Chairperson - AMENDMENT, Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board

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President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada
Position title:
Chairperson - AMENDMENT
Salary range:
$220,900.00 - $259,800.00/Year
National Capital Region
Application Review Date:
September 1, 2023
Opportunity number:

**If you have applied between April 13, 2023, and July 16, 2023, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

The Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board, commonly known as the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (the Board), is an independent federal agency established by the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act that reports to Parliament through the President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada.

The mandate of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board is to advance transportation safety by conducting independent investigations, including public inquiries when necessary, into selected transportation occurrences in order to make findings as to their causes and contributing factors; identifying safety deficiencies as evidenced by transportation occurrences; making recommendations designed to eliminate or reduce any such safety deficiencies; and reporting publicly on its investigations and related findings.

The Board consists of not more than five members, including the Chairperson.

The Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the Board and has exclusive responsibility for managing personnel, financial and property matters and for all other aspects of the internal management of the Board.

Board Members ensure investigation reports on transportation accidents reflect objective, competent analysis of safety failures in the national transportation system and make recommendations to address deficiencies.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work on one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

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;

  • Extensive operational or technical experience in the federally regulated transportation industry (air, marine, rail or pipeline transportation) or in the area of human performance and system safety;

  • Extensive experience at the senior management level within the private (regulator, operator or transportation industry stakeholder) or public sector, including managing human and financial resources;

  • Government or private industry experience in or related to air, marine, rail and/or pipeline transportation;

  • Experience in leading comprehensive impartial investigations or inquiries;

  • Experience in building and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, senior officials from government and strategic partners;

  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of legislation in the context of an independent investigative, inquiry or review role;

  • Experience in policy development in the context of transportation investigations; and

  • Decision-making experience, ideally with respect to complex technical issues.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of sound governance principles and practices;

  • Knowledge of the mandate and mission of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board, its strategic priorities, public policy issues, governing legislation (including the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act), and related regulations;

  • Knowledge of a least one of the modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction;

  • Knowledge of investigative practices and processes and knowledge of the conduct of independent investigations and inquiries, as well as the principles of procedural fairness, administrative law and natural justice;

  • Knowledge of human performance and system safety concepts;

  • Superior oral and written communication skills in both official languages;

  • Ability to build effective teams by developing and cultivating strong leadership to establish and achieve the Board’s strategic goals;

  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive relationships and to lead and engage a broad range of stakeholders and partners in important safety issues;

  • Ability to think conceptually and strategically;

  • Ability to write clear and concise reports, analyses and recommendations;

  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant statutes, regulations, policies and other documents in a decision-making environment; and

  • Ability to analyze complex technical information and synthesize key information.

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 confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Strong, strategic and innovative leadership

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Superior judgment

  • Strong interpersonal and engagement skills

  • High level of initiative and autonomy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics 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.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you shall not, directly or indirectly, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or otherwise, be engaged in a transportation (i.e., air, marine, rail or pipeline) undertaking or business; or have an interest in a transportation undertaking or business, or an interest in the manufacture or distribution of transportation plant or equipment, except where the distribution is merely incidental to the general merchandising of goods (statutory).

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must be willing to travel frequently across Canada.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications (more information available here) will begin on September 1, 2023. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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