President and Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Canada

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Agriculture and Agri-Food
Position title:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Salary range:
$271,000.00 - $318,800.00/Year
Regina, Saskatchewan
Application Review Date:
January 28, 2019
Opportunity number:

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is Canada’s leading provider of financial and business services tailored to the agriculture and agri-food industry. FCC is self-sustaining and projects long-term viability through sound financial and risk management practices. As a prudent lender with 25 consecutive years of growth, a $33 billion loan portfolio and over 100,000 customers across Canada, FCC, through its more than 1,800 employees, contributes to the strength and stability of the agriculture industry.

The President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that the corporation has in place the strategies, approaches, programs and systems required to meet FCC’s legislative mandate. In addition, this person is responsible for running an efficient and effective corporation. The President and CEO reports to and is accountable to the Board of Directors, and to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Diversity and Official Languages

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. 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.

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;

  • A degree in finance, accounting, agriculture, business or a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) would be an asset;

  • Significant management experience at the senior level in a major public or private sector corporation, preferably in a competitive private sector business environment or in the financial services sector;

  • Demonstrated leadership experience, including the management of human and financial resources and risk management;

  • Experience in strategic management and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;

  • Experience in dealing with senior levels of government; and

  • Experience in reporting to or serving on a Board of Directors for a public or private sector organization would be an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Farm Credit Canada’s mandate, legislative framework and activities;

  • Knowledge of sound business practices and principles, including human resources, financial and risk management, as well as good corporate governance;

  • Knowledge of corporate lending practices, venture capital investments and transaction structures;

  • Knowledge of Canadian government policies, practices and decision-making frameworks;

  • Knowledge of public policy related to the agriculture, agri-food and agri-business industry;

  • Knowledge of the key issues facing primary producers and those in the agri-food and the agri-business industry;

  • Demonstrated vision and leadership skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate, assess, and address business risks, particularly as they relate to complex financial transactions;

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with government and industry partners as well as stakeholders;

  • Ability to lead FCC in a manner that achieves the strategic objectives and delivers high quality service in a cost effective manner;

  • Ability to focus the energies and talents of FCC employees and motivate them to achieve corporate objectives;

  • Ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, government and other organizations; and

  • Superior communication skills, orally and in writing.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on 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:

  • Strategic and innovative leader

  • High ethical standards and fairness

  • Sound judgment and integrity

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Tact and diplomacy

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 Conflicts 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 must reside in or be willing to relocate to Regina, Saskatchewan, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

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

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this 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.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019. Candidates must 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 Deputy 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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