Opportunities - Selection Processes

Current Opportunity

Members of the Board of Directors, Canada Post Corporation,

Appointment Opportunities

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 peoples 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 Public Services and Procurement is to ensure that the services provided by her portfolio are delivered efficiently, and in a way that makes citizens feel respected and valued.

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

Members of the Board of Directors (part-time positions)

Canada Post Corporation

Canada Post is a federal Crown corporation that is mandated to provide quality postal services that meet the needs of all Canadians including individuals and businesses, in a secure and financially self-sustaining manner. The Canada Post Corporation has three subsidiaries: Purolator Holdings Ltd.; SCI Group Inc. and Innovapost Inc.

Board members are responsible for: establishing the corporation's strategic direction; evaluating its performance; safeguarding the corporation’s assets; and reporting to the Crown on the corporation’s activities and performance. Specific roles and responsibilities of the corporation’s board members are:

  • Promote a culture of integrity and of ethical business conduct throughout the corporation;
  • Facilitate the achievement of long-term goals by overseeing the corporation’s strategic planning processes;
  • Identify emerging issues that may affect the corporation;
  • Ensure adequate systems are in place to evaluate, monitor, and manage the principal risks facing the corporation;
  • Oversee the appointment and discharge of all executive officers, regularly review the management succession plan, and promote programs to develop leadership throughout the corporation;
  • Ensure the integrity of the corporation’s information systems and management practices; and
  • Ensure that timely information is provided to the Government of Canada, through the Minister, accurately reflecting the corporations’ state of operations and plans for the future.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canada Post Corporation's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 29, 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.

Official Languages and Diversity

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 peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

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 education, job-related training, and/or experience;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors of a large complex government organization, non-profit organization, and/or a private sector organization. Experience and/or leadership in a unionized environment would be an asset;
  • Experience in the public and/or private sectors in: managing human and financial resources; performance management; risk-analysis; and establishing strategic vision; and
  • Extensive experience at the senior or Board level in a large corporation in one or more of the following areas:
    • Being responsible for the management or Board oversight of a large, sophisticated, and commercial corporation whether public or privately held;
    • Auditing large, complex organizations, with a Chartered Accountant or Chartered General Accountant designation;
    • Managing the human resources function of a large corporation, including: determining human resources strategies to reach corporate objectives; hiring, training, and retaining appropriate resources; and setting principles and policies for compensation;
    • Managing labour relations in a large complex corporation, including understanding collective agreements, stakeholder engagement, negotiations and arbitration and union structures;
    • Managing the information technology function of a large complex corporation, including determining information technology strategies to reach corporate objectives and application and software development and management;
    • Being responsible for the management of the digital function of a large complex corporation; extensive understanding of eCommerce; data assets; and/or new digital industry business models and emerging trends;
    • Experience in dealing with federal or provincial governments, stakeholders or agencies;
    • Formulating and implementing public and social policy objectives;
    • Management, oversight or administration of large scale pension plan(s); management of funds holding assets over a longer term; balancing assets and liabilities; and understanding a variety of financial products;
    • Managing communications/marketing for a large, sophisticated, public and commercial corporation; understanding public relations; brand management; and reputational risks;
    • Managing a national retail or network-based organization; understanding of transportation, logistics or related industries;
    • Monitoring corporate performance against the strategic and business plans, including assessing operating results to evaluate whether the business is being properly managed and providing forward-looking suggestions for its continuing sustainability; and
    • Managing financial risks; monitoring cash flow; analyzing the financial strengths and weaknesses of a corporation; creating a financial improvement plan; supervising a finance unit; and reporting the financial status to higher authority.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate of Canada Post, its business activities and public policy issues, as well as its governing legislation, including the Canada Post Corporation Act and the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of the federal government’s policies and priorities and how they relate to Canada Post;
  • Knowledge of financial planning and reporting processes;
  • Knowledge of principles and best practices in: corporate governance; public policy development; financial and risk management; human resources; corporate planning and reporting; and performance management;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the board of directors, and the President and Chief Executive Officer, including the corporation’s fundamental accountabilities to the shareholder and taxpayers, would also be an asset;
  • Knowledge of the trends and practices affecting Canada Post, including digital services, information technology, pension management, labour relations, operational management, and logistics;
  • Ability to provide corporate vision, leadership, and the strategic direction needed for Canada Post to fulfill its mandate and attain its objectives;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a Chairperson, President and Chief Executive Officer, board of directors, labour unions, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, employees and Canada Post’s partners;
  • Ability to recognize and address emerging issues, to seize opportunities, and to advance ideas;
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, think strategically, and balance the business needs of the organization with the public interest; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral.

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:

  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Initiative
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You are willing to travel across Canada for Board meetings.
  • The time commitment required of a Board member is approximately 20 days per year. This includes travel time, review and preparation time, and meeting attendance.
  • You may be required to attend additional meetings and events, as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

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.

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