Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Energy Regulator

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Canadian Energy Regulator
Position title:
Chief Executive Officer
Salary range:
$206,600.00 - $243,000.00/Year
Calgary, Alberta
Application Review Date:
April 8, 2019
Opportunity number:

**An appointment to these positions will only be made should the legislation to create the Canadian Energy Regulator be approved by Parliament and receive Royal Assent.

With the introduction of the legislation, the Government proposes to repeal the National Energy Board Act and establish the new Canadian Energy Regulator under the proposed Canadian Energy Regulator Act. Located in Calgary, Alberta, the Canadian Energy Regulator would replace the National Energy Board and would serve as an independent energy lifecycle regulator responsible for federally regulated pipelines and power lines, energy development and trade.

Under the proposed legislation, the Canadian Energy Regulator would have a Chief Executive Officer who would be appointed by the Governor in Council.

The Chief Executive Officer would have the rank, powers and accountabilities of a Deputy Head.

The Chief Executive Officer would:

  • provide effective management of the Canadian Energy Regulator, in the discharge of its responsibilities under the legislation;

  • manage the Regulator’s day-to-day business and affairs, including the supervision of its employees and their work;

  • provide technical and administrative support and resources to the Board of Directors and the Commission; and

  • support the Commissioners in their work with the new Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to ensure they are well informed and can effectively undertake single, integrated project reviews for “designated projects.”

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, such as energy, engineering, infrastructure, science or environment, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Significant management experience at the senior executive level in a private or public sector environmental, energy or engineering organization that has diverse technical and regulatory dimensions and requires decision-making on complex and sensitive issues;

  • Experience and a proven record in leading and/or supporting transitions or transformational change in an organization;

  • Experience with the interpretation or application of legislation or regulations; and

  • Experience in any of the following would be considered an asset:

    • Experience interacting with government, industry, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous Peoples, communities and governments to build relationships and promote partnerships.

    • Experience working with or in government regulatory agencies, including quasi-judicial tribunals.

    • Experience in environmental protection and safety matters as it relates to the energy sector.

    • A degree in Indigenous governance/law, public administration, business/commerce, economics, or law, or a graduate degree.

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 activities of the proposed Canadian Energy Regulator;

  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a Deputy Head of a life-cycle regulator – ensuring an appropriate level of technical expertise among staff to address complex energy projects involving engineering, economics, finance, legal, supply, markets, landowner and Indigenous issues;

  • Knowledge of the structure and operation of the energy industry in Canada and abroad, and of the relevant Canadian and international policies and regulations;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of sound governance and business practices, including human resources and financial management, strategic corporate planning, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of corporate performance;

  • Knowledge of the rights of Indigenous Peoples (Section 35 of the Constitution Act), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the principles respecting the Government of Canada's relationship with Indigenous Peoples;

  • Awareness of Indigenous knowledge systems, as well as Indigenous Peoples’ issues, concerns and priorities, as they relate to development, environmental assessment and/or environmental protection;

  • Ability to provide senior leadership, vision, and strategic direction to manage and motivate an organization with technical and regulatory responsibilities;

  • Ability to lead and manage change in a diverse and highly technical organization, foster discussion and debate, facilitate consensus, identify risks, manage conflicts, and ensure buy-in for final non-project related decisions;

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders; senior government, non-government and community officials; Indigenous Peoples, communities and governments, and the media;

  • Ability to negotiate divergent stakeholder positions and reach positive outcomes on complex, highly technical issues, taking into account, for example, environmental, health, economic, Indigenous rights and social implications; and

  • Ability to focus and quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred. Please also include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand another language, such as an Indigenous language.

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:

  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality

  • Sound judgment

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Leadership and collegiality

  • Tact and diplomacy

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.

  • Under the legislation and for the purposes of the Conflict of Interest Act, the circumstances in which the Chief Executive Officer would be in a conflict of interest while exercising the powers or performing the duties and functions of the Chief Executive Officer would include:

    1. engaging in, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or in any other way, the business of producing, selling, buying, transmitting, exporting, importing or otherwise dealing in hydrocarbons, electricity or offshore energy;

    2. holding any bond, debenture or other security of a corporation engaged in any such business;

    3. holding other employment that is inconsistent with their powers, duties and functions or with any provision of this Act or a regulation made under it; and

    4. holding office as a Commissioner or being employed by the Regulator.

Legislative Requirements (Anticipatory)

  • Under the legislation, the Chief Executive Officer of the Regulator would be appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister after the Minister has consulted the directors (statutory).

  • Under the legislation, the Chief Executive Officer would hold office on a full-time basis, during pleasure, for a term of up to six years (statutory).

  • Under the legislation, a person would not be eligible to be the Chief Executive Officer unless they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).

  • Under the legislation, a Director of the Canadian Energy Regulatory Board of Directors would not be eligible to be the Chief Executive Officer (statutory).

  • Under the legislation, the head office of the Regulator would be in Calgary, Alberta (statutory).

  • If you are appointed to this position, you may be required to make presentations at conferences, national and international events, special interest groups, etc., on the Regulator’s role.

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 April 8, 2019. 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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