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Advertised Position Details

Posting Date: 10/21/2016
Closing Date:
Agency Title: Greenbelt Council
Position Title:
Chair (Part-Time)
File Number:
The Government of Ontario is seeking a chair to lead the Greenbelt Council (Council), a public body advising the Minister of Municipal Affairs on Ontario’s Greenbelt.  The Greenbelt permanently protects green space and agricultural land across the Golden Horseshoe.

The Greenbelt Council has been providing advice to the minister since its first members were appointed in June 2005 in accordance with the requirements of the Greenbelt Act, 2005.

Key Duties
• Ensures advice and activities are in keeping with the Council’s mandate
• Establishes a schedule for meetings and sets Council agendas; chairs meetings, ensuring that sufficient time is allocated for effective discussion and decision-making and that all points of view are heard.
• Sets the business and ethical tone by facilitating open and informed discussion while setting standards for meaningful, respectful and productive debate and interpersonal interactions.
• As Ethics Executive for the Council, ensures members are aware of their obligations and that they act in compliance with the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 including the provisions for Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest.
• Ensures Council is aware of and complies with applicable provincial directives, policies and guidelines.
• Establishes processes, mentors and develops members by discussing and encouraging professional development of, and among, appointees.
• Liaises regularly with staff from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (Ministry), staff from the Minister’s Office of the ministry, and staff from partner ministries.
• As chief spokesperson for the Council, may occasionally be required to represent the Council in matters concerning stakeholders or the public.
• Notifies the minister of member vacancies on the Council and makes recommendations for appointments or re-appointments of members that respect and promote the principles of equity, diversity, quality, merit and regional representation.

• An enthusiastic and experienced leader with strong critical thinking skills and ability to work constructively within a consensus-based advisory body in order to deliver efficient, effective, relevant and high quality advice.
• Knowledge of the Greenbelt Act, 2005 and Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan, related Provincial Plans (e.g., Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Niagara Escarpment Plan), and a good understanding of its related municipal, agricultural, environmental, business, recreational and cultural sectors, or the ability to acquire such knowledge.
• Comprehensive understanding of the context in which the Council operates, its community, the interests of stakeholders and the public, as well as a general understanding of the government’s objectives in this regard, or the ability to acquire such understanding.
• Superior group facilitation skills, experience in running meetings, adept at encouraging explorative discussion and ability to cultivate a positive rapport with Council members.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with stakeholders and public bodies (e.g.  Niagara Escarpment Commission) including those related to the Greenbelt, Greenbelt Council members, and with the minister and provincial ministry staff.
• Judgement to identify and address potential conflict of interest situations.

NOTE:  Individuals who are in the public service of Ontario are not eligible to serve as members of the Council.

Appointment is by Minister’s Letter for an initial period of up to three years, with the possibility of renewal.
Time Commitment:
The Greenbelt Council typically holds meetings on a monthly basis.

All meetings are held in Toronto.  Members who live outside of Toronto are required to travel to Toronto for meetings.
The chair and members serve on a volunteer basis and will not receive a per diem, but are reimbursed for eligible expenses.
More Information:
To learn more about the Greenbelt Council please go to
Ethics Statement:

Government appointees reflect the diversity of the people of Ontario and deliver services and decisions in a non-partisan, professional, ethical and competent manner with a commitment to the principles and values of public service.

If appointed you will be subject to the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 and Conflict of Interest Rules. Information is available on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner's website: You may also be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or may be established which are applicable to agencies, board or commissions.

Ontario Human Rights Code:
The Greenbelt Council is an equal opportunity organization. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

To apply online please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat website at Please note that you must use the online Public Appointments Secretariat application form available on the Public Appointments Secretariat website to apply. A downloadable application form is also available. Resumes, cover letters or any other additional documents will not be accepted. For more information, please visit our how to apply webpage.

All applications must quote the file number PAS-16139 and be received by the closing date.  If not applying online, applications must be signed and received by fax, mail or hand delivery no later than November 10, 2016 and addressed to:

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We thank all interested applicants but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.