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National advisory panel
National Advisory Panel
The solutions associated with achieving Canada Target 1 will be found through collaboration and collective action and many governmental departments, Indigenous groups, communities, and organizations across Canada have a significant interest in the outputs from this process. Accordingly, individuals from across Canada are encouraged to apply for membership on the National Advisory Panel.
National Advisory Panel members will be appointed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Environment and Parks for Alberta, for a term lasting until the July 2017.
National Advisory Panel members will be selected based on merit and drawn from a balanced and broad spectrum of perspectives: Indigenous organisations, municipalities, land trusts, environmental non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, and youth. National Advisory Panel members will be invited to serve based on their expertise and knowledge but not necessarily as representatives of their organisations.
Want to take part?
If you would like to be a part-time advisory panel member of the National Advisory Panel for the Pathway to Canada Target 1, please review the following information and submit an application as specified.
Mandate of the National Advisory Panel
The mandate of the National Advisory Panel is to produce a report that will be publicly available and submitted to Ministers of Protected Areas and Biodiversity Conservation. The National Advisory Panel is not responsible for the overall process of the Pathway to Canada Target 1.
Key activities of the National Advisory Panel
National Advisory Panel members commit to the following:
1. Review drafts of all documents, including discussion papers composed by expert task teams;
2. Provide advice to governments through the National Steering Committee, particularly with respect to the discussion papers composed by expert task teams;
3. Attend six face-to-face meetings from February 2017-July 2017 in the National Capital Region on the following dates:
- February 22-24, 2017;
- March 22-23, 2017;
- April 19-20, 2017;
- May 24-25, 2017;
- June 21-22; and
- July 19-20; and
4. Attend several teleconferences during that time period, as required.
It is estimated that these meetings will take place over a total of ten to fifteen days. Participants will be expected to spend approximately the same amount of time reviewing materials in preparation for these meetings. Meeting materials will be made available to National Advisory Panel members approximately two weeks in advance of the meetings.
This is a part-time position; members do not become a part of any public service as a result of this appointment. Financial support will be provided to cover costs associated with travel and accommodations as needed.
In accordance with Government of Canada Treasury Board guidelines, representatives of Indigenous organizations receive honoraria as well as reimbursement of travel expenses in relation to this work.
To become a member of the National Advisory Panel, candidates must demonstrate how they meet all of the following criteria (use examples as appropriate):
1. Perspective from at least one of the following: Indigenous organizations, Municipalities, Conservation non-governmental organizations, Land trusts, Academia, Youth, Resource and agriculture industry, and Tourism and heritage sector;
2. Willingness and ability to commit to review working documents and providing advice in a timely manner;
3. Experience finding solutions to declining biodiversity through protected areas networks or other effective conservation measures;
4. Experience synthesizing and interpreting scientific and/or traditional knowledge to provide strategic advice for action;
5. Experience developing and interpreting policies, guidelines, particularly with respect to natural resource management and protected area management
6. Experience in interdisciplinary and/or multi-stakeholder committees and working groups; and
7. Willingness and ability to work within a consensus-based process; and
8. Willingness and ability to attend 6 in-person workshops in the National Capital Region.
Candidates’ references may be contacted to verify how they have demonstrated the following personal attributes and skills:
1. Work effectively with others;
2. Take initiative and be action-oriented;
3. Be reliable;
4. Demonstrate good judgment;
5. Work constructively within a consensus-based decision making process;
6. Provide a national perspective;
7. Contribute to discussions regarding biodiversity conservation, summarize results, and formulate objective recommendations based on those discussions; and
8. Effectively transfer knowledge to others through written recommendations or verbal and verbal communications.
If you do not have access to email, you can send your expression of interest by mail to Pathway to Canada Target 1 Secretariat, Parks Canada, 3rd floor, 30 Victoria, Gatineau, Quebec, J8X 0B3.
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Secretariat at email@example.com or by telephone at 819-420-9181.
Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment
1. Persons selected must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Members must comply with the ethical, political activity and conflict of interest guidelines applicable to federal Ministerial appointments, and are subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.
3. Members must respect confidentiality of the work and overall process.
4. Members must be willing and eligible to travel to the National Capital Region.
How to apply:
Candidates must submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10, 2017.
1. Any interested, eligible candidates must submit the following:
a. A cover letter addressing the merit criteria;
b. Your name and title of the organization where you are currently employed (if relevant);
c. Curriculum vitae (CV) with contact information, skills, and experience;
d. Names and contact information for 2 references. (References will be used to check personal suitability, education and experience criteria)
e. Letter of endorsement from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or equivalent, of the organization where you are currently employed (if relevant).
2. Applications will be reviewed by the Pathway to Canada Target 1’s National Steering Committee who will then forward their recommendations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Minister for Environment and Parks for Alberta. Successful applicants will be informed in late January 2017. A mandatory, in-person orientation workshop will be held on February 22-24, 2017 in the National Capital Region.
3. The membership of the National Advisory Panel will be determined according to perspective representation and inclusiveness. Members will be sought to reflect at least the following perspectives: Indigenous organizations, Municipalities, Conservation non-governmental organizations, Land trusts, Academia, Youth, Resource and agriculture industry, and Tourism and heritage sector.
4. Selection of the membership of the National Advisory Panel will consider regional diversity and diversity reflective of Canadian society.
5. All documents must be received by January 10, 2017. Late expressions of interest will not be accepted.