Announcement: Innodirect Becomes a Member of IVADO

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We are pleased to announce that Innodirect and the knowledge sharing giant, IVADO, are partnering to deliver an even more effective and efficient user experience!

To learn more about this exciting development, visit their website or read the IVADO press release below:


INNODIRECT, a collaborative platform for brainstorming and unbiased business networking, becomes a member of the Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO) de Montréal, an organization whose mission is to bring together industry professionals and university researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in the field of data science.

This five-year strategic partnership aims to develop innovative digital solutions applied to the field of unbiased collaboration. The research projects that will emerge will focus on artificial intelligence, data science and operational research and will be used to improve the collaborative Web platform developed by INNODIRECT. This collaboration will also contribute to the university training of future data scientists and the recruitment of a diverse workforce.

INNODIRECT is a web platform for brainstorming and unbiased business networking. INNODIRECT allows for exchange and networking across identity, hierarchical, sectoral and habit barriers, thus fostering a collaborative environment based on inclusion, objectivity, innovative thinking and meritocracy.

INNODIRECT’s innovative approach is distinguished from existing platforms by secure anonymity: anonymous, supervised and facilitated discussions between authenticated users. Human validators supervise each message to ensure anonymity, courtesy, clarity and relevance. Thus, the validation process makes a crucial contribution to combating the troll phenomenon, which is widespread in online discussion forums. Facilitators, who are also human, encourage discussions to help achieve concrete results.

The partnership with IVADO will partially automate the validation and facilitation processes. This will accelerate the publication of messages and the evolution of discussions, and will thus constitute a fundamental lever for the platform’s growth. The AI will also introduce an automated suggestion service based on the similarity of interests and compatibility of individuals to allow for “off the beaten track” collaborations.

“Innovation requires an environment that provides an opportunity to express ideas without criticism or fear of judgment, allowing for an inclusive, open and impartial debate. The resulting unbiased collaboration catalyzes innovative solutions. Data science and artificial intelligence can be used to partially automate validation and facilitation processes. In addition, they will help us facilitate collaborations, not only based on common needs, but also on affinity between individuals. “We are very pleased to partner with IVADO’s academic expertise and its ecosystem of researchers and experts in digital intelligence”, says Philippe Meloni, President of INNODIRECT.

“Data-driven innovation is at the heart of our mission to link academic expertise with the needs of industry. With INNODIRECT’s membership, we are opening the door to new ways to collaborate, exchange and innovate between these two worlds. This partnership will lead to several structuring projects in data science,” said Gilles Savard, IVADO’s Executive Director.


INNODIRECT was born from the observation of Philippe Meloni, specialist in information and communication technologies, and Dominique Sauvé, specialist in facilitating collaborations and open innovation: many organizations and networks were not performing to their full potential because of barriers to collaboration such as working in silos, prejudices and reputation issues. Together, they devised the ideal collaboration platform to drive innovation and achieve the unthinkable.


The Institut de valorisation des données (IVADO) was created as an initiative of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal, which brings together more than a hundred industrial, academic and government partners. With over 1000 scientists, IVADO is a centre of advanced and multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of statistics, artificial intelligence and operational research.

Its mission is to: 1) Participate in the development of an economic sector based on the exploitation of massive data for decision-making; 2) Develop privileged partnerships between industry and administrative, social and academic circles; 3) Contribute to the advancement of knowledge and train new generations of data scientists; 4) Promote the exchange and sharing of knowledge among specialists, partners, researchers and students.

IVADO brings together six research centres: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Decision Making, CIRRELT, CRM, GERAD, MILA and Tech3Lab.

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