Ministerial Appointments

We know that our country is stronger - and - our government more effective when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures 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.

We are equally committed to providing a healthy workplace that supports one's dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work to one's full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful and harassment-free work environment.

Member, Ministerial Advisory Board

If you have already applied for this process in 2017, you do not need to re-apply.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding plants, animals and food. This enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. The CFIA is also dedicated to excellence as a science-based regulator, trusted and respected by Canadians and the international community.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, works to protect Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases as well as safeguarding Canada's plant and animal resource bases.

Immediate need to appoint (3 year term):

  • Board Members: up to 2 positions


A pool of qualified candidates may be established to appoint similar positions.


The Minister shall pay the Member the amount of $1,500.00 per meeting for work in relation to Board meetings. This fee is to cover any activities in relation to the meetings attended including, but not limited to, review of meeting materials, conference calls and for any meetings that may be necessary to provide instruction to the Member and to familiarize he or she with the operations of the Board and to otherwise carry out his or her duties as outlined in the Membership Agreement. No payment shall be made if the Member does not attend a given meeting.

Each member shall be reimbursed, consistent with guidelines set forth by the National Joint Council Travel Directive, for reasonable travel and living expenses incurred while performing Board duties while absent from his or her ordinary place of residence.

How to apply:

Candidates must submit an application to by September 30, 2018. The application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), addressing the education and experience criteria listed below and contact information for two references.

Asset criteria:

  • Preference will be given to candidates residing in the Province of Quebec, Nunavut, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories

To be considered for this position, please provide examples that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Official languages and diversity:

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to indicate your ability to speak and understand your second official language in your application. The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation. You are therefore encouraged to indicate in your application if you are a member of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, visible minority. Please note that there is no requirement to provide this information, i.e., provision of this information is voluntary.

Education and experience:

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience relevant to the work of the CFIA
  • Experience in positions of leadership
  • Evidence of significant related work experience
  • Experience dealing with senior officials in private or public sector organizations
  • Significant management experience in private or public sector organizations

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of CFIA as well as the legislative framework within which it operates
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships
  • Ability to place provincial/territorial items of interest into a national perspective
  • Knowledge of sound governance principles
  • A good understanding of the business, political, economic and operational challenges and opportunities facing at least one of the food, plant and animal health industries
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and to recommend strategies to quickly solve problems and seize opportunities

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we may contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

Personal attributes:

  • Strategic and innovative thinking
  • Sound judgement
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment:

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