Apply By: Monday, June 8, 2020 11:59 pm EDT


Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Forest Industry
Sault Ste Marie
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
XEXE3 - Executive 3
$164,910.00 - $211,910.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
Be at the helm of a division that provides strategic direction and support to the Ontario forest industry sector.

Did you know that:

• Ontario is a recognized global leader in sustainable forest management practices;
• Ontario's forest sector generates $18 billion in revenues annually, $6.5 billion in export revenues, $4.3 billion in provincial manufacturing GDP and supports 155,000 total jobs of which 51,800 are direct jobs;
• Approximately 95% of forest products exported from Ontario go to U.S. markets, illustrating the importance of trade practices and trade policy between Ontario/Canada and the U.S.?

This is your chance to lead an organization that impacts the life of all Ontarians!

The Forest Industry Division represents and supports the Ontario forest industry sector and is responsible for:

• Business development, emerging markets and trends
• Wood promotion, supply information, allocation, licensing, measurement and use of Crown timber
• Forest tenure and economics, timber pricing, harvest revenues, forest products trade and the emerging forest bio economy

What can I expect to do in this role?

As the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Forest Industry Division you will continue to position Ontario as a leader in developing sustainable policies that promote a long-term, economically viable and environmentally sustainable Ontario forest industry.

Reporting to the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry you will:

• Provide strategic leadership on forestry sector revitalization and transformation initiatives and act as an advocate for business and economic functions within the forest industry. This includes responsibilities for industrial strategies, competitiveness measures and international trade
• Provide executive leadership in the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated forest sector strategy for the ministry
• Represent the ministry on matters relating to international trade, and on a variety of cross-jurisdictional and public forums
• Provide advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister and ministry on Indigenous forestry matters and forest competitiveness
• Proactively develop on-going linkages and collaborative working relationships with senior management, delivery partners, stakeholders and clients (e.g., industry, business, academia, Indigenous organizations, municipalities and federal government)
• Provide leadership and direction to the management and staff of the division, including oversight of assigned financial and human resources including: budget accountability, recruitment, planning for succession management, and handling a broad range of employee relations matters
• Participate as a member of the Ministry's Executive Committees by providing input into Ministry policy setting, program development, operational delivery and the MNRF business planning

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership

• You are a seasoned executive with experiences leading multi-functional teams of senior managers and technical staff to deliver results in a complex organizational environment
• You can anticipate new directions, issues and trends and can recommend strategies to the Deputy Minister
• You have created a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility by integrating a diversity of views, new ideas and skills
• You are an inspiring and inclusive senior executive with a background in business transformation, developing policies and strategic direction and championing best business models and practices
• You challenge the status quo and can foster a culture of continuous improvement

Relationship Management and Communication

• You have proven ability to connect and foster complex, collaborative business relationships with partners and stakeholders, including municipalities, the broader public sector, federal government, Indigenous communities and industry
• You are a sophisticated communicator with superior public relations skills to represent the ministry and government and can lead stakeholder/ public engagements
• You have superior diplomacy and negotiation skills and can deal fairly, frankly, assertively and constructively with senior officials and stakeholders to resolve highly contentious issues
• You demonstrate a high degree of political acuity in anticipating and recognizing sensitive political situations, as well as responding to contentious issues and trends in an ever-changing environment

Technical Expertise

• You have a good understanding of Ontario's legislative and regulatory environment and the priorities, opportunities and challenges facing Ontario's forestry sector
• You have a thorough understanding of the Ontario forest industry, its economy, operations and practices
• You have sound knowledge of natural resources management and the broader environment
• You have expert knowledge of policy and program principles, planning and strategies
• You have strong business and economic analysis expertise

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 70 Foster Dr, Sault Ste Marie, North Region
Compensation Group:
Posted on:
Monday, May 18, 2020

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online by visiting You must enter the job ID number in the Job ID search field to locate the job ad.
  2. Your cover letter and résumé combined should not exceed five (5) pages.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  5. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, contact the Executive Recruitment Unit at

Applicants to this competition may also be considered for other executive opportunities within the OPS.

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