Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority,

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 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 position:

Chief Executive Officer (full-time position)

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is a Crown corporation headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is an agent Crown corporation funded by parliamentary appropriations and accountable to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Transport. The Authority is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor in Council, including representatives of the airline industry and airport operators.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s mandate consists of four areas of aviation security:

  • Pre-Board Screening: the screening of passengers and their belongings prior to their entry into the secure area of an air terminal building;
  • Hold Baggage Screening: the screening of passengers’ checked (or hold) baggage to prevent the boarding of prohibited items;
  • Non-Passenger Screening: the random screening of non-passengers accessing restricted areas at the highest-risk airports; and
  • Restricted Access Identity Card: the program uses iris and fingerprint biometric identifiers to allow non-passengers access to the restricted areas of airports.

The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Board of Directors for providing corporate leadership by articulating and promoting the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s vision, mandate, strategies, and policies; managing the Authority’s day-to-day operations, as well as air transport security programs and services; and developing a network of partners and stakeholders to position the Authority as a world leader in the air transport security community.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority achieves its vision by providing the best possible passenger experience and delivering value to Canadians with the optimal use of the Authority’s resources. He/she must also ensure that Canadian Air Transport Security Authority employees are engaged, committed, and successful through teamwork, and work in collaboration with partners to generate mutual benefits and improvements.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority's 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 online application.

Salary Range: $214,900 - $252,800 (CEO-4)

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 and/or experience;
  • Experience as a chief executive officer or senior executive in a mid-size or large organization with multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience in building and maintaining productive and effective multipartite relationships with partner organizations, diverse stakeholders, and senior government officials;
  • Decision-making experience with respect to complex and sensitive issues;
  • Demonstrated leadership of people, including motivating employees to reach corporate objectives, talent management, and organizational change;
  • Experience reporting to a board would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in the transportation sector or business community (preferably aviation and/or security) 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 Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s mandate, mission, strategic priorities, and business activities including the transportation industry, preferably related to aviation and/or security;
  • Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board of Directors, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, 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 technology, and financial and human resources management;
  • Knowledge of operational and strategic corporate planning, monitoring, and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with the Corporation’s business partners and stakeholders, as well as senior government officials;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change; and
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral, and the 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:

  • Sound judgment, conceptual/innovative thinking
  • Leadership
  • Impact/influence
  • 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:

  • You may not be appointed as a director (statutory).
  • You reside in or are willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within 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.