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Chairperson

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    Posted: 08/08/14
    Job Type: Part Time
    Location: Ottawa

    Operating since 1908 and incorporated in 1969, the Royal Canadian Mint (the Mint) is a for-profit Crown corporation that generates commercial revenues by offering a wide range of specialized coin products and related services, both nationally and internationally. The Mint's core mandate is to produce and distribute Canadian circulation coins and to provide advice on all matters related to coinage to the Minister of Finance, who is the Minister responsible for the Mint.

    The Mint is a global leader in minting, recognized worldwide for its unsurpassed standards of quality and craftsmanship in the production of both circulation and collector coins, and highly respected as a premier refiner of gold.  The Mint's Ottawa headquarters and Winnipeg production facility represent one of the largest and most elaborate minting operations in the world.  At these two locations, the Mint employs approximately 1250 highly skilled individuals involved in all aspects of coin design, production and marketing.  The Ottawa facility houses the corporate head office, the gold and silver refineries and production facilities for non-circulation coins and medals. The Winnipeg plant, which includes a plating facility, produces all of Canada's circulation coins as well as circulation coins for numerous foreign countries.

    The Mint reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance and the Chairperson is responsible for the oversight of the Corporation's activities, providing strategic policy direction for the Corporation and presiding over the activities of the Board of Directors.

    The ideal candidate would have a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience. 

    The ideal candidate would possess experience serving as a member of a board of directors of a large public and/or private organization, preferably as chairperson, as well as experience managing human and financial resources at the senior executive level.  Experience dealing with government, preferably senior government officials in addition to experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with business partners and other key stakeholders are desired, as is experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices.  Experience working internationally in either the public or private sector would be considered an asset.

    The ideal candidate would possess knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Mint, its related public policy issues, as well as its legislative framework, including the Royal Canadian Mint Act and the Financial Administration Act.  Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a chairperson, a board of directors and a chief executive officer of a similar-sized organization, including the fundamental accountabilities to the shareholders is desired.  Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance, financial literacy and knowledge of the federal government's expectations with regard to accountability and reporting are also desired, as is knowledge of federal government and public policy environments, processes, and best practices.

    The ideal candidate would have the ability to provide the corporate vision needed to attain the Mint's objectives, with special regard to proposed amendments to the Mint's mandate as communicated in Economic Action Plan 2014.  He or she would possess strong leadership and managerial skills to ensure the Board conducts its work effectively, the ability to foster debate and discussions among Board members, facilitate consensus, and manage conflicts, as well as the ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities and resolve problems that may arise.  Superior communication skills, both written and oral and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Minister and Minister's Office, the Deputy Minister, and the Mint's business partners and stakeholders are also desired. 

    The ideal candidate would possess superior interpersonal skills and be a person of sound judgement and integrity.  Additionally, he or she would possess high ethical standards, initiative, tact, and diplomacy.

    Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

    A person is not eligible to be appointed as Chairperson if the person is not a Canadian citizen ordinarily resident in Canada or if, directly or indirectly, the person is engaged in any undertaking involving or associated with: the production or distribution of copper, copper alloy, nickel or precious metals; the purchase, production, distribution or sale of coins or coin operated devices; or the vending of goods and services by means of coin operated devices.

    The Government is committed to ensuring that its appointments are representative of Canada's regions and official languages, as well as of women, Aboriginal peoples, disabled persons and visible minorities.

    The selected candidate must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders.  The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under "Reference Material" at www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/index.asp?lang=eng.

    The selected candidate will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act.  For more information please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Web site at http://ciec-ccie.gc.ca/Default.aspx?pid=1&lang=en.

    This notice has been placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this position.  It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

    Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on its Web site at www.mint.ca.

    Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae by September 2, 2014, to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, 59 Sparks Street, 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A3, 613‑957‑5006 (facsimile), GICA-NGEC@pco-bcp.gc.ca (email).

    English and French notices of vacancies will be produced in an alternative format upon request.  For further information, please contact GICA-NGEC@pco-bcp.gc.ca.

    Click here for the selection criteria.

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