Vice-Chairperson, Ministerial Advisory Board

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding plants, animals and food. This enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. The CFIA is also dedicated to excellence as a science-based regulator, trusted and respected by Canadians and the international community.

The CFIA, in collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, continues to work towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases.

Immediate need to appoint (3 year term):

  • Board Vice-Chairperson: 1 position


The Minister shall pay the Vice-Chairperson the amount of $2,000.00 per meeting for work in relation to Board meetings. This fee is to cover any activities in relation to the meetings attended including, but not limited to, review of meeting materials, travel time, conference calls and for any meetings that may be necessary to provide instruction to the Member and to familiarize he or she with the operations of the Board and to otherwise carry out his or her duties as outlined the Membership Agreement. No payment shall be made if the Chairperson does not attend a given meeting.

The Vice-Chairperson shall be reimbursed, consistent with guidelines set forth by the National Joint Council Travel Directive, for reasonable travel and living expenses incurred while performing Board duties while absent from his or her ordinary place of residence.

How to apply:

Candidates must submit an application to by April 28, 2017. The application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), addressing the education and experience criteria listed below and contact information for two references.

To be considered for the Vice-Chairperson position, please provide examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience relevant to the work of the CFIA;
  • Experience in positions of leadership;
  • Evidence of significant related work experience;
  • Experience dealing with senior officials in private or public sector organizations;
  • Significant management experience in private or public sector organizations; and

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria may be assessed:

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to assist the Chairperson in carrying out his/her mandate in accordance with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act;
  • Ability to deliver outstanding leadership and management skills in order to bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings;
  • Knowledge of facilitating change and address conflict;
  • Knowledge of reviewing governance performance and skills;
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up;
  • Ability to develop a consensus position based on discussions;
  • Knowledge of the roles/responsibilities of the members of the board;
  • Ability to facilitate and/or lead discussions with diverse range of participants;
  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of CFIA as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships;
  • Ability to place provincial/territorial items of interest into a national perspective;
  • Knowledge of sound governance principles;
  • A good understanding of the business, political, economic and operational challenges and opportunities facing at least one of the food, plant and animal health industries; and
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and to recommend strategies to quickly solve problems and seize opportunities.

If you move on the next stage of the selection process, we may contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

Personal Attributes

  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • Sound judgement
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and diplomacy.

Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment:

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