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Wanted: New members for the National Program Advisory

July 28, 2017

The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged and enthusiastic farmers to serve as committee members on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC).

The NPAC was created to provide advice and guidance on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers/governments in managing risks; the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, which include AgriInsurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk; and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk. The committee is made up of farmers and federal-provincial-territorial officials who work together to ensure programs meet the needs of the agriculture industry across Canada.

In selecting committee members, 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. The NPAC selection process will focus on identifying high-quality candidates who demonstrate Canada's diversity.

To be eligible for appointment to the NPAC, candidates must have experience owning and/or operating a farming enterprise and must directly or indirectly (through a business entity) participate in both the AgriStability and AgriInvest programs. Candidates should also have a solid understanding of the mechanics of BRM programs, the role innovation plays in advancing the agriculture industry, as well as the capacity of producers to manage risks.

NPAC members are required to attend up to two face-to-face meetings per year and will be compensated for their time and travel.

Eleven positions will be filled using this selection process. The appointments are for a maximum of three years. The closing date for applications is September 15, 2017.

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