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SCALE AI announces support for four new projects in AI

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, together with Elisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages came together to mark this milestone.

June 21, 2021  by CM Staff

MONTREAL — SCALE AI announced $35M in investments into four projects on June 21, bringing the total number of SCALE AI projects announced to more than 150, representing more than $200M of investments into AI industry-led projects.

“Artificial intelligence is transforming the way people live, work and conduct business. Scale AI is leveraging this competitive advantage by advancing innovative and collaborative projects, such as those we announced today, to create a more resilient supply chain while strengthening Canada’s position as a global leader in artificial intelligence,” declared the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “I am pleased to see Scale AI supporting companies looking to take advantage of this new technology in a responsible way and for the benefit of Canadians.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, together with Elisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages came together to mark this milestone and highlight the impact of those projects for Canadians across the country.

“Canada’s Scale AI Supercluster is accelerating the adoption of advanced artificial intelligence to help companies emerge as global leaders,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “We are seeing first-hand how Canada’s leadership in AI is having a positive impact on our economic recovery across sectors. Scale AI is connecting large corporations, innovative start-ups and researchers to shape a more competitive supply chain that leverages AI solutions and creates good jobs for Canadians.”

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Four new projects representing investments of $35 million

Sherbrooke AI Digital Twin

Partners: Kruger Products, BCG, Osedea, Dataperformers, Polytechnique Montréal, Université Laval

SCALE AI’s investment: $6.7 million

Total investment: $25.5 million

Kruger Products has built a greenfield manufacturing facility in Sherbrooke, Québec, to further propel its market position on premium tissue & towel products in North America. Using real-time data, the project will recreate the plant’s entire supply chain virtually, adding an integrated set of predictive and prescriptive AI capabilities. This will allow the improvement of key operations from supply through processing to client shipping, in order to drive revenues, efficiency and agility.

Planogram optimization solution

Partners: Canadian Tire, Ivado Labs, Spacefile International Corp.

SCALE AI’s investment: $2.2 million

Total investment: $5 million

Canadian Tire is one of the largest retailers in the country with over 500 stores from coast-to-coast. With a unique, multi-category assortment across its Automotive, Living, Playing, Fixing and Seasonal categories, Canadian Tire offers the products and services that prepare Canadians for life in Canada. This project will develop an AI solution that optimizes product lines by generating a customized planogram for each location, delivering solutions to effectively merchandise each Canadian Tire store through the use of real-time data optimizing operations and increasing sales based on customer behaviour patterns.

Transportation optimization

Partners: Kemira, Global Attributes

SCALE AI’s investment: $1.1 million

Total investment: $2.3 million

Kemira is a company involved in sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries. It provides products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Focus is on pulp & paper, water treatment and oil & gas. The AI-based solution will use all available data to optimize the transportation through Mixed-Integer Programming.

Patient clinical care pathway optimization

Partners: MCI Onehealth Technologies Inc., Polyclinic, Altima Dental, Khure Health

SCALE AI’s investment: $0.8 million

Total investment: $1.8 million

MCI OneHealth is a technology-enabled primary care network in Canada, working closely with several other healthcare institutions and technology providers towards a data-driven vision of better care. This project will create an AI solution to optimize the patient care path between virtual, in-person and specialist visits.