Unilever Canada joins SOSCIP as a consortium member

Unilever and SOSCIP to work together in advancing industry-academia collaboration in the space of Data Science & AI research and innovation.

Toronto, July 20, 2020 – Unilever, one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, has joined the SOSCIP consortium as an industry member as part of the consortium’s moves to expand its membership.

“The addition of Unilever Canada to the SOSCIP consortium marks a significant milestone in the development of our organization and the future of academic-industry collaboration in Southern Ontario,” said Tibor Turi, SOSCIP’s Executive Director. “We are excited to bring onboard such a well-regarded leader in AI, Advanced Analytics and Data Science and we look forward to providing Unilever unique access to our leading-edge computing resources, research-intensive post-secondary members, and collaborative opportunities with small- and medium-sized businesses across the province.”

Under the agreement, Unilever Canada, through its Collective Intelligence team (UCCI), will make a direct investment in SOSCIP and provide SOSCIP with unique business knowledge in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Unilever will also provide the consortium with subject matter expertise in business intelligence, data and advanced analytics, and access to its ecosystem of AI research and collaboration. The global consumer goods company will in return gain access to SOSCIP’s advanced computing platforms and, through its membership, to academic experts in fields of interest to Unilever. Unilever’s membership in SOSCIP will support the company’s AI/ML based initiatives and help address several key business ambitions.

“For several years, Unilever’s Collective Intelligence team has been focusing on nurturing and developing Canadian talent in the AI/Advanced Analytics space as well as successfully collaborating with government and academia partners in co-creating value in this space,” said Mr. Gary Bogdani, Unilever Canada’s National Sr. Lead, Collective Intelligence, who will represent Unilever with the SOSCIP board of directors.  “Over the past few years, we have successfully partnered with SOSCIP in various research initiatives and have witnessed first-hand the unique value that they bring to the industry/academia collaboration and the advancement of research and innovation in Canada.”

Membership in the SOSCIP consortium will provide Unilever early access to the latest academic research in areas of interest to the company, and immediate and preferential access to SMEs (incubators, startups) and other industry partners. SOSCIP’s focus on fostering AI and Data Science adoption among small- and medium-sized enterprises provides it with a unique position in Ontario’s innovation ecosystem. As a result, the consortium is in a position to offer Unilever an early view to new technology, engineering & manufacturing innovation, and cutting-edge R&D. SOSCIP will create opportunities for Unilever to participate in new programs focused on innovation and digital transformation, and  collaborate together on initiatives focused on promoting talent in the AI/ML innovation and research space.

 

About Unilever Canada

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. Unilever has around 400 brands found in homes all over the world. In Canada, the Unilever portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe®, Ben & Jerry’s®, Breyers®, Degree®, Dove® personal care products, Hellmann’s®, Klondike®, Knorr®, Lipton®, Love Beauty and Planet®, Magnum®, Nexxus®, Popsicle®, Q-Tips®, Schmidts®, Seventh Generation®, Shea Moisture®, Simple®, St. Ives®, TRESemmé®, and Vaseline®. All of the preceding brand names are owned or used under license by Unilever Canada Inc. For more information, visit www.unilever.ca.

 

About SOSCIP

SOSCIP supports industrial-academic collaborative research projects through partnership-building services and access to leading-edge advanced computing platforms, fueling innovation across every sector of Ontario’s economy. Since its inception, SOSCIP has catalyzed the creation of a collaborative ecosystem that has accelerated the impact and growth of over 120 Canadian firms.

The unique combination of advanced computing platforms and partnership services provided by SOSCIP allow companies to accelerate the development of new products & services, improve business processes, increase sales, and create new jobs, driving growth in the Ontario and Canadian economies.