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Ministerial Appointment Opportunities (Anticipatory)

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following Ministerial positions:

Chairperson and members, Council on Science and Innovation (Part-time positions)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and the Minister of Science and Sport are establishing the Council on Science and Innovation (CSI), as an independent advisory body mandated to provide the Ministers with expert advice on policy issues related to science and innovation. The CSI’s advice will support the Government of Canada’s efforts to strengthen the science and research ecosystem and stimulate innovation across the country’s economy. This advice will be made public, although the Ministers may choose to seek confidential advice under certain circumstances.

The Council will be mandated to:

The Council’s scope is expected to encompass the full range of disciplines across the natural sciences and engineering, life and health sciences, and social sciences and humanities, and cover the breadth of activity from fundamental research through applied research to successful commercialization of product/process innovations and the application of new insights to societal challenges.

The CSI membership will be appointed jointly by the Ministers, and is expected to be composed of a Chairperson and 11 other members drawn from the scientific and research community, the private sector, and civil society. In addition, the Chief Science Advisor will serve as ex-officio Vice-Chair, and the Deputy Minister of ISED and Deputy Minister of Health will serve as ex-officio members.  As deemed necessary, ex-officio appointments and/or cross-appointments with related bodies may be made at Ministerial discretion to facilitate an integrated, holistic approach to science and innovation governance.

The Chairperson will be responsible for: chairing meetings and providing leadership and guidance in the scoping and planning of the Council’s work; leading Council engagement and consultations with experts, stakeholders, and civil society, as well as collaboration and coordination as warranted with related organizations; ensuring that Council advice is independent and evidence-based, supported by rigorous research and analysis; serving as the liaison between the Council and the Ministers; representing the Council with stakeholders, other organizations, and civil society; and, performing other duties relevant to the Council’s mandate as requested by the Ministers from time to time.

Members will be responsible for actively contributing to Council meetings and activities such as: participating in CSI sub-committees or working groups of members to address specific areas, themes and/or issues referred by the Ministers; and providing open and respectful perspectives and ideas to Council discussions.

The Chairperson and members are expected to serve in their own right, not as representatives of any particular organization, area or special interest, and will be chosen based on their individual accomplishments and expertise in the science, research and innovation sphere. 


Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to specify in your application the level of your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups:  women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply to the following email address: A review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019. 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 appointments are made.

Candidates are requested to provide a cover letter of no more than three pages specifying:

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrates how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must have:

Candidates interested in being considered for the member positions must have:

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must have:

Candidates interested in being considered for the member positions must have:

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 verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson and/or member positions must have:

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must additionally have:

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important to confirm that you meet the following requirements:

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You will be expected to conduct yourself ethically and maintain high standards of honesty, judgment and integrity, consistent with the values of the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders, the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Lobbying Act.

Ministerial or government officials may conduct background and other checks, including for past political activities.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only candidates who are selected will be contacted.

This notice is not intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

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