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Annick Dufort-Bird

Program Manager, NEXT Canada

Annick is Program Manager of NextAI, an 8-month intensive program for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups. Launched in 2016, NextAI was first of its kind in supporting founders from around the world who are commercializing AI research and want to build global companies. In this role, Annick is responsible for development and execution of all program components from recruiting and applications, program delivery, managing events, through to supporting startups with their initial fundraising and launch out of the program. Prior to NextAI, Annick was the first permanent employee of NEXT Canada, and played an integral role in the initial development and continuous improvement of our flagship program, Next 36, and scale-up program, Next Founders.