Government of Canada seeks Vice-Chairperson and Members for Polar Knowledge Canada Board of Directors

OTTAWA, Oct. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones, on behalf of the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, announced that the Government of Canada has launched selection processes for both Vice-Chairperson and Member positions for the Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) Board of Directors. The nine-member Board of Directors is responsible for the organization's strategic direction, helping advance knowledge of the Canadian Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology.

The Government of Canada is looking for applicants with knowledge and experience that will assist POLAR in carrying out its Arctic and Antarctic research mandate, and also reflect the cultural and demographic diversity of Canada's Arctic. These selection processes are open to all Canadians, and will run until October 28, 2016.

The Government of Canada is committed to Governor in Council selection processes that reflect Canada's diversity and respect the concept of an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. All interested and qualified Canadians are invited to apply.


"I'm pleased that the open-selection process for both Vice-Chairperson and Board Members for Polar Knowledge Canada is now underway. It is so important the Board of Directors represent backgrounds in traditional knowledge, science and the perspective of Northerners as we reinforce Canada's role as a leader in polar science and technology."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"The open and merit-based selection processes announced today will ensure that the best possible candidates are appointed to positions on the Board of Directors for Polar Knowledge Canada. I look forward to the new Board members' contributions to the important work being done towards better understanding our diverse polar regions and raising Canada's global research profile. "

Yvonne Jones, M.P.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"The launch of the Board selection process represents a significant step forward for Polar Knowledge Canada as it works to advance our collective understanding of polar (Arctic and Antarctic) regions by creating and mobilizing knowledge in a meaningful and accessible way. Through their diverse expertise, the new Board members will guide POLAR as it brings together indigenous and scientific knowledge to address the gaps and concerns of northern communities, and works to strengthen Canadian leadership in the broader fields of Arctic and Antarctic research."

David Scott
President and CEO, Polar Knowledge Canada

Quick Facts

  • Information on the selection criteria that candidates must meet to be considered for each of these positions can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

  • Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) was created by the Canadian High Arctic Research Act and came into force by Order in Council on June 1, 2015.

  • POLAR will be headquartered in the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, currently under construction in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The Station is set to become operational in 2017.

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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

For further information: media may contact: Sabrina Williams, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160

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