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Elissa Strome

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Elissa was appointed Executive Director of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy at CIFAR in January 2018. Currently, she is working with the three AI Institutes in Montreal (MILA), Edmonton (Amii) and Toronto (Vector Institute) to strengthen Canada’s leadership in AI research.

Elissa completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Following a post-doc at Lund University, in Sweden, she decided to pursue a career in research strategy, policy and leadership. In November 2008, she joined the University of Toronto's Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and was Director of Strategic Initiatives from January 2011 to June 2015. In that role, she led a small team dedicated to advancing the University's strategic research priorities, including international institutional research partnerships, the institutional strategy for prestigious national and international research awards, and other strategic initiatives, including establishing the SOSCIP research consortium in 2012. From 2015-2018, she led SOSCIP through a major period of growth and expansion as its Executive Director helping to establish the consortium as Ontario’s leading platform for collaborative R&D in data science and advanced computing.