Chairperson, National Capital Commission

Posted on:
November 1, 2022


Public Services and Procurement


National Capital Commission

Position title:




Per diem:

$310.00 - $375.00

Annual retainer:

$8,000.00 - $9,400.00


Anywhere in Canada

Application Review Date:

November 14, 2022

Opportunity number:


The National Capital Commission is a federal Crown corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians, and a legacy for generations to come. The corporation is responsible for planning, as well as taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. It fulfills this role through the following areas of activity: setting the long-term urban planning direction for federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; guiding and controlling the use and development of federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region; managing, conserving and protecting the Commission’s assets (including Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, real property, and other assets such as bridges, pathways and parkways); and maintaining heritage sites in Canada’s Capital Region, such as the official residences and commemorative sites.

The main role of the Commission’s board of directors is to oversee the corporation and ensure that it meets its strategic objectives. This includes ensuring that the corporation’s resources are used effectively and efficiently; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on performance; and fostering relationships between the National Capital Commission and other levels of government and the public. The National Capital Commission is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada.

The Chairperson is responsible for the proper conduct of the Board meetings in such a way that the Corporation carries out its mandate and objectives effectively, ensures good value for public funds, and holds management accountable for its performance. The Chairperson is also the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and an ex-officio member of the Audit Committee, the Governance Committee, the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Land Use, and the Advisory Committee on Official Residences.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the National Capital Commission 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 work on 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 in the public sector and/or a large, complex organization, preferably as a chairperson;
  • Experience in dealing with all levels of government, preferably with senior officials;
  • Experience at the senior executive level within the private or public sector;
  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans, best business practices, and in corporate governance; and
  • One or more of the following would be considered an asset:
  • Experience in the execution of transactions involving the acquisition or sale of commercial assets;
  • Experience in the area of bridges and civil infrastructures;
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA);
  • Experience in areas of construction, planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture or land-use initiatives;
  • Experience in the area of transportation and active transportation;
  • Experience in the area of heritage conservation;
  • Experience in the area of habitat / wildlife conservation (ecology);
  • Experience in climate change mitigation and sustainability;
  • Experience in the travel / tourism / hospitality industry.

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, mission, and activities of the National Capital Commission as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the board, and the Chief Executive Officer of a Crown corporation, including the fundamental accountabilities to all Canadians;
  • Knowledge of the history of the National Capital Region, the importance of the various Indigenous peoples in the region and the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation;
  • Financial literacy, and knowledge of strategic corporate planning, public policy environments, and monitoring and the evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of the cultural, heritage, and/or recreational tourism sectors, or of the evolving public expectations of the Commission;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Commission’s management, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, her office, the Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, and the Commission’s key stakeholders, including various Indigenous peoples, and partners to facilitate collaboration in the planning and development of its programs and the Capital;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and trends, and to develop strategies enabling the Board to seize opportunities and innovations;
  • Strong leadership and executive-level skills to foster debate and discussions among board members, facilitate consensus, manage conflicts, and synthesize multiple viewpoints into a sound decision-making process;
  • Superior management skills, to enable the Commission to accomplish its work effectively and with a national perspective; and
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders.

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:

  • Strategic and innovative leadership
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgement
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • 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 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 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.
  • You are available to attend board meetings at least four times per year in person in Ottawa.
  • You are available to participate in other special meetings in person in Ottawa or by videoconference as required. In addition, there is an annual strategic planning session.
  • You are prepared to commit 20 to 25 days annually for board and committee work, and additional days for representational duties on behalf of the National Capital Commission and to consult with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • You are prepared to acquire a Top Secret security clearance.

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 available here) will begin on November 14, 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 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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