CIGI's Board of Directors provides oversight and governance of the organization's financial stability, executive leadership and overall strategy. It includes global policy experts who provide intellectual guidance to CIGI on the broad scope of its research activities. The board consists of a chair, a treasurer and other directors, one of whom is designated by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Development.

CIGI's senior management implements the organization's strategic plan and directs all aspects of its research program and operational activities.

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Board Members

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Jim Balsillie

CIGI founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors

In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and was founding chair of the Canadian International Council. In 2013, Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources appointed Jim as the chair of the board of directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. In 2010, Jim was appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

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Scott Burk

Co-Founder and Former President of Wealhouse Partners, and Treasurer of the CIGI Board of Directors

Scott Burk is a chartered financial analyst and the co-founder and former president of Wealhouse Capital Management, a Toronto-based investment management firm. He has been a member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Board of Directors since 2007 and serves as the treasurer.

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C. Scott Clark

President of C. S. Clark Consulting

C. Scott Clark is president of C. S. Clark Consulting, adjunct professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University, and previously held senior positions in the Government of Canada, dealing with both domestic and international policy issues.

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Ahmed Galal

Managing Director, Economic Research Forum

Ahmed Galal joined CIGI’s former International Board of Governors in 2003, and now serves on CIGI’s Board of Directors. Currently, he is managing director of the Economic Research Forum. Ahmed served as Egypt’s finance minister between July 2013 and March 2014. 

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Arif Lalani

Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs, serving His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat

Arif Lalani is the head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs, serving His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat, based in Lisbon, Portugal. He joined the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s board of directors in 2016.

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Maureen O'Neil

President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Maureen O’Neil is the president of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Previously, she served as the president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the interim president of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and the president of the North-South Institute. She is a former deputy minister of citizenship for the Government of Ontario.

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Taylor Owen

Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

Taylor Owen is assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia and a senior fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. His doctorate is from the University of Oxford and he has been a Trudeau and Banting scholar, an Action Canada and Public Policy Forum Fellow, the 2016 Public Policy Forum Emerging Leader, and sits on the board of directors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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Andrés Rozental

Eminent Ambassador of Mexico

Andrés Rozental was a career diplomat for more than 35 years, having served his country as Mexico’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997, as deputy foreign minister (1988–1994), as the ambassador to Sweden (1983–1988). He was the permanent representative of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva (1982–1983), and held responsibilities within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. Andrés founded the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and since 1994, he has held the lifetime rank of eminent ambassador of Mexico.

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Paul Samson

General Director, International Trade and Finance, Finance Canada

Paul’s work covers a range of issues across international finance, international trade and international development, including work with the Group of Twenty (G20), International Montary Fund, multilateral development banks and the World Trade Organization. Current roles include serving as co-chair of the G20 Working Group on the Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth and as Canada’s Finance Deputy for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.   

Senior Management

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Rohinton P. Medhora

President

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

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Fen Osler Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program

Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

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Aaron Shull

Managing Director and General Counsel

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, he was CIGI research fellow from September 2014 to January 2016.

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Shelley Boettger

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations

As CIGI's chief financial officer and director of operations, Shelley Boettger provides corporate leadership and strategic guidance on all financial aspects of the organization. Shelley is responsible for the management of CIGI’s financial systems and investment portfolios, as well as for managing operations and providing financial advice to senior leadership.

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Robert Fay

Director of the Global Economy Program

Robert (Bob) Fay is director of CIGI’s Global Economy Program and is responsible for the research direction of the program and its related activities. He has extensive experience in macro- and micro-economic research and policy analysis. 

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Laura Kacur

Director of Human Resources

Laura Kacur is the director of Human Resources and is responsible for all aspects of people and culture at CIGI, including talent acquisition and development, employee engagement, total compensation and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining CIGI, Laura held HR leadership positions in Canada and the United States, primarily in the high-tech sector.

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Silvia Maciunas

Deputy Director, Environmental Law, International Law Research Program

Silvia Maciunas is the deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Silvia provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, she was a CIGI senior research fellow from July 2016 to February 2017.

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Hugo Perezcano Díaz

Deputy Director, International Economic Law

Hugo Perezcano Díaz is deputy director of international economic law with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) and was previously a CIGI senior fellow with the ILRP. Prior to joining CIGI, he was an attorney and international trade consultant in his private practice.

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Spencer Tripp

Director of Communications and Digital Media

Spencer Tripp leads the development of CIGI’s digital media and communications strategy and presence. A journalist by training and bilingual in English and French, Spencer brings to the role a wealth of strategic, creative and operational leadership experience in intergovernmental, governmental and international non-profit organizations, including NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International.  

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Erica Shaw

Director, Evaluation and Partnerships

Erica Shaw is CIGI’s director of partnerships and evaluation. She oversees strategic partnerships and is responsible for initiating and building key relationships both internationally and within Canada. Erica develops the overall direction for partnerships at CIGI to support both its program of work and funding.