“The Government of Canada recognizes the need for AI developers.”
“In launching GPAI, the Government of Canada recognizes the need for AI developers,” said Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “It builds on our Government of Pan-Canadian AI a strategy to advance AI research and promote collaboration.”
The GPAI, previously known as the International Panel on Avian Influenza, connects and promotes collaboration between industry, civil society, government and specialist academics from around the world. Other supporting members of the GPAI are Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and the EU.
The federal government plans to invest up to $ 10 million over five years to support the GPAI in Montreal and the center. This is more than $ 5 million grant from the government of Quebec awarded to Montreal International in order to create or attract international AI from the organization, bringing the total investment of the government to 15 million dollars over five years.
The Montreal International Center of Expertise for AI Promotion (ICEMAI) will focus on responsibility for AI and data governance. ICEMAI de la Création is led by Montréal International, a non-profit public-private sector responsible for promoting foreign investment and economic development in the region. The pole to facilitate collaboration between the private sector, the public sector and the scientific community, connecting the GPAI du travail in Montreal to the booming AI industry.
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The correspondent for Paris center will focus on the future of work, and of innovation and marketing. The two centers work in close collaboration with the GPAI Secretariat, located at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The two will also explore the possibilities of using AI in response and recovery, an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our partnership with Quebec in this area will help ensure that AI benefits Canadians in a fair and socially responsible manner,” said Bains. “By connecting the work of GPAI with the technological innovations of Montreal AI in the sector and by establishing partnerships with the provinces and territories, we will produce useful, research and expertise for governments to worldwide.”
ICEMAI will work with the Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, IA Quebec Forum, and the International Observatory on the Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies, in addition to experts from Quebec, Canada and from around the world, to strengthen innovation and commercialization of AI.
“The recent signing of the memorandum of understanding between the governments of Quebec and Canada sets out Quebec’s role in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence and shows Quebec undoubted leadership in responsible development of AI”, said Nadine Girault, Quebec international relations and La Francophonie minister. “The Government of Quebec, in collaboration with the federal government and GPAI member states, will actively contribute to the advancement of AI for the benefit of humanity.”
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The PROTOCOL of agreement “will allow Quebec to highlight the important role of its ecosystem AI, in particular in the field of responsible development of AI, and to take its place internationally as a partner essential and subject matter expert, ”said the federal government.
This agreement will allow Quebec to participate in GPAI activities, advance its scientific views, and to recommend experts from GPAI working groups. Canada and Quebec also intend to participate and collaborate with the other provinces and territories to attract expertise from across the country to AI.
Pioneering Canadian AI and recent Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio, GPAI co-chair of the AI Accountability Task Force. Bengio is the founder and scientific director of Montreal, the AI of the research institute, Mila.
ICEMAI will host the first edition of the Multipartite GPAI of the Plenary Expert Group in December 2020.
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