Chairperson - AMENDMENT, Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (The)

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Position title:
Chairperson - AMENDMENT
Per diem:
$200.00 - $300.00
Annual retainer:
$6,400.00 - $7,500.00
Application Review Date:
September 8, 2020
Opportunity number:

**If you have applied between August 7, 2020 and August 25, 2020, you do not need to re-apply to be considered for this position.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated) operates, manages, monitors, constructs, rehabilitates, maintains and repairs the following bridges, roads, and tunnels under federal jurisdiction located in the Greater Montreal Area: the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the federal sections of the Honoré Mercier Bridge, and the Bonaventure Expressway, as well as the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure, and the Melocheville Tunnel. The Corporation is also responsible for the deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge.

Every day, the Corporation ensures a safe drive for thousands of users by managing, maintaining and repairing this important infrastructure for Greater Montreal. The Corporation also ensures that these critical structures remain safe, fully functional and aesthetically pleasing both today and in the future. It conducts construction, rehabilitation and reinforcement projects on the infrastructure under its responsibility and oversees the operation and maintenance of these structures.

The board of directors is composed of up to seven (7) members, including the Chairperson and the Chief Executive Officer. The Board provides strategic guidance and oversees the organization and administration of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated as well as the management of its resources, services, property, personnel and contracts. It sets corporate objectives and strategic directions, oversees the implementation of said objectives and strategic plan, monitors corporate performance, reviews financial objectives and results, analyzes key dimensions such as security, safety, environment and risk management, ensures that the principal risks are identified, mitigated and managed for each project and maintains strong and effective stakeholder communications.

Safety and security remain top priority issues. Given that many of the infrastructure assets of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges were built prior to 1965, careful monitoring is required. Significant capital investments need to be carefully managed to ensure the continued safety of existing assets, and construction of new assets. The Board is working on rehabilitation programs to address these issues and exhaustive repair plans are underway for some of the structures.

In view of the significant responsibilities of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, board members schedule numerous meetings of the Board and its committees throughout the year to manage the various activities. Special meetings may be called on short notice to address specific or emergency issues. Board members are permitted to attend board and committee meetings in person or by electronic means, although they attend the majority of meetings in person as appropriate.

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 and/or experience;

  • A degree from a recognized university in engineering, business administration (commerce), urban planning or law would be considered an asset;

  • Experience serving as a chairperson or 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;

  • Significant and recent leadership experience at the senior executive level, in a private or public sector organization, including managing physical, financial and human resources;

  • Experience in leading strategic and risk management, performance management, organizational change, and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;

  • Experience in dealing with the federal government, preferably with senior government officials, would be considered an asset; and

  • Experience in the management, construction, rehabilitation and/or maintenance of infrastructure, in urban planning or in the transportation sector 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 Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated’s mandate, mission, strategic priorities, and business activities;

  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board, and the Chief Executive Officer of a Crown corporation, including the fundamental accountabilities to Canadians;

  • Knowledge of sound financial and governance principles, strategic planning, and the monitoring and evaluation of performance;

  • Knowledge of the public policy environment facing a Crown corporation, and a general understanding of the legislative framework in which it operates, including applicable labour laws;

  • Knowledge of infrastructure rehabilitation and project management, and knowledge about the Greater Montreal Area in which The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated operates would be an asset;

  • Ability to provide corporate vision, leadership and the strategic direction needed for the Corporation to attain its mandate and objectives;

  • Ability to facilitate information-sharing and effective working relationships with other board members, management, government officials, business partners, stakeholders and employees of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and to demonstrate respect, ethics and trust in order to achieve organizational goals;

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson for the Corporation in dealing with the media, public institutions, governments and other organizations, including on culture, sustainability and economic impact;

  • Ability to analyze complex issues and think strategically, and balance the business needs of the organization with the public interest; and

  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change, and ability to lead strategic discussions, foster courteous and productive debate among Board members and manage conflicts should they arise.

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:

  • Sound judgment, proactive and solution-oriented

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Superior leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Diplomacy, tact, confidentiality and discretion

  • Strategic thinker and innovative leader

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.

  • No officer or employee of a Crown corporation or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer of a parent Crown corporation, shall be a director of the parent Crown corporation (statutory).

  • No person shall be qualified for election as a director of the Corporation if such person is less than 18 years of age, is of unsound mind and has been so found by a court in Canada or elsewhere, is not an individual, or has the status of a bankrupt (statutory).

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 will begin on September 8, 2020. 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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