Director, Canadian Tourism Commission

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Economic Development and Official Languages
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January 11, 2019
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Destination Canada (Canadian Tourism Commission) is Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. It is responsible for marketing Canada as a premier four-season tourism destination where travellers can enjoy extraordinary experiences. Working in collaboration with the Canadian tourism industry and the provinces and the territories, Destination Canada serves as a consistent voice for Canada in the international tourism marketplace. As tourism is a fast growing sector that employs nearly two million Canadians, Destination Canada has an important role to play in harnessing the full economic potential of this key sector of our economy; by growing tourism export revenue for Canada, supporting the creation of jobs and increasing Canada’s global competitiveness within the travel and tourism sector. Its mandate is to sustain a vibrant and profitable Canadian tourism industry; market Canada as a desirable tourism destination; support a cooperative relationship between the private sector and the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories with respect to Canadian tourism; and provide information about Canadian tourism to the private sector and to the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories.

Destination Canada is governed by a Board of Directors that is reflective of best practices in modern corporate governance. The Board consists of up to 12 members who oversee the management of Destination Canada, provide strategic guidance, and effective oversight. The Board ensures that appropriate systems of governance, leadership and stewardship are in place to enable Destination Canada’s management to lead the organization effectively. Directors are appointed based on the full range of skills, experience and competencies required to add value to Destination Canada’s decision-making. Examples of specific Board functions include:

  • Establishing the organization’s corporate objectives;

  • Monitoring corporate performance and evaluating results;

  • Ensuring effective strategic risk management;

  • Providing financial oversight;

  • Monitoring the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO’s) performance;

  • Overseeing succession planning of the CEO; and

  • Reviewing and approving major decisions affecting the organization.

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 equivalent education, job-related training or experience;

  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization, or as a senior executive answerable to stakeholders in the public or private sector;

  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;

  • Experience in managing human and financial resources;

  • Experience working in the Canadian tourism sector would be considered an asset; and

  • Experience as an entrepreneur or as an executive working for a large tourism enterprise would be considered 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 the Canadian and international tourism sectors;

  • Knowledge of marketing practices and trends;

  • Knowledge of the Government of Canada’s priorities related to the tourism sector;

  • Ability to contribute effectively to strategic and corporate planning;

  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change;

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with other Board members and stakeholders; and

  • Superior oral and written communication, and listening skills.

Language Requirements

Preference will be given to applicants who are proficient in both official languages.

If you move on the 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:

  • Sound judgment

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • Strategic thinker

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 one of these positions, you must be willing to travel across Canada, as required.

  • You must be available for approximately 20-25 days per year for Board and related activities and travel.

  • No remuneration will be provided. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 11, 2019, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. 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 on-line application.

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

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