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Directors, Canada Infrastructure Bank,

Appointment Opportunities (anticipatory)

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 Infrastructure and Communities is to begin to rebuild Canada for the 21st Century.

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

Directors (part-time positions)

The Canada Infrastructure Bank

The new Canada Infrastructure Bank is being established to initiate and invest in large revenue-generating infrastructure projects that provide public benefits and contribute to the long-term sustainability of infrastructure across Canada. The Bank will be mandated to invest $35 billion into projects where the Bank’s participation will serve as a catalyst for new forms of additional private investment into infrastructure in Canada. The Bank will also act as a center of expertise on infrastructure transactions involving private sector investment and provide advice to all levels of government in that context. In addition, the Bank will lead a data initiative to improve knowledge on the state of municipal and provincial infrastructure, as a basis for informing investment decisions and establishing priorities.

The Bank will operate as a crown corporation, at arms-length from government, but will be accountable for investing prudently within the context of government policy priorities.

The Board of Directors of the Bank will be composed of the Chairperson and 8 to 11 other Directors. Once established, the Board will contribute to the search for Chief Executive Officers and recommend their compensation, set and oversee the implementation of corporate objectives and strategic directions, monitor corporate and management performance, review financial objectives and results, analyze key dimensions such as security, safety, environment and risk management, ensure that the principal risks are identified, mitigated and managed for the Bank’s portfolio and maintain strong and effective stakeholder communications.

Given the Bank will be a new organization, a substantial time commitment (a minimum of 25 days annually) is expected of directors for participation in meetings, preparation for meetings and travel. Additional time commitment is expected from any director acting as the Chair of the Board (approximately 50 days annually) or as Chair of a Committee. All directors are expected to continuously strengthen their understanding of investment management, infrastructure development and other related skills.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found in the 2016 Fall Economic Statement and in Budget 2017.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, 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.

Appointments to the positions will only be made once the legislation to create the Canada Infrastructure Bank has been approved by Parliament and receives Royal Assent.

Official Languages, Diversity and Regional Representation

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. 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.

Given the national mandate of the Bank, the Board of Directors will endeavor to representation from across Canada.

To be considered for one of these positions, 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 equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Experience in leading and managing a business or functional role at a large or complex organization;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization; and
  • Functional experience at the executive level in one or more of the following areas:
    • Human and financial resources; or
    • Legal issues; or
    • Corporate performance and business strategy; or
    • Investments and asset management; or
    • Audit and accounting; or
    • Public engagement and civil society.
  • Industry/sector experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Infrastructure; or
    • Financial Sector particularly infrastructure investments; or
    • Government at the federal, provincial – territorial or municipal level
  • A professional designation would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong financial literacy and acumen;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian infrastructure landscape and the roles of the federal, provincial- territorial and municipal governments;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance principles and best practices, including knowledge of the Government of Canada’s governance framework for Crown corporations;
  • Knowledge of the infrastructure financing sector would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to facilitate information-sharing and effective working relationships with other Board members, management, government officials, business partners, stakeholders and employees of the Bank and to demonstrate respect, ethics and extending trust in order to achieve organizational goals;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, including negotiation and conflict management skills.

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:

  • Trust and accountability
  • Informed judgment, tact and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Independence
  • High ethical standards and integrity

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You are not less than eighteen years of age
  • You do not have the status of bankrupt
  • You are not employed in the public service of Canada or by a provincial, municipal or local authority
  • You are not a member of the Senate or House of Commons or a member of the legislature of a province
  • You are willing to travel across Canada to participate in Board meetings

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

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 these positions. 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.