Artificial Intelligence Cluster Steering Committee

The Steering Committee worked for one year to develop the Strategy for the Development of Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem.

The Committee called on the services of advisors, collaborators and experts who generously agreed to engage in this exercise to produce analyses and recommendations that the Committee carefully reviewed. The implementation of the recommendations in this report should enable Quebec to build on solid achievements to become a world leader in artificial intelligence.

The proposed strategy consists of 12 recommendations, which falls under five directions, namely:

  • Ensure the growth and sustainability of the Quebec AI academic research hub.
  • Develop digital science talent to meet Quebec's needs.
  • Accelerate the adoption and development of AI solutions by all the players that make up Quebec's economy.
  • Develop an international hub in responsible AI in Quebec.
  • Encourage the development of support structures for Quebec's ecosystem.

Mission

The four missions entrusted to the Steering Committee of the Quebec IA Cluster are:

  1. Ensure the launch of the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute.
  2. Develop a strategic plan for the AI ecosystem development between 2018 and 2022.
  3. Study the impact of AI on ethical, economic and social issues.
  4. Take a leadership role in defining a pan-Canadian AI strategy.

Structure and organization

The Université de Montréal set up an administrative support office to help the Co-Chairs establish a work plan, set up a coordination team and obtain the collaboration of several leading consultants who piloted various aspects of the process. As part of their work, the Steering Committee members met and consulted with many stakeholders in the AI ecosystem who generously agreed to contribute to the development of this document.

People consulted

Committee members

Business sector

Pierre Boivin

President and CEO,
Claridge Inc.

Chris Arsenault

Managing Partner,
iNovia Capital

Thomas Birch

Vice-President, Funds and Technologies,
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Charles Boulanger

President and CEO,
Leddar Tech

Magaly Charbonneau

Principal, iNovia,
and entrepreneur (PasswordBox acquired by Intel)

Patrick Pichette

Corporate Director and Strategic Advisor

Valery Zamuner

Senior Vice-President, Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Initiatives, Stingray

University sector

Guy Breton

Rector, Université de Montréal

François Bertrand

Director, Research, Innovation and International Affairs, Polytechnique Montréal

Martha Crago

Vice-President, Research and Innovation,
McGill University

Robert Gagné

Director, Research and Transfers, HEC Montréal,
and Chair of the Governing Board, IVADO

Marie-Josée Hébert

Vice-Rector, Research,
Discovery and Innovation,
Université de Montréal

Observateurs

Gilles Savard

Gilles Savard

General Manager,
IVADO

Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio

Scientific Director, Mila, and Professor, Université de Montréal

Doina Precup

Doina Precup

Associate Professor, IT School,
McGill University

Marie-Josée Blais

Marie-Josée Blais

Assistant Deputy Minister,
Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation

Mario Bouchard

Mario Bouchard

Assistant Deputy Minister,
Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation

List of people met during our work

Amyot, Robert
CAE

Anglade, Dominique
Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation

Baillet, Francis
Ubisoft

Barette, Gaétan
Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux

Bastien, Frédéric
Mila et Université de Montréal

Bastien, Frédéric
Mnubo

Beaudoin, Josée
CEFRIO

Béliveau, Louise
Université de Montréal

Bellemare, Alain
Bombardier

Benoit, Suzanne
Aéro Montréal

Béraud, Frank
Montreal In Vivo

Bernstein, Alan
CIFAR

Bertrand, François
Polytechnique Montréal

Bérubé, Vincent
McKinsey & Compagnie

Blais, François
Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

Boel, Nicolas-Louis
Altissia

Boivin, Benoit
Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor

Bolduc, Hubert
Montréal International

Borrelli, François
Prompt

Boufaden, Nariés
Keatext

Boulet, Benoît
Université McGill

Brodeur, Pierre
Regroupement des collèges du Montréal métropolitain

Brouillet, Eugénie
Université Laval

Brunel, Benoit
Bonjour Santé

Brunelle, Eric
Druide Informatique

Brunelle, Martin
Desjardins

Bruno, Richard
CIRANO

Cai, Changtian
Huawei Thechnologies

Carignan, François
Purkinje

Carle, Sylvain
FounderFuel

Chagnon, André
SOJECCI

Chapados, Nicolas
Imagia

Chenette, Madeleine
Accenture

Clark, James
Université McGill

Clerk, Maxime
Prompt

Cléroux, Louis
Blockchain Superclus

Coiteux, Martin
Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire

Corbo, Jacomo
Quantum Black

Côté, Diane
MEDTEQ

Côté, Myriam
Mila

Cournoyer, Jean-Sébastien
Element AI

Courville, Aaron
Mila et Université de Montréal

D’Amours, Sophie
Université Laval

Debbabi, Mourad
Université Concordia

Deguire, Charles
Kinova

Delage, Jean-Nicolas
Notman – OSMO

Desbiens, Denis
IBM

Desmarais, Hélène
Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal

Divry, Lidia
TechnoMTL

Dumouchel, Pierre
ETS

El Asri, Layla
Microsoft

Émond, Marie-Claude
Alliance Numérique

Faubert, Denis
CRIAQ – Most 21

Fortier, Suzanne
Université McGill

Gagné, Christian
Université Laval

Gagné, Jean-François
Element AI

Garinis, Tom
Deloitte

Gauthier, Johanne
MTESS

Girard, Anne-Marie
Université de Montréal

Gravel, Vivianne
B-citi

Grégoire Rousseau, Jean-Sébastien
McKinsey & Compagnie

Halinaty, Mark
Thales Canada

Hamel, Manon
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Houle, Sébastien
Productique

Huneault, Michel
ETS

Jacques, Pierre-Étienne
Université de Sherbrooke

Jaskolka, Norman
Aldo

Klugman- Iain
Communitech

Labonté, Françoys
CRIM

Lacoste-Julien, Simon
Mila et Université de Montréal

Lajoie, Gilles
SOQUIJ

Lalonde, Fred
GERAD

Lamothe, Marie-Josée
Google Canada

Lanoue, Josée
TechnoCompétences

Laporte, Réal
Hydro-Québec

Larochelle, Hugo
Mila et Google Canada

Laviolette, François
Université Laval

Lavoie, Alain
Irosoft

Lavoie, Valérie
Fédération des cégeps

Le Bouthillier, Alexandre
Imagia

Leblanc Martin
Caprion

LeCun, Yann
Facebook

Létourneau, Stéphane
Université de Montréal

Lévesque, Louis
Finance Montréal

Lodi, Andrea
Chaire CERC Polytechnique Montréal

Martel, Nicole
AQT

Masson, Alexandra
Québec International

Mauro, Andy
Automat.ai

Molaret, Philippe
Thales Canada

Montini, Emmanuel
Cégep de Bois-de-Boulogne

Moravei, Amir
Botler/Nomino

Musbah, Mohamed
Microsoft

Noël, Jean-François
MEES

Pal, Christopher
Polytechnique Montréal

Parent, Marc
CAE

Park, Thomas
BDC Capital

Patry, Michel
HEC Montréal

Perreault, Jean-Pierre
Université de Sherbrooke

Pilon, Pascal
LANDR

Pineau, Joëlle
MILA et Université McGill

Poulin, Daniel
LEXUM

Poulin, Geneviève
Ubisoft

Prodromou, Evan
Fuzzy.ai

Raimondi, Patrick
Accenture

Rigazio, Luca
Panasonic

Roy, Louise
Université de Montréal

Sabia, Micheal
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Schlesinger, Adam
Banque Nationale du Canada

Schuler, Cameron
AMII

Sherry, Dave
Lightspeed

Sirois, Luc
Prompt

Smirnov, Alexis
Dialogue

Talon, Suzanne
Calcul Québec

Tarnowski, Marcos
McKinsey & Compagnie

Têtu, Louis
Coveo

Thérien, Denis
Université McGill

Tremblay, Jean-François
Institut de l’électrification

Trépanier, Martin
CIRRELT

Trischler, Adam
Microsoft

Usal, Siefried
Thales Canada (CortAIx)

Vachon, Louis
Banque Nationale du Canada

Vallée, Nathalie
Collège Ahuntsic

Veerman, Alan
Vector Institute

Viel, Carl
Québec International

Vigeant, Daniel
Collège Lionel-Groulx

Vigneault, Mathieu
Transtech

Vinet, Luc
CRM

Wallis, Jodie
Accenture

Texte de remerciements: The Committee would also like to thank all the people who were met during the work on the Strategy for the Development of Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem that are not mentioned in this list.