Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Director, Canadian Energy Regulator

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Canadian Energy Regulator
Position title:
Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Director
Anywhere in Canada
Application Review Date:
February 18, 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 Bill C-69, 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 Board of Directors consisting of at least five but not more than nine Directors, including a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. Under the proposed legislation, at least one of the Director positions must be filled by an Indigenous person. All members of the Board would be appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • Chairperson (part-time position)
    Per diem range ($675 - $800)

  • Vice-Chairperson (part-time position)
    Per diem range $675 - $800)

  • Director (part-time position)
    Per diem range ($475 - $550)

The Board of Directors would be responsible for the governance of the Regulator and its governance functions, including providing strategic direction and advice to the Regulator. The Board of Directors would also exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions in a manner that respects the Government of Canada’s commitments with respect to the rights of the Indigenous peoples. The Board of Directors would not give directions or provide advice with respect to any particular decision, order or recommendation that would be made by the Commission or a Commissioner.

The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson would have the same powers, duties and functions as any Director of the Board, with these additional roles and responsibilities:


  • Facilitate highly effective Board performance by providing leadership in the management of the Board’s affairs;

  • Ensure the Board fulfils its legislated mandate and responsibilities with full transparency;

  • Oversee the application of sound governance practices;

  • Preside over meetings of the Board; and

  • Perform any duties or functions assigned by the Board.


  • assume the powers, duties and functions of the Chairperson at any time; and

  • participate in Board decision-making processes.

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 education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • A degree in Indigenous governance/law, business/commerce, economics, engineering, environmental science, human resources, communications, finance, public administration or law would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in a private or public sector organization, including on a Board of Directors;

  • Experience in dealing with energy-related economic, engineering, social, safety, and environmental issues;

  • Experience in making decisions requiring an objective and careful balance of conflicting or contradictory considerations;

  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans and best practices, and the development and/or application of legislative and regulatory frameworks and policies;

  • Experience in building relationships, promoting partnerships and working with Indigenous Peoples and communities or other stakeholder groups, such as government, industry, and non-governmental organizations;

  • Experience in working with Indigenous Peoples in relation to development, environmental assessment and/or environmental protection would be considered an asset; and

  • Experience in the Canadian or international energy sector, including environmental protection and safety, would be considered an asset.

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson positions must additionally have:

  • Significant management experience at the senior executive level in a private or public sector organization, including on a Board of Directors.

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, and the legislative framework and the regulatory and business environments within which it would operate;

  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and a Board of Directors including understanding of the principles of sound governance and business practices, corporate planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of corporate performance;

  • Knowledge of the structure and operation of the Canadian energy industry;

  • Knowledge and understanding 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 develop and maintain effective working relationships with senior industry stakeholders, senior government officials, non-government and community officials, Indigenous peoples and their communities, and the media; and

  • Ability to promote, through example, key values such as fairness, transparency, integrity, professionalism, collegiality and innovation.

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson and/or Vice-Chairperson positions must additionally have:

  • Ability to lead a Board of Directors, seek the input of members, foster discussion and debate, facilitate consensus, identify risks, manage conflicts (should they arise) and ensure buy-in for final decisions;

  • Ability to oversee the management of a public institution with diverse responsibilities to ensure that it is able to fulfil its mandate and achieve its objectives within the legislation and the regulatory context in which it would operate; and

  • Ability to provide coaching and mentorship to other Board members and other senior management to fulfill their responsibilities, and champion the values of the proposed Canadian Energy Regulator.

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 and integrity

  • Respect, fairness and impartiality

  • Sound judgment, tact and discretion

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Leadership and collegiality

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 Bill C-69, and for the purposes of the Conflict of Interest Act, the circumstances in which a Director would be in a conflict of interest while exercising the powers or performing the duties and functions of a Director 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; and

    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.

  • Under Bill C-69, a person would not be eligible to be Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson unless they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. (Statutory)

  • Under Bill C-69, a person would not be eligible to be a Director of the Board if they are the Chief Executive Officer, a commissioner or an employee of the Regulator. (Statutory)

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 February 18, 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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