The Independent Appointment Commission (IAC) was established in 2016, by the Legislature of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as an independent, non-partisan body to provide merit-based recommendations of qualified individuals for appointment to those provincial Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) listed in the schedule of the Independent Appointment Commission Act.
ABCs provide valued leadership and advice in all areas of the public sector. Individuals recommended for governance and executive roles in the province’s ABCs make a major contribution to providing governmental services residents. The services provided by the province’s ABCs are among the most important in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In accordance with the IAC Act, the merit-based process for developing recommendations is administered by the IAC with support and advice being provided to the IAC by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The process is open and accessible and ensures the people recommended for appointment have the necessary qualifications and are reflective of the population they serve.
The IAC originally consisted of five volunteer Commissioners, including the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.
The Commissioners were appointed in 2016 on resolution of the House of Assembly for a three year term. On December 7, 2017 the IAC Act was amended to provide for an additional two Commissioners.
With the assistance of the PSC, the IAC initiates searches for board members and executives. A panel of three Commissioners will review potential appointees for each appointment. The IAC recommends qualified persons from which a person can be selected to fill each position.
For more information on the various ABCs listed in the schedule to the Independent Appointments Commission Act please visit https://www.iacnl.ca/
All members of the IAC shall individually possess:
The members of the IAC shall collectively possess:
IAC Commissioners are expected to attend in-person meetings, at least three times per year. In addition to these meetings Commissioners will regularly participate as a member of a panel of three Commissioners to review applications and recommend persons to be considered for possible appointment as ABC members and, in some cases, to executive positions. Panels are created as required and can be scheduled up to 12 times per year. Some panels require conducting interviews and reporting to other IAC Commissioners on the results of search activities.
A member shall be appointed for a term of three years and shall hold office until he or she is reappointed or his or her successor is appointed.
The IAC is looking to fill two Commissioner positions with individuals that would complement the current Commission with specific skills in recruitment and/or public administration. A professional background that includes knowledge of how public sector institutions work and the role of good governance in democratic institutions would be valuable. The above profile outlines additional experiences and abilities and where unique perspectives can be brought to the group. Consideration will be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the Commission is representative of the population they serve.