Written by Robyn Edgar

Maluuba, a machine learning startup based in Kitchener-Waterloo, was acquired by Microsoft, followed by Microsoft donating $6 million to the Université de Montréal and $1 million to McGill University to be put towards furthering their AI research. These developments have the CanCon team speculating if we will, in fact, get an AI supercluster in Canada, just not in Toronto.

Speaking of superclusters, a new group of Canadian tech luminaries says southern Ontario has what it takes to be Canada’s first tech supercluster. But what exactly is needed to connect the cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph? Thalmic’s Stephen Lake knows.

2016 was a tough year for most, and the beginning of 2017 takes us into truly uncharted territory. As a change of pace, the team offers up the latest tech news that’s keeping us optimistic.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Jessica Galang, BetaKit News Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – argue that, bit by bit, perhaps the Canadian tech sector is moving in the right direction.

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