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TOP TALENT

Canada is recruiting and retaining top AI research talent.

The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs program is the cornerstone of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. A total of $86.5 million has been earmarked for this program. 

Its goal is to recruit the world’s leading AI researchers to Canada, while retaining our existing top talent. The program provides long-term, dedicated research funding to support their research programs and help them train the next generation of AI leaders. 

There are 109 Canada CIFAR AI Chairs advancing research in a range of fundamental and applied AI topics from drug discovery and machine learning for health, autonomous vehicles, materials discovery, human-AI interaction, natural language prediction, and more. They are based at Canada's three AI Institutes: Amii in Edmonton, Mila in Montreal, and Vector Institute in Toronto.

Meet the #RealBrains Behind AI

The Brains Behind AI is a 10-part video series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of Canada’s most talented researchers in artificial intelligence, what areas of research they are focusing on over the next five years as Canada CIFAR AI Chairs and CIFAR fellows, and what motivates them to pursue research in a variety of areas that will transform the way we live and work.

Canada CIFAR AI Chairs

Aaron Courville

Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Adam Oberman

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Adam White

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Aishwarya Agrawal

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Canada CIFAR AI Chair
Lebovic Fellow

Bio-inspired Solar Energy
University of Toronto
Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Canada

Alireza Makhzani

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Alona Fyshe

Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Learning in Machines & Brains
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Amir-massoud Farahmand

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Angel Chang

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Angela Schoellig

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Animesh Garg

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Anna Goldenberg

Canada CIFAR AI Chair
Lebovic Fellow

Child & Brain Development
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

Audrey Durand

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Blake Richards

Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Bo Wang

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Chris J. Maddison

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Christian Gagné

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Christophe Dubach

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Christopher Pal

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Courtney Paquette

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Csaba Szepesvari

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Dale Schuurmans

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
Google Brain
University of Alberta
Canada

Daniel Roy

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Danilo Bzdok

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

David Duvenaud

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

David Fleet

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

David Rolnick

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Doina Precup

Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Dzmitry Bahdanau

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
McGill University
Mila
ServiceNow Element AI
Canada

Eilif B. Muller

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Mila
Research Centre of Sainte-Justine University Hospital
Université de Montréal
Canada

Fernando Diaz

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

François Laviolette

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Frank Rudzicz

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Frank Wood

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Gauthier Gidel

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Gennady Pekhimenko

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Golnoosh Farnadi

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
HEC Montréal
Mila
Canada

Graham Taylor

Canada CIFAR AI Chair
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Learning in Machines & Brains
University of Guelph
Vector Institute
Canada

Guillaume Lajoie

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Guillaume Rabusseau

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Guy Wolf

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Hugo Larochelle

Associate Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
Google Brain
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Ioannis Mitliagkas

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Irina Rish

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Jackie Cheung

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Jakob Foerster

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

James Wright

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Jian Tang

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Jimmy Ba

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Joelle Pineau

Advisor
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Juan Felipe Carrasquilla

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Kevin Leyton-Brown

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Laurent Charlin

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Lei Ma

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Leonid Sigal

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Levi H. S. Lelis

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Liam Paull

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Lili Mou

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Marc G. Bellemare

Associate Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
Google Brain
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Marc-Antoine Dilhac

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Mark Schmidt

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Martha White

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Martin Müller

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Martin Vallières

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Marzyeh Ghassemi

Canada CIFAR AI Chair
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2020-2022

Learning in Machines & Brains
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

Matt Taylor

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Matthew Guzdial

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Michael Bowling

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
DeepMind
University of Alberta
Canada

Michael Brudno

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
University Health Network
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

Mo Chen

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
Simon Fraser University
Canada

Murat Erdogdu

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Nathan Sturtevant

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Nicolas Le Roux

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Nicolas Papernot

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Nidhi Hegde

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Osmar R. Zaïane

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Pascal Germain

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Pascal Poupart

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Pascal Vincent

Associate Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Patrick M. Pilarski

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
DeepMind
University of Alberta
Canada

Quaid Morris

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Rahul G. Krishnan

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

Reihaneh Rabbany

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Richard S. Sutton

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
DeepMind
University of Alberta
Canada

Richard Zemel

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
University of Toronto
Vector Institute
Canada

Roger Grosse

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Asst. Professor of Computer Science
University of Toronto; Vector Institute faculty member
Canada

Rupam Mahmood

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Amii
Canada

Russell Greiner

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Alberta
Canada

Sageev Oore

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Samira Ebrahimi Kahou

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
École de technologie supérieure
McGill University
Mila
Canada

Sandra Zilles

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Amii
University of Regina
Canada

Sanja Fidler

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Sarath Chandar

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila

Shai Ben-David

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Sheila McIlraith

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Vector Institute
Canada

Siamak Ravanbakhsh

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

Simon Lacoste-Julien

Associate Fellow
Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Learning in Machines & Brains
Mila
Université de Montréal
Canada

Tal Arbel

Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Mila
Canada

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