The Committee was established to review the status of species at risk, and to advise the Minister on matters related to their designation and re-designation under the Endangered Species Act and is governed by the Species Status Advisory Committee Regulations. The committee meets at least once every calendar year.
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This committee consists of up to nine members appointed by the Minister. Members serve for a period of two or three years and are eligible for re-appointment. The Chairperson is elected by the appointed members.
The members of the Committee are experts across several taxonomic groups, specific ecosystems and/or geographic regions. Candidates should indicate in the Additional Information portion of the online application, which area of expertise they are interested in representing.
Those who make up the SSAC should collectively possess the following core competencies. Examples may include:
As per Section 2 of the Species Status Advisory Committee Regulations, a person who has the following qualifications is eligible to be appointed by the Minister as a member of the Species Status Advisory Committee:
The SSAC Regulations also require that applicants have:
Members of the SSAC should be available to meet one to two times per year. SSAC members may also be expected to spend additional time to reviewing materials, status reports and field reports to prepare for SSAC meetings.
SSAC membership term are for two years, however three members may have three year terms.
The Committee is seeking to fill nine vacancies. The candidates should have significant expertise in one or multiple of the following areas:
To fill the existing vacancies, expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the SSAC profile and who can bring expertise in one or more of the listed areas in the table. Expressions of interest should highlight taxa for which the candidate has extensive knowledge and monitoring experience, assessing species status experience and any experience in the field of species/ ecosystem conservation.