About Us

The Vector Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), excelling in machine and deep learning.

The Vector Institute launched in March 2017 with generous support from the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and private industry, and in partnership with the University of Toronto and other universities.

The Vector Institute will work with institutions, industry, start-ups, incubators and accelerators to advance AI research and drive its application, adoption and commercialization across Canada.

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Our Vision

The Vector Institute will drive excellence and leadership in Canada’s knowledge, creation, and use of artificial intelligence (AI) to foster economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians.

Our Mission

  • Vector will lead Ontario’s efforts to build and sustain AI-based innovation, growth and productivity in Canada by focusing on the transformative potential of deep learning and machine learning.
  • We, together with our AI partners in other parts of Canada, will work with Canadian industry and public institutions to ensure that they have the people, skills, and resources to be best in class at the use of artificial intelligence.
  • We will support Canada’s innovation clusters in artificial intelligence and focus on helping start-ups grow to become Canadian-based global leaders.
  • We will attract the best global talent focused on research excellence; our researchers and academic partners will be part of a vibrant community of innovative problem-solvers, working across disciplines on both curiosity-driven and applied research.

Team & Leadership

Board of Directors

The Vector Institute is governed by a highly accomplished volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the private sector, public sector, academic and research communities:

The Vector Institute also gives thanks to Jordan Jacobs, Mary Jo Haddad, Stephen Lake, Pearl Sullivan and Shivon Zilis for their time, energy and dedication as founding members of Vector’s Board of Directors. Their vision, insight and experience have been instrumental in establishing and guiding Vector towards its vision and mission in its inaugural year.

Executive Leadership

Special thanks to Tomi Poutanen for his help in envisioning and establishing the Vector Institute.

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