Support the next generation of AI talent

We invite you to sponsor the 2024 Deep Learning Reinforcement Learning (DLRL) Summer School, taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — a rich, globally-renowned ecosystem of AI innovation.


Support the next generation of AI talent.


Advance your recruiting goals by showcasing your company among the world’s most talented future AI leaders.


Interact with critical players in the Canadian AI ecosystem.


Access exclusive training opportunities for your technical professionals to attend, including prestigious workshops.


Join industry leaders at the forefront of the latest AI trends, issues, research and innovation.

Since its launch 20 years ago, CIFAR’s Deep Learning + Reinforcement Learning (DLRL) Summer School has grown into a thriving community of world-leading graduates, with alumni now at the helm of some of the world’s top tech firms and academic labs.

Today, DLRL is a key launching pad for the world’s most talented AI and machine learning researchers. This prestigious, highly competitive training opportunity is hosted by CIFAR each year in partnership with Canada’s three national AI institutes: Amii in Edmonton, Mila in Montréal and the Vector Institute in Toronto.


2024: Celebrating 20 years of training the world’s best emerging talent

DLRL 2024 will be the 20th anniversary of this world-renowned training opportunity, with more than 2,500 of the world’s top talent in machine learning and AI as alumni.

Co-hosted by CIFAR and the Vector Institute, the prestigious training opportunity will be held this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — a rich, globally-renowned ecosystem of AI innovation.

2X the length => exponential learning gains

Last year’s trainees told us they wanted the school to last longer, and we listened: this year’s DLRL will span 10 days (twice the duration of last year), featuring even more learning and networking opportunities.

Over the course of 10 intensive days, participants will learn from Canada CIFAR AI Chairs and other globally-renowned experts across industry and academia. They will join talks about cutting-edge topics in machine learning, and gain access to networking sessions, social events, and a dynamic career fair.

Vector Institute: Pushing the boundaries of machine learning and deep learning for the benefit of Canadians

Launched in 2017, the Vector Institute is a globally-renowned AI Institute that empowers researchers, businesses and governments, to develop and adopt AI responsibly. Accentuating Canada’s leadership in AI, Vector drives research excellence, encourages industry collaboration, and nurtures talent, to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians.

The DLRL Summer School Career Fair

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

For the first time hosted in the brand-new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre in the heart of Toronto’s innovation district, now home to the Vector Institute, the 2024 DLRL Career Fair is the ideal setting for your organization to showcase opportunities for top global talent to work with you on real-world problems in AI. We welcome members of your team to participate in the school and engage directly with the world’s brightest minds in AI and machine learning.

Sponsor now to secure your company’s presence at DLRL Summer School and Career Fair

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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, 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