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