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, two of whom are designated by the Government of Canada, through the Department of Finance and Global Affairs Canada, respectively.

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

  • Jim Balsillie
    CIGI Founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors

    In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for Digital Rights and the Arctic Research Foundation and co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

  • 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 CIGI’s Board of Directors since 2007 and serves as the treasurer.

  • 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. 

  • Elissa Golberg
    Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada

    Elissa Golberg is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and the assistant deputy minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada. She is also currently the department’s champion for innovation and experimentation, and head of performance management and results. 

  • Melissa Hathaway
    President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

    Melissa Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors.

  • Alison Loat
    Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation, OPTrust

    Alison Loat is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and is the managing director, sustainable investing and innovation, at OPTrust, a Canadian public pension plan.

  • Maureen O’Neil
    Former President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

    Maureen O’Neil is the former president of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. 

  • The Honourable Kevin Rudd
    Former Prime Minister of Australia

    The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC joined CIGI’s Board of Directors in 2020. He served as Australia’s twenty-sixth prime minister (2007–2010, 2013) and as foreign minister (2010–2012).

  • Paul Samson
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Paul Samson is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and is assistant deputy minister at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He is the departmental champion for innovation and digital strategy.

  • Rohinton P. Medhora is president of CIGI.

  • 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.

  • Robert Fay
    Managing Director of Digital Economy

    Robert (Bob) Fay is the managing director of digital economy at CIGI. The research under his direction assesses and provides policy recommendations for the complex global governance issues arising from digital technologies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spencer Tripp
    Director of Public Affairs

    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.