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Dr. Elissa Strome appointed to head CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy

by Juanita Bawagan
Nov 27 / 17

CIFAR President & CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Elissa Strome as Executive Director of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, starting January 2, 2018.

Elissa Strome

CIFAR is implementing the $125 million Strategy, announced by the federal government in Budget 2017, in partnership with newly established AI institutes in Edmonton (the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute), Toronto (the Vector Institute) and Montreal (MILA).

“I’m very pleased that Elissa has decided to join CIFAR to lead this exciting, important and novel initiative. We are exceptionally fortunate to have someone as skilled and experienced as Elissa taking on this position,” said Dr. Bernstein. “Along with our partners, one of CIFAR’s goals is to attract, train and retain outstanding AI scientists, adding to Canada’s considerable capacity in AI research and innovation. Elissa’s background and experience make her perfect for the job.”

“Artificial intelligence represents an exciting opportunity to leverage data and information into new applications, products and services that have the potential to have tremendous positive impact for our society, environment and economy,” said Dr. Strome. “Canada has been at the forefront of the AI revolution from the beginning, and this new national Strategy will ensure that we can continue to lead the way. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join CIFAR and work with leading researchers across the country to implement our national research strategy in AI.”

Canada has been at the forefront of the AI revolution from the beginning, and this new national Strategy will ensure that we can continue to lead the way.

The CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy has four components: support Canada’s three AI institutes – Vector, MILA and Amii; launch newly created Canada CIFAR Chairs in AI to recognize and fund researchers at the three institutes; develop a global program in AI in Society which will examine the social, economic and philosophical issues around AI; and establish a national AI program to support national and collaborative efforts to maintain Canada’s global leadership in AI research and innovation.