Deloitte Canada buys AI consultancy Dataperformers Company Inc.

06 August 2021 2 min. read

Deloitte Canada has acquired Dataperformers Company Inc., a Montreal-based early-stage engineering and applied artificial intelligence (AI) firm.

Dataperformers’s multidisciplinary team provides expertise in operational AI to help optimize processes in manufacturing, aerospace, and supply chains. The firm has particular strength in computer vision, which enables computers to analyze and understand images, videos, and other inputs.

The firm’s Macula AI platform offers end-to-end computer vision solutions for visual inspection – which in manufacturing has myriad possible applications from sorting to quality control.

Dataperformer has worked with clients such as the Government of Canada, Nvidia, and Autodesk.

Deloitte will roll Dataperformers into its Omnia AI practice – which has doubled in size to 650 people over the last few years to meet client demand for AI transformations.Deloitte Canada buys AI consultancy Dataperformers Company Inc.Mehdi Merai, CEO of Dataperformers, will join Deloitte as a partner; Amine Ben Ayed, COO, joins as a director; Ali Elawad and Gabriel De Lisi, CPO and CTO, respectively, will join Deloitte as senior managers.

“Bringing Dataperformers into the Deloitte fold is a great strategic win for the firm, both in terms of talent and technology,” said Anthony Viel, CEO of Deloitte Canada. “While this move will certainly build on our leadership and capabilities in AI, machine learning, and computer vision, we’re also gaining Dataperformers’ eminent, well-connected leaders and strong brand in the Montreal AI community, which is in demand now more than ever.”

Merai added, “Joining Deloitte’s Omnia AI practice is no small step for the Dataperformers family, and we can’t wait to see what this winning combination means for our clients, present and future.”

Deloitte earlier this year launched its Deloitte AI Institute, which aims to foster research and AI adoption across industries.

The Big Four accounting and consulting firm also this year acquired Groundswell Group, a Calgary-based artificial intelligence and data integration firm. The transaction added approximately 133 employees and strengthened the firm’s capabilities in machine learning, intelligent automation, and cloud data engineering.

Deloitte also this week announced the acquisition of Clockwork, an SAP consulting specialist.