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News & Ideas
June 2019 | ISSUE No. 55

In this issue:
President's MessageAnnouncements | Features | Awards & Honours

(Photography: Lisa Sakulensky)

Live a life with purpose and change the world

CIFAR President and CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein received honorary degrees and addressed new graduates at University of Toronto and Western University convocation ceremonies. READ MORE


(Left to right: Jay Ingram, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, David Poulin, Irene Bloemraad)

Global Call for Ideas celebration a milestone for CIFAR

On May 22, 2019, we celebrated the launch of CIFAR’s new research portfolio that addresses critical questions across four interdisciplinary research theme areas: Life & Health, Individuals & Society, Information & Matter and Earth & Space. Top scientists, scholars and supporters from around the world came together for a spectacular evening at the Carlu in Toronto. Program co-directors Irene Bloemraad (Boundaries, Membership & Belonging), David Poulin (Quantum Information Science) and Barbara Sherwood Lollar (Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration) discussed the big questions that drive their research. READ MORE

More AI leadership opportunities for women through partnership with OSMO

CIFAR and the OSMO Foundation are expanding the AI For Good Summer Lab, a program designed to support the next generation of women leaders in AI. An initiative that provides women in STEM fields with training and networking opportunities in AI, the Summer Lab kicked off its third year in Montréal. READ MORE

New report engages policy leaders in understanding future AI implications

Exploring the Future of AI Policy in Canada, a report published by CIFAR and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, shares recommendations made by more than 125 policymakers across Canada on real-life AI scenarios and applications. READ MORE

CIFAR welcomes three eminent Canadian business leaders to Board of Directors

  • Jordan Jacobs (Co-Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, Radical Ventures)
  • Jason McLean (President and CEO, McLean Group)
  • Damon Williams (CEO, RBC Global Asset Management) READ MORE

CIFAR supports diversity, endorses the Government of Canada’s Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Charter
We believe that diverse perspectives are essential to understanding and solving science and humanity’s most important questions. READ MORE

Members of CIFAR community to advise Canada on AI
A new advisory council including several members of the CIFAR community will advise government on how to build on Canada’s strength in artificial intelligence in a way that reflects Canadian values. READ MORE

CIFAR launches national AI newsletter
Interested in learning more about AI in Canada and the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy? Subscribe to the AICan Bulletin, a bi-monthly newsletter about AI in Canada, produced by CIFAR in collaboration with Amii, Mila and the Vector Institute. SUBSCRIBE


The memory hunters

Memory is at once our most valuable possession, and our worst enemy. At any stage of our lives, it can be fleeting, unreliable, painful, or absent. READ MORE

In Conversation: Canada’s role in the future of artificial intelligence

We asked three Canada CIFAR AI Chairs to share their thoughts on the future of AI, Canadian leadership in AI, and the good (and the bad) about the hype. READ MORE

Art of Science: Beauty in the gut of a fish

The bright, swirling blue and green patterns bring to mind deep ocean caves or the aurora borealis. But the truth is much smaller. This is the microbiome of a fish, captured with a long-exposure photograph. READ MORE

In Profile: Hannah Carter

By understanding the details of how genetic mutations turn into tumours, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Hannah Carter is paving the way for better, more personalized diagnosis and treatment. READ MORE


Joelle Pineau (Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Learning in Machines & Brains, McGill University) has received the Governor General’s Innovation Award.

Dr. Alan Bernstein, President and CEO of CIFAR, was awarded two honorary doctorates in June from the University of Toronto and Western University.

The following CIFAR-affiliated researchers have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Leon Balents (Quantum Materials, UC Santa Barbara); Jennifer Chayes (International Scientific Advisory Committee, CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy); Gabriel Kotliar (Quantum Materials, Rutgers University); and Amir Yacoby (Quantum Information Science, Harvard University.)

Mikko Taipale (CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Molecular Architecture of Life, University of Toronto) is the inaugural recipient of the David Dime and Elissa Nuyten Catalyst Fund Award.

Louis Taillefer (Quantum Materials, Université de Sherbrooke) and Yoshua Bengio (Canada CIFAR AI Chair, Learning in Machines & Brains, Université de Montréal, Mila) earned the 2019 Prix d’excellence from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) for exceptional research and impact.

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