Member, Net-Zero Advisory Body

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Environment and Climate Change
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Per diem:
$375.00 - $450.00
Across Canada
Application Review Date:
September 18, 2024
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Under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, the Net-Zero Advisory Body is mandated to provide the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with independent advice with respect to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,including advice respecting:

  1. greenhouse gas emissions targets for milestone years (i.e., 2030, 2035, 2040, 2045);

  2. greenhouse gas emissions reduction plans by the Government of Canada, including measures and sectoral strategies that the Government of Canada could implement to achieve a greenhouse gas emissions target; and

  3. any matter referred to it by the Minister.

The Net-Zero Advisory Body's mandate also includes conducting engagement activities related to achieving net-zero emissions.

The Net-Zero Advisory Body is composed of up to 15 members who serve as individuals and do not represent any organization with which they are affiliated.

Responsibilities of members include but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the development of advice, attending meetings, leading or serving on subcommittees and participating in engagement activities;

  • Reviewing and endorsing all public-facing reports, or providing a written statement of differing opinions if unable to achieve consensus on a specific element of advice in an annual report;

  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance and ethics at all times; and

  • Acting in good faith and in the best interests of the Net-Zero Advisory Body as a whole.

Two co-chairs are designated from among the appointed members. The responsibilities of co-chairs include, but are not limited to:

  • Chairing meetings of the Net-Zero Advisory Body in a manner that ensures that objectives are met, all members are heard and respected, discussions are within the mandate and consensus is built;

  • Providing leadership on deliverables, lines of inquiry, engagement, research, analysis, and advice; and

  • Meeting with other groups and organizations to officially represent the Net-Zero Advisory Body and communicate its views to the public and media.

Further details on the mandate, roles and responsibilities are listed in the terms of reference of the Net-Zero Advisory Body at

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

  • High school diploma or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and / or experience; and

  • Experience leading an organization, business, project, or initiative relevant to climate change mitigation and / or net-zero.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of at least one of the following:

    1. climate change science, including the environmental, ecological, social, economic and distributional effects of climate change;

    2. Indigenous knowledge;

    3. other relevant physical and social sciences, including economic analysis and forecasting;

    4. climate change and climate policy at the national, subnational and international levels, including the likely effects and efficacy of potential responses to climate change;

    5. energy supply and demand;

    6. relevant technologies; or

    7. another area of relevance to Canada's ability to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050;

  • Knowledge or expertise in public engagement and communications, particularly in relationship to climate change, would be considered an asset;

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the current issues and significant actors within your area of expertise;

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a group representing diverse experiences, expertise, and opinions;

  • Ability to give presentations and speak in public forums.

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:

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Respect, fairness and impartiality

  • Inclusivity, collegiality, and the ability to work well with others

  • Strategic and innovative 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 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.

  • Appointees must be willing to dedicate approximately 3 to 5 days per month for the duties of the position.

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 September 18, 2024. 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 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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