Ministerial and Governor-in-Council appointments

Through Ministerial and Governor-in-Council appointments, more than 1500 Canadians play a fundamental role in our democracy by serving on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies, and tribunals across the country.

  • A Ministerial appointment is made directly by the Minister. Interested candidates can apply to opportunities following the instructions in the Ministerial appointment notice.
  • A Governor-in-Council appointment is one made by the Governor General, on the advice of the Queen's Privy Council of Canada (i.e., the Cabinet). The appointments are made through an Order in Council and range from heads of agencies and chief executive officers of Crown corporations to members of quasi-judicial tribunals.

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change is to take the lead in implementing the government's plan for a clean environment and a sustainable economy. For more information visit Open and Accountable Government and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Mandate Letter.

Ministerial appointment opportunities — Environment and Climate Change

Environmental Assessment Review Panel Roster Members


Member - Environmental Assessment Review Panel Roster


The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is seeking applications from persons willing to serve as members of the Review Panel Roster. The Review Panel Roster is a list of eligible candidates that may be used to select chairpersons and members for appointment to independent review panels mandated to assess the potential environmental effects of projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. An environmental assessment by review panel is a public review of the environmental effects of a designated project and is conducted by an independent panel of experts appointed by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change (the Minister). Successful candidates would be placed on the roster and considered for panel appointment as necessary. The Agency has used a roster to identify members for review panels since 2008.

Review panel members are appointed in accordance with subsection 42(1) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Panel members must be unbiased and free from any conflict of interest relative to the designated project and must have knowledge or experience relative to its anticipated environmental effects. Members are not government employees and would work on a part-time basis.

Key Activities:

Members of the Review Panel Roster may be appointed to a project-specific Review Panel. Once appointed to a project-specific Review Panel, members conduct an environmental assessment in accordance with their terms of reference. The role of the review panel is to make recommendations to the Minister. Panel members receive and analyze submissions, review documents, hold a public hearing, and prepare and submit a report outlining their rationale, conclusions and recommendations to the Minister.

Further details about environmental assessments by review panel and the Review Panel Roster can be found on the Agency’s website.


Members of the Review Panel Roster are remunerated on a per diem basis for actual days worked. Once appointed to a specific review panel, rates of remuneration, established by the Cost Recovery Regulations, are $650/day for chairpersons and $500/day for members. Members of the Review Panel Roster are only remunerated once appointed to a specific review panel, or if required to attend training.

Position Location:

Members of the Review Panel Roster meet periodically in Ottawa, Ontario for training sessions. Project specific review panels meet in various locations across the country depending on the location of the project being assessed. Travel expenses are reimbursed according to Treasury Board Guidelines.

How to apply:

Candidates must submit an application to by December 12, 2016. Applications must include the following:

  • a copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • a cover letter addressing the merit criteria listed below; and
  • contact information for two references.

Your cover letter should be addressed to the following:

Mr. Kurt Saunders
Director, Review Panels Division
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
Fax: 613-957-0941

Merit criteria:

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide concrete examples in your cover letter that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

  • Experience as a member of one or more of the following:
    • Federal environmental assessment review panels or joint review panels
    • Provincial environmental assessment review panels
    • Administrative boards of inquiry
    • Organizations involved with environmental assessment (e.g. government, industry, academia or non-governmental organizations)
  • Experience with environmental assessment
  • Experience in conducting public consultation processes

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria, relating to knowledge, skills and abilities, will be assessed:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental assessment;
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to assimilate and interpret technical information and make decisions;
  • Effective interpersonal and consensus-building skills;
  • Ethical conduct;
  • Tact and discretion;
  • Expertise in relation to fish or fish habitat, migratory birds, or species at risk is an asset; and
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and Aboriginal and treaty rights is an asset.

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:

  • Sound judgment;
  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Diplomacy and tact; and
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
Official languages and diversity:

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions.

The government is committed to ensuring that its appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation. You can voluntarily indicate, in your cover letter, if you are a member of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Peoples, disabled persons and members of visible minorities. Preference may be given to members of these groups. Provision of this information is not mandatory.

Eligibility factors and conditions of employment:

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

  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • You are willing and eligible to travel across Canada. During project-specific environmental assessments by review panel, travel may be frequent and of long duration.

If you are appointed to the Review Panel Roster:

  • Prior to being appointed to a specific review panel, you must demonstrate that you are unbiased and free of any conflict of interest relative to the project being assessed.

While we appreciate your application, only applicants who will be scheduled for an interview will be notified that their applications are being retained. A variety of assessment tools may be used to screen and assess applicants, including curriculum vitae, reference and education checks, and interviews.

Apply to be a Member of the Environmental Assessment Review Panel Roster

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