Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Commissioner, North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization,

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is to protect our three oceans, coasts, waterways and fisheries and ensure that they remain healthy for future generations.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following position:

Commissioner (part-time position)

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is an international organization, established by an inter-governmental Convention in 1984. The objective of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is to conserve, restore, enhance and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international cooperation, taking account of the best available scientific information.

There are six Parties which make up the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization: Canada, Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands & Greenland), the European Union, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America. France (in respect of Saint-Pierre & Miquelon) attends the Organization’s meetings as an observer. The Organization also has 35 accredited non-governmental organizations.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization and its Parties have adopted and are applying the Precautionary Approach in order to protect the resource and preserve the environments in which it lives. This approach requires that caution be exercised when information is uncertain, unreliable or inadequate. The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization has developed a range of Precautionary Approach agreements in relation to:

  • Management of fisheries;
  • Habitat protection and restoration;
  • Impacts of aquaculture, introductions and transfers and transgenics;
  • Stock rebuilding programmes; and
  • Use of socio-economic factors in management decisions.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization has also developed a range of guidelines on topics such as catch and release and establishment of gene banks.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization’s website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 30, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Per Diem: $200-250, plus travel and living expenses in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines

Position Location: Various locations

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, disabled persons, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for this position, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and job-related experience; and
  • Experience serving as a representative of a relevant stakeholder organization.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of issues related to Atlantic salmon;
  • Demonstrated skills in diplomacy (e.g., respect for the interests and views of others);
  • Ability to represent, broadly, the interests of the government, commercial, recreational and Indigenous sectors;
  • Ability to work within a team and to support the Head of the Canadian Delegation;
  • Ability to effectively take part in delegation meetings, to develop policy recommendations, and assume an active role in the deliberations of the Canadian delegation;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to regularly attend meetings and contribute to the work of the Delegation; and
  • Ability to use a computer for communication, research and word processing.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Sound judgment
  • Impartiality
  • Tact
  • Discretion

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • Commissioners must be willing and able to travel across Canada and internationally.

If you are appointed to this position:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

This notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this position. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

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