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NORCAT collaborates with Vector Institute to unlock the power of artificial intelligence in the global mining industry

Vector@NORCAT partnership will fuel AI growth for Ontario’s fastest growing companies
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SUDBURY — April 11, 2022: NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, and the Vector Institute, a leader in the transformative field of artificial intelligence, are excited to announce the launch of Vector@NORCAT, a partnership designed to provide technical and strategic AI training and talent resourcing to support the advancement of machine learning in the mining industry.

Established in 2017, the Vector Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence. Headquartered in Toronto, Vector researchers are at the bleeding edge of deep learning and machine learning, an area of scientific, academic and commercial innovation that will shape the next generation of business and research.

"Vector’s mission to develop and sustain responsible AI-based innovation to help foster the economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians is aligned with NORCAT’s goal as a regional innovation centre to accelerate the growth of innovative companies that will drive future economic and social prosperity for Canada," says Don Duval, NORCAT CEO. "We are proud to collaborate with the Vector Institute to create AI-based innovation, growth and productivity in Canada by focusing on the transformative potential of machine and deep learning. Together, we will work to advance AI research and drive its application, adoption and commercialization in the global mining industry."

This partnership will allow NORCAT to offer its portfolio of mining technology clients access to Vector’s FastLane program. Launched in 2021, Vector’s FastLane program is tailored to the unique needs of Canada’s growth-oriented small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), delivering leading-edge AI knowledge transfer that allows this unique community to capitalize on the transformative power of artificial intelligence. In addition to its talent recruitment and workforce development initiatives, Vector works with its industry community through the FastLane program to deliver training and knowledge transfer that improves products and processes, including an expanded suite of programs, training courses and collaborative projects that will enable participants to raise their AI fluency, develop a deeper understanding of AI’s business value, experiment with applying AI models to their real-world challenges and acquire the skills to compete and innovate using AI.

"AI applies to every sector of our economy and represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the lives of Canadians," said Garth Gibson, president and CEO, Vector Institute. "Through the FastLane program, Vector’s partnership with NORCAT will help the Canadian mining industry do just that by driving innovation, upskilling workers and recruiting world-class talent."

The Vector@NORCAT partnership will kick off on Tuesday, May 10 with a virtual "Introduction to AI" session providing a high-level introduction to key concepts, terminology and applications of artificial intelligence. Registration is free and open to the public at here.

For more information about Vector@NORCAT and the FastLane program please visit www.norcat.org/innovation/vector-fastlane.html.

About NORCAT

NORCAT is a leader in skilled labour training and innovation services focused on developing and delivering programs, services, and resources that enhance productivity and safety in the global skilled labour industries.

About Vector Institute

Launched in 2017, the Vector Institute works with industry, institutions, startups, and government to build AI talent and drive research excellence in AI to develop and sustain AI-based innovation to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians.Vector’s Three-Year Strategy aims to advance AI research, increase adoption in industry and health through programs for talent, commercialization, and application, and lead Canada towards the responsible use of AI. Programs for industry, led by top AI practitioners, offer foundations for applications in products and processes, company-specific guidance, training for professionals, and connections to workforce-ready talent. Vector is funded by the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada through the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, and industry sponsors.

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