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Thomas Anthony Bernes

Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. A native of Winnipeg and graduate of the University of Manitoba, Tom has over 40 years’ experience as a Canadian representative and official at international financial institutions. He has held high-level positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Government of Canada where he served as Canada`s G7 Finance Deputy in 1995-96. During this time, Tom also served as Canada’s alternate governor at the IMF and the Asia Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In 1996, Tom was elected executive director of the IMF for Canada, Ireland and a number of Caribbean countries. Tom was appointed the executive secretary of the joint IMF-World Bank Development Committee in 2001, where he participated as a member of the Task Force on Reform of the Multilateral Development Banks established by the Development Committee. Tom brought a wealth of experience and global governance knowledge to his role as CIGI’s executive director, a position he held from 2009 to 2012. Prior to joining CIGI in 2009, Tom was director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office.