The Centre for International Governance Innovation is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI’s research programs focus on four themes: the global economy; the environment and energy; global development; and global security. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.


Thomas Bernes

Thomas A. Bernes is Executive Director of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo. Prior to joining CIGI in 2009, Mr. Bernes was director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Independent Evaluation Office. Before that, he was executive secretary of the joint IMF-World Bank Development Committee and deputy corporate secretary of the World Bank. From 1996 to September 2001, Mr. Bernes was the IMF executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. He has been Canada’s assistant deputy minister of finance and G7 finance deputy, in addition to holding various senior finance, foreign affairs and trade policy positions within the Canadian government. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Bernes served as head of the OECD General Trade Policy Division.



Barry Carin

Barry Carin began working with CIGI in 2003, joining as a senior fellow in 2009. He held several assistant deputy minister posts in the federal government. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, where he served as the director for the Globalization and Governance program and associate director of the Centre for Global Studies. He was also an editor of the journal Global Governance between 2006 and 2009. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.