Canadian International Resources and Development Institute is pleased to announce that Elaine Pura, former Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Programs, has been named CIRDI’s Interim Chief Executive Officer by CIRDI’s board, effective April 1, 2018.
Ms. Pura has done an exceptional job in leading CIRDI’s operations and program delivery for over two years. She has been instrumental in establishing strong project implementation processes that are focused on delivering and measuring results.
“This is a critical and exciting time to be leading CIRDI. Given my past two and a half years as COO and Director of International Programs, I am confident in guiding our team to deliver results and impact in line with CIRDI’s well-defined strategic direction. Key to our success will be our ability to continue deepening our partnerships, strengthening our programs and serving as a bridge between academia and international development,” said Ms. Pura, on her appointment.
CIRDI would also like to recognize and thank Cassie Doyle, CEO for the past two and a half years, for her leadership and dedication to the Institute. Over the time that Ms. Doyle headed CIRDI, the Institute became fully established and made significant progress on its mandate to exchange knowledge and technical expertise with developing countries, in order to enable leading practices in natural resource governance. Her inspired vision and tremendous energy have prepared and guided the CIRDI team to meet the complex challenge of supporting developing countries in their efforts to improve natural resource governance and sustainability.
One of Ms. Doyle’s core contributions during her tenure as CEO was the development of a compelling strategic framework for CIRDI. This strategy has been honed over recent months to identify core areas of focus within the Institute and to be fully aligned with the international development emphasis on promoting the empowerment of women and girls.
On leaving the role of CEO, Ms. Doyle said, “I have a high level of confidence in the future of CIRDI and am proud of the achievements of the last few years. The Institute has a capable and diverse team in place and a strong program of work in active implementation. CIRDI is producing real development impact.”
Ms. Doyle will continue to be connected to CIRDI in the role of Strategic Advisor. She will provide advice and support to CIRDI from an advisory perspective on new program development, gender and natural resource governance.