President - AMENDMENT, Farm Credit Canada

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Agriculture and Agri-Food
Position title:
President - AMENDMENT
Salary range:
$293,600.00 - $345,400.00/Year
Regina, Saskatchewan
Application Review Date:
April 18, 2022
Opportunity number:

**If you have applied between March 11, 2022, and March 28, 2022, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

Farm Credit Canada is a financially self-sustaining federal commercial Crown corporation reporting to Canadians and Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The corporation is comprised of a team of more than 2,100 employees operating from 99 offices located primarily in rural Canada, a government relations office in Ottawa, Ontario, and corporate office located in Regina, Saskatchewan. With a healthy portfolio of $41.5 billion and 28 consecutive years of portfolio growth, Farm Credit Canada is a strong, stable partner dedicated to serving the Canadian agriculture industry through all economic cycles. The corporation provides financing and other services to almost 100,000 customers. Primary production is Farm Credit Canada’s core business and represents 84.3% of the loan portfolio and there is a strong focus on serving the entire agriculture and agri-food value chain to support the industry in achieving its full potential. Farm Credit Canada shares business management knowledge and training with customers and the industry, free of charge. The corporation offers management and accounting software designed for agriculture. In addition, Farm Credit Canada invests in venture capital funds dedicated to the agriculture and agri-food industry, providing an alternate source of capital and expertise to the growing number of innovative firms that will help the industry achieve new potential.

The President provides leadership of the corporation’s resources and assets and the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations in meeting its mandated objectives. The incumbent is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the corporation. The President is accountable for ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the corporation and acts as an effective steward of the corporation’s financial and non-financial resources. The position is responsible for building, mentoring, leading, and retaining a high performing leadership team, an engaged workforce, and a culture characterized by excellence, integrity, collaboration, and community-mindedness. This incumbent is accountable for defining and communicating the strategy and plans to ensure continued renewal, growth, and sustainability of the corporation through ensuring the business development and executive activities result in market share growth.

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 discipline (e.g., business, finance, economics, etc.) or an acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience;

  • The following experiences are critical for strong performance in the President role:

  • Experience defining, planning, and shaping strategies and initiatives that set the direction for either an entire organization or a large division within the organization;

  • Experience leading significant scope and scale in a Financial Institution;

  • Experience dealing with key stakeholders outside the organization to gain support on key issues or create a favorable business environment;

  • Leadership experience in a complex organization comprising multiple business units, lines of business, distribution channels, and/or shared services, highly matrixed business model, etc.;

  • Experience leading business that successfully used digital capabilities across the business, with specific understanding of how to leverage data management, data analytics and other commercial applications; and

  • Background in agriculture 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 and awareness of the future, attentive to dynamics in the agriculture and/or financial environment (e.g., shifts in the social, environmental, technological, political context as it relates to agriculture);

  • Knowledge and experience on effectively deploying resources to enable quick, successful information gathering to draw out subtle connections, identifying alternatives and possible responses based on a cohesive understanding of complex internal, external and societal issues;

  • Knowledge and understanding the corporation's customers needs and insight to establish strategy and define priorities for the corporation;

  • Knowledge and experience leading of a results-focused culture, consistently focusing people on meaningful tasks, driving energetic action while fostering organization-wide enthusiasm to achieve results, even when obstacles arise;

  • Ability to clarify and leverage the corporation's key differentiators to define and communicate a long-term vision and strategy;

  • Ability to communicate effectively by actively promoting and consistently driving a free flow of information across all levels of the organization that builds awareness, commitment, and alignment;

  • Ability to build effective teams by developing and cultivating a strong leadership to establish and achieve the organization's strategic objectives;

  • Ability to engage and inspire individuals by fostering a work environment where people feel their contributions will be noticed and valued; expressing and encouraging strong appreciation for people's efforts;

  • Ability to comprehensively communicate goals by emphasizing and reinforcing specific objectives so that priorities are clear throughout the corporation while holding people accountable for their performance; and  

  • Ability to stay calm and positive during times of change; keeping people motivated and energized as transitions unfold; championing change and rallying people to act in the face of ambiguity, uncertainty, and incomplete 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:

  • Driven to achieve challenging performance goals and an inclination to foster this in others.

  • Authentic concern for relationships and an interest in engaging others to build a trusting rapport.

  • Empathy and openness to input and willingness to challenge perspective of others; an ability to work with diverse perspectives.

  • Inherently motivated by having an impact on the customers we serve (vs. desire for the power/status of the role) and most interested in working on multi-faceted and interconnected challenges; enjoyment of complexity and desire to engage with it.

  • Motivated to work with others collaboratively to pursue and achieve common goals; interested in getting the involvement, commitment, and support of others to get things done.

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.

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 here) will begin on April 18, 2022. 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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