Opportunities - Selection Processes


Chairperson, National Capital Commission,

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 Canadian Heritage is to implement the government’s plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries.

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

Chairperson (part-time position)

National Capital Commission

The National Capital Commission is a federal Crown corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians, and a legacy for generations to come. The corporation is responsible for planning, as well as taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. It fulfills this role through the following areas of activity: setting the long-term urban planning direction for federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; guiding and controlling the use and development of federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; managing, conserving and protecting National Capital Commission assets (including Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, real property, and other assets such as bridges, pathways and parkways); and maintaining heritage sites in Canada’s Capital Region, such as the official residences and commemorative sites. The National Capital Commission is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The main role of the National Capital Commission’s board of directors is to oversee the corporation, and ensure that it meets its strategic objectives. This includes: ensuring that the corporation’s resources are used effectively and efficiently; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on performance; and fostering relationships between the National Capital Commission and other levels of government and the public.

The Chairperson is responsible for the proper conduct of the Board meetings in such a way that the Corporation carries out its mandate and objectives effectively, ensures good value for public funds, and holds management accountable for its performance.

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

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

Per diem: $310 - $375

Annual retainer: $8,000 - $9,400

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 serving as a member of a board of directors in the public sector and/or a large complex organization, preferably as a chairperson;
  • Experience in dealing with all levels of government, preferably with senior officials;
  • Experience at the senior executive level within the private or public sector;
  • Experience in the execution of transactions involving the acquisition or sale of commercial assets would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans, best business practices and in corporate governance.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate, mission and activities of the National Capital Commission as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board, and the Chief Executive Officer of a Crown corporation, including the fundamental accountabilities to all Canadians;
  • Knowledge of regional interests and concerns, as well as municipal, provincial and federal impacts, and how these relate to the Commission;
  • Financial literacy, and knowledge of strategic corporate planning, public policy environments, and monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of the cultural, heritage and/or recreational tourism sectors, or of the evolving public expectations regarding the Commission;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and the Commission’s management, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, her office, the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Commission’s key stakeholders and partners to facilitate collaboration in the planning and development of its programs and the Capital;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and trends, and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities and innovations;
  • Strong leadership and executive-level skills to foster debate and discussions among board members, facilitate consensus, manage conflicts and synthesize multiple viewpoints into a sound decision making process;
  • Superior leadership and management skills to enable the Commission to accomplish its work effectively and with a national perspective; and
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, 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:

  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • 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 are available to attend board meetings at least five times per year.
  • You are available to participate in other special meetings in person or by conference call as required. In addition, there is an annual strategic planning session.
  • You are prepared to commit 20 to 25 days annually for board and committee work, and additional days for representational duties on behalf of the National Capital Commission and to consult with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • The Chairperson is also the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and an ex-officio member of the Audit Committee, the Governance Committee, the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Land Use, and the Advisory Committee on Official Residences.
  • You are prepared to acquire a Top Secret security clearance.

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. 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.