Governance

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

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
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

Governor

Cambridge , United Kingdom
Barbara Trenholm

Barbara Trenholm

Governor

Fredericton, NB, Canada
Centre Management

Senior staff members comprise IDRC’s Centre Management Committee. Committee members include our four 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.

Photo of Jean Lebel, President

Jean Lebel

President

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Photo of Dominique Charron,Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships

Dominique Charron

Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Photo of Federico Burone, Vice-President, Strategy, Regions and Policy, and Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

Federico Burone

Vice-President, Strategy, Regions and Policy

Montevideo, Uruguay
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Photo of Sylvain Dufour, Vice-President, Resources and Chief Financial Officer

Sylvain Dufour

Vice-President, Resources and Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Santiago Alba-Corral

Santiago Alba-Corral

Interim Director, Agriculture and Environment

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Photo of Christel Binnie, Director, Corporate Communications

Christel Binnie

Director, Corporate Communications

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Fernando Perini, Directeur régional, Amérique latine et Caraïbes

Fernando Perini

Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

Montevideo, Uruguay
Photo of Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director, Asia

Anindya Chatterjee

Regional Director, Asia

New Delhi, India
Patricia Corrigan

Patricia Corrigan

Chief of Staff

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Arjan de Haan

Director, Inclusive Economies

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Naser Faruqui, Director, Technology and Innovation

Naser Faruqui

Director, Technology and Innovation

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Annie Garant

Corporate Secretary

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Maggie Gorman Vélez

Maggie Gorman Vélez

Director, Policy and Evaluation

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Photo of Geneviève Leguerrier, Director, Grants Administration

Geneviève Leguerrier

Director, Finance and Administration and Interim Director, Human Resources

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Katrina Millard

Katrina Millard

Director, Grant Administration

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Suzanne Palko

Director, Legal Services

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Barbara Shenstone

Barbara Shenstone

Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa

Amman, Jordan
Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Director, Strategic Development

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Kathryn Toure

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa

Nairobi, Kenya
Denis Trudeau

Denis Trudeau

Director, Information Management and Technology

Ottawa, ON, Canada
Strategic Plan

Knowledge. Innovation. Solutions.

IDRC’s strategic plan, Investing in Solutions, will guide our efforts from 2015 to 2020. Building on more than four decades of experience, the plan reaffirms our vision to produce knowledge, support innovation, and generate solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world.

Download the Plan  Also available in Spanish(PDF, 565.06 KB)