Director, Strategy and Shareholder Relations


Are you a proven leader with demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, planning, and communicating, especially in a commercial/private sector context?  Do you thrive knowing how the federal government works at all levels, ie. building relationships and working with government to find win-win approaches in achieving government priorities?  And are you experienced in aligning business objectives, reporting and performance measurement with corporate and government priorities for success?

Destination Canada (DC) is looking for a Director, Strategy and Shareholder Relations to lead the Corporation’s government relations and strategic planning and reporting efforts.

Reporting to the Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Communications, you’ll maintain impactful, effective and productive relationships within DC and with its shareholder, the Government of Canada.   You will bring together Destination Canada’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 and enriching the symbiotic and interdependent relationship between DC, its staff, its shareholder, and its stakeholders, make us your next destination.
Selection Process No: 2015-CTC-RES-282-04

Classification: CTC-06

Tenure: Indeterminate

Closing Date: December 9, 2015

Salary: $93,700 to $121,800 per year
Organization: Destination Canada

Position Title: Director, Strategy and Shareholder Relations

Language Requirements: Bilingual BBB

Duties: Reporting to the Vice-President of Strategy and Corporate Communications, the Director is responsible for corporate planning and reporting, as well as performance management framework for DC.

The Director also leads the strategic planning process, which drives organizational performance and alignment. The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining sustained and effective relationships between DC and the shareholder (the Government of Canada) as well as with other federal Crown Corporations, ensuring constant and strategic information sharing, consistent with shareholder priorities and decision-making processes. 


Education: Minimum: 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 ten years of progressive experience in strategy development (i.e. writing plans, strategic approaches, briefing notes, reports for the advancement of corporate priorities) and implementation, and/or government relations.
  • Minimum two years’ experience within the last five years of managing integrated teams or cross-functional work groups, including expertise in coordinating perspectives from both the private and public sectors.
  • Experience within the last two years in a government relations role, preferably relations with the Government of Canada.
  • Experience within the last two years working collaboratively across organizational functions and leading projects or initiatives requiring: senior level briefings, facts and trends analyses, intelligence-gathering, developing and presenting recommendations for senior-level decision-making.
  • Experience in interacting with high-level government officials would be an asset.


Knowledge :

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the role of a Crown Corporation, its governance, responsibilities, and accountabilities.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian tourism industry, the business of tourism, the federal-provincial-territorial and community relationships and the value of the partnerships that support it.
  • 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 (ie., 12 months to 3 years)
  • Adaptability, discretion, tact and good judgment coupled with the ability to prioritize.
  • Bilingual imperative BBB


Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal relationships. Creativity.  Judgment.  Results-oriented.  Discretion.  Confidentiality.  Diplomacy. Detail-oriented.

Security:  Secret Clearance

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. DC reserves the right to require that you provide proof of your legal entitlement to work in Canada at any time.

Note: You must provide proof of your education credentials.  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 application to:
Destination Canada.

If your skills and experience are a match for the above, please email your resume in MS Word format or PDF file to hr [at] destinationcanada [dot] com.   Please specify the competition number
(2015-CTC-RES-282-04) 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.