Mitacs to collaborate with Vector Institute to accelerate placement of AI interns into Canadian industry

Vancouver, BC

Mitacs will partner with the Vector Institute for artificial intelligence to rapidly connect machine learning students to employers in Canada. Given the exceptional and urgent demand for machine learning talent, students and postdoctoral fellows in the field will have their internship funding requests accelerated. This will shorten the review period and allow students to be placed into internships more quickly.

Some of the most widely used AI applications – including better and faster predictions, speech and image recognition – are the results of research breakthroughs made in the last ten years. This five-year agreement will assist in the recruitment of high-calibre qualified graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and bring together research collaborations between academia and industry to further innovation in the field of AI, and specifically in machine and deep learning.

AI moves at an incredibly fast pace, and projects must be approved quickly in order to keep up with the latest developments in the sector. Mitacs is very pleased to announce that this partnership will offer a unique, expedited approval process so that Vector Institute researchers may begin work on their projects as soon as possible. 

Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills through unique research and training programs. In partnership with organizations such as the Vector Institute, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource — its people. 


Jennifer Wilkie, Interim CEO, Mitacs

“Mitacs is pleased to collaborate with the Vector Institute to create AI-based innovation, growth, and productivity in Canada by focusing on the transformative potential of machine and deep learning. Together, we will work to advance AI research and drive its application, adoption, and commercialization across Canada.”

Garth Gibson, President & CEO, Vector Institute

“Thanks to a thriving innovation ecosystem, Canada is now home to one of the fastest growing pools of technology talent. By training, retaining and attracting AI talent, the Vector Institute is ensuring that Canadian industry and institutions have the people, skills, and resources they need to be best in class in the use of AI. Partnerships with organizations like Mitacs ensure that vital connections are made between talent and employers, ensuring Canadian industry is ideally positioned to benefit from Canada’s long-standing strengths in the field of AI.” 


About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from the best academic institutions at home and around the world.
  • Working with more than 70 universities, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design and more.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and every other province, as well as academic and industry partners


About the Vector Institute:

  • The Vector Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing AI, excelling in machine and deep learning. The Vector Institute’s vision is to drive excellence and leadership in Canada’s knowledge, creation, and use of AI to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians. The Vector Institute is funded by the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada through the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy administered by CIFAR, and industry sponsors from across the Canadian economy.




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