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Up to the Minute: Influence Marketing names new CEO

Plus, National adds to Vancouver leadership, NABS plans a live-streaming fundraiser and more news you may have missed.

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Microsoft launches global AI competition

Venutre.AI will split $3.5 million between four companies aiming to advance the technology.

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Dell creates new IoT division

It aims to provide businesses with faster processing and easier management of data from connected devices.

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La Caisse and Desjardins partner on fintech fund

The sponsors will devote $75 million to help develop fintech and financial AI, both in Quebec and across Canada.

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Tech in Action: KLM uses VR for PR

The airline’s cheeky new experience targets budget travellers.

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Sports Experts enters the ghost business

The Quebec retailer celebrates its 50th anniversary with a touch of the supernatural.

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No Fixed Address gets a CMO

Mark Carpenter joins the growing startup agency’s executive team.

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Quaker embraces the cold

The brand’s new campaign extends the warmth of its product to Canadian newcomers.

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Boston Pizza’s senior marketer named president

Jordan Holm will take the helm at the end of the month as the casual dining chain’s current leader retires.

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Olivieri stays social at 60

The pasta brand undertakes its biggest-ever digital push in an anniversary campaign aimed at driving engagement and promoting its newest products.

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Forty Creek gets a facelift

The whisky brand revamps its packaging for the first time in its 25-year history.

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Boreale debuts a new look for its specialized beers

The craft brewer redesigns its Artisan line, hoping to connect with more adventurous drinkers.

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Pita Pit heats things up with Tabasco

The QSR expands its flavour options as it attempts to “elevate” the in-restaurant experience.

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Sears Canada seeks approval for liquidation plan

After years of attempts at a business turnaround, the retailer appears set to be ending operations for good.