Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse,

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)

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is an arm’s length, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has a legislative mandate to provide national leadership in reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs. Its main purpose is to increase national awareness on matters related to alcohol and other drugs, and to promote evidence-based tools and resources nationally and internationally.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets three to four times a year. The Board is composed of 13 members. The Chairperson and four Directors are appointed by the Governor in Council. Other Directors, known as members-at-large, are recruited from a number of sectors including the business community, labour groups, and professional and voluntary organizations. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse reports annually to Parliament and the provincial and territorial legislatures.

The Chairperson is responsible for leading the Board of Directors, providing leadership and governance for the organization, assisting in strategic planning and developing policies and procedures to help the organization fulfill its mandate. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse helps to inform substance abuse and addictions policy and practice within Canada, provides national leadership to respond to emerging issues and produces evidence-based information to address substance abuse and addictions in Canada.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 6, 2017 via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Secretary of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application. If you applied between December 1, 2016, and January 16, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

Salary Range: Remuneration Nil - Statutory Prohibition

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 and/or a combination of education and experience related to the field of substance abuse and/or addictions field;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership to an organization/Board of Directors;
  • Experience leading strategic planning initiatives for an organization and successfully leading a Board of Directors to achieve its identified priorities; and
  • Experience in representing an organization to various levels of government, stakeholders, and the media.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s mandate and activities, including knowledge of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson and the board of directors;
  • Knowledge of the principles of sound governance, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of performance;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities and solve problems;
  • Ability to participate in the deliberation of issues impacting Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s strategic direction;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including senior government officials;
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills to work with a broad range of stakeholders to maintain and strengthen Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse's contribution to addressing substance abuse and addictions issues in Canada;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with senior government officials and with organizations on a national and international level;
  • Ability to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, reconcile conflicting views, and work toward an outcome or solution that has broad acceptance by the field; and
  • Ability to reinforce Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s public image and reputation.

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:

  • High ethical standards
  • Integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgement
  • Superior interpersonal skills

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You must be prepared to attend regular meetings in the National Capital Region with the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, government officials, partners and industry stakeholders and community groups and attend three in-person Board meetings per year, as well as several teleconference meetings of the Board committees.
  • You must also be willing to travel regularly within Canada and abroad.

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.