Addressing the High Demand for Talent in AI

With more companies than ever integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) into their businesses, the need for qualified professionals is growing faster than ever. However, recent polls indicate that the current skills gap in AI means organizations may have a tough time finding an experienced specialist to join their team.

Ernst & Young confirmed 56% of senior AI professionals believed the lack of qualified AI professionals was the single biggest barrier to AI implementation across business operations.

The CIO Strategy Council (CIOSC) is actively engaging in discussions on the future of work, and the skills needed as the nature of this work changes. In collaboration with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, CIOSC is working to enter into an agreement that will harness the intelligence and networks of both organizations to implement a new national work-integrated learning program in machine learning and AI. This program will help to address the high demand and limited supply for talent with machine learning and AI skills in Canada, and further strengthen Canada’s position in the global information and technology ecosystem.