Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs visits Montreal and Toronto – September 8 to 12, 2019
From September 8 to 12, 2019, the Bavarian State Minister of Digital Affairs, Ms. Judith Gerlach, will be visiting Montreal and Toronto in order to gain insight into the local digital sector activities, from R&D in AI to interactive media, video games, movie production and digital arts.
Minister Gerlach will be accompanied by a middle-sized delegation of representatives of her own ministry as well as business people and scientists from Bavaria. The group will be offered a varied program of meetings and networking opportunities with companies and institutions both in Montreal and Toronto – for example at Ubisoft, at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technologies, or at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) in Montreal, at MaRS Discovery District’s Vector Institute or the NRC in Toronto.
Minister Gerlach will also meet with Quebec Economic Affairs Minister Mr Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Hon. Victor Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade – among other political appointments.
This Bavarian mission takes place within the Bavaria-Quebec cooperation, which is celebrating 30 years of existence in 2019. As a worldwide acknowledged hub for AI, big data and deep learning R&D and applications, Montreal is of unrivalled interest for Bavarian scientists and business people. In Bavaria, in turn, the government is set to invest up to 6 billion euros by 2022 into the BAYERN.DIGITAL initiative. A first concrete step was taken in April 2018 with the creation of the Bavarian Hub for Digital Transformation. In the fall of 2018, an all-new ministry for Digital Affairs was created within the Bavarian government, in order to give stronger political and societal impulses to the digital revolution in the region. In this respect, both Bavaria and Quebec can profit from a strengthening of their collaboration in the digital and AI fields.