Director, Strategy and Corporate Planning


Are you a proven leader with demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, planning, and communicating? Do you thrive knowing how the federal government works at all levels? And are you experienced in aligning business objectives, reporting and performance measurements with corporate and government priorities for success?

Destination Canada (DC) is looking for a Director, Strategy and Corporate Planning in Ottawa to lead our government relations and strategic planning and reporting efforts.

Reporting to the Vice President, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, you’ll maintain impactful, effective, and productive relationships within DC and with its shareholder, the Government of Canada. You will bring together DC’s commercial interests while meeting the shareholder’s expectations to help shape the future of Canada’s national marketing organization.
If your own career strategy includes a passion for Canada and enhancing the interdependent relationship between DC, its staff, its shareholder, and its stakeholders, then make us your next destination.

Selection Process No: 2016-CTC-RES-282-05

Classification: CTC-06

Tenure: Indeterminate

Closing Date: May 15, 2016

Salary: $93,700 – $121,800 per year 

Organization: Destination Canada

Position Title: Director, Strategy and Corporate Planning

Language Requirements: English Essential. Bilingualism in official languages is considered an asset.


Reporting to the Vice-President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations (the “VP”), the Director, Strategy and Corporate Planning is responsible for the areas of strategy management and corporate planning and performance management and reporting, including the planning, management and successful development of DC’s Corporate Plan and Performance Management Framework (the Balanced Scorecard).

The Director leads the corporate planning process and is in regular contact with senior management at DC (SMG), as well as the shareholder and external stakeholders to advise and consult on the strategic business context and results drivers. In addition, the Director ensures that information sharing with the shareholder and other stakeholders is consistent with DC and shareholder priorities, a no-surprise environment, and decision-making processes. This includes preparing key messages, presentations decks, talking points and meeting scenario notes that will help guide interactions and pursue common goals and objectives, while consistently employing best practices and ensuring a high standard of communication with all relevant parties.  

Along with the VP, the Director plays a key role as DC’s eyes and ears in the Nation’s Capital, including attending meetings with government officials, parliamentarians, and/or representatives from the diplomatic community.


Education: Graduation from a recognized university with a Bachelor degree in a related field such as political science, economics, public administration or business administration or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience. A graduate degree is an asset. 

Experience:  When applying, the candidate must clearly demonstrate in writing how they meet the following experience criteria:

  • Minimum of five years of progressive experience in strategic planning or strategy development (i.e. writing strategic or corporate plans, developing strategic approaches) and strategy implementation or execution.
  • Experience in providing advice and guidance on best practices and policies related to strategic planning, performance management or the evaluation of programs to senior managers and employees.
  • Minimum two years’ experience within the last five years of managing integrated teams or cross-functional work groups, including expertise and coordinating perspectives from both the private and public sectors.
  • Experience in a government relations role, preferably relations with the Government of Canada is considered an asset.
  • Experience in the tourism industry is considered an asset.


  • In-depth knowledge of Destination Canada’s mandate, activities, objectives, and shareholder relations policies.
  • In-depth knowledge of the federal government decision-making process for budgets, annual reports, corporate plans, and its priorities.
  • In-depth knowledge of the workings of Parliament and its Committees, especially the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry.
  • Knowledge of financial budget and human resources management.


  • Excellent written communication skills for both conceptual and detailed material.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for liaising with senior management and the shareholder, conveying strategic information and providing recommendations to executive management on strategy and government relations issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on establishing and maintaining shareholder relationships.
  • Ability to develop and articulate strategies and direct their implementation via action plans and collaborative approaches.
  • Ability to develop and proactively manage complex domestic partnerships.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • High level of motivation and the ability to think creatively in a forward planning way (i.e., 12 months to 3 years)
  • Adaptability, discretion, tact and good judgment coupled with the ability to prioritize.

Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal relationships; creativity; judgment; results-oriented; discretion; confidentiality; diplomacy; detail-oriented.

Security: A Level 2 (Secret) security clearance will be required.

Entitlement to work in Canada: You must certify in your application that you are legally entitled to work in Canada or have the ability to obtain the necessary approvals to work in Canada.  Destination Canada reserves the right to require that you provide proof of your legal entitlement to work in Canada at any time.
Please note that Destination Canada will not be providing relocation assistance.

Note: You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials if requested.  When applying, candidates must clearly demonstrate in writing that they meet the above-mentioned education and experience criteria.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are asked to indicate their first official language as well as their preferred official language in their application.

This competition may be used to staff similar positions.


Send your resume and application in MS Word format or PDF format to hr [at] destinationcanada [dot] com.  Please specify the competition number (2016-CTC-RES-282-05) in the subject line.

We thank all those interested for their time and care in submitting applications but regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by the employer. 

No phone calls or emails, please.

Please note that Destination Canada’s pension and benefit plans are completely separate from the federal public service.  In general, candidates cannot transfer their pension and their service from the public service to Destination Canada.

Destination Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

Destination Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the staffing official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.