Axionable, a French company specializing in data and artificial intelligence strategies for businesses, has announced the opening of a new lab in Montreal. The lab’s mandate will be to define and implement effective and responsible AI and data strategies for the company’s clients in Europe and North America.
“We are eager to be part of a booming ecosystem that includes industry leaders as well as promising start-ups.”
The company plans to recruit about 50 new employees over the next two years, which reflects a growth rate similar to that of its Paris team, since it launched in 2016. The new lab’s operations are focused on applied research and implementing AI initiatives. The announcement was made at the World Summit AI Americas, which was hosted in Montreal this week.
“Opening a facility in Montreal was a natural choice for us,” said Axionable co-founder and CEO, Gwendal Bihan. “The city is now one of the top global centres of AI research. We are eager to work alongside the world’s most renowned researchers and to be part of a booming ecosystem that includes industry leaders as well as promising start-ups.”
Axionable is a data strategy and consultancy firm that offers various services in analysis and AI, with expertise in image and video analysis, natural language processing, and prediction technology. Axionable also offers support services, including needs identification and performance-improving solutions. The firm supports clients across financial services, media, distribution, and industrials.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Axionable’s arrival in Montreal, a development that speaks to the solidity of Montreal’s AI ecosystem,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, Investissement Québec president and CEO. “This new lab will provide further stimulus for the technological revolution taking place in Québec and create a great many highly specialized jobs.”
Axionable has begun conversations with potential partners in the Montreal ecosystem, and is in the process of recruiting necessary talent, searching for experts in automatic learning, deep learning, information technology, and communication.
“The Québec government is pleased to welcome Axionable’s arrival in Québec,” said Nadine Girault, minister of international relations and la Francophonie. “The government is working to increase its economic influence abroad in order to attract more direct investments like the one announced today. We will continue to build on these successes.”
This article originally appeared in Betakit