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Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced the winners Thursday of a competition to form technology 'superclusters', a prize that will guarantee the chosen groups a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding.

The Trudeau government has unveiled the winners of a competition to form technology “superclusters” — a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding.

The winners are:

  • AI-powered supply chains supercluster. The Quebec-based proposal is focused on defining a global supply-chain platform that will boost artificial intelligence and data science in Canada, particularly in the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.
  • Advanced manufacturing supercluster. The goal of this Ontario-based bid is to drive collaboration between the tech and manufacturing sectors, using technologies like Big Data, intelligent machines and the so-called “internet of things” to scale up production and improve efficiency.
  • Digital technology supercluster. This British Columbia-based consortium aims to boost competitiveness in precision health, manufacturing and resource and environment technologies by advancing data collection, analysis and visualization.
  • Ocean supercluster. This Atlantic Canada-based finalist aims to maximize the potential and sustainable development of the ocean economy. It would invest in digital technologies for industries such as aquaculture, fisheries, offshore oil and gas and clean energy.
  • Protein innovations supercluster. The Saskatchewan bid would harness technologies to help Canada become the world leader in supplying plant-based proteins and related products.

Source: CBC News

Date: February 15th, 2018

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/innovation-superclusters-bains-1.4536551

Discussion

1) Look at the short descriptions here for the winners.  What is your degree doing to allow you to work in any of these spaces?

2) Why is Management Information Systems so useful in business?

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