EMILI leaders bullish on Manitoba initiative
March 29, 2017
There may not have been any obvious wins for Manitoba in last week’s federal budget, but don’t tell that to the board members of the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI).
They will say the year-old initiative that is seeking about $100 million in funding for five years is right on track. EMILI wants to create a not-for-profit entity focused on commercialization strategies and skills training around artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies.
The budget announced the creation of a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, with $125 million managed by a collaboration between teams of academics in Toronto, Montreal, Waterloo and Edmonton.
The fact Winnipeg was not mentioned by name among that group was not a surprise to any of the EMILI team, whose board members are a who’s-who of business and academic leaders.