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Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel

Department

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Authority

Section 19.1 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

Remuneration

Regular Members of the Panel are remunerated at the rate of $600 per day and are provided an annual retainer of $3,000, while rates of remuneration for the Chairperson are $1,000 per day and a $5,000 annual retainer. Alternate Members are remunerated at a rate of $600 per day for days when regular members are unavailable to serve. Alternate members do not receive an annual retainer.

Purpose:

The purpose/function of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel (Panel) is to annually identify, in consultation with stakeholders, particular fish species for collective bargaining, collect and disseminate market information; establish parameters for negotiations; facilitate collective bargaining; set hearing dates, and, when necessary, to act as an arbitration panel for the parties in setting fish prices when they have been unable to agree. The Panel also makes recommendations on matters falling within its mandate to the minister responsible for fisheries and aquaculture and the minister responsible for fisheries in the Government of Canada.

Structure:

The legislative authority establishing the Panel and the Panel’s structure is contained in Section 19 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act (Act). The Panel consists of 3 members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, one of which shall be appointed as chairperson and others as regular members. The members of the Panel shall elect one of their members to be vice-chairperson to serve in the absence of the chairperson. Where the term of office of a regular member expires, he or she continues to be a member until reappointed or replaced.

The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may also appoint as many persons, as considered appropriate, to serve as alternate members. Since its inception in 2006 the Panel has had two alternate member positions.

Three Panel members are required for a quorum.

The Panel reports directly to the Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Labour.

While not required by legislation, the Panel members (regular and alternate) have a strong background in the harvesting and processing sector with an independent chairperson who has no association with either sector.

The Panel responsibilities are supported by a Facilitator/Administrator, employed by the Department of Advanced Education Skills and Labour, who reports directly to the chairperson of the Panel.

Competency Profile:

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

  • superior analytical and problem solving skills;
  • strong reasoning skills
  • exceptional writing, reasoning and verbal communication skill;
  • sound understanding of administrative proceedings;
  • in-depth understanding of and ability to interpret and apply legislation, related regulations and policies;  
  • practical understanding of administrative law and the concepts of natural justice;
  • organizational skills and abilities to manage challenging work and stringent time frames;
  • ability to meet performance expectations and goals and superior time management;
  • ability to work both independently and in cooperation with internal and external stakeholders, while maintaining confidentiality and standards of conduct;
  • attention to detail, the ability to diffuse potentially challenging situations effectively;
  • high ethical standards and integrity;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the industry;
  • flexible, responsive and willing 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;
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

Qualifications:

  • in depth knowledge of and experience in the fishing industry preferably in the processing or harvesting sector;
  • labour relations experience which was acquired working as an arbitrator, conciliator, human resources practitioner, or on administrative tribunals;
  • ability to interpret market information related to the various fisheries;
  • experience working for an employers’ association or a labour organization;
  • a legal background would be considered an asset.

Time Commitments:

The time commitments for Panel members are demanding and can be unpredictable. There are twelve species of fish that are subject to collective bargaining on an annual basis. The primary activities of the Panel are carried out between the months of January and October, with the busiest months being March and April.

There is a potential for fourteen hearings to be held during this time frame but the actual occurrence of a hearing is dependent upon whether a collective agreement is achieved. Hearing dates are established early in the new year so members are aware in advance of potential time commitments for that purpose. Based on a review of past activity, there has been average of 10 hearings per season and an average of 42 days/season.

The Act provides parties to negotiations with the ability to request a reconsideration of a Panel decision. Each party is entitled to one reconsideration request per decision. If such a request is received, the Panel is mandated to assess the request, hold a hearing (if necessary) and issue a decision within 48 hours of acknowledgement of receipt of the request. While the number of reconsideration requests received in any given year is generally low, the unpredictability of such requests and the stringent time frame under which the Panel must execute its responsibilities places demands on members in terms of making themselves available on short notice.

Term:

Section 19.1(7) of the Act establishes a three-year appointment term for Alternate Panel members however, it does not provide for alternates members to continue to serve upon expiry of their term.

Additional Information:

For additional information on the role of the Panel, please visit:

http://www.gov.nl.ca/fishpanel/index.html

Vacancy Profile:

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel is seeking applications for three alternate member positions.

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above. 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)
Carter, Mr. William J.MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-01-102020-01-09
Condon, Mr. BrendonAlternate MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-01-102020-01-09
Follett, Mr. WayneChairLieutenant Governor in Council2017-01-102020-01-09
Hussey, Mr. EdwinAlternate MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2014-06-052017-06-04
Walsh, Ms RosalindMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-01-102020-01-09

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