Involvement with NRCan

The ACLS is not a Crown Corporation or Government Department but has a very positive relationship with the Surveyor General Branch of the Federal government’s Department of Natural Resources (NRCan).

In fact, if the Association doesn’t meet its objectives, the Federal Natural Resource Minister has the legislative power to take measures to fulfill them. Every year, the ACLS submits a report to the NRCan Minister. CLICK HERE for the most recent Annual Report.

To make sure that the ACLS fulfil its mandate of protecting the Public, the Minister appoints two individuals to sit as voting members of the Association Council.

Many SGB staff members are very much involved in ACLS initiatives as volunteers on the various committees.

Career Opportunities

Public Representative, Association of Canada Lands Surveyors

Portfolio: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Organization: Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS)
Position Title: Public Representative
Duration: Three-year term from the date of appointment with the possibility of renewal

The Organization
The ACLS is the sole body responsible for regulating the practice of cadastral surveying (land surveying) in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Indigenous lands identified in the Canada Lands Surveys Act, National Parks, and Canada’s submerged lands situated under the Oceans. The ACLS sets requirements for admission to the profession, establishes and maintains standards of qualifications, conduct, knowledge of their members, investigate complaints against their members, manages the disciplinary hearings against practitioners, and administers and enforces the Canada Lands Surveyors Regulations.

The governing body of the ACLS is a Council that consists of six Canada Lands Surveyors elected by ACLS members, the Surveyor General of Canada Lands and two public representatives who are appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada in consultation with the ACLS. NRCan is currently seeking applications from persons willing to serve as a public representative.

Your Role
You will represent the public on the Council by:

participating fully in deliberations and policy decisions of the Council; and
serving on the Statutory committees of either Complaints or Discipline.
When and Where you Would Work
The total time commitment for this position is approximately 150 hours per year. The Council meets via video/teleconference for 2 hours every three weeks and holds two face-to-face meetings somewhere in Canada, each requiring a commitment of about 4 days. In addition, you will have approximately 20 to 40 hours of meetings for the Statutory Committee. You would start your duties in spring 2021, for a three-year term.

Public representatives receive an honorarium of $7,500 (under revision) and can be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in the conduct of ACLS business, in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada’s Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures and relevant provisions of the Financial Administration Act.

Principles for the Selection Process
Ministerial appointments will be open, transparent and merit-based to promote the appointment of qualified Canadians who represent Canada’s diversity, in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation.

Eligibility Criteria and Qualifications
A particular area of expertise is not required. However:

Experience with professional associations (lawyers, engineers, urban planners, etc.);
Basic knowledge of Indigenous and land-related issues; and
Representation of public interests on governing bodies would be considered assets (Non-profit organisation, school boards, municipal boards, etc.,).

Official Languages and Diversity
The Government of Canada may consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are encouraged to include in your application your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, disabled persons, and members of visible minorities. Preference may also be given to candidates from northern regions of Canada.

If you are interested in this challenging opportunity, please submit your résumé and a letter of recommendation from a person with a position of responsibility within a community or a not-for-profit organization to the Surveyor General. The review of applications will begin on December 21, 2020. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until appointments are made.

Jean Gagnon,
Surveyor General and International Boundary Commissioner
Lands and Mineral Sector, Natural Resources Canada
588 Booth Street, 2nd Floor, Room 211, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0Y7
Telephone: (343) 292-6642