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The IDRC Board of Governors provides leadership and expertise to guide our work around the world. Comprised of Canadians and international members, the Board offers strategic direction, reviews our activities, and approves our budgets. 

The Government of Canada appoints governors based on their interest and expertise in science, management, and development issues. The chair of the Board of Governors presents an annual report to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

IDRC’s president oversees our day-to-day operations. As the chief executive officer, the president also sits on the Board of Governors. 

Within IDRC, the Centre Management Committee — composed of senior staff members — supports the president in setting objectives, overseeing programs, and directing staff.

Board of Governors

IDRC’s Board of Governors guides our work by offering strategic direction, reviewing our activities, and approving budgets. Composed of up to 14 governors, Canada’s Governor in Council appoints members for terms of up to four years, with the possibility of renewal for a further term. The IDRC Act states that a majority of Board members must be Canadian citizens, including the chairperson and vice-chairperson. The balance of members may be appointed from other countries. The chairperson of the Board of Governors reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development.

Board Charter

Board of Governors – key responsibilities

  • Establish IDRC’s strategic direction
  • Review and approve the budget and financial statements
  • Assess and ensure that systems are in place to manage business risks
  • Ensure internal control and management information systems are viable
  • Track corporate performance against strategic and business plans
  • Monitor the performance of the president and chief executive officer
  • Ensure IDRC has an effective communications strategy
  • Assess our own performance in fulfilling Board responsibilities


Meet the Board

Margaret Biggs

Ottawa ON

Chandra Madramootoo

Montreal QC

Jean Lebel
Akwasi Aidoo

Gastonia, NC
United States

Alex Awiti


Mary Anne Chambers Headshot Mary Anne Chambers

Thornhill ON

Sophie D’Amours

Quebec QC

Purnima Mane

San Mateo, CA
United States

John McArthur

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Washington, DC
United States

Gilles Rivard

Ottawa ON

Stephen Toope

United Kingdom

Centre Management

Senior staff members comprise IDRC’s Centre Management Committee. Committee members include our five regional office directors and the directors from our main program focus areas.  

The Committee works with the president to support research for development — providing advice and guidance on corporate objectives, policies, and programs. The Committee communicates our interests and values in Canada, and internationally.

Jean Lebel
Dominique Charron
Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships

Geneviève Leguerrier
Vice-President, Resources, and Chief Financial Officer

Julie Shouldice Julie Shouldice
Vice-President, Strategy, Regions, and Policy
Santiago Alba-Corral
Director, Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Caroline Ford Headshot Caroline Ford
Director, Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Erin Tansey
Director, Sustainable Inclusive Economies
Ruth Onyancha Ruth Onyancha
Corporate Secretary
Portrait of Richard Danis Director of Finance smiling Richard Danis
Director, Finance and Administration
Christel Binnie
Director, Corporate Communications

Anindya Chatterjee
Regional Director, Asia

Federico Burone
Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

Portrait of Patricia Corrigan Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate Affairs smiling Patricia Corrigan
Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate Affairs

Naser Faruqui
Director, Education and Science
Maggie Gorman Vélez
Director, Policy and Evaluation

Headshot of John Dusabe-Richards John Dusabe-Richards
Director, Global Health
Portrait Nicole Leclerc smiling Nicole Leclerc
Director, People and Corporate Culture
Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith
Director, Internal Audit
Katrina Millard
Director, Grant Administration

Suzanne Palko
General Counsel
Barbara Shenstone
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa

A portrait of Julie Crowley smiling Julie Crowley
Regional Director, Central and West Africa

Kathryn Toure
Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa

Denis Trudeau
Director, Digital Solutions and Information Governance
Strategy 2030

A more sustainable and inclusive world

IDRC’s Strategy 2030 answers the call for research and innovation to address major global challenges. Learn more

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