Minister Bibeau announces appointment of President and new members to Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre

News release

May 4, 2018 – 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 lives and livelihoods and help drive large-scale positive change.

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the appointment of Jean Lebel as President of the Centre, along with six new members to IDRC’s Board of Governors.

Dr. Lebel joined IDRC in 1997 and took on increasingly important leadership roles within the centre. He has served as President in an interim capacity since 2013. Dr. Lebel has helped redefine the Centre’s long-term vision and strategic objectives, and instituted major operational changes that allowed IDRC to deliver on its mandate with greater efficiency, effectiveness and impact.

The following individuals are appointed Governors: Akwasi Aidoo, Alex Awiti (starting June 18, 2018), Shainoor Khoja, Purnima Mane, Gilles Rivard and Stephen Toope.

Today’s announcement underscores the Government of Canada’s commitment to an open, transparent and merit-based selection process for Governor-in-Council positions. It supports ministers in making recommendations that will result in the appointment of high-quality candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation. The process also supported IDRC’s Board unique expertise needs in international research and development.


“The International Development Research Centre will be well served by the wealth of experience of Jean Lebel as IDRC President and its new Board of Governor members. The appointments maintain gender parity, and enhance the cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as and domestic and international development expertise of IDRC’s board.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • The IDRC is a federal Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, 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 Southern 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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