Innovation Nation: The AI advantage of overlooked global partners

One way to maintain global leadership in AI is by collaborating with like-minded actors in developing countries who have thus far not been sufficiently engaged by peers in the Global NorthIllustration by Brice Hall/National Post

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.


Canada has forged a well-earned reputation as a global leader in artificial intelligence. In March 2017, we became the first country to launch a national strategy for AI as part of a five-year, $125-million plan to invest in research and talent.

But competition in this space is fierce. We are now one among many countries with national strategies, and companies worldwide that are competing for the best talent and innovative solutions.

One way to maintain global leadership is by collaborating with like-minded actors in developing countries who have thus far not been sufficiently engaged by peers in the Global North. This would not only allow Canadians to scale up their work for global reach but make us a leader for the effective and responsible development of AI.

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