Opportunities - Selection Processes


Vice-Chairperson, Copyright Board,

Appointment Opportunities

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 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:

Vice-Chairperson (full-time position)

Copyright Board Canada

The Copyright Board Canada is an economic regulatory body that derives its mandate from the Copyright Act. As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Board is empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works when the administration of such works is entrusted to a collective society. The Copyright Board Canada also has the right to supervise agreements between users and licensing bodies and issues licenses when the copyright owner cannot be located.

The Copyright Board Canada has been central to the most high-profile copyright matters of the past decade, namely: music streaming, peer-to-peer file sharing, internet service provider liability, iPod or other device levies, and the use of literary works. The Vice-Chairperson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Board and is responsible for planning, administering, monitoring and evaluating the main activities of the Board. The Vice-Chairperson also participates in hearings, analyzes and weighs evidence, and works with other Members to render joint decisions that provide for fair and equitable royalties to be paid to copyright collective societies for the use of works protected by copyright.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Copyright Board Canada's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 2, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Salary Range: $142,800 - $168,000 (GCQ-5)

Position Location: National Capital Region

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, preferably in law, economics, social sciences or public administration, or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership at the executive level in a successful private or public sector organization, including managing human and financial resources to achieve desired results;
  • Experience in developing and implementing an organizational vision reflective of the organization’s role and capacity or experience in a changing environment;
  • Experience in the field of economic regulation, intellectual property valuation, copyright use or legal analysis would be considered an asset; and
  • Interaction with a quasi-judicial tribunal in Canada would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the cultural, communication or information technologies industries, their regulatory regimes, their economic environments and the particular opportunities and challenges of the digital economy in Canada;
  • Knowledge of copyright, administrative law, the principles of natural justice;
  • Excellent management and leadership abilities, as well as the ability to analyze complex situations in order to develop strategies and make suitable decisions, while anticipating their short- and long-term impact;
  • The ability to analyze all aspects of a case, interpret and apply the relevant criteria with a view to making lawful, fair and equitable decisions as well as the ability to conduct a fair and efficient quasi-judicial hearing is required; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to write clear and concise notes, analyses and decisions.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is required.

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, tact, and discretion
  • High ethical standards
  • Integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability, flexibility and impartiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The candidate appointed to this position shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in any activity, have any interest in a business, or accept or engage in any office or employment that is inconsistent with their duties as a Member of the Copyright Board Canada (statutory).
  • The candidate appointed to this position must reside in or be willing and able to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

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.