Joyce Murray

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Polar Knowledge Canada (Canadian High Arctic Research Station)

Vice-Chairperson (part-time position)

Polar Knowledge Canada

The mission of the Polar Knowledge Canada (Canadian High Arctic Research Station) is to conduct world-class cutting edge Arctic research. Polar Knowledge Canada is responsible for advancing Canada’s polar knowledge and strengthening Canadian leadership in Arctic science and technology.

This new federal organization anchors a strong research presence in Canada’s Arctic that serves Canada and the world, and advances knowledge of Canadian Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and the quality of its Northerners residents and all other Canadians. Polar Knowledge Canada continues to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to and respect for the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

The research station is currently under construction in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and will become the headquarters of Polar Knowledge Canada.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Polar Knowledge Canada’s Website.

Candidates must apply online by October 28, 2016, via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $550 – $650

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 include in your online profile 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 minorities.

To be considered for this position, 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 and/or experience;
  • Experience serving as a member or chairperson of a board of directors, preferably in a public sector organization and/or a large private sector organization;
  • Experience in strategic planning and managing organizational change to promote improved governance and performance;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with senior officials from different levels of government and diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and/or Indigenous communities and recognizing the importance of traditional knowledge in advancing Arctic and Polar research;
  • Experience working with Northern people and organizations of Canada’s Arctic would be considered an asset;
  • Experience working on Northern and/or Polar issues;
  • Experience working with international organizations would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in arctic and/or Polar science research (western or traditional or local knowledge) would be considered and asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and mission of Polar Knowledge Canada, its program and strategic priorities;
  • Understanding of the operating context of the Canadian North;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, the Board of Directors, and the President (as Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Head);
  • Knowledge of the operations of the Federal Government, including those related to sound corporate governance and management practices and principles;
  • Knowledge of the key players, challenges, and emerging issues in Arctic science and technology in Canada and internationally;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities, resolve problems, and assist in leading organizational change;
  • Established credibility with government and Northern stakeholders;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures, societies and economies, along with the environmental characteristics of Arctic regions, would be considered an asset; and
  • Familiarity with Indigenous languages of the North, particularly Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, would be considered an asset.

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:

  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standard and integrity
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative
  • Strategic thinker

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You are able to dedicate approximately 20 days for Board meetings including travel and preparation.
  • You are willing to travel to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, for at least one of the Board’s meetings in each year.

If you are appointed to this position:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under Forms and reference material.

You 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 website.

A link to this notice will be 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.

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


Member (part-time position)

Polar Knowledge Canada

The mission of the Polar Knowledge Canada (Canadian High Arctic Research Station) is to conduct world-class cutting edge Arctic research. Polar Knowledge Canada is responsible for advancing Canada’s polar knowledge and strengthening Canadian leadership in Arctic science and technology.

This new federal organization anchors a strong research presence in Canada’s Arctic that serves Canada and the world, and advances knowledge of Canadian Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and the quality of its Northern residents and all other Canadians. Polar Knowledge Canada continues to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to and respect for the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

The research station is currently under construction in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and will become the headquarters of Polar Knowledge Canada.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Polar Knowledge Canada’s Website.

Candidates must apply online by October 28, 2016, via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $375 – $450

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 include in your online profile 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 minorities.

To be considered for this position, 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 and/or experience;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with officials from different levels of government and diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience working on Northern and/or Polar issues;
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and/or Indigenous communities and recognizing the importance of traditional knowledge in advancing Arctic and/or Polar research;
  • Experience working with Northern people and organizations of Canada’s Arctic would be considered an asset;
  • Experience serving as a member or chairperson of a board of directors, member of local government/organization preferably in a public sector organization and/or a large private sector organization would be considered an asset;
  • Experience working with international organizations would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in arctic and/or polar science research (western or traditional or local knowledge) would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and mission of Polar Knowledge Canada, its program and strategic priorities;
  • Understanding of the operating context of the Canadian North;
  • Knowledge of the key players, challenges, and emerging issues in Arctic science and technology in Canada and internationally;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board to seize opportunities, resolve problems, and lead organizational change;
  • Established credibility with government and Northern stakeholders;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures, societies and economies, along with the environmental characteristics of Arctic regions, would be considered an asset; and
  • Familiarity with Indigenous languages of the North, particularly Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, would be considered an asset.

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:

  • Sound judgment
  • High ethical standard and integrity
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaboration
  • Strategic thinker

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You are able to dedicate approximately 20 days for Board meetings including travel and preparation.
  • You are willing to travel to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, for at least one of the Board’s meetings in each year.

If you are appointed to this position:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment, as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site, under Forms and reference material.

You 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 website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

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