Alberta’s technology sector is booming and attracting the attention of companies and investors from around the world. Crucial to this ongoing momentum is investment in research and development, and innovation across many sectors on a global scale.

Alberta’s government is renewing its support for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) with a $2.1-million grant over three years. CIFAR is a leader in the global research community, supporting academics to take their research from the lab to everyday solutions. It leads several programs, including implementing the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy and funding Canada CIFAR AI Chairs at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

“Research moves the Alberta economy forward. CIFAR is an important player with a strong record of supporting life-changing work that creates great return on investment. Alberta’s government is pleased to support their continued work.”

Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation

Canada CIFAR AI chairs are recruited from around the world to advance research in a variety of key areas like health, natural language processing, imaging and more. They are based out of one of three National AI Institutes, including the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) in Edmonton. Amii is home to 36 Canada CIFAR AI chairs.

“Cultivating a strong talent pool and fostering collaboration is critical to strengthening the research ecosystem in Canada and worldwide. The Government of Alberta’s commitment to building these vital areas will be instrumental to strengthening their position as a strong hub for innovation. CIFAR thanks the government for their ongoing investment and looks forward to advancing these mutual interests.”

Stephen Toope, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Quick facts

  • In March 2020, Alberta’s government invested $300,000 into CIFAR, which helped realize:
    • 88 industry partnerships;
    • 11 fellow and chair appointments, including three recruited internationally; and
    • 511 highly qualified personnel trained by Canada CIFAR AI Chairs in Alberta.

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