Chair, Board of Governors of Portage College


The Chair represents the Board and its interests in dealing with the Minister, the Department, the President, stakeholders and the community.

Advanced Education, Edmonton. The Minister of Advanced Education is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as chair of the Board of Governors of Portage College.

About the Agency

Portage College is a public, board-governed college operating as a Comprehensive Community Institution. In addition to delivering apprenticeable trades training, the college offers certificate and diploma programs in diverse areas including forestry, natural resources, business, pre-hospital care, health and wellness, culinary arts, human services, native arts and culture, university studies, and power engineering. The college also offers academic upgrading, pre-employment, trades training, continuing education credit and non-credit courses, and cost-recovery customized training programs.

Board and Committee Structure

The Board consists of nine public members, one of whom is designated as Chair, as well as three members nominated or elected to represent various associations of the institution. The President is also a member of the Board by virtue of their position. Committees established for the Board include: Planning/Academic/Student Services, Human Resources Ad Hoc, and Financial/Infrastructure/Risk Management

Role Description

Role of the Chair

The Chair represents the Board and its interests in dealing with the Minister, the Department, the President, stakeholders and the community. The Chair is responsible for providing leadership for the Board and for effectively facilitating the work of the Board, including ensuring that the Board focuses on the broader governance tasks of policy and strategic decision-making; complies with enabling statutes and by-laws and acts in a fiscally and ethically responsible manner. The Chair will also ensure that the organization adheres to the purpose and vision established by the mandate.

Skills and Experience Required

The successful applicant will demonstrate the following competencies and skills:

  • Leadership - experience inspiring and influencing others, as well as experience in key areas such as strategic planning and risk management.
  • Relationship building and community partnerships - experience making strong community connections with diverse stakeholder groups and experience building consensus and partnerships.
  • Governance - experience on or with board structures and policy governance models, and/or current or previous board or committee experience.
  • Experience with government and the public sector environment - experience with government processes, relations, models (federal, provincial, municipal), and/or experience with legislation or public policy development processes.

Preferred applicant may also demonstrate:

  • Experience in post-secondary education, and/or the education of adults.
  • Senior and community leadership experience such as previous experience as Chair in a public or private organization
  • In alignment with the college’s five centres of specialization, have professional and industry expertise in one of more of the following sectors:
  • Oil and gas, such as petroleum pipeline upstream/downstream or;
  • Agriculture, such as food production, including the processing and packaging of meats, cereals and fruit, or:
  • Environment, such as water resources, including potable water/waste water distribution, or;
  • Healthcare or;
  • Trades

Preference may also be given to applicants who reside in or have familiarity with Lac La Biche, St. Paul, Boyle and/or Cold Lake. This preference would include a board chair with Treaty Status.

Credential and experience verification may be conducted.

The Government of Alberta is committed to offering qualified Albertans the opportunity to be considered as public members on Alberta’s public agencies, boards and commissions. To help ensure that Albertans are well-represented on boards, we invite applicants from all backgrounds who embody a range of knowledge, skills and expertise to apply.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The chair is appointed for a term of up to three years and may be eligible for reappointment for a second term of up to three years. The Board meets at least nine times per year, in addition to committee meetings. The chair can expect a significant time commitment to meet the demands of this role. Remuneration in the form of an honorarium is set by the Board in accordance with applicable legislation and bylaws. Members are reimbursed for allowable expenses as per the board’s bylaws.

Contact Information

If you have any questions please contact Governance Services, Alberta Advanced Education, 5th Floor, Phipps-McKinnon Building, 10020 – 101A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3G2.

How to Apply

Online applications are preferred. To apply, go to and follow the ‘How to Apply’ instructions indicated in the online posting, including downloading and completing the application form.

Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, public agency and position appointed to, appointment term, appointment method and remuneration.

This posting may be used to fill both existing and future board vacancies.

Closing Date: 02/15/2017. Competition #: 367-AE

Agency Websites:

Portage College:

Portage College Board of Governors: