from the AI industry. The Vitrine reportedly has two main purposes.

First, it provides an overview of the different dimensions of Quebec’s AI ecosystem, which was ranked as the 7th strongest worldwide in the Tortoise Global AI Index.

Additionally, the Vitrine reportedly includes a wide range of practical tools to help users adopt and integrate AI solutions more quickly and ensure that all of Quebec reaps the economic and social benefits of AI.

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The Vitrine AI Québec is trying to include the most comprehensive directory of Quebec AI organizations created to date. With more than 700 organizations listed, it was developed to help industry stakeholders connect, and enable users to search for AI products and services that match their business needs, using specific criteria or keywords.

The Vitrine also includes the Export Portal, a secure space that allows companies to confidentially share their export plans with the Ministry of International Relations and la Francophonie as well as its partners, who in turn will be able to use this information to provide AI companies with better international marketing and commercialization support.

Launched as a beta release, the platform allows organizations to register to either update their profile or create one independently. Additional features will be added over time, based on needs expressed by the ecosystem’s stakeholders, with a view to improving the directory’s value to organizations and end users alike.

“I’m very proud to launch the Vitrine today. The platform addresses one of the key recommendations set out in the Strategy for the Development of Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem,” said Marie-Paule Jeansonne, President and CEO of Forum IA Québec. “The Vitrine is a powerful tool that will help showcase Quebec’s AI ecosystem internationally and facilitate the adoption of locally developed AI solutions across all sectors of the Quebec economy, from agri-food to finance to manufacturing.”