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November 29, 2021       News

AltaML Co-CEO Nicole Janssen appointed as a member of the Mitacs Board of Directors

Edmonton, AB, November 29, 2021—AltaML, a leading applied AI studio, is pleased to announce that Nicole Janssen, Co-CEO, has been welcomed to the Mitacs Board of Directors, following her appointment at the board’s annual general meeting on September 14, 2021. Wendy Luther, President and CEO of Halifax Partnership, was also appointed as a new board member, and Philippe Gervais, Principal, Navigator Ltd. was appointed Board Chair. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada. Working with 78 university partners and 77 college, CÉGEP and polytechnic partners, 6,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Mitacs offers a range of programs to support paid internships for post-secondary students with Canadian organizations, as well as funding for international opportunities. 

AltaML is a scaleup that is continually sourcing top talent in applied artificial development, software development and business. Moreover, as a knowledge-based company, AltaML is deeply committed to providing work-integrated learning opportunities in its business as well as in talent accelerator programs to bridge the gap between technical and applied skills.  Through its funding of internships for post-secondary students, Mitacs has played a key role in enabling AltaML to cost-effectively augment its capacity of highly-qualified personnel, some of whom are hired upon completion of their internship. AltaML has hosted Mitacs interns through the Accelerate and Business Strategy Internship programs. 

Nicole is active in her local community and also serves as a Director at Innovate Edmonton. She is recognized as a leader in helping Canadian business leaders understand the importance of ethical AI. “Through Mitacs, AltaML has been able to mentor many outstanding individuals emerging from our post-secondaries; to date we have hosted 20 post-secondary interns, many of them for multiple terms, and several were subsequently hired into our business,” said Nicole. “Mitacs is creating multiplicative impact by linking industry and post-secondary institutions, and I am thrilled to join the board to help shape its direction as an enabler of Canadian innovation.”


Philippe Gervais, Chair, Board of Directors, Mitacs and Principal, Navigator Ltd.

“The insights and expertise Nicole and Wendy bring to the board table align well with the central role Mitacs will play in the months and years ahead in helping Canadian businesses emerge strong from the pandemic and developing the talent Canada needs to compete in the new global marketplace. Mitacs is fortunate to have business leaders of this calibre join our team at this moment in time.”

John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs

“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome our new board members and board chair. Their experience and enthusiasm for Canadian innovation is a tremendous asset to Mitacs as is their commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and championing our strategic objectives and vision for the organization.

About AltaML 

AltaML is an applied AI studio driven to elevate human potential, and builds relationships founded on shared beliefs around using AI for good. This work includes accelerating the AI adoption journey for organizations in the private and public sectors as well as growing a portfolio of industry-specific joint ventures to pursue product opportunities. In addition, AltaML operates talent accelerators to increase the pool of industry-ready data science talent while driving partners’ AI experimentation. With offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, AltaML is scaling rapidly to become a global leader in responsible AI. 


Claire Kay, External Relations Lead

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