Chairperson, Canada Development Investment Corporation

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Per diem:
$450.00 - $600.00
Annual retainer:
$12,000.00 - $15,000.00
Application Review Date:
February 5, 2019
Opportunity number:

Canada Development Investment Corporation is a federal Crown corporation that manages certain commercial and equity holdings of the Government of Canada. Canada Development Investment Corporation’s primary objective is to carry out its activities in the best interests of Canada, operating in a commercial manner. The Corporation reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

The Canada Development Investment Corporation has three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Canada Eldor Incorporated, and Canada TMP Finance Ltd. Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation owns and manages the federal working interest in the existing Hibernia offshore oil development project. Canada Eldor Incorporated has no operations, but has responsibility for servicing liabilities, chiefly arising from the 1988 agreement of purchase and sale with Cameco Inc. Canada TMP Finance Ltd. is the parent of Trans Mountain Corporation which controls and manages the Trans Mountain pipeline and related assets. The Canada Development Investment Corporation is also currently acting as Canada’s agent in a process to divest Ridley Terminals Incorporated, a Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Transport.

The Chairperson is responsible for the effective operation of the Board. Working closely with senior officers of the Corporation and the boards of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, the Chairperson is dedicated to the good governance and oversight of the Canada Development Investment Corporation and its subsidiaries; ensuring effective relations with the Minister of Finance, Parliament, other stakeholders and the public; and providing advice and guidance as required. This position involves balancing both public policy and business considerations in a decision-making environment that is complex and fluid.

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 or other post-secondary institution in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Experience in serving as a director on at least one Board of a medium or large commercial or Crown corporation, preferably as Chairperson;

  • Experience in managing human and financial resources at the senior executive level;

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

  • Experience in dealing with government, preferably with senior government officials;

  • Experience in the management or governance of the development of major projects;

  • Experience in divestitures of commercial entities or assets; and

  • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including Indigenous communities in Canada 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 mandate and activities of Canada Development Investment Corporation;

  • Knowledge of corporate governance principles and best practices;

  • Financial literacy (i.e., ability to read, understand and analyze financial statements);

  • Informed judgment: the ability to provide wise counsel and consider strategic impact and relevant stakeholder perspectives;

  • Ability to quickly grasp complex business issues;

  • Sound policy judgment;

  • Sounds financial judgment;

  • A record of responsibility and accountability, dedication and loyalty;

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to influence others appropriately;

  • Ability to work in a collegial fashion, respecting the differing views of others; and

  • Commitment to the Canadian public interest.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

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:

  • Strategic thinking

  • Sound judgment

  • High ethical standards, integrity and accountability

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Initiative

  • 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.

  • The Chairperson of the Canada Development Investment Corporation is also subject to the conflict of interest provisions in the Financial Administration Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act as well as those in Canada Development Investment Corporation’s by laws. Canada Development Investment Corporation’s board is also subject to a Canada Development Investment Corporation -specific Director Code of Conduct, including conflict of interest guidelines. These statutes and the Canada Development Investment Corporation Director Code of Conduct will not necessarily prevent a person with a conflicting interest from becoming the Chairperson but will limit the ability of that individual to participate in decisions of the Board on certain matters in which the Chairperson has a conflicting interest.

  • Typically the Chairperson can expect to spend 10 to 12 days per year at in person Board meetings plus occasional Board meetings held via conference call. Full board meetings typically require two full days and additional travel and preparation time. The successful candidate must be willing to travel across Canada to participate in these meetings in person.

  • No officer or employee of the Canada Development Investment Corporation or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer, shall be a director of the Canada Development Investment Corporation (statutory).

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 February 5, 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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