Minister Cannon Announces Reappointment to IDRC Board of Governors

(No. 59 - February 9, 2011 - 2:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the reappointment of Xue Lan as a governor to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

"Xue Lan is a respected member of the IDRC Board of Governors," said Minister Cannon. "He brings a valued perspective to the economic and social dynamics of developing regions in the world. His work in development research in China and abroad will continue to be an asset to IDRC."

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 an 18-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

Xue Lan is a professor and the Executive Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management, the Executive Vice-President of the Development Research Academy for the 21st Century, and the Director of the China Institute for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University. He was an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a fellow of IC2 Institute at the University of Texas in Austin. Xue Lan has led and participated in many research projects, which have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Government of Australia, the Ford Foundation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and others. He received the 2001 National Distinguished Young Scientist Award of China.