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Fish Processing Licensing Board

Department

Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods

Authority

Section 5 of the Fish Processing Licensing Board Act

Remuneration

Level II

Purpose:

The Fish Processing Licensing Board (FPLB) is an arms-length government entity that provides an open and transparent decision-making process for fish processing licensing that is accountable to the public.

The mandate of the FPLB is to make public recommendations on all fish processing licence proposals or requests made to the Provincial Government. Only the routine renewal of fish processing licences is exempt from this process. The FPLB's main objectives are to assess and make recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods (the Minister) regarding:

  • Licensing applications, including applications for new licences, change of operator, and the consolidation and transfer of fish processing licences;
  • Applications for the addition of new species to existing fish processing licences and, where appropriate, recommendations regarding licensing on a regional basis;
  • Corporate concentration, merger, and acquisition issues in the context of fish processing licensing matters; and
  • Appeals to reinstate licences cancelled as a result of not meeting the activity requirements outlined in the Fish Processing Licensing Policy Manual.

The FPLB is also subject to other objectives which the Minister may determine. The FPLB makes recommendations to the Minister, and the Minister makes the final decision on all licensing matters. Its recommendations to the Minister are made public, as are the final decisions of the Minister. To ensure equity and impartially, all FPLB members are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. For additional information on the role of the Fish Processing Licensing Board, please visit http://www.fishaq.gov.nl.ca/licensing/board/index.html.

Structure:

As specified in the Fish Processing Licensing Board Act (the Act), the membership of the FPLB consists of five members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. One member of the FPLB is designated as the Chairperson by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, and one member is elected Vice-Chairperson by an internal vote of FPLB members. FPLB members are appointed for a period of four years and are expected to have an understanding of, but no current affiliation with, the fishing industry.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the FPLB should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • high ethical standards and integrity;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • flexible, responsive, and willing to consider others' opinions;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • an understanding of obligations under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
  • objectivity;
  • decision making skills;
  • analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • a sound understanding of administrative proceedings;

Qualifications:

  • Members must have an understanding of the fishing industry.
  • Members must be independent of any particular fish processing company or harvesting group.
  • Members should have an understanding of and ability to interpret policies.
  • An ability to assess and interpret business proposals would be an asset.

Time Commitments:

Members of the FPLB should be available to meet at various times throughout the year, both in person and via teleconference and, according to the Act, there shall be no fewer than two meetings in a calendar year. The number of meetings varies from year to year depending on the number of applications received. FPLB members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for meetings.

Term:

FPLB members are appointed for a period of four years, are eligible for reappointment, and can continue to serve until reappointed or replaced.

Vacancy Profile:

The period of appointment for two members of the FPLB has expired. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience, and skill-sets identified in the above profile to fill these vacancies. In addition, prospective candidates should have some expertise or general experience within the fishing industry, but have no direct affiliation with either a particular fish processing company or harvesting group.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Brown, Mr. Clarence Vice ChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2012-03-022016-03-01
Colbourne, Mr. Taylor MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-07-092019-07-08
Lewis, Mr. Ted ChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-192017-11-18
Parsons, Ms. Violet MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2012-03-022016-03-01
Winsor, Mr. Samuel MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-192017-11-18

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