Opportunities - Selection Processes


Member, National Farm Products Council,

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 Agriculture and Agri-Food is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation.

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

Member (part-time positions)

National Farm Products Council

The National Farm Products Council works on behalf of the Government of Canada to provide oversight of the national supply management agencies for poultry and eggs, as well as to supervise national promotion and research agencies for farm products. The National Farm Products Council is responsible for administering two federal laws: the Farm Products Agencies Act and the Agricultural Products Marketing Act.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the National Farm Products Council's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 31, 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. If you applied between May 31 and July 20, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for one of these positions.

Per diem: $350 - $400

Position location: Ottawa, Ontario

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. 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, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, 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 in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job related training and/or experience;
  • Experience as a primary producer, in agribusiness, the agri-food industry, or in food distribution or retail;
  • Experience in decision-making with respect to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with, and balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders with divergent views;
  • Experience as a member of an association, board or cooperative would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in conflict resolution or mediation would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in research in a field related to agriculture would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience as a member of a regulatory organization, either at the federal or provincial level would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • An understanding of the Canadian supply management system for poultry and eggs;
  • A good understanding of the business, political, economic and operational challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian agricultural industry;
  • Knowledge of sound governance principles, strategic planning, monitoring and performance measurement;
  • Analytical skills and the ability to understand and interpret quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Ability to establish, sustain and foster relationships;
  • Ability to reconcile varying interest and values;
  • Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate financial statements and budgets; and
  • Superior communication skills.

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:

  • Leadership
  • Sound judgment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • A person who has reached the age of seventy years is not eligible to be appointed a member of the Council, and a member thereof ceases to hold office on reaching the age of seventy years (statutory).
  • The successful candidate must be able and willing to travel to attend regular meetings, complaint examinations and public hearings. The time commitment required of a member is approximately 25 to 40 days per year. This includes travel time and meeting attendance.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

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.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. 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.