The QCBS, based at McGill University, is directed by Andrew Gonzalez, with support from the executive committee.  The executive committee is a decision-making body that makes decisions on QCBS operations. The scientific directors guide the QCBS research program, and promote research and training within each axis, while the external advisory committee provides advice to the QCBS, and the engagement committee facilitates the involvement of non-academic stakeholders.

Executive committee

The role of the executive committee, a decision-making body,  is to support the director, for example by adopting the program developed by the scientific council; validating the annual budget; following up on resolutions adopted at the general assembly; participating in the hiring process of staff and endorsing the decisions of the funding review scientific committees. It is currently (2018) composed of the following representatives:

 

Scientific Directors

The scientific programming is structured around four research axes. A scientific director who sits on the executive committee coordinates each of these axes.Currently (2018), the science directors are:

Engagement Committee

 The engagement committee advises the executive committee to facilitate the involvement of non-academic stakeholders in the QCBS. Currently (2018), it is composed of:

 

Advisory board

The advisory committee provides advice and guidance to the QCBS. The advisory committee consists of at least five individuals with extensive experience and an international reputation in the field of biodiversity science. They agree to provide advice on a voluntary basis. It is currently (2018) composed of five members: