CIFAR President & CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein
congratulated the Vector Institute
and the governments of Canada and Ontario for the investments in artificial intelligence research that were announced today
. The investments will keep Canada at the forefront of an exciting and transformative area of science, and will help Canada build a leading edge innovation ecosystem, Dr. Bernstein said.
“Canadian successes in artificial intelligence clearly demonstrate how the support for fundamental research can lead to big dividends in scientific, technological and business innovation,” said Dr. Bernstein. “The investments announced today build on much earlier support by CIFAR and others in deep learning and advanced AI research. They will keep home-grown talent in Canada, and attract the scientific talent and capital we need to spur innovative economic growth.”
“These new investments will serve as a magnet to help retain and attract top research talent that will position Canada as a global player in AI. It will also help ensure that Canada builds a 21st century innovation ecosystem that will drive advances in everything from agriculture to transportation to healthcare,” Bernstein said.
The announcements were related to the CIFAR Canada Artificial Intelligence Strategy
, which was part of the 2017 federal budget released last week.