Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, Export Development Canada,

Appointment Opportunity

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 International Trade is to increase trade and attract job-creating investment to Canada, focusing on implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), expanding trade with large fast-growing markets and deepening our trade links with traditional partners.

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

Chairperson (part-time position)

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown Corporation whose mandate is to: “support and develop, directly or indirectly, Canada's export trade and Canadian capacity to engage in that trade and to respond to international business opportunities.”

Export Development Canada is financially self-sufficient and works alongside the financial private sector to provide a wide range of financing and risk management services to support Canadian exporters and investors of all sizes. At the core of Export Development Canada's mission is its unique ability to harness its knowledge of international financial services, markets as well as global trade and international buyers to enable it to take on and manage significant levels of capital and risk for Canadian export minded firms. Export Development Canada is viewed as a vibrant organization that maximizes its contribution to Canadian international trade while returning significant financial returns to Canadians year over year.

With respect to its operating principles, Export Development Canada conducts its business in a manner that is respectful of international agreements to which Canada is a party; that is consistent with its commitments to corporate social responsibility; and that ensures the sound financial management of its activities. In 2015, Export Development Canada helped Canadian customers facilitate $104.2 billion of exports and international trade and 81% of these customers were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Export Development Canada generated net income of $925 million in 2015 and had total assets of $61.0 billion.

The Chairperson leads a thirteen member Board of Directors comprised of members from the private sector and Export Development Canada's President and oversees the Corporation's activities. Under the direction of the Chairperson, the Board ensures that appropriate systems of governance, leadership and stewardship are in place to enable Export Development Canada's management to lead the organization effectively. The Board plays a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction of Export Development Canada and in ensuring that public policy objectives are met in the most effective manner. The Board and its Committees are responsible for reviewing and approving Export Development Canada's annual Corporate Plan and monitoring the Corporation's performance. The Board also monitors the performance and effectiveness of the CEO and senior management and assesses its own effectiveness in fulfilling its responsibilities. The Board reviews the development and refinement of the various financial services offered to Canadian companies, and approves and authorizes certain loan, guarantee, insurance and equity investment transactions. Oversight of the management and assessment of enterprise risk is a major role of the Board. The Board also oversees the compliance and ethics of Export Development Canada and the implementation of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Export and Development 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 August 7, 2017, via 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. If you applied between April 23 and May 24 or June 16 and July 24, 2017, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position

Per Diem: $410 - $485

Annual Retainer: $10,500 - $12,400

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency, parity 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, as well as your status in relationship to one or more of the following groups: 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, and/or experience;
  • Experience serving on a Board of Directors of a public, private or not-for-profit organization, preferably as Chairperson;
  • Experience in governance principles and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;
  • Experience dealing with different levels of government, preferably with senior officials;
  • Experience in the areas of international trade/export sector;
  • Experience in managing financial and human resources;
  • Experience in a financial institution would be considered an asset; and
  • A professional financial designation 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 mandate and activities of Export Development Canada and strategic corporate planning, monitoring and the evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and corporate governance principles and best practices including fundamental accountabilities to the Government of Canada as Shareholder;
  • Knowledge of banking and/or insurance industry;
  • Knowledge of government and public policy;
  • Knowledge of international affairs, the international trade environment and a general understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates and the global economy;
  • Knowledge related to development finance;
  • Knowledge of Export Development Canada's products and business or a commitment to acquiring this within a short time of joining the Board;
  • Knowledge of sound financial and risk management of an enterprise and corporate social responsibility;
  • Knowledge of different sizes of enterprises ranging from large national and trans-national corporations to small and medium sized businesses and of Canada's diverse industry sectors;
  • Knowledge of best practices with regard to accountability and reporting for Crown held corporations would be an asset;
  • Financial acumen and literacy (ability to read and assess financial statements);
  • Ability to set priorities and support the corporate vision needed to fulfil Export Development Canada's mandate and attain its objectives; and
  • Ability to foster debate and discussion amongst Board Members in an open and trusting environment to facilitate consensus and manage conflicts, should they arise. Be sensitive to the differing needs and agenda of multiple 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:

  • Informed judgment
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Impact and influence
  • Sound management
  • Trust and commitment

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The successful candidate must be willing to participate in Board and Committee meetings with four meetings held in Ottawa, and two meetings held in various other Canadian cities. Additional Board meetings may be held as may be necessary from time to time.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to serve on an average of three committees.

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.