Established in July 2017 as an experiment in building public competence in AI Ethics, the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) emerged as a formal institute and civil society organization in May 2018. Its mission is to help define humanity’s place in a world increasingly characterized and driven by algorithms. MAIEI enables civic engagement to enhance technical and policy measures on the ethical, safe and inclusive development of AI. Headquartered in Montreal, an emerging AI hub, MAIEI is situated globally at the leading edge of technical research while leveraging strong Canadian values of diversity and inclusion.