Global consulting firm Accenture announced Friday that Jodie Wallis will assume the role of managing director for artificial intelligence (AI) in Canada effective immediately.

Wallis, who has been with the company for 24 years and has a background in management and technology consulting, will oversee Accenture's investments in the Canadian AI space, including its sponsorship of the Vector Institute for AI in Canada.

She will also lead Accenture's collaboration with business partners, government and academia in the AI field, particularly as many organizations look to AI for business solutions.

Based on the Accenture's research findings, AI will add an additional $636.1 billion dollars to the Canadian economy by 2035. As managing director, Wallis is responsible for helping Canadian clients "unlock the potential bottom-line benefits of AI," the company says.

"I'm excited to help Accenture and our clients realize the full power of AI as we work together to help improve productivity, lower costs, unlock more creative jobs and create new growth opportunities," Wallis says, in a statement. "I look forward to help continue to drive value for our clients as we help them innovate and succeed."

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