The Executive Committee of the Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Iris Almeida-Côté as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 31, 2015.
“We were looking for a special candidate who reflects the values and respects the unique role the Royal Society of Canada has played, and will play, in Canada and the world,” said Graham Bell, President and Chair of the Council. “We are delighted that someone with Iris Almeida-Côté’s principled commitment to engaging the next generation of leaders and celebrating the best of the best in Canadian scholarship is going to guide the Royal Society of Canada into a new era of growth, innovation and achievement, as Chief Executive Officer.”
Iris brings to the Royal Society of Canada more than 30 years of senior management experience in the public, private and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and abroad. She is thoroughly in tune with the fundamental academic mission of the Society, and at the same time is experienced in financial risk management, governance and strategic business planning. A dynamic communicator fluent in French, English and Spanish, she is results-oriented and brings rigour, operational excellence and sound financial management to the organisations she leads.
Iris Almeida-Côté holds a Master's Degree in International Law from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2001) as well as a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Bombay (1982). She received her advanced management training at the McGill Executive Institute in Montreal (2005) and at the Canadian Centre for Management Development in Ottawa (1996). Her training in Governance includes Finance and Governance (Services Financiers et Gouvernance) at the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Université Laval (2014); Governance for SMEs (small and medium entreprises) at the Institut sur la gouvernance d’organisations privées et publiques - IGOPP (2013); and Gouvernance des établissements de la santé, at the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux and the IGOPP (2012).
In 2015, she was selected as the recipient of the Director Education Program – Diversity Award by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-IAS) and the Rotman School of Management. In 2014, she received the Prix de la Reconnaissance (Outstanding Alumni Award) from UQAM, and in 2012, the SME Passport Award from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. In 2008 and again in 2011, Iris Almeida-Côté was the laureate of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Awards presented by the Women's Executive Network. In 2009, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and in 2007, she was the laureate of the Prix d'Excellence presented by the Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec. In 2012, she was selected in the first cohort of Diversity 50, by the Canadian Board Diversity Council, an initiative encouraging the inclusion of women, cultures and youth leadership expertise in corporate boards. She contributed as a mentor to the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation – Loran Awards, the WXN Top 100 Wisdom Mentoring Program and the Foundation for Entrepreneurship.
“I am delighted to join the team at the Royal Society of Canada. I look forward to serving the Council with energy and dedication and working closely with the Chairs of the Academies, the Fellows and the Institutional Members to grow the membership, establish a participatory strategic plan, build strong partnerships with like-minded organisations in Canada and internationally, increase opportunities for our academies to present strategic advice to governments and inform and engage Canadians in the important work of the Royal Society of Canada”, said Iris Almeida-Côté.