Recruitment posting

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Competition #: 736
Ministry: Agriculture and Forestry
Opening Date: 11/22/2021
Closing Date: 12/06/2021
Role: Director

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 Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a Director on the board of directors of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). Up to two positions will be filled through this posting. Applicants may also be considered for future vacancies.

Location
AFSC Board Meetings are held at the Corporation’s head office in Lacombe. Meetings will be held in person when safe to do so, and directors may participate via virtual meetings or conference calls occasionally.
About the Agency

AFSC provides leading, innovative, client-focused financial and risk-management solutions to grow agriculture in Alberta. AFSC is a provincial Crown corporation that began by providing hail insurance to Alberta farmers more than 80 years ago, and it has grown into a diverse corporation dedicated to building relationships with its clients to help manage their risks within the agriculture industry. It now supports Alberta’s farmers with crop and livestock price insurance, farm loans, commercial loans and farm income disaster assistance.

AFSC’s products and services address gaps in the marketplace where similar products are not consistently and reliably available from other sources. AFSC works with agricultural producers, agribusinesses, and rural businesses to support and advance agricultural development, creating new opportunities for businesses and improving the quality of life for rural Albertans.

AFSC operates as a provincial Crown corporation under the authority of the Agriculture Financial Services Act and the Agriculture Financial Services Regulation. AFSC functions as a service delivery agency for public policy decided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.

The AFSC Board of Directors provides leadership and direction to AFSC, overseeing management and performance.


Role Description

The Board of Directors plays an important role in ensuring AFSC’s accountability to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. In their governance role, Board Members regularly review the strategic direction for the organization and ensure management is accountable for completing agreed upon strategic initiatives.

Using their diverse areas of expertise, the Board of Directors ensures that AFSC remains true to its mandate, and that the Alberta agricultural industry is well supported by the services delivered by AFSC. The Board of Directors will operate in a manner that is consistent with the Agriculture Financial Services Act, the Agriculture Financial Services Regulation, the Mandate and Roles Document between AFSC and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, and corporate governance principles.

Board members serve three-year terms, and are eligible for reappointment.

Skills and Experience Required
  • Members of AFSC are required to have prior Board experience with a for-profit entity, large public committee, crown corporation, or major organization with a governance or advisory board. An ICD.D designation or similar, would be considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with agriculture in Alberta, issues affecting agriculture, and the role agriculture plays in rural development are essential.
  • A proven track record of success in an agricultural operation, value-added industry, food processing, or commercial enterprise would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s economy, geography and business community and the ability to analyze situations, issues, and solutions from a strategic perspective are critical for success in this role.
  • Members with prior experience at a Canadian bank, regional financial institution or insurance company, or are recognized as a subject matter expert in a related industry such as insurance, financial services, risk management, agribusiness, food-processing, information technology (cybersecurity/cloud computing) or manufacturing are preferred.
  • A related post-secondary education is an asset.
  • Previous experience with adjudicative or quasi-judicial hearings or tribunals, or a general understanding of administrative law, would be considered an asset.
  • The ideal candidates will have a track record of exercising sound and consistent judgment, and demonstrated expertise in managing complex issues with integrity and fairness.
Remuneration and Time Commitment

The Chair and Director appointments are made by the Minister, and are for a fixed term of up to three years, with the potential for reappointment for additional terms. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately one full day, and two half days, per quarter (dependent on committee involvement).

Members of the Board of Directors are compensated only for time spent on the business of the Board at the rate specified in Schedule 1, Part A of the Committee Remuneration Order (OC466/2007), and effective April 1, 2009.

Meetings are held at the head office in Lacombe, AB. Meetings will be held in person when safe to do so, and directors may participate via virtual meetings or conference calls occasionally.

Additional Documentation

In this section:

  • Attach any documents that are required for the screening process: application form, conflict of interest form or other forms as required by the department
  • Include the following information: 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

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 https://www.alberta.ca/public-agencies.cfm.

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.

Agency Website:

https://afsc.ca

Link to Enabling Legislation:

https://open.alberta.ca/publications/a12