Notice of Vacancy - Chairperson (Part-time)

August 18, 2006

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The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

The Chairperson will play a key role in helping define research infrastructure support strategies to fulfill the Foundation’s mandate. The Chairperson will support the CFI in enhancing opportunities for partnerships and collaboration among research institutions, governments, funding organizations and the private sector, both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate must have a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience. A graduate or post-graduate degree would be considered an asset. The ideal candidate will have significant experience on a board of directors, preferably as a Chairperson, or an acceptable equivalent experience. Experience in organizational management, so as to ensure that appropriate monitoring and control systems are in place, is required. The preferred candidate must have strong leadership skills with significant accomplishments in business, government, academia and/or the not-for-profit sector. Experience in research or research management would be an asset.

The successful candidate must have knowledge of the Corporation’s mandate and activities, as well as the legislative framework within which it operates. Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson and the Board of Directors is essential. The preferred candidate will possess knowledge and understanding of the research and post-secondary environments, as well as knowledge of capital and infrastructure investments as they pertain to research, evaluation criteria for financial investments opportunities and merit-based assessment processes. The chosen candidate will have knowledge in financial management and corporate governance principles and best practices. Knowledge of the operations of the federal government and public policy is required.

In order to achieve the corporation's objectives and carry out its mandate, the Chairperson must be a person of sound judgement and integrity and must have superior interpersonal skills. The preferred candidate must have the ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships to build on the Board's strategic position and provide the organization with the means to leverage its capital. The ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the board to seize opportunities or solve problems is vital. The chosen candidate must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and act as a spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments and other organizations. The ability to foster debate and discussions among board members and facilitate consensus, as well as manage conflicts, is crucial. The favoured candidate will possess discretion and tact and adhere to high ethical standards. Excellent leadership, managerial and motivational skills are essential.

Proficiency in both official languages is an asset.

Pursuant to the Canada Foundation for Innovation's enabling legislation and by-laws, the Chairperson must be a resident of Canada. Furthermore, the incumbent can not have a bankrupt status or be an employee or agent of Her Majesty in Right of Canada, a province or territory, or a member of the Senate, House of Commons or the legislature of a province or territory.

The expected annual time commitment for the Chairperson is 20 to 25 days. The board of directors meets three to four times per year in different locations across Canada. The successful candidate must be willing to travel and participate occasionally in meetings by conference call in advance of Board meetings.

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 will be subject to the principles set out in Part I of the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders. To obtain copies of the Code, visit the Office of the Ethics Commissioner's web site at

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. Applications forwarded through the Internet will not be considered for reasons of confidentiality.

Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae by September 5, 2006, to the Acting Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel and Special Projects), Privy Council Office, 59 Sparks Street, 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A3, (613) 957-5006 (facsimile).

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