Call for Candidates – Appointed on the Recommendation of Users

Appointment Opportunity

The Sept-Îles Port Authority (SIPA) is currently seeking applications from the Sept-Îles region from candidates who are interested in the following position:

Director (appointed on the recommendation of users)

Boasting diverse, state-of-the-art facilities, the SIPA is one of North America’s largest ore-handling ports. The port facilities at Sept-Îles play a vital and strategic role in supporting the local, regional and eastern economies.

Under the Canada Marine Act adopted in 1999, the SIPA became a Canadian port authority under the direction of a board of directors made up of members of the business sector of the Sept-Îles community.

The activities of the SIPA are therefore supported by a local governance that ensures the implementation of a strategic vision in tune with needs and opportunities for the economic development of the region.

The board of directors appoints the President and CEO, monitors management’s performance, and ensures that internal controls are in place to manage risks associated with the SIPA’s business. It also ensures protection of the SIPA’s finances and accuracy of financial reporting.

The board of directors consists of seven (7) members appointed as follows:

  • The Governor in Council appoints one (1) director nominated by the federal Minister of Transport (the Minister);
  • The City of Sept-Îles appoints one (1) director;
  • The Province of Quebec appoints one (1) director;
  • The Governor in Council appoints four (4) directors nominated by the Minister in consultation with the SIPA users named in the Letters Patent.

The SIPA must forward to the Minister a list of candidates prepared by the SIPA users for recommendation to the Governor in Council.

Further details about the SIPA and its activities can be found at

Candidates must apply online by March 2, 2018, at with a cover letter addressed to Mr. Pierre Gagnon, President and CEO.

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, disabled persons, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for this position, please provide concrete 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 equivalent education, job-related training or experience;
  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors for a public or private sector organization or as a senior executive answerable to stakeholders in the public or private sector;
  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;
  • Experience in managing human and financial resources;
  • Experience in the transportation sector or business community (preferably marine);
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: project management; engineering; marine or rail transportation; public relations; law; communications; community relations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and business activities of the SIPA and a good understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance and best practices;
  • Knowledge of human resources management;
  • Financial literacy;
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:
    • operation of a port;
    • international trade;
    • law;
    • project management practices;
    • accounting designation, finance, business administration, commerce or economics;
    • real property management and strategic planning;
    • information technology and cyber and innovation.
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and lead organizational change;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with other board members, the Port Authority’s business partners and stakeholders; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral.

The SIPA may decide to conduct interviews.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we could 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 standards and integrity;
  • Superior interpersonal skills;
  • Tact and diplomacy;
  • Strategic thinker.

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • You must reside in Sept-Îles or within reasonable commuting distance.
  • You must be willing to participate in a schedule of board of directors meetings as required by the SIPA, as well as any requirements for participation in sub-committees, annual general meetings or other such duties as may be required.
  • Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements of Section 16 of:

  • The Canada Marine Act which stipulates that the following individuals may not be directors of a Port Authority:
    • (a)   an individual who is a mayor, councillor, officer or employee of a municipality mentioned in the letters patent;
    • (b)   an individual who is a member of the legislature of a province, or an officer or employee of the public service or of a Crown corporation of a province, mentioned in the letters patent;
    • (c)   a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;
    • (d)   an officer or employee of the federal public administration, a federal Crown corporation or a port authority;
    • (e)   an individual who is not a resident Canadian, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Canada Business Corporations Act;
    • (f)    an individual who is a director, officer or employee of a person who is a user of the port;
    • (g)   an individual who is under eighteen (18) years of age;
    • (h)   an individual who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court in Canada or elsewhere; or
    • (i)    an undischarged bankrupt.

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 “Reference Material” at

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 Web site at

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