• Oleena Mak

Episode 25: What goes on at MILA, Quebec’s renowned AI research Centre?

Updated: Mar 5

The Ask AI interview with Stéphane Létourneau, EVP, MILA


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Mila (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms) is a world-renowned AI research institute located in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1993 by Yoshua Bengio, often referred to as one of the "Godfathers of AI".


Mila has now grown into a 700 people research and industry hub working to advance Canada's economic and social innovation of AI. The center's world-class academia and research talent has gained international recognition within the AI sector for its leading contributions in deep learning.


Tune into this episode of the Ask AI podcast where we sit down with Stéphane Létourneau, Executive Vice President at Mila to discuss the growth of the research center over the years, its impact on the Canadian AI ecosystem, and where it's headed.


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Episode highlights


  • Stéphane's career journey that led him to join Mila

  • The mandate of Mila and what makes it a unique hub for academia, research and industry people

  • How Mila works with startups and fit them into their broader ecosystem

  • How Mila works with other national and international AI organizations (CIFAR, AI Supercluster, Global Partnership on AI, UNESCO) to advance AI globally

  • Stéphane's thoughts on the challenges of managing public opinion when addressing data and user privacy

Episode links

MILA Website

MILA Twitter

MILA Linkedin

Stéphane Létourneau Linkedin

Episode credits

Sponsors: Microsoft Canada and Cinchy Chatbot partner: Ada Support Executive Producer: Chris McLellan Host: Jaxson Khan Assistant Producers: Oleena Mak and Kristin Riddell Original music: Mike LeTourneau

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