October 11, 2018

INS Québec and IVADO join forces to develop cutting-edge expertise in artificial intelligence applied to sports

Montréal, October 11, 2018 — Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) and the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) are proud to announce that they have joined forces to develop cutting-edge expertise in artificial intelligence applied to high performance sports.

With support from IVADO, INS Québec will build bridges with Montréal’s academic and industrial experts in data science. The innovations arising from the initiative will enable INS Québec to provide teams training for major international events with programs that reduce the risk of health issues and maximize performance in competition.

“In a few years, nations will stand out in international sports because they were among the first to capitalize on the tremendous potential of artificial intelligence to enhance the technical, scientific and medical support provided to athletes and the experts who help them train,” said Guy Thibault, director of sports science, INS Québec. “The partnership with IVADO is all the more forward-looking since Montréal is already a world-class hub for data science.”

“We are very pleased to partner with INS Québec and its leading experts in high performance sports. The strategic partnership is wholly in line with our applied research activities,” affirmed Gilles Savard, CEO of IVADO. “This promising collaboration will contribute to the advancement of data science in the sports sector, and the findings will secure a competitive edge in international sports, directly benefitting the health and performances of our athletes.”

About Institut national du sport du Québec |

Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 17 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, which is home to eight high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports medicine, sports science and personal development services to athletes on Canadian national teams training in Quebec, next-generation athletes, high-performance coaches and sports. A member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, INS Québec serves more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,200 next-generation athletes and the nearly 900 coaches who train them.

INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.


The Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO) is a joint initiative of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal that brings together nearly 100 industrial, academic and government partners. With over 1 000 researchers, IVADO is a multidisciplinary centre of advanced expertise in statistics, artificial intelligence and operations research.

IVADO’s mission is to 1) contribute to the development of an economic sector in big data processing for decision making; 2) create privileged partnerships between industry and the administrative, social and academic sectors; 3) contribute to the advancement of knowledge and train new generations of data scientists; and 4) foster exchange and knowledge sharing between experts, partners, researchers and students.

IVADO provides a framework for six research centres: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision Making, CIRRELT, CRM, GERAD, MILA and Tech3Lab.



Evelyne Déry
Communications Coordinator
Institut national du sport du Québec
514-255-1000 ext. 243 | 514-668-2968

Sandra Estrela
Member Services Coordinator