Canada to invest in AI-powered supply chain consortium, SCALE.AI
The Government of Canada announced it has selected SCALE.AI, the AI-powered supply chain consortium, as one of five winning industry-led proposals in its Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
Ottawa will support the five superclusters with a total investment of $950mn over five years.
Nearly 120 industrial partners, enabling organizations, and world-class research institutions have joined forces to create this innovation consortium under Canadian industry leadership. Altogether, partners have already committed $700mn in support of the ground-breaking initiative.
This represents a significant new opportunity for Canada to strengthen its leadership in AI, one of the country's most promising technological capabilities, accelerating economic growth and job creation in highly innovative industries while also positioning Canadian firms for global advantage.
Extending across industries and academia, SCALE.AI will bring together multiple parties that might not otherwise have collaborated on large-scale applied innovations. The potential applications of AI effectively represent the next frontier for breakthroughs in supply chain productivity.
“SCALE.AI is a fantastic vehicle to rally firms of all sizes, world-leading academic institutions such as IVADO (Montreal) and the University of Waterloo, and the broader ecosystem around a shared and disruptive strategy,” said Tristan Mallet, principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Montreal and seconded to SCALE.AI as its interim CEO.
“We want to bolster the competitive advantages of our industry leaders in retail, manufacturing, and logistics and transportation; strengthen Canada's leadership in applied AI; and ultimately bring sustained economic impact to the country.”
BCG has been at the forefront of this initiative on a pro bono basis from the outset.
“We are proud to have been a key driver in setting up one of the most promising engines for socioeconomic growth in Canada, which will undoubtedly have positive repercussions for our globally advantaged position in leveraging AI in all sectors,” said Marc Gilbert, a senior partner at BCG in Montreal.
“With BCG Gamma, our advanced analytics and data science practice, we see the immense value-add that artificial intelligence is bringing to our clients and their ecosystems.”
New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live
Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event.
Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.
The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats.
We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.
VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd
Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries.
Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE
Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd
Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.
Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company.