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Why is AI (Finally) Happening Now?

Editors Note: This is Part Two of a special feature is brought to you courtesy Industrial Alliance Securities and analyst Blair Abernethy. It will run in multiple parts over the next two weeks in Cantech Letter. For part one and to read disclaimers click here. Why is AI (Finally) Happening Now? AI ...

Jim Leech on Pensions and Infrastructure Bank

On Monday, Jim Leech, Ontario Teachers' former President and CEO and now Chancellor of Queen's University who was appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Canada Infrastructure Bank, gave a speech at the Canada 150 Business Conference at the Rotman School of Business:Thank you John f ...

The winning business case for business intelligence

The novelty has worn off Business Intelligence (BI) as it expanded over the years into many organizations. BI is no longer some Skunk Works adventure that operates independently of the formal organization with little or no oversight beyond nominal executive-level sponsorship. BI projects have becom ...

IT staff brace for tough times

IT workers are girding for difficult times for the foreseeable future. A recent survey by ManageEngine found that 82 per cent of IT departments believe their work will get harder, not easier, over the next three years, attributing the difficulties to three main causes: Nearly two-thirds of respo ...

CIPS honours Cavoukian as a fellow

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) honoured Dr. Ann Cavoukian with its “CIPS Fellow” distinction last week. The presentation was made by women representatives the of CIPS the Youth Council and its Sheridan College chapter, as well as student leaders from Conestoga College. The e ...

UBC unveils Holographic Brain Project for neuroscience students

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have created an app for the Microsoft HoloLens that allows students to use the mixed reality technology to study the brain. “The brain is a very complex structure, in particular in its three dimensional anatomy,” says Claudia Krebs, professor of ...

The Canadian government wants your ideas about a mission to Mars

The federal government has put out a call for ideas on space exploration, hoping Canadian companies will come through with plans to support future missions to the moon and Mars. This past week, the Canadian Space Agency tendered a Request for Information, “Seeking Ideas for Future Canadian Contri ...

La Caisse's Big Stake in Wind Power?

Canada News Wire reports, La Caisse acquires a 17.3% interest in Boralex Inc.:Boralex Inc. ("Boralex" or the "Company") (TSX: BLX) announced today that Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ("la Caisse") has acquired all of the Class A common shares of Boralex held by Cascades Inc. representing ...

Recapping Q2 2017: Portfolio News and Activities

We hope everyone had a great Canada Day and/or Fourth of July! It’s hard to believe that another quarter has flown by. Q2 has been busy for Version One and our portfolio companies – here’s a quick recap of select news coverage, funding announcements, and product updates (at least the things w ...

In cryptocurrencies, is it winner takes all?

The original thesis for cryptocurrencies was that it would be a winner-takes-all game due to the strong network effects around mining. And Bitcoin’s first few years seemed to prove this thesis true. Its share of the total market cap for cryptocurrencies was as high as 90% and was still holding at ...