Opportunities - Selection Processes


Member, National Energy Board,

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 Natural Resources is to ensure that our resource sector remains a source of jobs, prosperity, and opportunity within the context of a world that increasingly values sustainable practices and low carbon processes.

To ensure that the Board’s composition reflects regional views, province or territory of residence will be considered in making appointments to the National Energy Board.

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

Member (full-time position)

National Energy Board

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources. The Board makes decisions and recommendations on applications for pipeline facilities that cross international or interprovincial borders, associated tolls and tariffs, international power lines and certain energy export and import authorizations. In specified areas, such as the North and offshore, the National Energy Board has regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration and production activities. The Board regulates companies to conduct their activities safely in order to eliminate or reduce risk for the public, workers, the environment, and property over the full lifecycle of an energy infrastructure project from application to construction and operation, and abandonment. The National Energy Board is located in Calgary, Alberta and has a staff of approximately 450 employees and an annual budget of over $70 million.

The Minister of Natural Resources is committed to making recommendations on the appointment of Board members which ensure that the Board’s composition reflects regional views and that it has sufficient expertise in fields such as environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge.

An opportunity exists for a full-time Board member position at the National Energy Board. The Board consists of not more than nine full-time members, each appointed for a period of seven years.

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

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 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.

Salary Range: $174,700 - $205,500 (GCQ 6)

Position Location: Calgary, Alberta

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;
  • A degree in economics, engineering, environmental science, finance or law would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in dealing with energy-related economic, engineering, social, safety, environmental or regulatory issues;
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation;
  • Extensive experience in making decisions requiring an objective and careful balance of conflicting or contradictory considerations;
  • Experience in dealing with international energy-related matters would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in dealing with economic, social and environmental issues within Indigenous communities would be considered an asset;
  • Experience building relationships, promoting partnerships and working with Indigenous groups, Indigenous communities or other stakeholder groups in Canada would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in at least one of the following fields would be considered an asset:
    1. Environmental Science: Experience working on environment-related matters, such as environmental assessment, protection or enforcement in Canada.
    2. Indigenous Traditional Knowledge: Experience gathering or compiling traditional knowledge from Indigenous peoples to shape decision-making processes.
    3. Community Development: Experience leading and facilitating processes where community members take collective action and generate solutions to common problems or a common goal.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the National Energy Board, as well as its legislative framework, including the National Energy Board Act, and the regulatory and business environments within which the Board operates;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of energy markets and the energy sector (economic, engineering, social, safety and/or environmental components) and of the role of government and regulatory agencies in facilitating market outcomes that are in keeping with the Canadian public interest;
  • Knowledge of administrative law, principles of natural justice, and the rules and practices followed by adjudicative tribunals in Canada;
  • Knowledge of the aspirations of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, their history and their vision of Canada’s future;
  • Ability to analyze significant amounts of complex technical information, and make concrete decisions within a timeframe bound by legislated time limits and service standards;
  • Ability to think strategically, to frame questions and conduct analysis with a thorough understanding of energy sector and related policy issues, and to constructively question and challenge these in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to reconcile divergent stakeholder positions, taking into account associated economic, social and environmental implications; and
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral, with the ability to write clear and concise reports, analyses and decisions.

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 and integrity
  • Respect, fairness and impartiality
  • Sound judgment, tact and discretion
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You reside in, or are willing to relocate to, a location within reasonable commuting distance of Calgary, Alberta (statutory).
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • You must not, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or otherwise, be engaged in the business of producing, selling, buying, transmitting, exporting, importing or otherwise dealing in hydrocarbons or electricity nor hold any bond, debenture or other security of a corporation engaged in any such business (statutory).
  • You must devote the whole of their time to the performance of your duties, and shall not accept or hold any office or employment inconsistent with your duties and functions (statutory).
  • You must be prepared to travel and work long hours when required.

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.