Organization: McGill Univ

RBC steps up investments in AI with new Montreal lab

Montreal has attracted two Canadian financial institutions to its emerging artificial intelligence (AI) cluster. The Royal Bank of Canada has announced more investments in AI research with a new AI lab to open in the city. It also announced a joint, $4-million investment with Bank of Montreal for the Creative Destruction Lab, also in Montreal.…

$16M donation establishes centre for autism research at McGill Univ

A donation of $16 million has helped establish a new autism research centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill Univ. The Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) will conduct research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that could lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people…

Dr Marc Fortin

Dr Marc Fortin has been appointed VP research partnerships at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), replacing Dr Bettina Hamelin who left the position in June to become president and CEO of Ontario Genomics. Fortin comes to NSERC from the Department of National Defence, where he held the dual roles of ADM S&T…

McGill to open retail innovation lab with $25-million donation

Aldo Bensadoun, founder of global shoe retailing chain Aldo Group, has donated $25 million to McGill Univ to establish a digital retail innovation lab.  The Bensadoun School of Retail Management will offer multidisciplinary education to students from the undergraduate to PhD levels while providing a test environment for new ideas, technologies and products. Slated to…

CDRD, MNI and Merck join forces to develop new therapeutics

Two research institutes and a multinational pharmaceutical firm are partnering to launch NeuroCDRD, a novel drug development platform that aims to accelerate the development of therapeutics for debilitating neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) will contribute its translational expertise while the Montreal Neurological…

Microsoft Ventures invests in Montreal AI expertise

Microsoft Venture‘s new start-up fund has made its first investment in Element AI, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence start-up affiliated with researchers at McGill Univ, Univ of Montreal and Univ of Toronto. Founded by Dr Yoshua Bengio and serial entrepreneurs Jean-François Gagné and Nicolas Chapados, Element AI will use the undisclosed Microsoft investment to achieve scale…

INQ announces three research chairs

The Institut nordique to Québec (INQ) has announced funding for three research chairs to pursue research ranging from renewable energy production and wildlife preservation to food security and sustainable development in the north. INQ also announced the appointment of Dr Louis Fortier — scientific director of ArcticNet —as its director of science and innovation responsible…