According to the portrait, more than a hundred researchers are involved in various projects related to artificial intelligence at Laval University and other research institutions in the region. In the private sector, more than a hundred Québec City companies are now integrating AI technologies into their products or services.
On the whole, the Capitale-Nationale region’s assets can be summed up by the proximity and sharing of available resources in a spirit of “co-opetition.”
The region enjoys quick, easy access to research expertise and highly qualified professionals. For example, at Laval University, the establishment of a number of cutting-edge research units in recent years, such as the Big Data Research Centre (BDRC) and, more recently, the Institute Intelligence and Data (IID), have enabled training students and AI professionals who can support organizations in the implementation of technologies and their digital transformation. Many companies specializing in AI based in the region were directly spawned from this expertise in much the same way that the optics-photonics sector thirty years ago did with the creation of the National Optics Institute.
The support of continuing professional development programs and the availability of specialized programs in the region’s various college and university institutions have undoubtedly played a key role in this business success.