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Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board

Department

Environment and Climate Change

Authority

Section 12.8.2 of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement

Remuneration

Level II

Purpose:

Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board is a public body under the auspices of the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat. The Secretariat is the implementation agent of the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board and the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board.

The primary activities of the Co-Management Board include:

  • To establish when necessary Total Allowable Harvest (TAH) of non-migratory species of Wildlife and Plants, and to modify or limit those Total Allowable Harvests; 
  • To recommend to the Minister conservation and management measures for Wildlife, Plants and Habitat in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area;
  • To participate in Environmental Assessment processes and to recommend to the Minister and the Nunatsiavut Government measures to monitor impacts of projects and undertakings on Wildlife, Plants and Habitat;
  • To implement measures to monitor impacts of projects and undertakings on Wildlife, Plants and Habitat if approved by the Minister and Nunatsiavut Government;
  • To recommend to the Minister and the Nunatsiavut Government measures for the timely collection, analysis and sharing of data and information relevant to the implementation of Inuit rights under the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Wildlife, Plants and Habitat chapter.

 

Structure:

The Torngat Secretariat is the implementation agent of the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board and the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board. The Secretariat is a team of professionals based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay that provide financial management, logistical, project management and analytical support to both boards. The area of responsibility is the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area (LISA) consisting of all lands, including lands covered by water, and tidal waters and islands within the boundaries set out in the Map Atlas schedule 4-A of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. Unless otherwise stated these lands include Labrador Inuit Lands, the Inuit Communities, the "Zone", and the Torngat Mountains National Park.

Appointments to the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board are done in accordance with the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement (LILCA) under section 12.8.2 The Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board shall consist of seven members, including the chairperson, to be appointed as follows:

  • three members shall be appointed by the Nunatsiavut Government;
  • two members shall be appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • one member shall be appointed by the Government of Canada;
  • the chairperson shall be nominated by the members referred to in subsections (b), (c) and (d) and appointed by the Provincial Minister.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of Wildlife Management
  • Knowledge of Sustainable Utilization of Plants and Wildlife
  • Knowledge of Sustainable Resource Development
  • Knowledge of Cultural and Natural Heritage
  • Knowledge of Land Conservation, Development, and Management
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Governance
  • Interagency and/or Intergovernmental Relations
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy

Qualifications:

Members of the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board should possess the following qualifications:

  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Willingness to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Previous experience working on a board or committee

Time Commitments:

Members of the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board shall meet whenever necessary for the transaction of business, board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for meetings. The Board shall meet at least quarterly.

Term:

Each member of the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board:

(a) shall be appointed to hold office during good behaviour for a term of four years, but upon the initial establishment of the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board one member appointed by the Nunatsiavut Government, one member appointed by the federal Minister and one member appointed by the Provincial Minister shall be appointed to hold office for a term of two years, and the remaining members, including the chairperson, shall be appointed to hold office for a term of four years;

(b) may be reappointed to office;

(c) shall, before assuming office, take and subscribe an oath in the form set out in schedule 12-A before an officer authorized by Law to administer oaths;

(d) shall be remunerated at a fair and reasonable level determined by the Parties;

(e) shall be reimbursed travelling and living expenses incurred in the performance of the member’s duties, at a level consistent with guidelines agreed to by the Parties; and

(f) shall be subject to such rules relating to conflict of interest as may be agreed among the Parties from time to time but no member shall be considered to be in a position of conflict of interest or to be biased solely because the member is an Inuk or a public servant. LILCA 12.8.5 (a-f)

Additional Information:

A member shall be remunerated at a fair and reasonable level determined by the Parties and shall be reimbursed travelling and living expenses incurred in the performance of the member’s duties, at a level consistent with guidelines agreed to by the Parties. LILCA 12.8.5 (e)

For additional information on the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board, please visit:

http://www.torngatsecretariat.ca/home/torngat-wildlife-and-plants-co-management-board.htm

Vacancy Profile:

Of the seven positions on the Board, three are appointed by the Nunatsiavut Government, two are appointed by The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECC), and one is appointed by the Government of Canada through the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development. The Chairperson is nominated by the aforementioned board members and, on the recommendation of the Board, is appointed by the Minister of ECC.

The Board is seeking to fill one vacancy with expressions of interest being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Regional Ecosystems Director, Labrador Region, Natural ResourcesMemberMinisterialNot Applicable
Sparkes, Dr. Ron ChairpersonMinisterial2012-10-042016-10-04
VacantProvincial MemberMinisterialNot Applicable

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