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Opportunity to Join CCC’s Board of Directors

Ottawa – The Government of Canada is seeking applicants to serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). The Board’s responsibility is to supervise the direction and management of CCC and oversee its strategic direction as outlined in the Corporate Plan. Board members are appointed by the Government of Canada, and report to Parliament through the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade.

CCC is Canada’s government to government contracting agency. Using our international contracting expertise, we support Canada and Canadian businesses to build successful commercial relationships with governments around the world. For over 75 years, we have helped Canadian businesses of all sizes secure billions in contracts with governments around the world. Last year alone, we helped export $2.92B in products and services, supporting 12,000 jobs across Canada.

Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2022. 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 an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application. Further instructions on how to apply are available on the website of the Governor in Council Appointments.

Diversity and Official Languages

  • We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem, and the ability to work on one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.
  • The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.

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 business experience;
  • D, C.Dir designation or other Director certification and education would be considered an asset;
  • Senior Executive experience in general management and leadership (i.e., CEO, COO, etc.), including growth and customer facing;
  • Board and governance experience, including serving on Boards of public, private and/or not-for-profit organizations and experience in corporate governance;
  • Senior Executive experience in Strategic Planning, Execution and Change Management, ideally in international contracting, complex project management and/or government procurement;
  • Experience with complex, international, multi-stakeholder transactions with complex risks and exposures;
  • Experience with strengthening Responsible Business Conduct in transactions with complex risks and exposures such as foreign political risk, human rights, integrity, anti-corruption compliance, and environmental stewardship, and evolving issues pertaining to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG);
  • Industry experience in defence, aerospace, infrastructure and construction, energy and resources, cleantech and environment, or information and communications Technology;
  • Experience with international contracting, government procurement, complex contract/project management, defense trade, foreign affairs and trade policy, shareholder (government) relations, finance/audit/accounting, human resources and compensation, engineering/technology;
  • Experience in Government Relations, and dealing with Senior Government officials and ministers, including Canadian foreign policy and trade portfolio partners would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in international business and government procurement in a variety of industry sectors (see above) and markets for both SMEs and large organizations, business development and growth, particularly defense, export trade and SMEs, 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

  • Knowledge of the mandate, mission and activities of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
  • Knowledge of the issues and concerns facing small- and medium-sized Canadian businesses developing opportunities in the international export marketplace;
  • Knowledge of the emerging global trends and opportunities in the healthcare, clean technology and renewable energy sectors, and the ability to advance ideas and innovation with regards to Canadian exporters’ involvement in these sectors;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with fellow board members and stakeholders and actively participate in discussions amongst board members;
  • Ability to assess global economic challenges / risks and incorporate these considerations in Board discussions relating to the support of Canadian exporters in accessing competitive markets; and
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.

For more information, consult the official notice of appointment opportunity.

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ABOUT CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC)

We are Canada’s government to government contracting agency. Using our international contracting expertise, we support Canada and Canadian businesses to build successful commercial relationships with governments around the world. We are also the official Canadian Prime Contractor for U.S. Department of Defense acquisitions from Canada over $250,000 USD. To learn more about how we’ve facilitated billions in sales between Canadian businesses and governments around the world, visit www.ccc.ca/en/.