Vice-Chairperson, National Farm Products Council

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Portfolio:
Agriculture and Agri-Food
Position title:
Vice-Chairperson
Type:
Part-time
Per diem:
$710.00 - $835.00
Location:
Across Canada
Application Review Date:
August 22, 2022
Opportunity number:
J0722-1364

The National Farm Products Council works on behalf of the Government of Canada to provide oversight of the national supply management agencies for poultry and eggs, as well as to supervise national promotion and research agencies for farm products. The National Farm Products Council is responsible for administering two federal laws: the Farm Products Agency Act and the Agricultural Products Marketing Act.

The Vice-Chairperson is primary advisor to the Chairperson.  When required, the Vice-Chairperson acts as special liaison with industry stakeholders on Council's special projects and initiatives. As required, the Vice-Chairperson sits on Complaint Committees and Public Hearing Panels.

The Chairperson of an agency presides at meetings of the agency but in the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the vice-Chairperson of the agency acts as Chairperson for the time being.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the website: FPCC

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

  • Experience in decision making with respect to sensitive and complex issues;

  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with and balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders with divergent views; and

  • Experience in one or more of the following:


    • Experience in one or more of the following sectors: food processing, food distribution or retail, research in a field related to agriculture;

    • Experience in business management and operation;

    • Experience as a member of an association, board or cooperative; as a member of a public oversight body or as a member of a regulatory organization, either at the federal or provincial level.


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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • An understanding of the Canadian supply management system for poultry and eggs;

  • A good understanding of the business, political, economic and operational challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian agricultural industry;

  • Knowledge of sound governance principles, strategic planning, monitoring and performance measurement;

  • Analytical skills and the ability to understand and interpret quantitative and qualitative information;

  • Ability to establish, sustain and foster relationships;

  • Ability to reconcile varying interest and values;

  • Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate financial statements and budgets; and

  • Superior oral communication skills.

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:


  • Leadership

  • Sound judgment

  • Professionalism

  • Integrity

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 Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees will be subject to the Conflict 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 Commissioner, 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 behaviors 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 behaviors 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 person who has reached the age of seventy years is not eligible to be appointed a member of the Council, and a member thereof ceases to hold office on reaching the age of seventy years (statutory).

  • As per the Farm Products Agencies Act, the Governor in Council shall designate one member of the Council to be the Chairperson thereof and another member to be the Vice-Chairperson thereof, one of whom shall be a primary producer (statutory).

  • Equal representation from the four Western provinces, the two Central provinces and the four Atlantic provinces will be set as a target (statutory).

  • The successful candidate must be able and willing to travel to attend regular meetings, complaint examinations and public hearings, as well as to attend meetings virtually. Members are required to travel, attend meetings in person and/or attend virtual meetings on approximately 50 to 80 days per year.   

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 August 22, 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 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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