Lifetime Achievement Award

The CAIAC Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honour bestowed by CAIAC. This award is for lifetime achievement in AI research rather than for a single contribution. It is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research excellence in Artificial Intelligence during the course of their academic career. 

Prix présenté à une personne afin de reconnaître l’excellence scientifique et les contributions de l’ensemble de ses réalisations en matière d’intelligence artificielle (IA).

For 2024, two CAIAC Lifetime Achievement Awards (LTA) will be awarded to:



Nominees should have an academic career of at least 25 years, after obtaining their Doctorate.

To nominate someone:

  1. Fill out of form available below (you can use any format templates given below or send equivalent information in your email)
  2. Ask your nominee if they are willing to be nominated and if so, to send you their his/her CV
  3. Forward the form and CV to  by  March 24, 2024 by 11:59pm (AOE). (Time-zone AOE - Anywhere on Earth : UTC-12)

The CAIAC secretary will forward these nominations to the Awards Committee members. Award winners will be notified by mid-April so they can have the opportunity to attend the conference in person to accept their award, if possible. The winners will be announced on social media and online before the conference and will be given their award at the banquet during the upcoming Canadian AI Conference being held May 27-31 at the University of Guelph.

Previous Winners

  • 2023: Richard Zemel, Columbia University (Biography)
  • 2022: Fahiem Baccus, University of Toronto (Biography)
  • 2022: François Laviolette, Université Laval (Biography)
  • 2021: Russell Greiner, University of Alberta (Biography)
  • 2021: John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto (Biography)
  • 2019: Stan Matwin, Dalhousie University (Biography)
  • 2019: Robert Holte, University of Alberta (Biography)
  • 2018: Yoshua Bengio, University of Montreal (Biography)
  • 2018: Robin Cohen, University of Waterloo (Biography)
  • 2018: Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto (Biography)
  • 2018: Richard Sutton,  University of Alberta (Biography)
  • 2017: Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto
  • 2015: Nicholas Joseph (Nick) Cercone, York University (Biography)
  • 2013: David Poole, University of British Columbia (Biography)
  • 2012: Hector Levesque, University of Toronto (Biography)
  • 2011: Guy Lapalme, Université de Montréal (Biography)
  • 2010: Alan Mackworth, University of British Columbia (Biography)
  • 2008: Jonathan Schaeffer, University of Alberta (Biography)