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

Margaret Biggs

Chairperson

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Chandra Madramootoo

Chandra Madramootoo

Vice-Chairperson

Montreal, QC, Canada
Photo of Jean Lebel, President

Jean Lebel

President

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Akwasi Aidoo

Akwasi Aidoo

Governor

Gastonia, NC, United States
Alex Awiti

Alex Awiti

Governor

Nairobi, Kenya
Mary Anne Chambers

Mary Anne Chambers

Governor

Thornhill, ON, Canada
Dominique Corti

Dominique Corti

Governor

Montreal, QC, Canada
Milan, Italy
Sophie d’Amours

Sophie D’Amours

Governor

Quebec, QC, Canada
Shainoor Khoja

Shainoor Khoja

Governor

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purnima Mane

Purnima Mane

Governor

San Mateo, CA, United States
John McArthur

John McArthur

Governor

Toronto, ON, Canada
Washington, DC, United States
Gilles Rivard

Gilles Rivard

Governor

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Stephen Toope

Stephen Toope

Governor

Cambridge , United Kingdom
Barbara Trenholm

Barbara Trenholm

Governor

Fredericton, NB, Canada