Sonia Israel

Co-Founder of Montreal-based AiFred Health


Aifred Health is a Montreal based start-up that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians make better treatment decisions in mental health. Founded in August 2017, the company is initially developing clinical decision aids on personalized treatment selection for major depression, and plans to undertake ease-of-use and open-label trials in early 2019.

Aifred Health is ranked 1 st in Canada and 2 nd in the World for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Award (an international competition offering $5M in prizes by 2020 to encourage the use of AI for social good). Winner of 2018 AICONICS Award for Best AI in Healthcare. Visit the Aifred Health website.

Sonia Israel is co-founder and director of scientific partnerships at Aifred Health, and a recent Honours graduate of Neuroscience at McGill University. During her Bachelour’s, Sonia founded the McGill chapter of NeuroTechX, ‘MENTAL’, a student neurotechnology group who received 1 st place in the Open Challenge of the 2016-2017 National and 2017-2018 International NeuroTechX Student Competition. Sonia continuously strives to help enhance the interface between leading research and mental health care.