Artificial Intelligence

    Element AI, seeking to shape national policy, is lobbying Ottawa more than every other artificial intelligence company in Canada combined

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné meet on the sidelines of the Fortune Global Conference in Toronto. October 15, 2018. Element AI

    Element AI has lobbied more federal officials in the past six months than all other artificial intelligence companies—both Canadian and international—combined.

    The two-year-old Montreal-based startup has met with numerous cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries, as well as senior officials from several departments, including Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

    While other AI companies are lobbying for one-off funding for specific initiatives, Element AI says it wants to shape national policy and help craft legislation affecting the entire industry.

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