Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, Patented Medicine Prices Review Board,

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 of the Minister of Health is to strengthen our publicly-funded universal health care system and ensure that it adapts to new challenges.

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)

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is an independent quasi-judicial body established by Parliament in 1987 under the Patent Act which increased patent protection for pharmaceutical products and introduced, for the first time in Canada, direct price regulation of patented drugs. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board represents a strategic component of the federal government’s policy to balance consumer protection and affordable health care with the trade and industrial development objectives (research and development, and investment) of pharmaceutical patent legislation. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board reports annually to Parliament via the Minister of Health, and may be asked to inquire into any matter that the Minister refers to the board and shall report to the Minister in accordance with the terms of reference established by the Minister.

The Chairperson is designated as the chief executive officer and has the authority and responsibility to supervise and direct the work of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board. He/she exercises direction over the quasi-judicial and operational functions of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and acts as deputy head under the Financial Administration Act. The Chairperson also exercises leadership by safeguarding the independence, integrity, reputation and image of the Board as a quasi-judicial institution in its dealings with the public, stakeholders and members of the government.

The Members of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, including the Chairperson, are responsible collectively for the implementation of the applicable provisions of the Patent Act. Together, they establish the guidelines, rules, by-laws and other policies of the Board as provided by the Act (section 96) and consult as necessary with stakeholders including ministers of health and representatives of consumer groups, the pharmaceutical industry and others.

Members are appointed by the Chairperson to hearing panels for purposes of hearings under section 83 of the Act, to hear evidence, prepare findings and recommendations and participate in forming the decisions of the Board with respect to excessive prices for patented medicines. Members also issue various Board orders under sections 81, 82, 83 and 88 of the Act.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on Patented Medicine Prices Review Board's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 13, 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.

Per diem: $675 - $800

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 a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience in one or more relevant disciplines such as medicine, business or public administration, pharmacy or pharmacology, health policy, law or economics;
  • Executive level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing human and financial resources;
  • Significant board experience, including chairing board meetings and working effectively with senior management in transmitting the strategic direction of the board;
  • Experience in dealing with the federal government, preferably with senior government officials as well as a variety of stakeholders and the public;
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, government policies and directives in a quasi-judicial environment; and
  • Experience in the operation and conduct of a quasi-judicial tribunal, agency or equivalent.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and role of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and the Patent Act as it applies to the pricing of patented medicines;
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices and procedures related to administrative justice, especially related to quasi-judicial bodies;
  • Knowledge of the operations of the federal government, including those related to sound management principles, accountability and transparency;
  • Knowledge of the patented drug industry and the price trends of patented medicines;
  • Excellent leadership and managerial abilities to ensure the Board conducts its work effectively;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with the Minister as well as departmental officials and stakeholders while maintaining the degree of independence required of a quasi-judicial entity;
  • Ability to provide intellectual and strategic leadership to the Board in order to define the vision, objectives and strategies of the organization;
  • Ability to analyze all aspects of a case, interpret and apply the relevant criteria with a view to making lawful, fair and equitable decisions; and
  • Superior communication skills (written and oral) with the ability to act as spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments, the public and other organizations.

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:

  • Fair and impartial
  • Sound judgment and integrity
  • High ethical standards
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and discretion

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must be willing to attend approximately four (4) Board meetings per year and meet monthly with Patented Medicine Prices Review Board's Executive Committee.
  • You must be willing to travel to Ottawa on a regular basis and occasionally to other locations within Canada.

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. 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.