Session: Innovating for Health: A funder's perspective
Jean-Bernard Parenteau is the Director General, Canadian Partnerships for Health and Social Development, Global Affairs Canada, since early 2019. He joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1996 and held various positions with development programs covering Ukraine, Russia, and several Central American countries, before being posted to Lima, Peru (2002-2006), where he became the Head of Cooperation (2005-2006). He then successively occupied the positions of Deputy Director for the Tanzania Development Program, and then Director for development programming covering a variety of Sub-Saharan Africa countries (2010-2015): Cameroon, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso. As CIDA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade became amalgamated to form Global Affairs Canada, Jean-Bernard took on the position of Director of Bilateral Relations for West and Central Africa (2015-2019), with the responsibility for political and trade affairs. He holds a BA (1994) and a Masters degree (1996) in Political Science (International Relations) from Université du Québec à Montréal.