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Chief Executive Officer, Standards Council of Canada,

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 Innovation, Science and Economic Development is to help Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export so that they can create good quality jobs and wealth for Canadians.

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)

Standards Council of Canada

Canada needs standards; they protect our health and safety, as well as the environment. Many products and services Canadians rely on every day work properly and safely because of standards — from products like hair dryers or microwaves, to the cars we drive or the mobile devices we use. In addition, they help fuel a more competitive and innovative Canadian economy. In fact, developing and adopting standards is essential if Canada wants to remain competitive and to prosper in the years to come.

The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with a mission to enhance Canada’s competitiveness and social well-being by facilitating the development and use of national and international standards and by providing accreditation services. As the leader of Canada's standardization network, the Standards Council of Canada has been working to ensure that governments, industry and consumers understand the role that standards play in our lives and our economy. The Standards Council of Canada collaborates with standardization partners across the country and around the world to deliver value to Canada by developing and implementing innovative standardization solutions that promote trade, drive innovation, support sustainable development and boost our economy. If Canada wants to continue to compete and grow, it needs to remain an international standardization leader. Over the past year, Standards Council of Canada has worked hard to make this happen, doing its part to help protect Canadians and unlock opportunities for growth.

The Standards Council of Canada coordinates Canadian participation on international standardization committees and in international conformity assessment bodies. In order for Canada to capitalize on opportunities for growth, it has to have the right experts sitting on the right international committees. Under Standards Council of Canada leadership, participation in international standardization committees has increased over the last year. The invaluable contribution of the Canadian experts who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the work of standards development and conformity assessment is critical to securing a competitive advantage for Canada.

The Chief Executive Officer’s primary role is to provide for the overall leadership and direction of the organization, including a staff of approximately 90 and an annual budget of approximately $22 million, setting the strategy and the vision together with the Standards Council of Canada’s Governing Council. The Chief Executive Officer is also responsible for representing the Standards Council of Canada, and building effective partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, building the organizational culture and senior leadership team, and ensuring the effective allocation of the Standards Council of Canada’s resources. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the Standards Council of Canada’s mandate and the execution of its mission to lead and facilitate the development and use of standards for Canada’s economic and social benefit.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Standards Council of Canada's website.

Applicants who have already submitted their application earlier this year need not apply again.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 17, 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

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 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 or experience;
  • Corporate leadership experience at the senior executive level;
  • Experience in strategic management of programs, services and financial and human resources at the senior executive level;
  • Experience in fostering positive corporate cultures and leading high-performing teams;
  • Experience in fostering and maintaining successful stakeholder relationships and partnerships with international stakeholders and national or regional stakeholders;
  • Experience in dealing with government, preferably with senior level officials;
  • Experience with international organizations would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in working with boards of directors; and
  • Experience in dealing with complex public policy issues in relation to standards and conformity assessment, 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 Standards Council of Canada’s mandate, business activities and governing legislation, including the Standards Council of Canada Act;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board, and the Chief Executive Officer;
  • Knowledge of the federal government and public policy environments;
  • Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of global trends related to standardization;
  • Ability to provide strong corporate vision, leadership and strategic direction needed for the Standards Council of Canada to effectively fulfill its mandate and deliver on its priorities for Canada;
  • Ability to anticipate and effectively respond to emerging issues, and develop strategies to enable the organization to seize opportunities and solve problems;
  • Ability to positively influence, position and advocate for Canada’s strategic national, regional and international standardization positions;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with management, the Standards Council of Canada’s Board of Directors, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister’s Office, the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, government officials, and stakeholders; 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:

  • Leadership
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Initiative

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • No officer or employee of the Standards Council of Canada or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer, shall be a director of the Standards Council of Canada (statutory).
  • The members of the Standards Council of Canada must be representative of a broad spectrum of interests in the private sector and have the knowledge or experience necessary to assist the Council in the fulfilment of its mandate (statutory).
  • You are willing to undertake significant travel across Canada, regionally and internationally, as required.

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.