Spotlight on Montreal’s AI for Health Sector

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Christian Macher of Novartis Canada
Geralyn Ochab / CEO - Imagia
Christian Macher / Country President and Oncology General Manager - Novartis Canada
Daniel Cohen / Co-Founder & CEO - Valence Discovery
Irina Rish / Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Operations Research / Core Member - Université de Montreal / Mila – Quebec AI Institute

Montreal ranks among the top three in the world as a hub for innovation in artificial intelligence, and our interviewees describe the energy surrounding the application of artificial intelligence to healthcare as palpable. With a thriving ecosystem of startups, venture capitalists, large and small corporations, incubators, accelerators and academic institutions, the collaboration and drive towards innovative solutions in machine learning and healthcare in Montreal is next to none in Canada.  

This Spotlight explores Montreal’s unique position on the frontier of AI and health sciences, and what the city has done to attract foreign investors into this emerging field. 


  1. Montreal’s academic environment and commitment to artificial intelligence research and development make it a top location for local and international talent.
  2. Montreal’s life sciences and artificial intelligence sectors have long histories of innovation, making it a unique location for collisions between the two sectors.
  3. The federal and provincial governments in Canada and Quebec have made substantial investments in artificial intelligence.
  4. Early stage companies have ample support from a collaborative ecosystem of stakeholders, allowing them to bring their innovations in artificial intelligence and health sciences into reality.
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