Global Affairs (Foreign Affairs)

Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mandate

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit think tank on Canada's relations with Asia. The Foundation functions as a knowledge broker, bringing together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada's transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to influence public policy and foster informed decision-making in the Canadian public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Head Office

Vancouver, British Columbia

Appointment Provisions

Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada Act

The Board of Directors of the Foundation consists of a Chairperson, not more than twenty four other Directors and the President of the Foundation who are appointed as follows (by statute):

  • the Chairperson, appointed by GiC for a term not to exceed three years;
  • up to four Directors, appointed by GiC for a term not to exceed three years;
  • up to eighteen Directors, appointed by the Board for a term not to exceed three years; and
  • the President of the Foundation appointed by the Board for a term not to exceed three years; may be removed by the Board at any time.

The Directors and the Chairperson are eligible for reappointment in the same or another capacity up to three times.

The Board may elect a Vice-Chairman from among its members.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Vice-Chairman has all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

Where the President is appointed from among the members of the Board, another director may be appointed in his place, in accordance with the law.

The Board may authorize any director of the Board or any officer or employee of the Foundation to act as President in the event that the President is absent or incapacitated or if the office of the President is vacant.

Eligibility/Conflicts

The appointment of directors is to be made from persons whose background or experience would assist the Foundation in the fulfilment of its purpose and having regard to the following considerations: the need to ensure, as far as possible, that at least one half of the membership has experience or expertise concerning relations between Canada and the Asia-Pacific region; the need for a membership that has sufficient knowledge of corporate governance, investment management, auditing and evaluations; and the importance of having membership that is representative of Canadian society. A person is not eligible to be appointed as a director if the person is a member of the Senate or the House of Commons.

Consultation

The Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada Act requires that the Chairman and up to four directors may be appointed by the Governor in Council, after consultation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Board.

By statute, the twenty Directors who are appointed by the Board itself are appointed after consultation with the governments of the provinces and any interested individuals, corporations and organizations. When considering the appointment to the Board of a person put forward by the Government of a province, the Board shall have regard to the amounts contributed to the Foundation by that province.

Remuneration

Chairperson

  • Remuneration Nil - Statutory Prohibition
  • Serve without remuneration, but may be paid such travel and living expenses as are fixed by by-law of the Board.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Emerson, David L.
Vancouver, British Columbia
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-07-01
2018-06-30

Canada-US Permanent Joint Board on Defence

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Appointment Provisions

Each national section of the Board includes a Chairman and five members (selected from the military and public service). Each country provides an official to act as Secretary to its section.

The Canadian section consists of a Chairman appointed by GiC, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs; and three representatives from the Armed Forces and two civilian representatives from the diplomatic and trade sections at Foreign Affairs (not appointed by GiC).

Remuneration

Chairman, Canadian Section

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    not specified ($0 - $0)
  • Incumbent; annual ($8,600 - $10,000)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairman
McKay, John
Toronto, Ontario
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2016-08-23

International Joint Commission

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mandate

The International Joint Commission is an independent binational organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Its purpose is to help prevent and resolve disputes relating to the use and quality of boundary waters and to advise Canada and the United States on related questions. Canada and the United States created the International Joint Commission because they recognized that each country is affected by the other's actions in lake and river systems along the border. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the benefit of today's citizens and future generations.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

International Boundary Waters Treaty Act

Each national section of the International Joint Commission is composed of three Commissioners, one of whom acts as Chairman of the section.

The Canadian section consists of three Commissioners appointed by GIC for a term at the Prime Minister's discretion. The Commissioners shall appoint a Chairman from amongst themselves.

Remuneration

Commissioner

  • Fixed by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($875 - $1,025)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairman & Commissioner
Walker, Gordon W.
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2013-06-06
2018-12-03
Commissioners
Bouchard, Benoît
Roberval, Quebec
Part-Time Appointment
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2017-06-21
2018-06-20
Morgan, Richard Arthur
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2014-12-04
2018-12-03

Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mandate

Under the international treaty, the Commission was charged to take the necessary measures to restore the Roosevelt home as closely as possible to its condition when it was occupied by President Roosevelt, and to administer, as a memorial, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The treaty specifies that the two countries share equally in the costs of development, operation, and maintenance of the Park. Canadian budget approval lies with Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. In the United States, budget approval lies with the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Congress.

Head Office

Welshpool, New Brunswick

Appointment Provisions

Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission Act

The Commission consists of six members, three appointed by the Canadian Government by GiC and three appointed by the United States. One of the Canadian members is nominated by the New Brunswick Provincial Government, and one of the U.S. members by the Maine State Government.

The Governor in Council shall appoint no more than two of the alternate members to the Commission.

The Commission elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman from among its members, each of whom shall hold office for a term of two years, alternating between a Canadian and an American. Members of the same nationality cannot simultaneously serve as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

Quorum

Consists of four members of the Commission or their alternates, including always two from Canada and two from the United States. The affirmative vote of at least two Canadian and two United States members or their respective alternates shall be required for any decision to be taken by the Commission.

Remuneration

Member

  • Remuneration Nil - Statutory Prohibition
  • However, members may be paid reasonable per diem and travel expenses by the Commission.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Members
McLean, Edward Laughlin D.
Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2002-12-10
Nicholson, Fred
St. Stephen, New Brunswick
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
1992-04-02
Thompson, Gregory Francis
Bayside, New Brunswick
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2015-05-28

St. Mary and Milk Rivers (Boundary Waters Treaty)

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mandate

Signed in 1909, the Boundary Waters Treaty provides the principles and mechanisms to help resolve disputes and to prevent future ones, primarily those concerning water quantity and water quality along the boundary between Canada and the United States.

Head Office

Edmonton, Alberta

Appointment Provisions

The Canadian Accredited Officer (St. Mary and Milk Rivers) is appointed by the GiC pursuant to Article VI of the Treaty between the United States and Great Britain relating to Boundary Waters.

Remuneration

Accredited Officer (St. Mary-Milk Rivers)

  • Not Paid (public servant)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Accredited Officer (St. Mary-Milk Rivers)
Pietroniro, Alain
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2012-04-05