Recruitment posting

Alberta Board of Skilled Trades

Competition #: 731
Ministry: Advanced Education
Opening Date: 09/15/2021
Closing Date: 10/29/2021
Role: Chair and Board Members

It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are valued and supported on the boards of Alberta's public agencies

Role Required

The Minister of Advanced Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the Chair or as a board member of the Alberta Board of Skilled Trades (ABST).

Board members are expected to reside in Alberta. Meetings are usually held in person in Edmonton, and members will also participate in virtual meetings/conference calls.
About the Agency

The Alberta Board of Skilled Trades will be established when the provincial Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education (STAE) Act receives Royal Assent in early 2022. The Board will be responsible for consulting with Industry on standards for trades, and advising the Minister on the needs of the Alberta labour market for skilled trades professionals. All Board activities must be undertaken in accordance with the STAE Act, the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act, and other relevant Government of Alberta legislation.

Role Description

Board Chair and members will be appointments made through Ministerial Order for a term of up to three years. The Board will be responsible for being the voice of the skilled trades sector in Alberta, and ensuring the needs of industry in Alberta are met.

Board and Chair accountabilities will include:

  • Making recommendations to the Minister respecting:
    • the designation of trades;
    • Designating restricted activities within a trade.
  • Consulting with industry regarding standards and requirements for certification in designated trades.
  • Promoting the value of designated trades careers and certification.
  • Making orders:
    • Specifying the scope of activities that fall within a designated trade;
    • Establishing standards and requirements for designated trade certification;
    • Recognizing documents issued outside Alberta as being the equivalent of a trade certificate.
  • Establishing committees to assist and advise the Board in carrying out its functions. Any other function as directed by the Minister.

Chair specific accountabilities will include:

  • Leading the priorities for the ABST and chairing meetings;
  • Providing the Minister or designate with regular updates on the Board’s operations;
  • Ensuring the board conducts an annual evaluation of its performance; and
  • Overseeing compliance with all relevant policies, procedures and standards by which the ABST operates and ensuring that it operates at all times in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Skills and Experience Required

The Minister is looking for candidates that demonstrate the following competencies and skills:

  • Senior level decision-making experience in multi-disciplinary and collaborative environments;
  • An understanding of the contribution of skilled trades professions to Alberta’s economic sectors and the needs of the Alberta labour market for skilled and trained individuals;
  • Certification in a designated trade or occupation is considered an asset. Other educational qualifications may be considered.
  • Knowledge and expertise of Alberta’s economy and/or industry;
  • An overall understanding of stakeholder landscape affecting the skilled trades; experience communicating and fostering trusting relationships and collaboration with stakeholders;
  • Ability to question and challenge traditional thinking and come up with innovative ideas; and
  • An understanding of board governance.

Ideal candidates for the Chair position demonstrate:

  • Experience leading an organization;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Drive for results;
  • Understanding of the needs of Alberta’s labour market;
  • Ability to consider multiple perspectives of stakeholders to motivate/convince others to follow a course of action or support an idea or direction.
  • An understanding of board governance; and
  • Demonstrated ability to build networks of relationships and use network connections to help get things done.

Note: Applicants will be asked if they would like to be considered as Chair during the interview process.

The Government of Alberta is committed to offering qualified Albertans the opportunity to be considered as members on Alberta’s public agencies, boards and commissions. To help ensure that Albertans are well-represented on boards, we invite applicants from all backgrounds who embody a range of knowledge, skills and expertise to apply.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Remuneration is by honorarium for time spent attending meetings and conducting other board business. The board members’ expenses are reimbursed in accordance to the Government of Alberta’s Travel, meal and hospitality expenses policy. The following rates of remuneration are payable to the Chair and board members of the ABST:

The Chair and acting Chair shall be paid:

a) $219 for up to and including four hours in any day, or

b) $383 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or

c) $601 for over eight hours in any day

A Board member shall be paid:

a) $164 for up to and including four hours in any day, or

b) $290 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or

c) $427 for over eight hours in any day,

Board activities usually require an average of up to three full days per month, and more for the Chair. Board meetings are scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance and members must be available to participate during regular business hours.

Additional Documentation

In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require a biography. Click HERE to download the biography form.

Once the forms are completed, save them to your PC. When you click on submit application, you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop or upload your completed biography form and others requested into the ‘Drop files below or click to upload’ section.

Please clearly indicate in your cover letter which position you are applying for (general member or chair).

Final candidates will be asked to undergo a comprehensive background check, disclosure and conflict of interest screening. Credential and experience verification may be conducted.

The posting may be used to fill current and future public agency vacancies.

Contact Information

Executive Search, Alberta Public Service Commission

Phone: 780-408-8460

Email: [email protected]

How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.

Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at

The personal information in ePAAS is collected pursuant to section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used to administer and manage recruitment for current and future public agency appointment opportunities. Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Public Agency Secretariat, Public Service Commission, 12th Floor 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S7 or by calling 780-644-3060. Applicants will be required to identify any real or perceived conflicts of interest and may be required to undergo additional screening.

Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.

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