Canadian Tourism Commission
Selection Criteria

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, such as business or marketing, or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience.


  • Experience in senior executive management in a private or public organization, including managing human and financial resources;
  • Experience in the development of strategic and corporate plans;
  • Experience serving on a board of directors, preferably as chairperson, of a complex organization of significant size and scope;
  • Experience in implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices; and
  • Experience dealing with senior government officials and corporate stakeholders in a variety of fields.


  • Knowledge of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (CTC) mandate, its role and responsibilities, as well as its legislative framework, including the Canadian Tourism Commission Act and the Financial Administration Act;
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of a chairperson, a board of directors and a chief executive officer of a similar sized organization;
  • Knowledge of strategic corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation of corporate performance;
  • Knowledge of the public policy environment, processes and best practices;
  • Knowledge of human resources and financial and risk management; and
  • Knowledge of Canada’s tourism industry and familiarity with global tourism trends.


  • Strong leadership and managerial skills to ensure the Board of Directors conducts its work effectively;
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and develop strategies to enable the Board of Directors to seize opportunities and resolve problems;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), the Ministers’ offices, the Deputy Minister, and the CTC’s partners and stakeholders;
  • Ability to foster debate and discussions among Board members, facilitate consensus and manage conflicts, should they arise; and
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders and the media.

Personal Suitability

  • Sound judgement
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Demonstrated decision-making skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and discretion
  • Dynamic and energetic

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

Conditions of Employment

  • The successful candidate must be available for approximately 25 to 30 days per year for Board and Committee activities and related travel.