Call for Nominations: Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge
The Government of Canada has committed to delivering high quality impact assessments that contribute to informed decision-making on major projects in support of sustainable development and to ensuring that impact assessments take into account western science, Indigenous Knowledge and community knowledge.
As such, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) works with its Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge (the Committee) for expert advice on topics related to impact assessments, as well as regional and strategic assessments.
The Agency is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to join its Committee.
This Committee is comprised of experts, working in their personal capacity, who will provide advice to the Agency that is non-project specific. There is a large range of topics on which the Committee could provide advice. These topics include scientific, environmental, health, social and economic issues, as well as Indigenous Knowledge.
The Committee operates in an open and transparent manner, with information made publicly available, subject to confidentiality requirements under legislation or governmental policies. All advice received from the Committee will be posted on the Agency’s website.
The Agency will provide orientation to appointed members so that they can learn about the Agency’s mandate, applicable processes, and roles and responsibilities of Committee members. The Agency also provides a secretariat to support the administration of the Committee.
Members may be required to:
- Review documents and reports related to the mandate of the Committee;
- Conduct research and analysis to inform the Committee’s advice;
- Participate in subcommittees or other forums in between meetings; and
- Write letters or reports to communicate the Committee’s advice.
In collaboration with the Agency, the Committee will develop a prioritized work plan.
In addition to contributing their own knowledge and expertise, Committee members are expected to be willing and able to consider the perspectives of other members and be collaborative in a committee environment.
Committee members are expected to attend in-person and virtual meetings, 4-6 times per year. Meetings primarily occur in Ottawa, but may be organized at other locations in Canada. Members are expected to read preparation material in advance of each meeting.
The Committee’s co-chairs have additional responsibilities, including co-chairing committee meetings, collaborating with the Agency to develop the Committee’s forward agenda, coordinating the development of Committee reports and any other deliverables, as required, and ensuring delivery of the Committee’s advice to the Agency.
Further information on roles and responsibilities of committee members are included in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.
The Committee is comprised of a diverse group of individuals serving in their personal capacity and in the best interest of Canadians. Members will not represent their firms, organizations, or professional affiliations. Two members are nominated as co-chairs. Members will be appointed for renewable terms of four to five years.
We encourage Indigenous individuals interested in participating as members of the Committee to apply. The Committee includes a minimum of one Indigenous person, and may include additional Indigenous members with experience and knowledge in areas related to the Committee’s mandate.
In addition to the core members, there may be a possibility of nominating experts on an ad hoc basis when additional or highly specific expertise is required. Applicants may indicate on the application form whether they would consent to be contacted as an expert by the Committee if they are not selected as a core member.
Government of Canada employees are not eligible for membership on this Committee.
There is a range of technical and scientific topics that the Committee may examine related to impact assessment, as well as regional and strategic assessment. The Agency is seeking members who possess (individually and collectively) a range of expertise and professional experience.
Applicants will need to demonstrate in their application that they have significant experience related to the mandate of the Committee, including in at least one of the following areas:
- Technical expertise related to environmental, social, economic, or health issues, including knowledge of appropriate assessment and mitigation methodologies.
- Cumulative effects assessment at the project, regional, or strategic level.
- Monitoring, follow-up, or evaluation of the impacts of a project or plan.
- Sustainability and sustainable development.
- Gender-based or vulnerable population analysis.
- Indigenous Knowledge.
- Public participation and/or community engagement.
- Precautionary principle, risk analysis, uncertainty, and/or scenario analysis.
- Urban and regional planning.
In addition to the essential criteria, the Agency may also take into consideration the following:
- Experience and knowledge in conducting, reviewing, and/or researching environmental assessments or impact assessments, including:
- Experience in, and knowledge of, assessments in a range of different jurisdictions/regions and project types.
- Knowledge of the government decision-making process in the context of assessments of major projects.
- Experience chairing or participating in advisory committees.
- National and/or international recognition in the applicant’s field(s) of expertise.
- Strong applicable academic, professional and/or regulatory credentials.
- Relevant publications or reports.
A remuneration fee will be set to recognize members’ preparation time and participation in meetings. Approved travel expenses will also be covered for members, in accordance with relevant Government of Canada policies including the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Committee, please submit the following documents to TAC-CCT@iaac-aeic.gc.ca or by mail to the attention of the Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge Secretariat, 160 Elgin St., 22nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.
- Letter of Interest (maximum of three pages), including information on:
- How you meet the essential criteria (experience in areas relevant to the Committee’s mandate); and
- How you meet any applicable asset criteria.
- Letter of Support from an individual or organization, including information on:
- Why the candidate is suitable for membership on the Committee from the person/organization’s perspective; and
- Examples of experience working with the candidate or experiences that the candidate possesses that relate to the listed qualifications.
- Letters of Support should include the author’s contact information, as the Agency may contact applicants or authors of Letters of Support if additional information is required.
- Curriculum vitae, including information on:
- Relevant experience and expertise;
- Relevant credentials, achievements and/or publications; and
- Contact information for two references (who may/may not be the same as those who provide a Letter of Support)
- Completed Application Form.
If you have questions about the Committee or the application process, please e-mail TAC-CCT@iaac-aeic.gc.ca.
Note: The Agency is also seeking nominations for its Indigenous Advisory Committee, which provides for expert advice on the development of key policy and guidance on the impact assessment system. Please see the Indigenous Advisory Committee’s Call for Nominations for more details.
A review committee will evaluate all applications according to established criteria. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. The review committee will make the selection recommendation to the Agency, taking into account the individual qualifications of candidates and the range of expertise and diversity of experience in the overall composition of the committee.
The Agency will contact those who are selected.
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