Support the next generation of AI talent

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. Every year the program features some of the most prominent leaders in the fields of deep learning and reinforcement learning such as Jimmy Ba (Vector Institute, University of Toronto), Yoshua Bengio (Mila, Université de Montréal), Hugo Larochelle (Google Brain), Doina Precup (Mila, McGill University) and Richard Sutton (Amii, University of Alberta).

Benefits of sponsorship


Access to top tier AI talent early in their career


Exposure to critical players in the AI ecosystem and an opportunity to build important connections


Opportunity to support Canada’s leadership in AI through training and talent development. The DLRL Summer School is part of the national program of activities under the CIFAR Pan‑Canadian AI Strategy


Opportunities to be at the forefront of the latest AI trends, issues, research and innovations


The DLRL Summer School Virtual Career Fair

Students at the 2018 DLRL Summer School Career Fair, hosted by the Vector Institute.

Held by the host AI Institutes, the job and data fair is the ideal setting for your organization to showcase its work in AI and opportunities for top global talent to work with you on real-world problems. You are encouraged to send technical professionals to virtually engage and connect with attendees at your organization’s virtual booth.

How can you get involved?

There are three tiers of sponsorship available — Presenting Partner, Sponsor and Supporter. The packages include opportunities to sponsor sessions and activities; feature branding and logo assets on high visibility marketing materials (website, program, social media channels), access to the virtual Career Fair and other DLRL activities.

Sponsor now to secure an opportunity over the next three years

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities

Contact Elissa Strome, Executive Director of the Pan‑Canadian AI Strategy, CIFAR


“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

“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

“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