Opportunities - Selection Processes


Director (Federal Representative), Montréal Port 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:

Director (Federal Representative – Part-time)

Montréal Port Authority

The Montréal Port Authority is an autonomous federal agency created under the terms of the Canada Marine Act that provides first-rate facilities to sea and land carriers, to terminal operators and to shippers.

The Montréal Port Authority builds and maintains infrastructures that it leases to private stevedoring companies. These companies, as well as shipping lines, are represented by the Maritime Employers Association, which employs the longshoremen at the port. The Montréal Port Authority directly operates a passenger terminal and its own railway network, which includes more than 100 kilometres of track and provides transcontinental railways with direct access to almost every berth.

The Board of Directors comprises representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as user groups, and is broadly responsible for setting the strategic direction for and overseeing the conduct and operations of the Port Authority. The Board of Directors appoints the Port Authority's Chief Executive Officer, monitors management's performance and ensures internal controls are in place to manage risks associated with the Port Authority's business and ensures protection of the Port Authority's finances and accuracy of financial reporting.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Montréal Port Authority's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 31, 2017, via the Governor in Appointment Council 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.

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 concrete 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 equivalent education, job-related training or experience;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization or as a senior executive answerable to stakeholders in the public or private sector;
  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;
  • Experience in managing human and financial resources;
  • Experience in the transportation sector or business community (preferably marine); and
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: project management; engineering; marine or rail transportation; public relations; law; communications; community relations; stakeholder engagement.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and business activities of the Montréal Port Authority and a good understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance and best practices;
  • Knowledge of human resources management;
  • Financial literacy;
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:
    • operation of a port;
    • international trade;
    • law;
    • project management practices;
    • accounting designation, finance, business administration, commerce or economics;
    • real property management and strategic planning;
    • information technology and cyber security in a marine environment; and
    • innovation.
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with other Board members, the Port Authority's business partners and stakeholders; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral.

Language Proficiency

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;
  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Superior interpersonal skills;
  • Tact and diplomacy; and
  • Strategic thinker.

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The Canada Marine Act stipulates that the following individuals may not be directors of a Port Authority (statutory):
    1. an individual who is a mayor, councilor, officer or employee of a municipality mentioned in the letters patent;
    2. an individual who is a member of the legislature of a province, or an officer or employee of the public service or of a Crown corporation of a province, mentioned in the letters patent;
    3. a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;
    4. an officer or employee of the federal public administration, a federal Crown corporation or a port authority;
    5. an individual who is not a resident Canadian, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Canada Business Corporations Act;
    6. an individual who is a director, officer or employee of a person who is a user of the port;
    7. an individual who is under eighteen years of age;
    8. an individual who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court in Canada or elsewhere; or
    9. an undischarged bankrupt.
  • You reside in Montréal or within reasonable commuting distance. Applications will also be considered from candidates who have indicated willingness to move to within a reasonable commuting distance to Montréal.
  • You must be willing to participate in a schedule of Board of Directors meetings as stipulated by the Port Authority, as well as any requirements for participation in sub-committees, annual general meetings or other such duties as may be 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 Web site, 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.