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President and Chief Executive Officer, Marine Atlantic Inc.,

Appointment Opportunity

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians 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 for the Minister of Transport is to ensure that Canada’s transportation system supports our ambitious economic growth and job creation agenda.

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

President and Chief Executive Officer (full-time position)

Marine Atlantic Inc.

Marine Atlantic Inc. is a Crown corporation headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The mandate of Marine Atlantic Inc. is to provide a safe, environmentally responsible, and quality ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia in a reliable, courteous, and cost-effective manner. The ferry service is also a vital link to connect the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador with mainland Canada for both passengers and freight. The Corporation provides year-round and seasonal ferry service.

The President and Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Corporation’s Board of Directors for the overall performance of the business enterprise. Marine Atlantic Inc.’s performance depends on the advancement of the Corporation’s mission statement throughout the organization. The President and Chief Executive Officer develops, in consultation with the Board and senior management, the corporate strategy and operating plans to achieve the Corporation’s mission; and oversees the general operations of the Corporation, including the development of its management, the allocation of its resources, and the establishment of appropriate internal controls. The President and Chief Executive Officer works with the Board to develop policy and to maintain oversight, and also acts as the Corporation’s chief spokesperson.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on Marine Atlantic Inc.'s website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Salary Range: $179,200 - $210,800 (CEO-3)

Position location: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

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 Canadians, persons with disabilities, 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 in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Significant experience as a chief executive officer or senior executive in a mid-size or large, complex industrial organization, preferably in the transportation sector, and ideally in the marine sector;
  • Track record of delivering on financial and strategic objectives;
  • Experience using change management strategies to execute business and process transformation;
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a complex multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Experience overseeing and delivering large capital projects, which could include charter/lease negotiations or successful large-scale procurements would be considered as an asset;
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining an effective working and reporting relationship with a board of directors would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience dealing with senior political and public service officials would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Corporation’s mandate, mission, strategic priorities, and business, including its regulatory environment;
  • Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board of Directors and the President and Chief Executive Officer, including fundamental accountabilities to the Government of Canada as shareholder;
  • Knowledge of the public policy environment facing a Crown corporation, and a general understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates, including the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of operational and strategic corporate planning, monitoring, and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of risk management, including effective systems to identify, monitor, mitigate and manage risks;
  • Knowledge of effective governance principles, both at the board and organizational levels;
  • Ability to manage human resources in a unionized environment;
  • Ability to foster a corporate culture that promotes safety, trust, respect, ethical practices and encourages individual integrity and social responsibility;
  • Ability to understand organizational dynamics in order to identify opportunities and recognize challenges in order to drive organizational change; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

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:

  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Strategic thinker

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to Newfoundland and Labrador, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

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. Public office holders appointed on a full–time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. 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 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.