Director (Federal), Saguenay Port Authority

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Position title:
Director (Federal)
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Annual retainer:
Saguenay, Québec
Application Review Date:
October 26, 2018
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The Port of Saguenay is the only public port in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area. It is a port recognized for its strategic importance to the country's trade and economy. This international seaport, which is one of the economic development engines of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean community, is also part of the essential infrastructures of the municipality and the region and generates several hundred jobs. It is an element of Canada's transportation infrastructure and offers a marine gateway to global markets.

The Board of Directors comprises representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as user groups, and is broadly responsible for setting the strategic direction for and overseeing the conduct and operations of the Port Authority. The Board of Directors appoints the Port Authority's Chief Executive Officer, monitors management's performance, ensures internal controls are in place to manage risks associated with the Port Authority's business and ensures protection of the Port Authority's finances and accuracy of financial reporting.

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 or experience;

  • Experience serving as a 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;

  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;

  • Experience in managing human and financial resources;

  • Experience in the transportation sector or business community (preferably marine); and

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: engineering; finance and insurance; project management; logistics; public relations; law; safety and security; energy and natural resources; community relations; and/or stakeholder engagement.

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 business activities of the Saguenay Port Authority and a good understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates;

  • Knowledge of corporate governance and best practices;

  • Knowledge of human resources management;

  • Financial literacy;

  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:

    • operation of a port;

    • international trade;

    • law;

    • project management practices;

    • accounting designation, finance, business administration, commerce or economics;

    • real property management and strategic planning;

    • information technology and cyber security in a marine environment; and

    • innovation.

  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change;

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with other Board members, the Port Authority's business partners and stakeholders; and

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral.

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:

  • Sound judgment

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Tact and diplomacy

  • Strategic thinking

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 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 Canada Marine Act stipulates that the following individuals may not be directors of the Saguenay Port Authority (statutory):

    1. an individual who is a mayor, councillor, officer or employee of the City of Saguenay;

    2. an individual who is a member of the legislature of the Province of Quebec, or an officer or employee of the provincial public service or of a provincial Crown corporation;

    3. a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;

    4. an officer or employee of the federal public administration, a federal Crown corporation or a port authority;

    5. an individual who is not a resident Canadian, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Canada Business Corporations Act;

    6. an individual who is a director, officer or employee of a person who is a user of the port;

    7. an individual who is under eighteen years of age;

    8. an individual who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court in Canada or elsewhere; or

    9. an undischarged bankrupt.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to Saguenay, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

  • The successful candidate must be willing to participate in a schedule of board of directors meetings as stipulated by the Saguenay Port Authority, as well as any requirements for participation in sub-committees, annual general meetings or other such duties as may be required.

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 October 26, 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.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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