George Weber has been a member of the Standing Commission since 2015 (re-elected by the 33rd International Conference in 2019). He was also Standing Commission chair from 2017 to 2019. Mr Weber brings to the Commission a wealth of experience gained through his work in different positions and in different components of the Movement, spanning more than five decades. He first served the Canadian Red Cross Society in a variety of capacities – volunteer, advisory, governance and managerial – from membership in the Junior Red Cross to secretary general / CEO. Internationally, he was a field delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), served on several governance bodies, and worked in Geneva as the Federation’s secretary general from 1992 to 1999. In his capacity as secretary general, Mr Weber was also an ex-officio member of the Standing Commission during those years.
Mr Weber returned to Canada in 2000, where he has led large national organizations, mainly in the health sector. He is currently chair or member of a number of for-profit and non-profit boards of directors. His experience in the private sector has broadened his perspective in meeting the challenges facing the Movement and the humanitarian sector more broadly. From 2009 to 2015, he chaired the IFRC Compliance and Mediation Committee, before being elected to the Standing Commission. During his many years of work in the Movement, Mr Weber has received a number of State and Red Cross / Red Crescent distinctions, including the Federation’s Henry Davison Award, from 22 different countries.