Kathryn Hume joins Borealis AI as director of business development

Katheryn Hume

Borealis AI today announced Kathryn Hume will join the company’s leadership team as director of business development.

In her new role, Hume will oversee the application of research for RBC’s artificial intelligence institute, help guide company strategy, and assist in supporting Borealis AI’s brand profile among its audience.

Hume was previously VP of product and strategy at AI-powered software platform integrate.ai, which has raised $50 million to date, including a $39 million Series A round in September. She was also previously the director of sales and marketing at machine intelligence research company, Cloudera Fast Forward Labs. Hume frequently speaks and writes about AI and teaches courses on enterprise adoption of AI, law and ethics at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Calgary.

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“My approach to responsible AI comes from a firm belief that ethics occurs in the trenches,” Hume said. “I’m excited to put this into practice here at Borealis AI.”

Borealis AI has labs in Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Last February, the RBC-led AI lab welcomed University of Waterloo professor Pascal Poupart and York University professor Marcus Brubaker to its Toronto location, and also launched a graduate fellowship program financial support to domestic and international students pursuing graduate-level work in machine learning or artificial intelligence.

In November, Borealis opened a research and development lab at evolv1, a 100,000 zero-carbon office space in Waterloo.

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle Kirkwood

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