The Government of Canada announces the appointment of Jean Pierre Robert as Chair of the National Battlefields Commission
GATINEAU, QC, June 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the appointment of Mr. Jean Pierre Robert as the new Chair to the National Battlefields Commission, for a term of five years. This appointment is the result of the Government of Canada's open, transparent and merit-based selection process, which reflects Canada's diversity and respects gender parity.
Mr. Robert has extensive experience in the field of academia and is currently the Senior Advisor for McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy Training and Retention of Health Professionals. He has also served as Campus Director and Assistant Director for the Dean of Academic Services and Student Affairs for St. Lawrence College in Québec City. Mr. Robert is an active member of his community and serves on a number of boards, including as a Member of the Comité provincial – Commission de l'éducation en langue anglaise, Chairman of the Jeffery Hale Foundation, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Québec School Board (CQSB), in addition to being elected School Commissioner for the CQSB.
The National Battlefields Commission is a federal government agency under the portfolio of the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The Commission's mandate involves acquiring and conserving historical battlefields in Québec City and continuing to develop them so that all Canadians can enjoy this national historic urban park for generations to come.
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Pierre Robert as the new Chair for the National Battlefields Commission. With his experience and expertise, Mr. Robert will protect the historic legacy of this important national park so that Canadians can learn about a significant chapter in Canadian history."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Board of Directors includes seven part-time Commissioners appointed by the Governor in Council (GIC); one of these Commissioners is named by the GIC to hold office as Chairman.
In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor-in-Council appointments. This approach respects the principle of gender parity and is based on an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. It results in the recommendation of highly qualified candidates who truly reflect Canadian diversity.
The new approach requires a selection process for both full-time and part-time positions.
As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor-in-Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.
The National Battlefields Commission is responsible for the acquisition, administration, governance, and development of Battlefields Park, which includes the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park. The Commission allows Canadians to enjoy the first national historic urban park in Canada and one of the most prestigious parks in the world.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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