Minister Monsef announces appointments to Board of Governors of International Development

From: Global Affairs Canada

April 12, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Canada is committed to investing in knowledge and solutions that improve people’s lives in the developing world. Through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada invests in knowledge, innovation and solutions to improve livelihoods and help drive large-scale positive change.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced the re-appointment of six incumbents to the IDRC Board of Governors.

The following individuals will be re-appointed as governors to the IDRC board: Mary Anne Chambers, Sophie D’Amours, John McArthur, Chandra Madramootoo and Barbara Trenholm. In addition, Margaret Biggs will be re-appointed as chairperson of the board.

Today’s announcement underscores the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to an open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Governor-in-Council positions. The selection process supports ministers in making recommendations that will result in the appointment of high-quality candidates who reflect Canada’s diversity and meet the board’s unique expertise needs in international research and development.

“The International Development Research Centre will be well served by the wealth of experience of its returning Board of Governors members. The appointments, effective June 9, 2019, reflect Canada’s diversity and ensure strong international development expertise on the IDRC Board.”

– Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Quick facts

  • All six returning incumbents announced today were first appointed to the IDRC board in 2016.

  • The IDRC is a federal Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development and is part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts.

  • The IDRC Board of Governors comprises a maximum of 14 members, who guide strategic direction, review results and approve budgets, annual reports and business plans, among other responsibilities.

  • Working in collaboration with research institutions and funding partners at home and abroad, the IDRC helps build the Global South’s research capacities to achieve cleaner environments, improved nutrition, higher incomes and greater health and gender equity in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

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