As president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Jean leads its contributions to Canada’s development, foreign policy and global innovation efforts. He is responsible for significant funding partnerships with Canadian and foreign governments, philanthropic organizations and the private sector. Jean previously served as vice-president, Program and Partnership Branch, overseeing all IDRC programming, as well as director, Agriculture and Environment. He holds a Ph.D in environmental sciences from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and an M.Sc.(A.) in occupational health sciences from McGill University.