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Board of Governors

IDRC’s Board of Governors provides leadership and expertise to guide our work around the world. It is composed of Canadians and international members who offer strategic direction, review our activities and approve our budgets.

The Government of Canada appoints up to 14 governors based on their expertise in science, management, and development issues. Governors are appointed for terms of up to four years (with the exception of the chair and the IDRC president, who are appointed for up to five 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 other members may be appointed from other countries.

The chair of the Board of Governors reports to Parliament and presents an annual report through the Minister of International Development.

As the chief executive officer, the IDRC president sits on the Board of Governors. The president is responsible for overseeing IDRC’s day-to-day operations, supported by the Centre Management Committee.

The Board reviews its Charter every three years to ensure that it reflects best governance practices.
 

Key responsibilities of the Board

  • 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 the Board’s own performance in fulfilling its responsibilities
     

Meet the Board

  

Margaret Biggs
Chairperson

Ottawa ON
Canada

Chandra Madramootoo
Vice-Chairperson

Montreal QC
Canada

Jean Lebel
President
Akwasi Aidoo
Governor

Gastonia, NC
United States

Alex Awiti
Governor

Nairobi
Kenya

Mary Anne Chambers Headshot Mary Anne Chambers
Governor

Thornhill ON
Canada

Sophie D’Amours
Governor

Quebec QC
Canada

Hilary headshot Hilary Rose
Governor
Purnima Mane
Governor

San Mateo, CA
United States

John McArthur
Governor

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Washington, DC
United States

Gilles Rivard
Governor

Ottawa ON
Canada

Stephen Toope
Governor

Cambridge
United Kingdom