National Program Advisory Committee: member (11 positions)
The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged and enthusiastic members of the public to serve as committee members on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC). Eleven positions will be filled using this process. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2021.
We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada uses an appointment process that is transparent, merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. Together, we are building a government as diverse as Canada.
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 and to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger.
NPAC was established to provide advice with respect to the administration of the programs that fall under the Business Risk Management suite, namely AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk. NPAC provides advice and guidance on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers and governments in managing risks, the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk.
Committee members must make a reasonable effort to attend NPAC meetings and conference calls as convened by the Co-chairs. Key duties include
- Where provided, review discussion materials in advance of meetings;
- Where nominated, participate on sub-committees struck by NPAC;
- Protect the confidentiality of the information obtained in the course of their duties, where this information is not generally available to the public;
- Abide by the decision of the majority;
- Declare any conflict of interest that may arise in the course of their participation; and
- Represent own views and not act as a representative of a geographical area or commodity group.
Eligibility criteria and qualifications
To be eligible for appointment to the NPAC, candidates must be Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older and must directly or indirectly participate in both the AgriStability and AgriInvest programs as an individual, or through a corporation, cooperative or trust that is a participant, for the duration of the appointment. Candidates are also subject to the Government of Canada’s general routine security screening process.
A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education and experience is required.
- An understanding of the mechanics of the Business Risk Management Programs; and
- An understanding of the role innovation plays in advancing the agriculture industry and the capacity of producers to manage risks.
Experience and skills
- Experience owning and/or operating a farming enterprise;
- Experience with the use of private sector risk management tools (example, commodity exchanges and futures markets) would be considered an asset;
- Ability to reconcile varying interests and values;
- Ability to develop effective working relationships;
- Ability to communicate (orally and in writing).
- Sound judgement
- Integrity and accountability
Working conditions and time commitment
This work is a part-time and occasional commitment that would normally not exceed 7 days per calendar year. Committee members must be willing and able to travel to a central location to attend a maximum of two face to face meetings per year as well as conference calls as necessary. The face to face meetings are two days in length.
Various language requirements (English, French and bilingual).
Term of office
Appointment terms are for a period of a maximum of three years.
Members will receive an hourly pay rate of $42.40 for attendance on conference calls and attendance and travel time for face to face meetings.
How to apply
Please send your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to AAFC.Appointments-Nominations.AAC@Canada.ca and include “Member, National Program Advisory Committee Application” in the subject line. Please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how your experience aligns with the above-noted requirements and whether you meet all of the eligibility criteria listed above. Candidates must also provide three references.
A roster of qualified candidates may be established and used to staff future vacancies on the NPAC.
Please send any questions to AAFC.Appointments-Nominations.AAC@Canada.ca and include “Member, National Program Advisory Committee Questions” in the subject line. An AAFC official will contact you within one or two business days.
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