President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Lands Company Limited

Posted on:
September 22, 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.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer is primarily responsible for: (a) leading the development of strategic business plans including multi-year budget projections for the corporation and its subsidiaries; (b) ensuring that the appropriate organizational structures, systems, staff resources, compensation programs and infrastructure are made available to achieve corporate plan objectives and mandate, and to protect the assets of CLCL; (c) maintaining a productive relationship with the Chairperson of the Board of Directors; (d) maintaining a collaborative relationship with representatives of CLCL’s clients, stakeholder communities and shareholder; (e) maintaining a collaborative relationship with representatives of the real estate industry and the hospitality/tourism industry respectively and as a whole; and (f) monitoring performance goals against objectives to ensure that the operations, commercial dealings and governance of CLCL fulfill the mandate, vision and business strategies approved by the Board of Directors.

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;
  • Significant management experience at the senior executive level, including managing human and financial resources and working with a board of directors;
  • Experience in managing complex real property portfolios, including the negotiation of sophisticated transactions;
  • Experience in strategic management, organizational change and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Experience in managing diverse and complex stakeholder relations, including Indigenous Groups;
  • Experience in managing labour relations, including understanding collective agreements, stakeholder engagement, negotiations and arbitration and union structures; and
  • Experience working with various levels of government.

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 (CLCL), 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 CLCL;
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous Groups land-related issues with respect to the Crown’s responsibilities and of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation;
  • Knowledge of commercial practices related to the disposal of diverse real property assets at the highest value;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance principles and best practices;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of all levels of government, particularly the municipal level, and the private sector in the real property field;
  • Knowledge of public-private partnerships (PPP) and alternative project delivery methods, such as design-build and joint ventures would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of attractions management and / or experience in the travel / tourism / hospitality industry would be an asset;
  • Ability to manage, provide corporate vision, leadership and the strategic direction needed for CLCL to fulfill its mandate and attain its objectives effectively and efficiently;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a board of directors, Indigenous Groups, federal, provincial and municipal governments and CLCL’s partners;
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and think strategically, and balance the business needs of the organization with the public interest;
  • Ability to implement decisions made by the Board of Directors and report back to the Board on progress, as well as the ability to facilitate consensus and to manage conflicts, should they arise; and
  • Superior communication skills (in both official languages would be strongly preferred), both written and oral and the ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments and other organizations.

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:

  • Leadership and influence
  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Integrity and high ethical standards
  • Conceptual/innovative thinking
  • Tact and diplomacy

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.
  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the Toronto, Ontario, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

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 October 24, 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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