Commissioner of Competition, Office of the Commissioner of Competition

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Position title:
Commissioner of Competition
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
May 7, 2018
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The Commissioner of Competition heads the Competition Bureau, an independent agency responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Textile Labelling Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act. By promoting and protecting competitive markets, and enabling informed consumer choice in Canada, the Competition Bureau contributes to Canada’s innovation, efficiency and economic well-being.

The Competition Bureau, led by the Commissioner, investigates anti-competitive business conduct, promotes compliance with the law and advocates for the role of competition in policy-making, and employs over 400 people in the National Capital Region and its regional offices. The Commissioner reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Competition Bureau's website.

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

  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution and an acceptable combination of training and experience;

  • A law degree or a graduate degree from a recognized university would be considered an asset;

  • Senior-level management experience in a private or public sector organization, including managing financial and human resources;

  • Experience in implementing change management and a strategic vision at senior levels;

  • Experience in competition and/or commercial and/or regulatory law, or detailed analysis of marketplace and economic issues;

  • Proven senior-level decision-making experience with respect to sensitive issues; and

  • Experience in developing, maintaining and managing successful stakeholder relationships and complex partnerships.

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 principles of competition law and policy, economic principles and trade policies and the appropriate market frameworks;

  • Knowledge of the Canadian business environment and world markets, emerging trends and issues, and the implications these hold for competition law enforcement and policy;

  • An understanding of how government operates, including government priorities and programs relating to the Canadian economy, as well as knowledge of the mandate of the Competition Bureau and all its relevant legislation;

  • Ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations and policies and analyze complex situations in order to make equitable and timely decisions and recommendations while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences;

  • Ability to lead organizational change in a manner that fosters collaboration among organizational stakeholders and achieves the strategic objectives of the Competition Bureau and the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio;

  • Superior communication skills (written and oral) with the ability to act as a spokesperson to promote awareness of the benefits of competition, to provide expertise on competition law, and to further the understanding of the Competition Bureau and its role, in order to maintain public confidence in the marketplace as fair, efficient, and competitive; and

  • Ability to interact and negotiate effectively with senior government officials, leaders of anti-trust agencies, law enforcement, and elected officials, as well as a diversity of stakeholders.

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:

  • Integrity and impartiality

  • Sound judgement

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Tact, diplomacy and flexibility

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 this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must willing to travel across Canada and internationally.

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 May 7, 2018. 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.

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