AI4GOOD LAB TRANSFERS TO MILA AS PART OF THE PAN-CANADIAN AI STRATEGY
“The inclusion and participation of women and other underrepresented groups in the development and deployment of AI is one of our finest and greatest ambitions. By the integration of the AI4Good Lab within our Institute allows us to propel this promising program and to develop new talents within a rich community of researchers and specialists”, declared Valérie Pisano, President and CEO of Mila.
AI4Good Lab is a 7-week program giving women+ interested in the tech community the tools to create their own machine learning project. As such, it’s a stepping stone to a career in AI. The goal? To make AI a more inclusive and diverse environment.
It has been founded in Montreal in 2017 by :
- Doina Precup, McGill professor, Mila Core Member and Canada CIFAR AI Chair
- Angelique Mannella, Chief of Staff, AWS Industries, at Amazon Web Services
They wanted to improve the tech culture by addressing the gender disparity through mentorship and education.
The program is designed for women+. This term includes cisgender and transgender women, non-binary people, and those who have experienced misogyny.
“AI is a discipline that has the potential to affect so many lives, so it is really important to have a diverse point of view in the workforce, in the research community, in teaching. Then, we can make sure that the technologies are developed with everyone in mind.”, said Doina Precup, AI4Good Lab Co-Founder
An evolving program
In the last few years, the Lab has evolved to become a national initiative under the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. With its integration into Mila, it will now be delivered as a partnership between Mila, CIFAR, Amii and the Vector Institute, unlocking its potential for growth and scale across the country.
Mila will be responsible for the national program. The partners will deliver the program in Montréal, Edmonton, and Toronto. They will be collaborating to develop a simultaneous program in their respective regions with shared curriculum, activities, and objectives.
As a founding partner, the OSMO Foundation will remain a key partner, continuing to ensure the success of the Lab, and to leverage resources in the Montréal ecosystem for greater impact.
Call for application
The Lab will take place simultaneously in Montréal, Toronto and Edmonton from May 1st to June 20th 2023. Candidates can apply here before January 31.