The AI Institutes

Canada’s diverse AI research ecosystem fosters collaboration and creativity to harness innovative, new technologies, services and products that have the potential to positively benefit all. CIFAR leads and develops the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy, and collaborates closely with national AI institutes — Amii, Mila and the Vector Institute.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy at CIFAR drives cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of diverse AI leaders, and fosters cross-sectoral collaboration for innovation, commercialization and responsible AI adoption. Our three National AI Institutes — Amii in Edmonton, Mila in Montréal, and the Vector Institute in Toronto — are the vibrant central hubs of Canada's thriving AI ecosystem. Funded by the Government of Canada, we’re building a dynamic, representative, and rich community of world-leading researchers who are creating transformative, responsible AI solutions for people and the planet.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

One of Canada’s three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, Amii (the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) is a non-profit known for its world-leading research in AI and machine learning. Amii bridges scientific breakthroughs and industry adoption by advancing research, delivering exceptional educational offerings, and coaching businesses on AI adoption.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Located in the heart of Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence ecosystem, Mila — Quebec AI Institute is a community of over 1,200 researchers specializing in machine learning and dedicated to scientific excellence and innovation. Mila’s mission is to be a global pole for scientific advances that inspires innovation and the development of AI for the benefit of all.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Launched in 2017, the Vector Institute works with industry, institutions, startups, and governments to build AI talent and drive research excellence in AI to develop and sustain AI-based innovation to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians. Vector aims to advance AI research, increase adoption in industry and health through programs for talent, commercialization, and application, and lead Canada towards the responsible use of AI. Programs for industry, led by top AI practitioners, offer foundations for applications in products and processes, company-specific guidance, training for professionals, and connections to workforce-ready talent. Vector is funded by the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada through the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, and leading industry sponsors from across multiple sectors of Canadian Industry.


“The #DLRL Summer School is a place of learning at the highest scientific level in world-changing research areas but also an opportunity for networking, creating connections which can stay for life and fuel future collaborations.”

Yoshua Bengio

Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Mila | Co-Director, CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains Program |
Scientific Director, IVADO | Scientific Director, Mila | Professor, Université de Montréal
Kimberly Nestor

“Attending DLRL 2023 was such an enriching summer school experience! I had a great time academically and it allowed me to expand my knowledge about the field. I made lifelong friends and connections, while learning about potential internships and postdoctoral opportunities.”

Kimberly Nestor

Kyunghyun Cho

“I attended DLRL early in my career. The lectures were amazing and provided an opportunity to have close interaction among the participants, and it was at that point that I decided I wanted to continue to do research full time in the area of deep learning.”

Kyunghyun Cho

Associate Professor, New York University; Fellow in the CIFAR
Learning in Machines & Brains program, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019
D'jeff Kanda Nkashama

“What struck me the most was the commitment of the DLRL summer school organizers to foster inclusive AI. As a member of a minority visible group, I was fortunate to receive the CIFAR Inclusive AI scholarship that enabled me to participate fully in this enriching program. Throughout the summer school, I delved into various aspects of machine learning, spanning optimization, computer vision, natural language processing, as well as ethical AI and AI safety. The breadth and depth of knowledge covered were truly impressive.”

D'jeff Kanda Nkashama

Alona Fyshe

“[The #DLRL] is a wonderful opportunity to bring the AI leaders of tomorrow together for a fun and immersive learning experience. It’s also a great way to showcase the depth of AI knowledge and expertise that exists in Canada.”

Alona Fyshe

CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains;
Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Amii, University of Alberta
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018