Opportunities - Selection Processes


Directors, Marine Atlantic Inc.,

Appointment opportunities

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 for the Minister of Transport is to ensure that Canada's transportation system supports our ambitious economic growth and job creation agenda.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Director (part-time positions)

Marine Atlantic Inc.

Marine Atlantic Inc. is a Crown corporation headquartered in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The mandate of Marine Atlantic Inc. is to provide a safe, environmentally responsible, and quality ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in a reliable, courteous and cost-effective manner. The Corporation provides both year-round and seasonal ferry services. The ferry service is a vital link to connect the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador with mainland Canada for both passengers and freight.

Marine Atlantic Inc.'s Board of Directors provides the overall policy direction for the Corporation. Its mandate charges a 10-person group with overseeing the direction of its business activities. The Corporation's Board governs the operation of Marine Atlantic Inc. within a strict regulatory environment. The Financial Administration Act, the Marine Atlantic Inc. Acquisition Authorization Act, and the federal government's National Marine Policy provide the framework for the Corporation's affairs. In tandem with this legislation, Marine Atlantic Inc.'s articles of incorporation, by-laws and mission statement guide the Board and management in their decision-making.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Marine Atlantic Inc. website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 8, 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 on-line application.

Per Diem: $310 - $375

Annual Retainer: $4,000 - $4,700

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. 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 one of these positions, 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 equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA) would be considered an asset;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization or as a senior executive answerable to stakeholders in the public or private sector;
  • Experience in dealing with senior representatives of government or the private sector;
  • Experience in the transportation sector or business community (preferably marine); and
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: project management; engineering; marine transportation; public relations; law; communications; community relations; or stakeholder engagement.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Marine Atlantic Inc.'s mandate, mission, strategic priorities, and business activities and the transportation industry, preferably related to the marine sector;
  • Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a board member, including fundamental accountabilities to the Government of Canada as shareholder;
  • Knowledge of the public policy environment facing a Crown corporation, and a general understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates, including the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of human resources management and financial management, strategic corporate planning, monitoring, and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance including good governance principles and best practices;
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following areas: accounting; finance; business administration; commerce or economics; engineering; law; transportation or marine industry; marketing; communications; or public relations;
  • Financial literacy;
  • Ability to identify, analyse and define priorities and strategies;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Board members and the Board's partners and stakeholders; and
  • Superior communications skills, both oral and written, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

Language Proficiency

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:

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

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 Marine Atlantic Inc. or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer, shall be a director of Marine Atlantic Inc. (Statutory).
  • You reside in Newfoundland and Labrador or Nova Scotia.
  • Directors must be available for four regularly scheduled Board meetings per year (in March, June, September and December), one annual strategy session and annual public meeting. Meetings are usually held in the Corporate Office in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

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.