Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Dairy Commission,

Appointment Opportunity

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 appointments 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 position:

Chief Executive Officer (full-time position)

Canadian Dairy Commission

The Canadian Dairy Commission is a federal Crown corporation. Funded by the federal government, producers and the marketplace, the Commission strives to balance and serve the interests of all dairy stakeholders - producers, processors, further processors, exporters, consumers and governments.

Under the Canadian Dairy Commission Act, the Commission's legislated objectives are to provide efficient producers of milk and cream with the opportunity to obtain a fair return for their labour and investment, and to provide consumers of dairy products with a continuous and adequate supply of dairy products of high quality. As a central facilitator for the Canadian dairy industry and administrator of national dairy programs, the Commission works closely with industry stakeholders represented by organizations such as the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Dairy Processors Association of Canada, Consumers’ Association of Canada and provincial milk marketing boards and agencies.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Dairy Commission's website.

Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2017. Candidates must apply online via Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made.

Salary Range: $149,500 - $175,800

Position location: Ottawa, Ontario

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, 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 a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience;
  • Corporate governance or financial certification training would be considered an asset;
  • Significant management experience at the senior executive level in a private or public sector organization;
  • Experience in dealing with senior levels of government;
  • Experience leading the day-to-day operations of an organization;
  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with, and balancing the interest of multiple stakeholders, including consumers;
  • Experience in strategic planning and financial management; and
  • Experience working with a board of directors.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Canadian Dairy Commission’s mandate, legislative framework, program and activities;
  • An in-depth understanding of supply management in Canada, preferably of the Canadian dairy industry and related issues;
  • Knowledge of public policy issues related to the dairy industry;
  • Knowledge of effective board processes and committee structures;
  • Demonstrated vision and leadership skills;
  • Excellent managerial and motivational skills;
  • Strong negotiating skills;
  • Ability to bridge differing viewpoints and manage conflicts when they arise;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with government and industry partners as well as with stakeholders;
  • Ability to grasp complex issues and their potential full impact; and
  • Superior communication skills, both orally and in writing.

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:

  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • High ethical standards and fairness
  • Sound judgement and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The successful candidate must be prepared to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance;
  • The successful candidate must be willing to travel frequently throughout Canada; and
  • A member of the Commission ceases to hold office on reaching the age of seventy years (statutory).

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.

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