Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency and a member of the Government of Canada’s international trade portfolio. Operating as a financial Crown corporation its 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”. In addition, the corporation’s mandate includes providing development financing consistent with Canada’s international development priorities, which is done through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinDev Canada. In 2020, the Government of Canada temporarily expanded EDC’s mandate (to December 31, 2022) to enable it to also support, directly or indirectly, domestic business in response to the challenges posed to Canadian business by the global pandemic. The full mandate is laid out in the Export Development Act.
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 year over year.
The Chairperson leads a thirteen-member Board of Directors, comprised of members from the private sector and EDC’s President, and oversees the Corporation’s activities. Under the direction of the Chairperson, the Board ensures that appropriate systems of governance, leadership and stewardship are in place to enable EDC’s management to lead the organization effectively. The Board plays a pivotal role in establishing the strategic direction for the organization, consistent with Canada’s objectives for international trade and the guidance provided to the Board by the Minister, including through the Statement of Priorities and Accountabilities. In addition, the Board actively assesses performance against this guidance and in so doing provides direction to EDC management on a broad range of issues.
The Board and its Committees are responsible for reviewing and approving EDC’s annual Corporate Plan and monitoring the Corporation’s performance. The Board also monitors the performance and effectiveness of the CEO and senior management and assesses its own effectiveness in fulfilling its responsibilities. The Board reviews the development and refinement of the various financial services offered to Canadian companies, and approves and authorizes certain loan, guarantee, insurance and equity investment transactions. Oversight of the management and assessment of enterprise risk is a major role of the Board. The Board and its various Committees play an active role in providing guidance and oversight for EDC’s broad framework of environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and procedures, as well as those related to compliance and ethics.
Finally, the Board provides oversight in relation to EDC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, FinDev Canada. This is managed through the subsidiary guidance framework and the membership of some Board members on the Board of the subsidiary.
Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on its Web site. The Board of Directors is responsible for the stewardship of Export Development Canada, accountable to the shareholder and reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development.
Diversity and Official Languages
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Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.
The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.
To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:
Education and Experience
If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.
If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:
Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment
A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.
A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.