MONTREAL, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal is pleased to be one of the academic partners of the AI-Powered Supply Chain Supercluster – SCALE.AI, which has been selected by the Government of Canada to receive $230 million in funding under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The announcement was made earlier today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. "SCALE.AI will build something unique: bolster Canada's leadership in AI and data science, and define the new supply-chain platform, deeply impacting the retail, manufacturing and transport sectors," said Hélène Desmarais, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal and Chair of the Board of Directors of HEC Montréal. "SCALE.AI will drive economic growth, create highly skilled jobs and boost our talent pool, putting AI at the service of all Canadians."
Working alongside its supercluster partners, HEC Montréal will collaborate with industry stakeholders and draw on its expertise in education, commercialization and business development. "HEC Montréal has a unique set of strengths when it comes to supply chains, logistics, operational research and artificial intelligence, relying on one of the country's most talented and experienced academic faculty," said Robert Gagné, Director, Research and Knowledge Transfer at HEC Montréal and Chair of the Board of the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO). HEC Montréal professors are also very active with GERAD and CIRRELT, two world-class research centers focused on the application of operational research to supply chains. In addition, HEC Montréal is one of the founding partners of IVADO.
From an educational standpoint, HEC Montréal offers master's programs in global supply chain management and business analytics. Its EDUlib platform will readily provide access to online courses in supply chain management in contexts where artificial intelligence is poised to play a key role. Plus, Executive Education HEC Montréal has already teamed up with IVADO to deliver various professional development programs in artificial intelligence and has plans to create new courses in logistics, transportation and supply chain management.
HEC Montréal is already committed to commercializing the results of leading-edge AI and supply chain management research through CDL-Montreal, a seed-stage program for science-based companies. And the School will soon be welcoming NextAI, an accelerator for AI-enabled startups.
"This expertise and these advantages will allow HEC Montréal to make a major contribution to its industrial and academic partners within the SCALE.AI supercluster in order to maximize artificial intelligence applications in supply chain management and thus give businesses in Quebec and Canada an edge over the international competition," concluded Michel Patry, Director of HEC Montréal.
About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal is an internationally renowned business school, with over 13,000 students. In addition, it trains more than 7,000 executives and managers every year. The School holds many prestigious accreditations, and offers some 60 programs of study from the bachelor's to doctoral levels. It is one of the most active business schools in Canada in terms of research, thanks to 28 research units, including 27 chairs (6 of them Canada Research Chairs). With a faculty of 272, HEC Montréal offers programs in several languages and attracts students from nearly 140 countries. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 86,000 students in all fields of management.
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