Appendix C1 - Benchmark Index by Function - Research

Executive Group Benchmark Number: 10-F-1

Position Title: Assistant Deputy Minister, Research

General Accountability

Is accountable for the strategic direction and leadership of the Department's research programs and activities.

Organization Structure

This is 1 of 12 management positions reporting to the Deputy Minister. The others are Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services; Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy; Assistant Deputy Minister, Farm Financial Programs; Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management; Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications and Consultations; Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources; Director General, Audit and Evaluation Branch; Director General, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, Executive Director, Rural and Cooperatives Secretariat; Executive Director, Portfolio Coordination; Corporate Secretary / Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister.

Specific functions of the management positions reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, are as follows:

Director General, Sustainable Production Systems, (staff of 1,085) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction to the sustainable production systems national program of scientific research and development.

Director General, Environmental Health, (staff of 751) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction to the environmental health national program of scientific research and development.

Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses, (staff of 450) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction to the bioproducts and bioprocesses national program of scientific research and development.

Director General, Food Safety and Quality, (staff of 270) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction to the food safety and quality national program of scientific research and development.

Director General, Science Secretariat, (staff of 65) is responsible for managing and coordinating planning and priority-setting processes, as well as policy and strategy development for the Research Branch; assessing studies; developing research strategies; and planning and negotiating special R&D initiatives.

Director, Innovation, Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management, (staff of 29) is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and approaches to advance the Department's innovation agenda through an integrated management framework that incorporates diverse scientific, financial, legal and business activities.

Nature And Scope

The Department's mandate is to promote the development, adaptation and competitiveness of the agriculture and agri-food sector and to assist the sector in maximizing its contribution to Canada's economic, social and environmental objectives through the provision of information, research and technology, and policies and programs that achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth. The agriculture and agri-food portfolio is complex and highly diversified, with responsibility for 37 acts and 6 commissions, agencies and Crown corporations.

The Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, articulates the Branch's strategic vision and establishes, promotes, advocates and expands its philosophical underpinnings for the Department's science-based activities. The incumbent defines the broad operating parameters for the four national research programs: sustainable production systems, environmental health, bioproducts and bioprocesses, and food safety and quality. A major challenge for the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) is to identify, adjust and realign the Branch's research focus in response to factors such as the globalization of the agriculture and agri-food sector; biotechnology advances and the use of genetics to modify animal and crop growth and production; the urbanization of traditional farm lands; technology transfer to enhance the economic well-being of the agriculture and agri-food sector; the debate on sustainable agriculture and the implications for the environment; the shifting nature of science and technology and the impact on agricultural and food science research; and public concerns on the impact of agriculture practices on public health.

The ADM establishes frameworks for the development and implementation of research policies, objectives and programs; the development of multi-year strategic business plans and the subsequent resourcing strategies; the allocation of approved resources under Branch business plans and objectives; and the management overview and control of resources and program delivery.

The ADM ensures that strategies and activities are consistent with the Department's agriculture and agri-food agenda and that the government's agriculture and agri-food policies are used to advance Canada's international interests. The incumbent must also meet government objectives for enhanced cooperation and cost-sharing with collegial science-based federal departments and agencies, the provinces, the private sector and academia, while ensuring that Canadian food and agricultural research is seen, both nationally and internationally, as being uncompromised when faced with commercial, jurisdictional, legislative or other pressures.

A major challenge for the ADM is to ensure that the Branch is fully aware of the trends and developments in food and agricultural research around the world. The incumbent is therefore called upon to establish and enhance relations with top scientists from leading R&D countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France, for the purposes of coordinating research efforts among those countries and establishing agreements for sharing scientific data and knowledge in agricultural and food research. The ADM also ensures that scientific relations are developed with other countries where Canada could benefit from research sharing and cooperation. The ADM influences the focus and direction of other countries' scientific research to serve the interests of Canada and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

The ADM contributes to the formulation of Department policies and strategies to promote the growth and international competitiveness of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. As the authoritative scientific adviser on agriculture and agri-food research, the incumbent is a key contributor to corporate policies and strategies. The ADM must be aware of the diversity and complexity of the agriculture and agri-food sector and of its needs, which are often conflicting, divergent, inconsistent and subject to the vagaries of the marketplace and end-consumer tastes. He or she must reconcile the often competing pressures in the ongoing development and rationalization of the research program.

A major challenge for the ADM is to promote and advance the critical role that research plays in ensuring and enhancing Canada's competitive advantage to all levels of government and to industry, academia and farm organizations and other associations with interests in agriculture and agri-food activities and practices. The incumbent is a member of the Interdepartmental Committee of Scientific ADMs, which provides advice to Cabinet on science policies and priorities.

The ADM consults with senior executives in other departments and agencies on agriculture and agri-food issues, including land resources, energy in agriculture and nutrition and food safety. The incumbent consults university deans and presidents, senior officials of provincial departments and private sector representatives on issues of common interest and concern and on their alleviation through science and technology and in order to clarify and solidify science research relationships and partnerships.

Dimensions (Constant Dollars)
FTEs: 2,650
Operating budget: $45.3 million

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Applies science research and technology to improve agriculture and agri-food production, food processing, quality, safety and product development and to enhance the national and international growth and competitiveness of the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  2. Articulates the Branch's strategic vision and philosophy and establishes the operating parameters that include fostering science research partnerships with the agriculture and agri-food sector on a cost-shared basis and with other levels of government and academia.
  3. Ensures that studies, programs and activities support the government's strategic directions and objectives and contribute to the sustainable development of the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  4. Manages science research relations, policies and agreements with other leading research countries and with countries engaged in research with potential significance for the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.
  5. Leads the Department's response to public concerns over food safety and agriculture practices where agriculture and agri-food scientific knowledge can aid in alleviating such concerns.
  6. Provides advice to Cabinet on science policies and priorities as a member of the Interdepartmental Committee of Scientific ADMs.

Evaluation Rationale

Assistant Deputy Minister, Research

Know-How

G
Mastery of the interrelationships between government priorities and agendas in natural sciences related to agriculture and agri-food research, including botany, chemistry, biology, physics, zoology, animal sciences, crop sciences, soil sciences, genetics and genomics; in-depth knowledge of agriculture and agri-food industries and economies in Canada and their research needs; and in-depth knowledge of federal, provincial and territorial responsibilities and interests relative to agriculture and agri-food in Canada.
IV
Integration of large and highly diversified agriculture and agri-food research activities and of a large and highly dispersed organization by establishing priorities based on funding, industry and producer needs, and government priorities.
3
Successful achievement of objectives hinges on the position's ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relations in order to influence decisions and policies that require reconciling divergent interests with senior officials, staff, industry and the domestic and international research communities.
1056
High number reflects the requirement for mastery of government priorities and objectives in the agricultural sector, involving a complex and diverse scientific field, both domestically and internationally.

Problem Solving / Thinking

G
Thinking within general policies, principles and broad government priorities to direct agricultural research to achieve the Department's objectives and goals through the application of science and technology to the improvement of agricultural production, food processing and production development in Canada.
4
Constructive and evaluative thinking required to maximize the use of resources and to evaluate and analyse the major constraints in the agricultural and food system, the role of science and technology and the implications of globalization for the industries.
(66) 700
Higher percentage recognizes the more complex thinking required to cope with divergent, and at times novel, non-recurring research requiring imaginative approaches.

Accountability / Decision Making

G
Reporting to the Deputy Minister, is subject to general guidance and is responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Minister and the Deputy Minister on the goals the organization should be striving to achieve and on how the research organization can most effectively support the achievement of those goals. Is subsequently responsible for directing activities toward achievement of objectives.
4P
Primary impact on the results of the Department's research program. The proxy chosen is a budget of $45.3 million (constant).
800
Solid mid-range number reflects the position's accountability for setting the vision and program directions for scientific research and development that have an impact on both the domestic and international agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Summary

GIV3 1056
G4(66) 700
G4P 800
Total = 2556 A1
Assistant Deputy Minister, Research - Number: 10 - F - 1
Org chart of the ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER RESEARCH
Figure: 10 – F – 1 - Text version

Benchmark Number: 10 – F – 1

Assistant Deputy Minister, Research

The subject position is at the first managerial level reporting to the deputy head, and there are 11 peer positions at the same reporting level.

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research are 5 Directors General and 1 Director.

Linear organisation chart:

Deputy Minister (Departmental deputy head)

  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Farm Financial Programs
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications and Consultations
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources
  • Director General, Audit and Evaluation Branch
  • Director General, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration
  • Executive Director, Rural and Cooperatives Secretariat
  • Executive Director, Portfolio Coordination
  • Corporate Secretary / Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Research
    • 5 Directors General for :
      • Sustainable Production Systems
      • Environmental Health
      • Bioproducts and Bioprocesses
      • Food Safety and Quality
      • Science Secretariat
    • Director, Innovation, Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management

Executive Group Benchmark Number: 8-F-1

Position Title: Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program

General Accountability

Is accountable for providing leadership, management and direction of a national program of scientific research and development (R&D) to ensure optimal return on Canada's investment in scientific knowledge and technology.

Organization Structure

This is one of six positions at the second managerial level reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research. The others are Director General, Sustainable Production Systems; Director General, Environmental Health; Director General, Food Safety and Quality; Director General, Science Secretariat; and Director, Innovation, Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management.

Specific functions of the positions reporting to the Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program, are as follows:

Director, Biobased Products and Processes, (staff of 120) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction in the development, organization, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of scientific research programs and studies aimed at the discovery and development of specialty, commodity and intermediate chemicals, materials and microbial products.

Director, Genomics, Bioinformatics and other Bioinformation, (staff of 330) is responsible for providing leadership, management and direction in the development, organization, conduct, monitoring and evaluation of scientific research programs and studies aimed at the discovery and development of enabling technologies and knowledge advancements in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Nature And Scope

The Department's mandate is to promote the development, adaptation and competitiveness of the agriculture and agri-food sector and to assist the sector in maximizing its contribution to Canada's economic, social and environmental objectives through the provision of information, research and technology, and policies and programs that achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth. The agriculture and agri-food portfolio is complex and highly diversified, with responsibility for 37 acts and 6 commissions, agencies and Crown corporations.

Departmental research activities are delivered through a network of 19 research centres located across the country. Work at the centres is linked to four national science programs: Environmental Health; Sustainable Production Systems; Bioproducts and Bioprocesses; and Food Safety and Quality. Within this context, the Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program, provides leadership to a national multidisciplinary R&D program engaged in developing and implementing strategies, approaches and initiatives to identify, analyse and address a broad range of science issues arising from the Department's national agenda to promote and advance the national interest in the discovery and development of valuable biobased knowledge, technologies, products and processes that will contribute to sustainable development and to the sector's economic viability.

The Director General manages the development of a strategic R&D program framework for bioproducts and bioprocesses science that identifies and addresses issues, priorities and opportunities, as well as operational policies and program strategies and initiatives, to address a broad range of scientific and economic issues related to the role of agriculture in advancing the bioeconomy through the discovery and development of biobased products and processes and the advancement of mission-oriented bioscience research in the emerging fields of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. In meeting this challenge, the incumbent must ensure that program objectives and initiatives are integrated into a comprehensive approach to scientific R&D and that the program supports and advances the Department's overall strategic objectives and operational goals. Key challenges include development of the program with little or no traditional constituency; management of a diverse and widely distributed program; strengthening collaboration across the four science programs, interdepartmentally and with the provinces, academia and industry; finding new resources to expand in key areas, such as proteomics, bioprocessing, bioenergy, and livestock genomics; and maintaining capacity and optimizing investment in current priority activities.

The Director General ensures that key departmental research priorities and deliverables in the Bioproducts and Bioprocesses program are articulated effectively. The incumbent plays a critical role in planning the strategic directions of the Department's science programs and participates in the forecasting of resource requirements to adjust programs to meet emerging priorities. The incumbent initiates and promotes identification and analysis of needs and opportunities that will advance the immediate and longer-term national science program objectives and ensures that these needs and the related deliverables are aligned with overall policies supporting the government's and the Department's overarching environmental, social and economic goals.

The Director General ensures that there is effective consultation and collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders on issues relating to bioproducts and bioprocesses science. The incumbent provides departmental leadership in identifying the issues; planning, directing and coordinating the appropriate research activities; and advising senior departmental management on issues and outcomes related to the impact of research initiatives in the area of bioproducts and bioprocesses science.

The Director General develops and implements horizontal approaches and initiatives to establish and maintain linkages across the Department and in collaboration with a broad network of other government departments and a wide range of partners in provincial governments, industry associations and other non-government organizations to articulate and address research issues. The incumbent ensures that other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, as well as senior representatives of industry and client associations and other communities of interest, are consulted and that their interests and concerns are considered in the design of the research programs. The challenge for the incumbent is to gain acceptance and support for the Department's research programs throughout the Department and from client groups and stakeholders.

The Director General exercises leadership in developing and implementing strategies and approaches in building and sustaining the capacity of the program network to make good use of traditional and new resources, rationalizing business operations and developing and monitoring risk-management plans, controls and reporting mechanisms. The incumbent leads the development and implementation of strategies for and approaches to providing information and work tools to managers and employees in order to enhance the strategic and operational management of activities and issues. The incumbent leads and coordinates the identification of initiatives and opportunities that optimize program resources and offer the best chances of success. The incumbent sits on a review panel that recommends the allocation of a government-industry matching funds R&D program to address program priorities.

The Director General is in frequent contact with senior departmental managers to discuss and address issues related to the development of the Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program's management policies and strategies. The incumbent is also in contact with senior officials of provincial and territorial governments to represent the Department's interests with respect to the development and delivery of the bioproducts and bioprocesses research program. The incumbent also represents the Department at regular meetings with representatives of universities, foreign governments (e.g. United States Department of Agriculture officials), international organizations, industry associations and other communities of interest to explain the Department's research priorities and programs.

Dimensions (Constant Dollars)
FTEs: 450
Operating budget: $7.1 million

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Provides professional and managerial leadership for initiating and promoting the identification and analysis of needs and opportunities that will advance the immediate and longer-term science program objectives.
  2. Articulates and aligns science program priorities and resource requirements with departmental strategic objectives and prioritizes and recommends resource allocations. Ensures that science program objectives are in line with the broader departmental and portfolio agenda.
  3. Establishes and maintains functional networks of integrated, interdisciplinary national research teams. Ensures that projects that fall under the Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program themes are appropriate and relevant, and adjusts those projects as needed.
  4. Collaborates with the leaders of the other national science programs to ensure that the science programs are integrated. Leads discussions and negotiations with communities of clients and science partners nationally and internationally to identify, prioritize and address research initiatives and to engage them, when appropriate, in collaborative scientific projects and other cooperative activities.
  5. Provides expert science advice to the Minister and senior officials of the Department and other science-based departments and agencies.
  6. Identifies and pursues opportunities to address interdepartmental horizontal issues and innovative cooperative initiatives with other science-based departments and agencies to advance the government's socio-economic and environmental agenda.
  7. Contributes, as a member of the Research Management Committee, to ensuring the relevance of science and soundness of science investments.

Evaluation Rationale

Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program

Know-How

G
Mastery of the interrelationships between a broad range of natural and applied sciences involved in agriculture science, including chemistry, biology, botany, animal, crop and soil sciences; in-depth professional knowledge of the policies, principles and practices governing research in the federal government; in-depth professional knowledge of the state of domestic and international knowledge and technology in the agriculture and agri-food sciences; professional knowledge of management practices, intellectual property rights, contracting, human resources, and financial and materiel management regulations and practices in the federal government; and sound knowledge of Canada's domestic and international markets for agriculture and agri-food.
III
Conceptual and operational management of the activities of a large, diverse and highly decentralized segment of the overall research organization, which works largely in partnership with other domestic and international research organizations to identify priority areas for research efforts and to coordinate research initiatives and activities with other research organizations in the Department and with outside scientific organizations, including foreign governments.
3
Successful achievement of objectives hinges upon the position's ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with industry and foreign government executives and to negotiate funding in support of research or collaboration in the conduct of research and the sharing of information. Successful achievement of objectives also requires strong communications and interpersonal relations skills to direct and motivate staff.
800
High number recognizes near exceptional mastery in specialized fields of science, coupled with the need for strong management coordination in order to ensure coherent scientific research and direction for an important and rapidly evolving scientific field.

Problem Solving / Thinking

F
Thinking within the broad policies and objectives of the Department and of the Research Branch to identify needs and deliver research programs that contribute to enhancing Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries (e.g. identification of mechanisms to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of natural phenomena on agricultural production).
4
A high degree of analytical thinking to recognize and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce the impact of natural phenomena on agricultural production, enhance the attributes and resilience of agricultural products and enhance the overall efficiency of agricultural and agri-food production and processing systems.
(57) 460
Higher percentage recognizes the creative scientific and technological thinking environment, the novel and non-recurring research issues encountered and the challenge of integrating and reconciling strategic and pragmatic issues in the development of research plans and strategies.

Accountability / Decision Making

F
Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research Branch, the position is subject to broadly defined functional policies, goals and objectives in assessing and determining the research priorities and directing and managing research activities of greatest relevance and with the greatest potential to maintain and enhance the success of Canada's agricultural and agri-food industry and its competitive position in world markets.
3P
The position has primary impact on the science policies and program research and initiatives. The proxy selected to represent these activities is a budget of $7.1 million (constant).
400
Mid-range number reflects the level of decision-making authority that the position has within a professional field of endeavour under the guidance of a supervisory position that is within the same line of business, the size of the budget and the leadership role for a national program of scientific R&D.

Summary

GIII3 800
F4(57) 460
F3P 400
Total = 1660 P1
Director General, Bioproducts And Bioprocesses Natural Science Program - Number: 8 - F - 1
Org chart of the Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program
Figure: 8 – F – 1 - Text version

Benchmark Number: 8 – F – 1

Director General, Bioproducts And Bioprocesses National Science Program

The subject position is at the second managerial level reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Research, and there are 5 peer positions at the same reporting level.

Reporting to the Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program are 2 Directors.

Linear organisation chart:

Assistant Deputy Minister, Research

  • Director General, Sustainable Production Systems
  • Director General, Environmental Health
  • Director General, Food Safety and Quality
  • Director General, Science Secretariat
  • Director, Innovation, Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management
  • Director General, Bioproducts and Bioprocesses National Science Program
    • 2 Directors for :
      • Biobased Products and Processes
      • Genomics, Bioinformatics and other Bioinformation

Executive Group Benchmark Number: 7-F-1

Position Title: Director General, Northern Forestry Centre

General Accountability

Is accountable for providing research leadership for national initiatives and promoting sustainable forest management to enhance the Region's capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of Canada's forests and enhance the international competitiveness of the forest sector through science-based information.

Organization Structure

This is 1 of 11 positions at the second managerial level reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service (CFS). The others are Director General, Policy Planning and International Affairs; Director General, Science Branch; Director General, Industry, Economics and Programs Branch; the Directors General of Regional Forestry Centres (Pacific, Great Lakes, Laurentian, and Atlantic); Director, Management Services; Director, Communications and Executive Services; and the Manager, CFS Human Resources Unit.

The specific functions of the positions reporting to the Director General, Northern Forestry Centre, are as follows:

Director, Socio-economics, Systems and National Programs Division, (staff of 85) is responsible for managing and delivering program research and technology transfer activities; managing the operational planning and budgeting process; reporting on corporate initiatives; and managing the national and regional operational forestry programs in the regions.

Director, Forest Biology Research Division, (staff of 77) is responsible for directing and delivering research activities and managing the fire behaviour and fire environment research program components of the Climate Change and Fire Research Network.

Manager, Scientific and Technical Support Programs, (staff of 32) is responsible for delivering a complete range of financial, administrative, material management, informatics, facility management, and health and safety services; and managing the scientific support activities of the analytical laboratory, research greenhouses, scientific editing and publishing, the library and publications distribution service units.

Human Resources Manager (staff of 5) is responsible for managing the full range of human resources management services.

Science Programs Advisor (staff of 1) is responsible for providing advice on and analysis and coordination of the Centre's scientific and client activities to the overall research program; and directing and coordinating the science planning functions.

Nature And Scope

The Department is engaged in the management of major policy, scientific and technical research and development, and industry support programs of national and international consequence with respect to Canada's land mass, energy, forestry, mines and mineral sectors of the economy. The Department is engaged in advancing sustainable development and the responsible use of Canada's mineral, energy and forest resources.

The Canadian Forestry Service research and development program is delivered and coordinated through five networks, with each Forestry Centre playing a lead role with respect to one network. The Director General, Northern Forestry Centre, provides national leadership for the Climate Change and Fire Research Network.

In this context, the Director General provides strategic leadership for a national research program to identify barriers to and opportunities for adapting forests and forestry to climate change, including the development of methods to better fireproof forests and forestry, the selection of tree species that can cope with new conditions, and the improvement of plantation design. The incumbent also provides conceptual management and leadership of research into ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as carbon sequestration and the innovative use of wood products to offset fossil fuel consumption.

In addition to leading a specific network, each Centre contributes to the research activities and program delivery of other networks. The Director General manages the provision of strategic and operational input into the achievement of the target outcomes of the Forest Ecosystems Processes Network, the Enhanced Timber Production and Protection Network, the Forest Health and Biodiversity Network, and the Knowledge and Information Synthesis Network.

The Director General plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of a broad spectrum of CFS programs relative to priority-setting decisions, while maintaining science and technology network goals. The incumbent positions and increases the relevance of CFS research by establishing and nurturing networks and contacts with CFS clients, stakeholders and other government agencies and securing their support for CFS commitments to sustainable development, science and technology, and research and development. The incumbent champions corporate initiatives on sustainable development by advocating and leading participation from regional stakeholders. The incumbent also plays a critical role in the three Regional Councils' rural and economic partnership initiatives.

The Director General plays a leadership role with regard to national program delivery and regional issues. The incumbent provides regional leadership in the delivery of three Model Forest Programs in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to support program objectives related to the development and management of sustainable forest management systems and tools, knowledge transfer, strengthening model forest network activities and increasing opportunities for local participation in sustainable forest management. The incumbent also provides regional leadership for other key programs (such as the First Nations Forestry Program and Canada Wood) and supports the achievement of the Department's strategic resource management programs and research objectives.

The Director General oversees regional input into and participation in the development of a national implementation strategy in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. The incumbent also manages the preparation of forestry project proposals to meet Canada's Kyoto targets, through the Climate Change and Fire Research Network, and liaises with Alberta Lands and Forests, Saskatchewan Environment and Resources Management Ecosystems Branch, Manitoba Forestry Branch, Government of Northwest Territories Renewable Resources Branch and industry to support the Protocol and its implementation.

The Director General manages the development and implementation of cooperative research and program delivery opportunities with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including environmental organizations, native groups, industry, educational and research institutions, all levels of government, community-based associations, recreationists and landowners. The incumbent manages the development and implementation of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with research agencies and academia, such as research-related MOUs with the University of Alberta, the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, the Saskatchewan Environment and Resources Management Department, Saskatchewan Agriculture, the Government of the Northwest Territories, Manitoba Resources Branch and the Forest Research Institute of Canada (FERIC). The incumbent represents the CFS on a variety of committees, such as FERIC's Silviculture and Management Working Groups and the Wildland Fire Centre at Hinton.

The Director General advises the Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister on forestry matters and ensures collaborative regional input into items such as Question Period cards, ministerial correspondence, briefing material and books and weekly reports to the Deputy Minister. The incumbent provides regional input into the preparation of the annual report to Parliament on the state of Canada's forests and the implementation of the Federal and Canadian Council of Forestry Ministries action plan in response to the National Forest Strategy and the Canada Forest Accord.

Dimensions (Constant Dollars)
FTEs: 202
Operating budget: $2.7 million
Grants and contributions: $450,000

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Provides national leadership and coordination to the Climate Change and Fire Research Network and manages the Northern Forestry Centre's contribution to the research activities of other networks.
  2. Represents and champions national and regional issues at the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Federal Councils; advocates and leads participation from regional stakeholders; and meets with senior officials of key forest industries to seek and exploit research and other opportunities of mutual interest.
  3. Directs the Northern Forestry Centre and plans, implements and evaluates regional delivery of a broad spectrum of CFS programs.
  4. Develops cooperative research opportunities with research agencies and academia to support sustainable development and enhance international competitiveness of the forest sector.
  5. Negotiates partnerships and represents the Department with the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, with other government departments, industry, universities, other governments and other interest groups; manages the provision of regional development assistance; and chairs and sits on a variety of committees.
  6. Provides leadership in the delivery of three Model Forest Programs and other regional model forests through a collaborative arrangement with headquarters, and in the delivery and enhancement of the First Nations Forestry Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
  7. Advises the Assistant Deputy Minister and the Deputy Minister on forestry matters and ensures collaborative regional input into a variety of corporate briefing and information requirements.

Evaluation Rationale

Director General, Northern Forestry Centre

Know-How

G
Mastery of forestry research policies and practices and associated sciences, related research techniques and methodologies, and scientific and technological trends and developments, as well as the unique social, economic and environmental issues impacting forestry and the management of sustainable forest development in the provinces and territories.
III
Conceptual coordination of the Climate Change and Fire Research Network and critical support to the other four national science and technology networks. Conceptual and operational management of research and technology transfer activities, and national and regional operational forestry programs in the provinces, including the First Nations Forestry Program and the Model Forest Program; and management of complex agreements and the provision of regional development assistance.
3
Critical level required to manage a large staff and to provide leadership in the Region with respect to sustainable development issues, the negotiation of research-related MOUs, partnerships and other agreements with industry, the provinces, territories and universities.
700
Mid-range number reflects solid mastery in forestry and related fields and the management expertise required to manage a number of national and regional programs.

Problem Solving / Thinking

F
Thinking within general policies and guidelines to identify and address scientific, technological and management issues related to research and technology transfer and other forestry programs, both nationally and in the Region.
4
Analytical, interpretative and constructive thinking to develop innovative approaches to engage the Department, the provincial and territorial governments, and industry in addressing national and regional forestry issues and to find solutions to broad horizontal issues, such as climate change and sustainable forest resources, industry and communities.
(57) 400
Higher percentage is indicative of the nebulous nature of the national programs managed and the thinking needed for developing fresh approaches to advance sustainable forestry development through leading-edge research, and negotiating complex agreements and partnerships that support government policies, goals, community interests and industry's needs.

Accountability / Decision Making

F
Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, is broadly subject to functional policies and objectives in the leadership and management of a number of diverse national and regional research programs, including the negotiation and management of complex agreements and the provision of regional development assistance.
3P
Primary impact on the research activities of the Northern Forest Centre as represented by an annual budget of $2.7 million (constant).
460
Highest number reflects the degree of autonomy in selecting and directing research activities in the Region, the freedom to act in managing and coordinating national network activities that impact on the operations and budgets of the other four research centres, and the impact of negotiated funding agreements, grants and contributions on partnered organizations.

Summary

GIII3 700
F4(57) 400
F3P 460
Total = 1560 A1
Director General, Northern Forestry Centre - Number: 7 - F - 1
Org chart of the Director General, Northern Forestry Centre
Figure: 7 – F – 1 - Text version

Benchmark Number: 7 – F – 1

Director General, Northern Forestry Centre

The subject position is at the second managerial level reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, and there are 10 peer positions at the same reporting level.

Reporting to the Director General, Northern Forestry Centre are 2 Directors, 2 Managers and 1 Advisor.

Linear organisation chart:

Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service

  • Director General, Policy Planning and International Affairs
  • Director General, Science Branch
  • Director General, Industry, Economics and Programs Branch
  • 4 Directors General of Regional Forestry Centres for :
    • Pacific
    • Great Lakes
    • Laurentian
    • Atlantic
  • Director, Management Services
  • Director, Communications and Executive Services
  • Manager, CFS Human Resources Unit.
  • Director General, Northern Forestry Centre
    • 2 Directors for :
      • Socio-economics, Systems and National Programs Division
      • Forest Biology Research Division
    • 2 Managers for :
      • Scientific and Technical Support Programs
      • Human Resources
    • Advisor, Science Programs

Executive Group Benchmark Number: 6-F-1

Position Title: Regional Director, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) - Quebec

General Accountability

Is accountable for the directing and administering the provision of technological and professional expertise on thematic geoscience studies, and regional bedrock and surficial surveys in eastern Canada, and for ensuring the success of the federal / provincial partnership with l'Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) that constitutes the Québec Geo-Science Centre (QGC) to advance geoscience knowledge in support of sustainable development.

Organization Structure

The position is one of four at the third managerial level reporting to the Director General, Sedimentary and Marine Geoscience Branch. The others are Regional Director, GSC-Calgary; Director, Terrain Sciences Division; and Regional Director, GSC-Atlantic.

Specific functions of the positions reporting to the Regional Director, GSC -Quebec, are as follows:

Scientific Coordinator (staff of 28) is responsible for coordinating and managing the components of the GSC's scientific program, and for ensuring their integration into that program as they relate to geo-resources, hydrology, environmental geoscience and geo-information; planning scientific projects and managing and delivering the products of those projects; and managing the GSC's scientific staff.

Chief Hydrogeologist is responsible for providing leadership and developing linkages and partnerships with provincial, national and international hydrogeological agencies and with experts from industry, universities and government in order to define, develop and implement the GSC's national hydrogeology program.

Science Planning Officer is responsible for providing scientific assistance to the Director and to the Scientific Coordinator in the management and planning of the Division's human, material and financial resources and in the operation of the scientific program; assisting the scientists in the management of their projects; and coordinating communication and outreach activities within the GSC in order to promote the visibility of the QGC and coordinate the production of general information outputs.

Nature And Scope

The Department manages major policy, scientific and technical research and development, as well as industry support programs of national and international consequence, with respect to Canada's land mass and the energy, forestry, mines and minerals sectors of the economy. The Department advances sustainable development and the responsible use of Canada's mineral, energy and forest resources.

The GSC undertakes and manages geoscientific studies and research programs on the surface taxonomy and geological composition of Canada in support of sustainable resource development and earth processes to increase the understanding of earth-surface processes related to environmental issues, such as ground water dynamics and delineation, geological hazards, environmental geochemistry and climate change-driven earth processes.

It is in this context that the Director develops, implements and assesses scientific and technology programs required to develop and maintain GSC-Quebec as a recognized national centre of expertise and research in hydrogeology and its impact on and adaptation to climate change. The incumbent manages the federal role in the delivery of scientific research results from the QGC, which operates as a partnership with the INRS.

The Director supplies earth science assessments of and technology solutions for key socio-economic problems by designing, planning and managing geoscience surveys, and mineral and environmental studies in eastern Canada in order to support Sector programs and priorities. The Director also provides national leadership and coordination for Sector hydrogeology program activities.

The Director resolves frequent and complex problems of concept and priority on the basis of a detailed geological project being carried out worldwide. The incumbent liaises with senior scientific and administrative officials in the federal government, foreign scientific agencies, provincial governments, private companies, Crown corporations and universities; and manages the Centre's contribution to and participation in national and international research with global implications. This liaison results in joint programs with other agencies, transfer of technology and scientific ideas, and extensive interaction between the Division's staff and staff from other agencies. The Director also establishes and maintains a strong issue-driven regional geoscience network in Quebec with the INRS and other regional geoscience stakeholders in order to contribute to a vibrant regional knowledge base.

The Director plans, directs, coordinates and leads the scientific activities in field and laboratory programs that deal with all aspects of bedrock and surficial geology in eastern Canada, its resource potential, whether it be metals, hydrocarbons or groundwater, the environment and geological processes (environmental geochemistry, geo-hazards, coastal erosion, landslides and permafrost). The incumbent contributes to the training of highly qualified personnel through the joint INRS / Université Laval graduate program in earth sciences, increases links with other universities and fosters student participation in research projects.

The Director plans research objectives; sets goals and priorities; assesses the effectiveness of programs and plans; and coordinates the preparation of reports and evaluates them and other information resulting from Division programs for release to the federal government, other governments, the scientific community, industry and the general public. A key challenge for the Director is to ensure cohesion in relation to the established priorities, the identification of critical issues, the expected results, the capture and recording of information and data, and the production and dissemination of relevant reports.

The Director sits on the GSC Management Committee and the Sector Program Committee, which set the short- and long-term program and research objectives for the Sector. The Director is a member of the federal/provincial liaison committee with Quebec, co-chair of several committees, such as the Technical Advisory Committee, and also serves on review panels, such as the Researchers Promotion Committee.

Dimensions (Constant Dollars)
FTEs: 37
Operating budget: $723,000

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Contributes to the planning of the GSC's and the Sector's scientific program as a member of the GSC Management Committee and the Sector Program Committee, and as the principal advisor to the Director General on geoscience research in Quebec and Newfoundland and on the GSC's national hydrogeology program.
  2. Provides professional and managerial leadership for the Division's scientific activities by liaising and cooperating with other federal and provincial government agencies, industry, and research and educational institutions in the broad fields of geology and hydrogeology and related matters of common interest.
  3. Ensures that high standards in professional and technical qualifications are maintained by managing the review and evaluation of scientific reports, projects and proposals prepared by Division staff.
  4. Ensures the maintenance of high standards of professional and technical competence by managing the review and evaluation of scientific reports, projects and proposals prepared in the Division.
  5. Manages the activities of all sections to ensure that there is appropriate involvement in multidisciplinary projects and in projects with other Divisions and agencies by establishing the required administrative procedures, and planning and managing the fiscal and personnel requirements.
  6. Establishes and ensures a strong issue-driven regional geoscience network in Quebec, in collaboration with the INRS and with other regional geoscience stakeholders. Contributes to the training of highly qualified personnel through the joint INRS / Université Laval graduate program in earth sciences; increases links with other universities; fosters student participation in research projects; and participates in the coordination of activities, planning of programs and management of shared facilities with the INRS.

Evaluation Rationale

Regional Director, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) - Quebec

Know-How

G
Mastery of geoscience research principles and theories to lead and manage research projects and studies in all aspects of bedrock and surficial geology in eastern Canada and in hygrogeology science at the national level; in-depth professional knowledge of research related to issues such as ground water dynamics and delineation, geological hazards, environmental geochemistry, climate change and the interrelationship of these diverse fields and their impact on sustainable development, environmental protection and technology innovation; and extensive knowledge of management practices and regional research programs and priorities.
II
Operational management and coordination of scientific research activities and programs required to develop and maintain the GSC as a national centre of expertise and the focal point for research in hydrogeology.
3
Successful achievement of objectives requires motivating research staff, initiating extensive ongoing liaison with senior scientific and administrative officials in the federal government, provincial governments, foreign scientific agencies, private companies, Crown corporations and universities, particularly with the INRS.
608
High number reflects mastery of scientific knowledge and know-how regarding earth sciences and the degree of management expertise and communication skills required to manage research projects and programs on regional and national levels.

Problem Solving / Thinking

F
Thinking is done within broad departmental and regional objectives to advance geoscience knowledge in support of environmental stewardship and the sustainable development of mineral, energy and water resources; and to foster a greater understanding of climate change and material hazards processes.
4
Creative analytical thinking is required to reconcile scientific factors related to current issues and the changing policies, plans and programs of other Canadian agencies with the availability of qualified resources, funds and facilities.
(50) 304
The solid percentage recognizes the degree of interpretative, analytical and evaluative thought required in developing and managing research programs.

Accountability / Decision Making

F
Reporting to the Director General, Sedimentary and Marine Geoscience, located in Ottawa, is accountable for the operation of several laboratory facilities and their assets, as well as for the development and management of research projects and studies.
2P
The position has a primary impact on the program activities in the Region. The proxy selected to represent these programs is an annual operating budget of $723,000 (constant).
350
The higher number reflects the size of the budget and the fact that the position receives direction from a senior executive located outside the Region.

Summary

GII3 608
F4(50) 304
F2P 350
Total = 1 262 A1
Regional Director, Geological Survey Of Canada (GSC) – Quebec - Number: 6-F-1
Org chart of the REGIONAL DIRECTOR GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA (GSC)
Figure: 6 – F – 1 - Text version

Benchmark Number: 6 – F – 1

Regional Director, Geological Survey Of Canada (GSC) – Quebec

The subject position is at the third managerial level reporting to the Director General, Sedimentary and Marine Geoscience Branch, and there are 3 peer positions at the same reporting level.

Reporting to the Regional Director, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) – Quebec are 1 Coordinator, 1 chief and 1 Officer.

Linear organisation chart:

Director General, Sedimentary and Marine Geoscience Branch

  • Regional Director, GSC-Calgary;
  • Director, Terrain Sciences Division
  • Regional Director, GSC-Atlantic
  • Regional Director, Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) – Quebec
    • Scientific Coordinator
    • Chief Hydrogeologist
    • Science Planning Officer

Executive Group Benchmark Number: 4-F-1

Position Title: Manager, St. Lawrence Centre

General Accountability

Is responsible for managing the planning and delivery of the Centre's scientific programs and, more specifically, research and development aimed at protecting, conserving and restoring the St. Lawrence ecosystem.

Organization Structure

This is one of seven positions at the third hierarchical management level reporting to the Regional Director, Environmental Conservation. The others are as follows: Migratory Birds Manager with the Canadian Wildlife Service; Regional Habitat Manager; Regional Integrated Programs Manager; Environmental and Northern Assessment Manager; Wildlife Law Enforcement Manager; and Regional Program Planning and Coordination Advisor.

The specific duties of positions reporting to the St. Lawrence Centre Manager are as follows:

Scientific Advisor is responsible for disseminating the scientific expertise acquired and developed by the Centre and for liaising with other departmental research units, other federal and provincial departments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and specialized stakeholders in order to promote collaboration and the integrated management of resources and to apply a comparative analysis of the knowledge of the management and status of the world's great rivers.

Chief, Technical and Scientific Services Section, (staff of 27) is responsible for providing scientific and technical expertise in the area of chemical and physical analyses in support of the Centre's regional and national programs, as well as the various regional and departmental branches.

Chief, St. Lawrence Status Section, (staff of 13) is responsible for updating knowledge of the River and gathering, validating, summarizing and transmitting this information with the help of various tools; providing strategic information on the characterization and evolution of wetlands, bank erosion, sediment transport and the behaviour of water masses; developing and implementing a comprehensive program for dissemination of the information generated by the Centre via reports, the Internet site and national and international seminars.

Chief, Fluvial Ecosystem Research, (staff of 17) is responsible for leading research on the dynamics and structure of fluvial ecosystems, aquatic biodiversity, wetlands, exotic species, the health of fish and other organisms, contamination of biological organisms, fluvial ecotoxicology, water geochemistry and sediment in order to understand the effects and reduce the effect of human activity on fluvial ecosystems.

Nature And Scope

The Department's mandate is to conserve and improve the quality of the natural environment, in particular, water, air and soil; to preserve Canada's renewable resources, notably migratory birds, and wild flora and fauna in general; to conserve and protect Canadian water resources; to provide meteorological services; to coordinate federal environmental plans and programs; and to ensure compliance with regulations established by the International Joint Commission, a bilateral organization with a mission to prevent and resolve differences between Canada and the United States with respect to the use of waters shared by the two countries.

It is in this context that the Manager of the St. Lawrence Centre manages strategic planning, the organization itself, the implementation and management of various scientific programs and, more specifically, research and development on the St. Lawrence. The incumbent provides a scientific contribution to the St. Lawrence Action Plan, a federal-provincial environmental initiative aimed at protecting, conserving and restoring the St. Lawrence ecosystem. The Action Plan has industrial, urban and agricultural components and deals with biodiversity, navigation, health, and community involvement.

The Manager is responsible for developing an accountability, monitoring and management framework for program implementation and administration and ensuring the integrity of the processes aimed at controlling the use of the money allocated to the services. The incumbent directs many scientific research projects, including those involving research on the impact of water level variations on the ecosystem, on potential climate change and on the regulation of water levels in the Great Lakes; research on contamination sources and the movement of this contamination through the ecosystem; and research on the introduction of exotic species.

The Manager makes recommendations to government partners and to non-governmental organizations, riverside communities, scientific associations and others. The Centre is particularly involved in knowledge sharing and technology transfer, and every year it receives delegations of scientists from countries, such as China, Japan, Russia and Ukraine. The Manager must facilitate the establishment of effective working relationships and promote partnerships with these scientists. During these visits and consultations, the incumbent must consider the participants' political, economic, social and cultural backgrounds in order to properly understand the importance of the challenges facing them.

The Manager establishes and directs a senior-level consultation process with various national and international stakeholders. This network includes universities, the private sector, various levels of government and others. The incumbent also represents the Department, the federal government and Canada at various meetings, committees and seminars. The Manager is a member of the Council of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Research Managers, and the International Joint Commission.

The Manager leads work teams and is involved in many missions abroad and in networking activities with provincial governments, businesses and other federal departments. The Manager also represents the Region on a number of committees, forums and working groups.

Dimensions (Constant Dollars)
FTEs: 65
Operating budget: $877,000

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Is responsible for the design, planning, organizing and management of scientific research programs and, more specifically, for research and development aimed at protecting, conserving and restoring the St. Lawrence ecosystem.
  2. Directs the development and implementation of an accountability framework for program management and administration, and the development of various processes to identify new issues and control allocated funds.
  3. Establishes and directs a senior-level consultation process with various national and international stakeholders and is a member of various networks and organizations.
  4. Represents the Department, the federal government and Canada and participates in official sessions, committees and working groups to establish links with partners and stakeholders.
  5. Provides expert advice to senior management on trends and issues that could require their involvement and prepares briefing notes, assessments and policy statements, innovative approaches, strategies and recommendations.

Evaluation Rationale

Manager, St. Lawrence Centre

Know-How

F
Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, methodologies, practices and techniques associated with several scientific and technical fields in the area of biological, chemical and physical sciences associated with research on the environment; professional knowledge of the policies, practices and processes for advanced scientific data gathering and dissemination; and in-depth knowledge of the operating priorities, positions and expectations of all client, stakeholder and partner organizations.
II
Directs and manages the research programs and activities of the St. Lawrence Centre, an internationally recognized centre of scientific excellence.
3
Successful achievement of objectives requires informed decision making based on a high level of consultation and advocacy in presenting scientific findings and in advising local communities; interest groups; associations; municipal, provincial and foreign governments; private, public and non-government sector organizations; and domestic and international science, research and academic organizations.
460
The high number reflects the depth and breadth of specialized knowledge required of environmental science and of the management of related activities in these fields; the provision of regional leadership in optimizing the formulation of integrated strategic and operational agendas and plans; the management of research and technology transfer activities; and the provision of development assistance with outside organizations.

Problem Solving / Thinking

E
Thinking is done within general operational parameters and frameworks established with senior managers and in scientific areas.
4
Evaluative and analytical thinking required in assessing priorities, new research requirements, efficiency of programs and resource allocation where there is limited authoritative environmental scientific precedent or experience at either the domestic or international level.
(50) 230
High percentage is consistent with the thinking challenge inherent in managing the conduct of applied research.

Accountability / Decision Making

E
Reporting to the Regional Director General, who provides general direction, the incumbent is accountable for the management, administration and monitoring of scientific environmental programs and initiatives in the Region.
2P
The position has a primary impact on a regional program. The proxy selected to represent this program is a budget of $877,000 (constant).
230
High number is consistent with the degree of participation in the development and implementation of projects requiring senior management approval and the size of the proxy selected.

Summary

FII3 460
E4(50) 230
E2P 230
Total = 920 0
Manager, St. Lawrence Centre - Number: 4 - F - 1
Org chart of the MANAGER, ST. LAWRENCE CENTRE
Figure: 4 – F – 1 - Text version

Benchmark Number: 4 – F – 1

Manager, St. Lawrence Centre

The subject position is at the third managerial level reporting to the Regional Director, Environmental Conservation, and there are 6 peer positions at the same reporting level.

Reporting to the Manager, St. Lawrence Centre are 3 Chiefs and 1 Scientific Advisor.

Linear organisation chart:

Regional Director, Environmental Conservation

  • Migratory Birds Manager with the Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Regional Habitat Manager
  • Regional Integrated Programs Manager
  • Environmental and Northern Assessment Manager
  • Wildlife Law Enforcement Manager
  • Regional Program Planning and Coordination Advisor
  • Manager, St. Lawrence Centre
    • Scientific Advisor
    • 3 Chiefs for :
      • Technical and Scientific Services Section
      • St. Lawrence Status Section
      • Fluvial Ecosystem Research

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