The AI-powered supply chain supercluster supported by SCMA has crossed its first hurdle and is among the nine proposals that have been shortlisted – from more than 50 applications involving over 1000 firms – to advance to the second phase in the application process.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced the successful shortlisted applicants during a cross-country tour that includes stops in Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. SCMA is proud to be a partner in this project as AI’s transformative impact on supply chain will bolster Canadian leadership in artificial intelligence and data science to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

Christian Buhagiar and Hon. Navdeep Bains

(SCMA President & CEO Christian Buhagiar and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, at the Supercluster Initiative announcement in Montreal.)

Superclusters are areas of business activity containing large and small companies, universities and colleges, and not-for-profit organizations to develop ideas that can be taken to market. It is also important to note that superclusters are job-creating regions that give rise to new employment opportunities that further energize the economy.  

The next stage will call for the nine shortlisted groups to submit full applications by November 24 to the government, with a decision on the five finalists to be announced in early 2018.
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