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Rebecca Finlay

Rebecca Finlay

  • Vice-President, Engagement & Public Policy (on leave)


Rebecca founded CIFAR’s global knowledge mobilization practice in 2014, bringing together experts in industry, civil society, healthcare and government to accelerate the societal impact of CIFAR’s research programs.

In 2017, she was responsible for the launch of CIFAR’s AI & Society program to support international working groups and thought leadership on the questions AI poses for all aspects of policy and society. She leads CIFAR’s partnerships with governments and public sector organizations in Canada and worldwide. In 2019, she was honoured as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and holds an M.Phil. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.


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