International Development Research Centre Board Appointment

(No. 387 - December 16, 2009 - 11 a.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the reappointment of Denis Desautels for a second term as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

“Mr. Desautels has proven to be a very able governor, providing valuable insight and an excellent understanding of the oversight role of the Board,” said Minister Cannon. “His extensive experience in public-sector auditing and accounting has been an asset to the Centre.”

IDRC is a Crown corporation created by Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic and environmental problems they face. Support is directed toward developing an indigenous research capacity to sustain policies and technologies that developing countries need to build healthier, more equitable and more prosperous societies.

IDRC works collaboratively with many federal departments and agencies, especially Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency. Guided by a 21‑member international Board of Governors, IDRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

For more information on IDRC, consult The International Development Research Centre.

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A biographical note follows.

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Biographical Note

Denis Desautels (BComm, McGill University, 1964) is executive-in-residence at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa. He served as auditor general of Canada from 1991 to 2001, before which he was a senior associate with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a director of several publicly traded corporations and is vice chair of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.