Global Affairs - Minister of International Trade Governor in Council Appointments

The Minister of International Trade is responsible for recommending Governor in Council appointments to different entities. These entities perform a variety of different functions.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) helps foreign government buyers benefit from Canada’s export capabilities through the negotiation and execution of government-to-government contracts. CCC accomplishes this by building unique relationships and maintaining international contracting and procurement expertise. The Corporation focuses on sectors where there is a clear role for government, operating in sectors that are sensitive or are outside of the World Trade Organizations’ (WTO) disciplines and where foreign governments require additional capacity to undertake complex and timely procurements, namely in emerging and developing country markets.

EDC Board of Directors is composed of a Chairperson, a President and no more than nine directors appointed by the Governor in Council.

For more information on the Corporation, visit the Canadian Commercial Corporation website.

Canadian Commercial Corporation opportunities

There are no current opportunities available.

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada's (EDC) mandate is to support and develop, directly or indirectly, Canada’s export trade and Canadian capacity to engage in that trade and to respond to international business opportunities. EDC is financially self-sufficient and works alongside the financial private sector to provide a wide range of financing and risk management services to support Canadian exporters and investors of all sizes.  At the core of EDC’s mission is its unique ability to harness its knowledge of international financial services, markets as well as global trade and international buyers to enable it to take on and manage significant levels of capital and risk for Canadian export minded firms. EDC is viewed as a vibrant organization that maximizes its contribution to Canadian International trade while returning significant financial returns to Canadians each year.

EDC Board of Directors is composed of thirteen directors, including a Chairperson and a President appointed by the Governor in Council.

For more information on the Corporation, visit the Export Development Canada website.

Export Development Canada opportunities

There are no current opportunities available.

Investment in Canada Hub

Under the leadership of a new Chief Executive Officer, the Government of Canada is establishing the Invest in Canada Hub to develop a cohesive foreign direct investment strategy to align with the country’s overall economic growth strategy, promote Canada as a premier investment destination, establish a single-window investor support framework and deliver world-class investment aftercare, retention and reinvestment services.

For more information on investing in Canada, visit the Invest in Canada website.

Investment in Canada Hub opportunities

There are no current opportunities available.

The Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor

The mandate of the Counsellor shall be to review the corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices of Canadian extractive sector companies operating outside Canada; and to advise stakeholders on the implementation of the performance guidelines.

The Counsellor shall be appointed by the Governor in Council.

For more information on the Office of the Counsellor, visit the Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor website.

The Office of Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor opportunity

There are no current opportunities available.

Various International Trade and International Investment Dispute Settlement Bodies

A number of international trade and investment agreements to which Canada is a party provide for the establishment of rosters of persons available to serve on dispute settlement bodies. Should a dispute arise under the agreement, individuals from the roster are named to the dispute settlement body through a process specified in the relevant agreement to determine the dispute in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. Please see similar opportunities under Ministerial Appointments.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Chapter 20 (State to State) Roster

Chapter 20 dispute settlement procedures apply to disputes regarding the interpretation or application of the Agreement, the consistency of measures with the Agreement and the nullification or impairment of benefits in the sense of Annex 2004. Chapter 20 dispute settlement does not apply to matters covered by Chapter 19 (Review and Dispute Settlement in Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Matters) or as otherwise provided in the Agreement.

The Chapter provides for the establishment of a roster of up to 30 nominees (10 from each Party to NAFTA). A nominee is appointed by consensus of NAFTA Parties for a term of three years and may be reappointed. An arbitral panel composed under Chapter 20 consists of five members.

For more information on the NAFTA Chapter 20 dispute settlement process visit the website of the NAFTA Secretariat.

North American Free Trade Agreement – Chapter 20 (State to State) Roster opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking 10 appointees to this roster.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) Roster

The Minister of International Trade and the Minister of Finance are jointly responsible for recommending appointments to this roster.

Chapter 19 establishes a mechanism for a binational panel review of determinations made by a domestic investigating authority in antidumping and countervailing duty cases.

The Chapter provides for the establishment of a roster of at least 75 nominees (at least 25 from each NAFTA Party). The Parties are to consult in the development of the roster and are to maintain the list and amend it as necessary after consultations. Panels composed under Chapter 19 consist of five members.

For more information on the NAFTA Chapter 19 dispute settlement process visit the website of the NAFTA Secretariat.

North American Free Trade Agreement – Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) Roster opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking at least 25 appointees to this roster.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Chapter 19 Extraordinary Challenge Committee (ECC) Roster

The Minister of International Trade and the Minister of Finance are jointly responsible for recommending appointments to this roster.

This roster is used to establish a Committee that reviews decisions made by panels under NAFTA Chapter 19.

The Chapter provides for a roster of 15 individuals (five from each NAFTA Party).

For more information on the NAFTA Chapter 19 dispute settlement process visit the website of the NAFTA Secretariat.

North American Free Trade Agreement – Chapter 19 Extraordinary Challenge Committee (ECC) Roster opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking 5 appointees to this roster.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Chapter 14 (Financial Services) Roster

The Minister of Finance and the Minister of International Trade are jointly responsible for recommending appointments to this roster.

This roster applies to disputes arising under Chapter 14 (Financial Services).

The Chapter provides for a roster of up to 15 individuals (five from each NAFTA Party). A nominee is appointed by consensus of NAFTA parties for a term of three years and may be reappointed. A panel established under Chapter 14 consists of five members.

For more information about the NAFTA Chapter 14 dispute settlement process see the text of the NAFTA.

North American Free Trade Agreement – Chapter 14 (Financial Services) Roster opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking 5 appointees to this roster.

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) – Panel of Arbitrators / Panel of Conciliators

The World Bank created ICSID in 1966 to facilitate the settlement of investment disputes between governments and foreign investors. Provisions on ICSID arbitration are commonly found in investment contracts between governments of member countries and investors from other member countries as well as in bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements, including Canada’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements, NAFTA and the Canada – Chile Free Trade Agreement.

Under Article 13(1) of the ICSID Convention, Canada may designate up to four individuals to a panel of arbitrators. Designated individuals may be selected by the Secretary-General of ICSID to serve on a tribunal in a dispute that does not involve Canada or Canadian investors. Canada may also designate up to four individuals to a panel of conciliators. Designates to both panels serve a term of six years, may be reappointed and need not be nationals of the state designating them.

For more information about ICSID visit their web page.

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – Panel of Arbitrators opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking 4 appointees to this roster.

International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – Panel of Conciliators opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking 4 appointees to this roster.

Canada – Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) – Article XIII.9 (General State to State) Roster

CCRFTA Article XIII.9 dispute settlement procedures apply to disputes regarding the interpretation or application of the Agreement, the consistency of measures with the Agreement and the nullification or impairment of benefits in the sense of Annex XIII.5.

The Agreement provides for the establishment by the Parties of a roster of up to 20 individuals, at least five of whom are not citizens of Canada or Costa Rica. Individuals are named to the roster on the agreement of the Parties for a term of three years and reappointed to a second term unless a Party disagrees.

For more information on the Canada – Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement visit the web site of Global Affairs Canada.

Canada – Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement – Article XIII.9 (General State to State) Roster opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking approximately 10-15 appointees to this roster, including appointees who are not citizens of Canada or Costa Rica.

Applying for a position

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