Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, Royal Canadian Mint,

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 Finance is to use the fiscal and budgeting tools at the government’s disposal to implement its New Plan for a Strong Middle Class.

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 (part-time position)

Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint (Mint) is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. The Mint combines modern business practices with decades of experience in coin production to deliver optimal value to customers and its sole shareholder, the Government of Canada.

The Mint owns two facilities: the Ottawa facility houses the corporate head office, the gold and silver refineries and production facilities for numismatic and bullion coins, medals and medallions; the Winnipeg Plant, which includes a plating facility, produces all of Canada's circulation coins as well as foreign circulation coins. The Mint has boutiques in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa.

The Chairperson reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance and is responsible for the oversight of the Corporation's activities, providing strategic policy direction for the Corporation and presiding over the activities of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for overseeing the management of the Mint’s business and affairs. The Board holds Management accountable for the Mint’s business performance and achievement of its objectives. It exercises its duty in the best interests of the Mint and the long-term interests of its sole shareholder in accordance with the Mint’s governing by-laws and applicable legislation. The Board approves the Mint’s strategic direction, major investments and staffing decisions as it relates to Vice-Presidents. It exercises due diligence by monitoring corporate financial performance, overseeing the risk management processes, ensuring the integrity of financial results, and providing timely reports to the Government of Canada and the public.

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

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 4, 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. If you applied between October 29 and November 13, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

Per diem: $410 - $485

Annual Retainer: $10,500 - $12,400

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 an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Significant experience serving as a member of a Board of Directors of a large public and/or private organization, preferably as Chairperson;
  • Experience managing human and financial resources at the senior executive level, as well as experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience dealing with different levels of government, preferably with senior government officials; and
  • Experience working internationally in either the public or private sector would also be considered an asset.

In addition, the available positions require experience in at least one of the following fields:

Please describe your experience related to:

  • Experience as a c-suite executive with demonstrated leadership skills and business expertise with a sophisticated commercial corporation;
  • Experience at a senior-level in the governance of complex organizations.
Information Technology
  • Experience in leading practices and trends for IT governance, cyber security, information security, operations, projects and risk management, cloud computing and Big Data;
  • Experience as leader of a large technology transformation program?, delivering complex technology projects providing significant business value;
  • Experience in determining IT strategies in order to reach corporate objectives, application development and application management and software.
  • Experience in manufacturing processes and product design, supply chain management, manufacturing of finished products, inventory management and process improvement strategies;
  • Experience in managing a global supply chain and identifying business opportunities in the marketplace.
Human Resources and Labour Relations
  • Experience providing strategic guidance in the establishment of HR strategies in support of the attainment of corporate objectives;
  • Experience in workforce planning, recruiting, staffing and compensation policies and principles in alignment with the organization’s objective;
  • Experience in collective agreement and labour law interpretation, progressive discipline and termination, human rights complaints, Occupational Health and Safety regulations and best practices (including mental health programs), mediation of workplace conflict, and management advisory issues in general.
Risk Management and Mitigation
  • Experience in identifying the principal risks of a commercial organization and in establishing appropriate systems to manage these risks;
  • Experience in risk management, management control frameworks and financial internal controls.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Knowledge of the Mint’s mandate, activities, its related public policy issues, and the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a Chairperson, the Board of Directors and a Chief Executive Officer of a similar-sized organization, including the fundamental accountabilities to the shareholders;
  • Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of federal government and public policy environments, processes, and best practices;
  • Ability to set priorities and provide the corporate vision needed to fulfill the RCM’s mandate and attain its objectives;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Minister and Minister’s Office, the Deputy Minister, and the Crown corporation’s business partners and stakeholders;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities and resolve problems;
  • Ability to foster debate and discussions among Board members, facilitate consensus, and manage conflicts;
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills to ensure the Board conducts its work effectively;
  • Financial literacy and knowledge of the federal government’s expectations with regard to accountability and reporting; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, in either official language.

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:

  • Trust and accountability
  • Informed judgment, tact and discretion
  • Independence
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • 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 is not eligible to be appointed or to continue as a director of the Mint if the person is not a Canadian citizen ordinarily resident in Canada or if, directly or indirectly, the person is engaged in any undertaking involving or associated with
    1. the production or distribution of copper, copper alloy, nickel or precious metals;
    2. the purchase, production, distribution or sale of coins or coin operated devices; or
    3. the vending of goods and services by means of coin operated devices;
  • You must be prepared to travel to the National Capital Region and Winnipeg as required and occasionally to other Canadian locations;
  • The successful candidate must be willing to participate in Board meetings, which occur at least five times per year.

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.