Artificial Intelligence Hive (A.I.Hive)

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A.I.Hive brings together education, research and technology incubation, to catalyze the full potential of Artificial Intelligence to transform industries and disrupt existing value chains. AI Hive has been designed in response to the needs of industry professionals, fascinated by the potential impact of AI technology on existing organizations, new ventures and financial markets. AI Hive, located within York University, performs three important functions:

As an innovation hub to support visionary entrepreneurs providing disruptive solutions to real-world problems using AI technology. As a catalyst for interdisciplinary research into new AI technologies, new business models and intellectual property and related issues arising from the widespread deployment of AI. As a leading educator for professionals engaged in the deployment of AI technologies through AI Academy.

AI Hive, an initiative of Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST), facilitates the development and application of fast-evolving AI technology, through: deep subject matter expertise (academic and industry), local and global research partnerships, deep experience in technology commercialization and innovation management, and the development of a local and global community of AI experts and practitioners. AI Hive Educational Programs (AI Academy) are run and certified by Lassonde Professional Development, at Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto.


Lassonde Professional Development, is one of three Professional Educational offerings at York University, the other two being Osgoode Professional Development (Osgoode Hall Law School) and Schulich Executive Education Centre - SEEC (Schulich School of Business). Lassonde Professional Development (LPD) offers unique, blended, online and experiential courses, designed to meet the professional development needs and interests of technologists and engineers. LPD is an integral part of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, committed to implementing Lassonde’s vision of offering ‘lifelong learning’ for engineering professional development requirements.

LPD offers three types of professional development programs: Advanced Technology (i.e. Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence), Innovation Management (i.e. Design Thinking and Technology Commercialization), and in partnership with Schulich Executive Education Centre executive education (i.e. Six Sigma and Project Management).

LPD courses are characterized by high professional standards, expert instructors from academia and industry and immersive learning environments. Participants develop a community where they learn from and interact with each other (before, during and after the course). Each course includes insights from global thought leaders, a cumulative assignment, and direct access to experts and communities. Participants completing each course, in addition to LPD certificates, have the option of completing the appropriate professional exam, and receiving Continuing Professional Development Credits. Most courses are offered as a sequential learning opportunity, ultimately leading to a Masters Certificate in the discipline.


Lassonde School of Engineering is a new engineering school at Canada’s third largest university. The Lassonde School of Engineering has been created to be the home of the Renaissance Engineer: a place where students are free to explore their passions and gain different perspectives from the world around them.