TORONTO–SAS, the leader in analytics, is collaborating with the Institute on Governance (IOG), the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), to create a research group focused on better understanding the application of analytics tools in public sector organizations.

Through this collaboration, the Government Analytics Research Institute (GARI) / Institut de recherche en analytique gouvernementale will conduct applied research into the application and governance of analytics in public sector organizations at all levels of government. As the government of Canada prepares AI standards for government agencies through programs like the Directive on Automated Decision-Making this institute will further enable the necessary testing and experimentation required for real AI and analytics applications.

“Governments around the world are moving towards the adoption of tools such as artificial intelligence. While these tools can enable program results, they also introduce complex governance issues. The IOG is pleased to work with SAS and our colleagues in the three local universities to provide ground-breaking research that will help public managers tackle these issues” said Toby Fyfe, President of the IOG.

“SAS is committed to solving real world problems with AI and analytics, said Cameron Dow, President of SAS Canada. “We are heavily invested in taking AI from being a buzzword to a deployable, scalable tool. This new research institute is a great example of this pragmatic approach to AI; offering public managers a safe place to test, problem solve and mitigate risks.”

According to Gregory Richards a GARI founding member, Adjunct Professor, current Director of the EMBA program at the University of Ottawa, and an associate at the IOG, “GARI will provide opportunities for public managers to test out potential analytic applications in a laboratory environment enabling rapid experimentation without compromising ongoing departmental operations.”

Professor Alex Ramirez at Carleton University adds, “We have many brilliant students learning about these tools and techniques, they are also looking for real projects to complement what they’re learning in the classroom so GARI will provide opportunities for students to do so while contributing to the public sector.”

Professor Stéphane Gagnon at UQO suggests that, “This collaboration is a real win-win for public managers. There is so much information available about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that sometimes it’s difficult for managers to know where to start. GARI will provide objective, credible research, and hands-on opportunities for managers to truly understand emerging topics in this domain.”

SAS is an advanced analytics innovator and, per IDC, long-time market leader. SAS is committed to solving real world problems with analytics and AI by embedding AI capabilities in our software to provide more intelligent, automated solutions. From machine learning, to computer vision, to natural language processing (NLP), to forecasting and optimization, SAS AI technologies support diverse environments and scale to meet changing business needs. To learn more visit www.sas.com/ai

About the IOG
The Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa. Over the past 25 years, the IOG has advanced better understanding and practice of good governance in Canada, with federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous governments, not-for-profit organizations, and in 35 other countries.

About Carleton University
Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. The Sprott School of Business is committed to excellence in teaching and research and is accredited by AACSB. More information on the School can be obtained from the website, http://sprott.carleton.ca

About the Telfer School of Management
The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, we have ready access to the great institutions of our country. The Telfer School of Management (TSOM) at the University welcomes 4500 undergraduate and 300 graduate students each year. A core objective of the TSOM is to engage with partners to better serve our community and to advance management theory and practice. For more information https://telfer.uottawa.ca/en.

About Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)
The Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) is based in Gatineau in the National Capital Region, along with a major campus in the Laurentides on the north-shore of Montreal. Founded in 1981, it is one of the 10 campus of the Université du Québec, enrolling more than 6,000 students of which 17% at the graduate levels. It offers more than 100 programs, among others 6 doctorates, with nearly $300M in research funding. UQO has developed key expertise in Information Technology and Business Administration. More information on UQO can be obtained from https://uqo.ca.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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