The Durham College Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, affectionally known as the AI Hub, is a key part of the college’s technology offerings. We asked the team at the hub to tell us about the history and why it’s such an integral part of Durham Region.


Oshawa Campus
Gordon Willey Building,
SW 103

The team

Debbie Mckee Demczyk, Vibha Tyagi, Amit Maraj, Stephen Forbes, Sam Plati, Andrew Maybe and Ali Hirji.
Ali Hirji

What it is

Within the Office of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services, the AI Hub opened 18 months ago. “It offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms and student talent, so that companies can uncover business insights while providing intelligent and autonomous solutions that increase their productivity and growth,” says Hirji. 

How it helps

“We recently launched our AI graduate certificate, which creates opportunities for work experiences and potential jobs,” he says. “Through our workshops and training opportunities, we’re also able to create new opportunities for upskilling and second careers, given the changes and challenges in the employment landscape in Durham Region. With this, we have a major opportunity to reinvent our tech sector and talent.”

Cool innovations

There are myriad projects in cyber security, fintech, insurance and contact centre services. “We recently completed projects with Durham Region, Lakeridge Health and Precisepark Link. We were also selected as the only college at the prestigious CISO forum Canada,” Hirji says.

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