Margaret Catley-Carlson has been a member of the IFDC Board of Directors since 2006. She chairs the Budget Committee and is a member of the Executive and Audit committees.
Catley-Carlson currently serves as patron of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), a working partnership among all those involved in water management. The GWP was formed in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
Catley-Carson served as president of the Canadian International Development Agency (1983-1989) and the Population Council (1993-1999). She was also deputy minister of health and welfare in Canada and deputy executive director for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Her 24-year career in government began with diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka and London as an employee of Canada’s Department of External Affairs.
Catley-Carlson has been chair and/or board member of several public and private international organizations that apply science and knowledge to the management of problems in freshwater governance, health, agriculture, environmental protection, international development and development finance. In 2002, she was made an officer of the Order of Canada as a recognition of her “distinguished public service career.” She has received several honorary degrees from institutions such as the University of Regina, Saint Mary’s University and Concordia University. She is a fellow of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
Catley-Carlson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and conducted postgraduate work at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.