Who We Are

Accelerating the adoption and commercialization of artificial intelligence (AI) in Western Canada

ISAIC supports organizations that are focused on AI adoption and commercialization of AI products or services including:

  • Startups;
  • Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • Instructors using AI in their classrooms; and
  • Industry collaborations with researchers



We accelerate and transform AI & machine learning projects by offering local high-performance computational resources & equipment in our AI Garage, a secure environment for data driven collaboration in our Data Sandbox and access to top tier technical support

ISAIC powers your AI projects by enabling you to train and deploy AI/ML models faster, allowing you to save time and money with the flexibility and customization required to scale your project up or down as needed. Our equipment and resources provide benefits that can give you a competitive advantage in getting your solutions to market.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, ISAIC was founded in 2017 with a mission to accelerate AI adoption across Western Canada with clients from Vancouver, BC to Winnipeg, MB. To further this mission of AI acceleration and adoption, ISAIC provides cost-effective cloud computing resources, high touch points, and an easily accessible infrastructure to properly develop the machine learning and artificial intelligence projects of our clients. ISAIC supports a variety of organizations from start-ups and SME's to researchers and instructors. While we are housed out of the University of Alberta, we proudly provide GPU, CPU, and VM machines across the Western Region. Learn more about our team and what we can offer you below. (high touch point).



Through our exceptional infrastructure, we power AI/ML projects and support businesses directly while also working amongst other local and regional service providers, institutions and academics to provide solutions to your challenges, and create competitive advantages. Our values centre around being open, creating opportunities to do good, finding creative ways to solve problems, experimentation and discovery, and building trust.

We do this by:

  • Accelerating AI and ML adoption by understanding, iterating and measuring the progress of companies on the AI journey
  • Finding and filling any service gaps in service with a focus on business outcomes
  • Engaging with businesses directly in developing AI solutions


ISAIC is a growing, diverse team of professionals from various backgrounds ranging from innovation, engineering, business and more. We believe that diversity provides multiple perspectives and promotes creativity. Hence, our ISAIC Mosaic:

Core Team

Jim Boyes
Jim Boyes

Program Manager • jaboyes@ualberta.ca

Jim has worked in a variety of tech related roles at the University of Alberta for the past 20 years. As a Certified Business Relationship Manager, Jim has taken on leadership roles as a strategic thinker and problem solver, and has demonstrated his ability to foster collaboration and lead teams to exceptional results.

Usama Arif
Usama Arif

Cloud Solution Architect • usama.arif@ualberta.ca

Usama is a certified technology expert, he earned his Master of Computer Science at the University of Alberta. He enjoys the daily challenges of working at ISAIC and the opportunity it offers him to create innovative solutions that help others benefit from technology.

Omid Hajihassani
Omid Hajihassani

ML Specialist • hajihass@ualberta.ca

Omid received his MSc in Computer Engineering in 2021 from the University of Alberta and ever since has been working at ISAIC as the Machine Learning and Client Analyst. He is interested in solving AI problems and providing MLOps solutions.

Griselda Sukmoro
Griselda Sukmoro

Business Development Specialist • sukmoro@ualberta.ca

Griselda has a bachelor in civil engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Alberta. Her strength is knowing the daily operations, as well as the implications to overall business strategy. You can contact Griselda for marketing, sales, partnership, event purposes.


We strive to create an experience, and through this, deliver the outcomes our clients desire.



Our team of experts adheres to best practices and standards to keep your data safe, with our local and proven AI solutions. You can be confident in the brokering, hosting and educating role we adopt for your precious data. Plus, no hidden fees!



ISAIC is a partnership you can be confident to deliver and evolve with you to enable your long term goals and organizational vision.



Affordable, available, scalable infrastructure to help you reach your AI goals faster with freedom, combined with a friction-free, highly tailored user experience along the way.



Pairing know-how and sharing resources to accelerate your AI products and solutions. Building community through streamlined matchmaking, cross-discipline relationship brokering and events that stretch diversity of participation and design.



We are continuously monitoring market trends and listening to our clients to expand our service offerings to accommodate your unique needs. Our flexible portfolio of services can be mixed and matched and evolve to be relevant for a diverse clientele.