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.
Board members must attend all meetings as convened by the Chairperson. Key duties include:
- Reviewing all information on which AAFC’s administrative decision was based;
- Reviewing the Notice of Appeal and any written statements from the applicant or creditor that the FDMS provided to the Chairperson;
- Participating as a Member of an appeal panel as convened by the Chairperson; and,
- Participating in a majority decision on the appeal based on sound judgement.
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.
- A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education and experience is required.
- A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study is considered an asset.
Experience and skills
- Experience owning and/or operating a farming enterprise and/or providing financial advisory services to farming operators;
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing;
- Ability to reconcile varying interests and values;
- Ability to develop effective working relationships;
- Experience as a board member for a not-for-profit, agricultural association, for-profit, co operative, or charitable organization is considered an asset;
- Experience as an elected government official is considered an asset; and
- Financial literacy is considered an asset.
- Sound judgement
- Integrity and accountability
- Tact and discretion
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.
- Various language requirements (English, French, and bilingual)
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.
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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