Chairperson and members, Council on Science and Innovation (Part-time positions) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Posted on the government of Canada website: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/careers-carrieres.nsf/eng/00961.html

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and the Minister of Science and Sport are establishing the Council on Science and Innovation (CSI), as an independent advisory body mandated to provide the Ministers with expert advice on policy issues related to science and innovation. The CSI’s advice will support the Government of Canada’s efforts to strengthen the science and research ecosystem and stimulate innovation across the country’s economy. This advice will be made public, although the Ministers may choose to seek confidential advice under certain circumstances.

The Council will be mandated to:

  • provide evidence-based analysis and policy advice to the Ministers on complex issues that require background research and consultations/engagement with experts, stakeholders and/or civil society; 
  • provide a “sounding board” for the Ministers on short-term and/or urgent issues; and,
  • publicly report on science and innovation issues of importance to the Government of Canada and to Canadian citizens.

The Council’s scope is expected to encompass the full range of disciplines across the natural sciences and engineering, life and health sciences, and social sciences and humanities, and cover the breadth of activity from fundamental research through applied research to successful commercialization of product/process innovations and the application of new insights to societal challenges.

The CSI membership will be appointed jointly by the Ministers, and is expected to be composed of a Chairperson and 11 other members drawn from the scientific and research community, the private sector, and civil society. In addition, the Chief Science Advisor will serve as ex-officio Vice-Chair, and the Deputy Minister of ISED and Deputy Minister of Health will serve as ex-officio members.  As deemed necessary, ex-officio appointments and/or cross-appointments with related bodies may be made at Ministerial discretion to facilitate an integrated, holistic approach to science and innovation governance.

The Chairperson will be responsible for: chairing meetings and providing leadership and guidance in the scoping and planning of the Council’s work; leading Council engagement and consultations with experts, stakeholders, and civil society, as well as collaboration and coordination as warranted with related organizations; ensuring that Council advice is independent and evidence-based, supported by rigorous research and analysis; serving as the liaison between the Council and the Ministers; representing the Council with stakeholders, other organizations, and civil society; and, performing other duties relevant to the Council’s mandate as requested by the Ministers from time to time.

Members will be responsible for actively contributing to Council meetings and activities such as: participating in CSI sub-committees or working groups of members to address specific areas, themes and/or issues referred by the Ministers; and providing open and respectful perspectives and ideas to Council discussions.

The Chairperson and members are expected to serve in their own right, not as representatives of any particular organization, area or special interest, and will be chosen based on their individual accomplishments and expertise in the science, research and innovation sphere. 

Remuneration:

  • Chairperson:     Per diem (rate under review)
  • Members:            No remuneration will be provided

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 specify in your application the level of 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 a visible minority group.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply to the following email address: ic.csi.ic@canada.ca. A review of applications will begin on January 28, 2019. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until appointments are made.

Candidates are requested to provide a cover letter of no more than three pages specifying:

  • Name and contact information (telephone, e-mail and mailing address);
  • Which position(s) they are applying for;
  • Outline of how they meet the Education and Experience; Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; Personal Attributes; and Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment criteria (listed below); and
  • Attach a copy of their maximum 10-page curriculum vitae.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrates how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must have:

  • a degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • significant experience developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives and/or policies related to advancing science, research and/or innovation;
  • significant experience engaging with experts and stakeholders in Canada’s science, research and innovation community from the private, not-for-profit and post-secondary education sectors;
  • significant national or international experience leading and managing within: (i) a science, research or innovation organization in the private, not-for-profit or post-secondary education sector; or (ii) an entrepreneurial enterprise or innovative business;
  • experience serving on similar councils, committees or boards, preferably as Chairperson;
  • experience acting as an organization’s spokesperson with the media, government and/or other stakeholders; and,
  • experience dealing with senior government officials and/or ministers.
  • experience developing evidence-based advice on public policy, preferably science, research and/or innovation policy would be considered an asset; and
  • experience in the international sphere that supports knowledge of the global science, research and innovation landscape would also be considered an asset.

Candidates interested in being considered for the member positions must have:

  • 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 contributing to strategic initiatives and/or policies related to advancing science, research and/or innovation;
  • experience engaging with experts and stakeholders in Canada’s science, research and innovation community;
  • significant national or international experience in at least one of the following areas:
    • conducting and publishing peer-reviewed research;
    • conducting or managing commercial R&D or innovation activities;
    • leading and managing within a science, research or innovation organization in the private, not-for-profit or post-secondary education sector; or,
    • leading and managing within an entrepreneurial enterprise or innovative business.
  • experience developing evidence-based advice on public policy, preferably science, research and/or innovation policy would be considered an asset; and,
  • experience serving on similar councils, committees or boards would be considered an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must have:

  • knowledge of the roles played by industry, post-secondary institutions, governments, and not-for-profit organizations in advancing science, research and innovation in Canada;
  • knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to Canada’s science, research and innovation ecosystem;
  • knowledge of the federal government’s priorities, policies and programs related to improving Canada’s science, research and innovation performance;
  • ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies that seize opportunities and solve problems;
  • ability to analyze complex issues/challenges and conceptualize innovative solutions to address them;
  • ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers, science and innovation stakeholders, and government representatives, including ministers and senior officials;
  • ability to facilitate consensus, manage conflicts (if they arise), and foster productive and inclusive discussion among individuals and organizations with disparate views;
  • strong leadership and management skills to motivate others and conduct work 
    effectively; and,
  • superior communication skills, both written and oral.

Candidates interested in being considered for the member positions must have:

  • knowledge of the roles played by industry, post-secondary institutions, governments, and not-for-profit organizations in advancing science, research and innovation in Canada;
  • knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to Canada’s science, research and innovation ecosystem;
  • knowledge of the federal government’s priorities, policies and programs related to improving Canada’s science, research and innovation performance;
  • ability to understand, interpret and evaluate emerging and global trends;
  • ability to analyze complex issues/challenges and conceptualize innovative solutions to address them;
  • ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships on a Council with a diverse membership; and,
  • superior communication skills, both oral and written.

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:

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson and/or member positions must have:

  • innovative and strategic thinking;
  • high ethical standards and integrity;
  • sound judgment;
  • tact and diplomacy; and,
  • superior interpersonal skills.

Candidates interested in being considered for the Chairperson position must additionally have:

  • strong leadership skills.

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • The Chairperson must be available for approximately 8 days a month to lead the business of the Council, participate in Council meetings, and represent the Council with stakeholders and civil society.
  • Members must be available for approximately 1.5 days a month to participate in Council meetings and related activities.
  • If you are appointed to one of these positions, you must be willing to travel within Canada as required.
  • The Chairperson and members will be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in the conduct of Council business, in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures and relevant provisions of the Financial Administration Act.
  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in carrying out their duties that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with in the course of their duties at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Ministerial appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You will be expected to conduct yourself ethically and maintain high standards of honesty, judgment and integrity, consistent with the values of the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders, the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Lobbying Act.

Ministerial or government officials may conduct background and other checks, including for past political activities.

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

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only candidates who are selected will be contacted.

This notice is not intended to be the sole means of recruitment.