Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, National Farm Products Council,

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 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 position:

Chairperson (full-time position)

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 6, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

Salary Range: $174,700 to $205,500

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 economics, business or public administration, agriculture, or a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, job related training and/or experience;
  • Significant management experience at a senior executive level in a private or public sector organization;
  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with, and balancing the interest of multiple stakeholders with divergent views;
  • Experience in decision-making with respect to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience dealing with different levels of government, preferably with senior officials; and
  • Experience as a primary producer, in agribusiness, the agri-food industry, or in food distribution or retail 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 Canadian supply management system for poultry and eggs;
  • Knowledge of the Council’s mandate, legislative framework and activities;
  • In-depth knowledge of the business, political, economic and operational challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian agriculture sector;
  • Knowledge of sound governance principles, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of performance;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills to provide the vision and strategic direction needed to attain the Council’s Mandate;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with federal and provincial governments and industry partners;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Financial literacy would be considered an asset; and
  • An understanding of the machinery of government would be considered an asset.

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, as well as the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Superior interpersonal skills

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 prepared to relocate to the National Capital Region or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability and willingness to travel to regular meetings, complaint examinations and public hearings.

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.