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Farm Debt Mediation Service: Notice of Opportunity – Member (8 positions)

The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged, and enthusiastic members of the public to serve as board members on the Farm Debt Mediation Service (FDMS) appeal boards. This process will be used to staff multiple positions. The closing date for applications is February 26, 2021.

Our country is stronger—and our government more effective—when decision makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada is committed to transparent, merit-based appointments that strive for gender parity and ensure that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The FDMS offers financial counselling and mediation services to farmers who are having difficulties meeting their financial obligations. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) administers the FDMS.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. The Minister has established appeal boards to permit farmers and creditors to appeal AAFC decisions concerning a farmer’s eligibility to apply for the extension or termination of a stay of proceedings under paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Farm Debt Mediation Act.

Duties

Board members must attend all meetings as convened by the Chairperson. Key duties include:

Eligibility criteria and qualifications

To be eligible for appointment and perform FDMS appeal board duties, candidates must be Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older, and subject to the Government of Canada's routine security screening process, which may include financial screening. In addition, a member shall not accept or hold any office or employment inconsistent with the member’s duties, including performing any of the duties of an expert, mediator or administrator under the Act.

Education

Experience and skills

Competencies

Working conditions and time commitment

Appeal panels are usually convened by teleconference. However, members may be required to travel to a central location for their initial training. This work is a part-time and occasional commitment that would normally not exceed 10 days per calendar year. Members should be available to participate in a board within five business days of notification.

Language requirements

Remuneration

Members will receive an hourly pay of $42.40 for training, preparation time, and participation relative to the appeal boards. They will also be eligible for reimbursement of any travel expenses associated with training and participation in FDMS appeal board hearings.

How to apply

Please send your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to AAFC.Appointments-Nominations.AAC@canada.ca and include “Farm Debt Mediation Service Appeal Board Application – Member Position” in the subject line. Please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how your experience aligns with the above noted requirements. Candidates must also provide six references, including from two former supervisors, former clients, and colleagues.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and used to staff similar vacancies on the FDMS appeal boards.

Questions

Please send any questions to AAFC.Appointments-Nominations.AAC@canada.ca and include “Farm Debt Mediation Service Appeal Board Application Questions” in the subject line. An AAFC official will contact you within one or two business days.

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