Two new independent commissioners are being sought by the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission in order to boost decision-making capacity while limiting the perception of bias in commission decisions.
A notice from the commission encourages candidates with previous experience as directors and the demonstrated skills needed to contribute to decision-making and oversight to apply. Candidates should keep in mind six key competencies for the role: an understanding of the agricultural sector; demonstrated leadership in agriculture and/or agri-food related activities; a knowledge of regulated marketing; familiarity with governance and decision-making; financial literacy; and a knowledge of or expertise in supply chains.
The positions have been created in response to recommendations of a supervisory review that wrapped up earlier this year. On July 12, 2021, the British Columbia Vegetable Scheme was amended to allow for the appointment of two commissioners who are not commercial producers chosen through a merit-based selection process approved by the BC Farm Industry Review Board.
Commission general manager Andre Solymosi says the new independent directors, who will serve alongside four to six commissioners chosen from among producers, will ensure a decision-making process free from the apprehension of bias but informed by and sensitive to the interests of industry and the public.
The current selection process is temporary, in order to facilitate the appointment of the independent directors. The initial term of the appointments will therefore be for one to three years, with the completion date determined on the approval of a permanent selection process and review of the commission’s election policy.
Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a minimum of two references, as well as an explanation of why they’re interested in the position and their potential contribution to the commission’s work.
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2021 at 5 pm.