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 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

Margaret Biggs

Chairperson

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Chandra Madramootoo

Chandra Madramootoo

Vice-Chairperson

Montreal, QC, Canada
Photo of Jean Lebel, President

Jean Lebel

President and Governor

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Mary Anne Chambers

Mary Anne Chambers

Governor

Thornhill, ON, Canada
Dominique Corti

Dominique Corti

Governor

Montreal, QC, Canada and Milan, Italy
Sophie D’Amours

Sophie D’Amours

Governor

Quebec, QC, Canada
Scott Gilmore

Scott Gilmore

Governor

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Alanna Heath

Alanna Heath

Governor

Toronto, ON, Canada
Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja

Governor

Vancouver, BC, Canada
John McArthur

John McArthur

Governor

Toronto, ON, Canada
Uri Rosenthal

Uri Rosenthal

Governor

Rotterdam, Pays-Bas
Barbara Trenholm

Barbara Trenholm

Governor

Fredericton, NB, Canada