Notice of Opportunity for Ministerial Appointments: Directors, College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents
As part of the Government of Canada's Intellectual Property Strategy announced in April 2018, a College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents is being established for the professional oversight of IP agents in the public interest. Given the rising importance of IP in the innovation economy and the central role of patent and trademark agents, the College will be responsible for maintaining the high standards that are expected of trusted advisors.
The College will administer a licensing system to ensure that only qualified professionals are authorized to provide agent services. As an independent regulator it will also be responsible for enforcing a code of professional conduct to ensure that IP agents continue to deliver high quality advice. The College will also be responsible for implementing requirements for continuing professional development to ensure that agents stay informed of the ever evolving IP landscape. Ultimately, these measures will raise the bar of IP professional services in Canada.
The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians who are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents. The Board will be comprised of five Directors on a part-time basis, two of whom will be appointed on the recommendation of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Directors will serve for up to one year following the coming into force of the legislation establishing the College. In addition to overseeing the initial set-up of the College and hiring key staff, Directors will be responsible for passing by-laws regarding: rules of procedure of the Board; administrative matters of the College; continuing education programs and obligations; duties and functions of the Registrar and the maintenance of the register of agents; and fees to be paid by licensees. As such, membership on the Board of Directors is expected to encompass a full range of expertise, including from the intellectual property domain, corporate governance, and professional regulation.
A selection committee will evaluate applications and provide recommendations to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for appointments to the Board of Directors.
Candidates must send a résumé and cover letter by March 8, 2019, to the following email address email@example.com.
Your cover letter should outline how you meet the education, experience, knowledge and personal attributes outlined below.
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 include in your application 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 visible minority groups.
To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:
Education and Experience
- A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training or experience; and
- Experience serving as a member of a Board of Directors for a public or private-sector organization.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
- Extensive experience at a senior level demonstrating a sound record of achievement;
- Strong understanding of modern professional regulation frameworks;
- Ability to discuss, foster debate among Board members, facilitate consensus and manage conflicts, should they arise;
- Ability to develop effective working relationships with other Board members;
- Knowledge of IP gained as a user of the IP system or gained through research;
- Knowledge of what the public might expect from an IP agent and an ability to advocate for those needs;
- Knowledge of rules of professional conduct and responsibility whether gained as being a member of a regulated profession or through education or research; and
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
- Sound judgement, tact, and discretion
- High ethical standards
- Superior interpersonal skills
- Adaptability, flexibility and impartiality
Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment
In your application, it will be important to confirm that you are able to abide by the following requirements:
- Must be willing to travel to annual meetings, with potential for additional ad hoc meetings
- An individual is not eligible for appointment if they are: less than 18 years of age; have the status of bankrupt; are a member of an association whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of person who provide advice on patents or trademarks; were, within the preceding 12 months, a member of a governing body or a steering committee of such an association; a licensed patent or trade-mark agent; or employed by a department (as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act).
- Board Members may be paid remuneration in accordance with the by-laws of the College.
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