Ottawa: Innovation Hub

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this engaging episode of the Lixar Podcast, we talk with Grant Courville, VP of Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX, BlackBerry. We chat about Ottawa’s reputation as a hub for innovation, how BlackBerry QNX is helping to drive that ingenuity, and the partners that make it all possible. We delve into some of the exciting Autonomous Vehicle work that’s going on in the Nation’s Capital, and where it could go in the future.

We also touch on the importance of attracting and retaining top talent, and fostering a passion for the sciences in today’s youth.

This episode is the first in a short series showcasing the strength of Ottawa’s science and tech scene. We want to highlight some of our partners and contemporaries in our own backyard – starting with our partners at BlackBerry QNX.

Lixar is a proudly Canadian company, with our headquarters based in Ottawa. Once nicknamed the silicon valley of the north, Ottawa is home to a bustling tech scene full of some of the world’s top talent.

Is Your IoT AI-Ready?

Geoff Aucoin

In this podcast, Lixar experts discuss the factors that businesses leveraging IoT need to address before they’re ready to implement applied AI solutions. We talk building blocks, business cases, and a few short-term steps that can set you up for success down the road.

IoT and AI are here to stay. The manufacturing industry alone is set to see some of the greatest potential impacts from IoT use— as much as $3.7T per year with the value coming from productivity improvements. 15% of enterprises are using AI as of today, but 31% are expected to add it by 2019. While IoT and AI are still relatively new ideas, 83% of the most aggressive adopters of AI and cognitive technologies have said that their companies have already achieved substantial benefits

Artificial Intelligence is the perfect companion to IoT. The droves of data produced by IoT is optimal to train Machine Learning and AI models. So, what do you have to consider to leverage your IoT and take the first step into the world of AI?

Real-World AI at Microsoft’s Future Now

Geoff Aucoin Podcast

In this edition of the Lixar Podcast, we bring a Lixar expert into the studio to talk about an exciting event: Microsoft’s Future Now, taking place in Toronto on March 20th. We chat with Sherif Messiha, who gives insight on why the event is set to be one of the premier AI-focused events of the year. We talk real-world AI adoption, dig into some recent use-cases, and give you a little glimpse of what’s going on at the Lixar booth during the event.

Demystifying AI

Lixar I.T. Tech

Artificial Intelligence promises a world of exciting possibilities. The term “AI” has come to mean …

Get Your Data House in Order

Lixar I.T. Podcast

In this Podcast, we’ll cover some key terms, the best approach, data storage, and more. If you’re looking at leveraging data for your organization, drop us a line at

Why The Data Plumbing Matters

Lixar I.T. Podcast

Data plumbing provides a way for your company to manage, process, and store data efficiently so that it can be easily accessed and used to improve your company’s processes and organization. By having a well structured plumbing system, your company can increase business efficiency and productivity, reduce costs, and provide actionable insights promptly, with data to back-up your decision-making.