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.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CIFAR is a Canadian-based global research organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity.

By building long-term, interdisciplinary, global communities of collaboration, we provide the world’s top researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, creating a culture of risk-taking, accelerating discovery, and yielding breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines.

Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society.

In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy.

Our community of researchers includes more than 400 researchers from 161 institutions in 18 countries. Our fellows, chairs, scholars, and advisors are among the most highly cited researchers in the world. Twenty Nobel Prizes have been awarded to CIFAR-affiliated researchers.

We are supported by the governments of Canada, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, Canadian and international partners, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and international partner organizations.

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 an Alberta-based non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption. Amii grows AI capabilities through advancing leading-edge research, delivering exceptional educational offerings and providing business advice — all with the goal of building in-house AI capabilities.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Located in the heart of Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence ecosystem, Mila is a community of 450 researchers specializing in machine learning and dedicated to scientific excellence and innovation. Our 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

The Vector Institute will drive excellence and leadership in Canada’s knowledge, creation, and use of artificial intelligence (AI) to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians.

Vector strives to attract the best global talent focused on research excellence in deep learning and machine learning. Our researchers and academic partners are part of a vibrant community of innovative problem-solvers, working across disciplines on both curiosity-driven and applied research.

Sponsor the DLRL Summer School

The DLRL Summer School is a premier opportunity for institutions, companies and organizations to play a significant role in supporting the next generation of AI talent and building a diverse and prosperous future in AI for Canada. 

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“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, Co-Director of the CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains;
Scientific Director at Mila
Elissa Strome, Associate Vice-President, Research & Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy at CIFAR

“The Summer School has become a beacon for top AI students and experts from around the world. We’re excited to showcase what makes Canada a global leader in the field of AI.”

Elissa Strome

Executive Director,
Pan-Canadian AI Strategy at CIFAR
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“The DLRL Summer School is an unparalleled opportunity for these young people to both learn from, and network with, the scientists who can help them launch their careers in AI.”

Blake Richards

Canada CIFAR AI Chair; Mila;
Fellow in the CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains program
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“Beyond the learning and networking opportunities, [the #DLRL Summer School] showcases the rich AI ecosystem we enjoy in Canada. It's been a major factor in encouraging some of the brightest minds to launch their research careers here.”

Graham Taylor

CIFAR Learning in Machines & Brains;
Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Vector Institute, University of Guelph
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
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