Chairperson, Canada Lands Company Limited

Posted on:
March 26, 2022

Canada Lands Company Limited is a federal Crown corporation with three subsidiaries: 1) Canada Lands Company CLC Limited manages, redevelops and sells federal lands on behalf of the Government of Canada to ensure that optimal financial and community value is realized from these assets and manages the CN Tower, 2) the Old Port of Montreal Corporation Inc. owns the Old Port of Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre and 3) Parc Downsview Park Inc. owns Downsview Park (a former military base) in Toronto and sells the surrounding property for housing and commercial purposes. Through community consultation and partnering with the private sector, Canada Lands Company Limited and its employees apply real estate expertise and creative property solutions to deliver lasting value for Canadians.

Canada Lands Company Limited’s board of directors is responsible for the management of the corporation, by: directing the corporation’s overall strategy evaluating its performance ensuring that proper leadership, internal control, and accountability systems are in place and reporting to the Crown on the corporation’s activities and performance. The Chairperson’s main responsibility is to lead the board of directors, ensuring that the board functions properly and that it acts in the long-term best interests of the corporation. The Chairperson is also the primary liaison with the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canada Lands Company's website

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

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors of a large, private or public sector organization, preferably as chairperson;
  • Management experience at the senior executive level, including managing human and financial resources and working with a board of directors;
  • Experience in strategic management, performance management, organizational change, and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience dealing with stakeholders, labour unions and different levels of government, preferably with senior officials; and
  • Experience and/or leadership in a unionized environment would be an asset.

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 of Canada Lands Company Limited and its subsidiaries, its business activities and public policy issues, as well as its governing legislation, including the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of the federal government's policies and priorities and how they relate to Canada Lands Company Limited;
  • Knowledge of financial planning and reporting processes;
  • Knowledge of commercial practices related to the disposal of diverse real property assets at the highest value;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of all levels of government, particularly the municipal level, and the private sector in the real property field;
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous Groups land-related issues with respect to the Crown's responsibilities;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the board of directors and the President and Chief Executive Officer, including the corporation's fundamental accountabilities to the shareholder and taxpayers;
  • Ability to provide corporate vision, leadership, and the strategic direction needed for Canada Lands Company Limited to fulfill its mandate and attain its objectives effectively and efficiently;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a board of directors, labour unions, Indigenous Groups, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and Canada Lands Company's partners;
  • Ability to foster debate and discussion among board members, facilitate consensus, and manage conflicts;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments, and other organizations;
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and think strategically, and balance the business needs of the organization with the public interest;
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies appropriate to the industry and products of the corporation would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of attractions management and / or experience in the travel / tourism / hospitality industry would be an asset; and
  • Knowledge of public-private partnerships and alternative project delivery methods, such as design-build and joint ventures would be an asset.

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:

  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Integrity
  • High ethical standards
  • Initiative
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Further to the Terms and Conditions applying to Governor in Council Appointees Governor in Council appointees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless accommodated based on a certified medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • 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 theOffice 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.
  • You are willing to travel across Canada to participate in Board meetings at least four times per year.
  • You are available to participate in other special meetings in person or by videoconference as required. In addition, there is an annual strategic planning session.

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 March 28, 2022. 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 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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