Executive Council
June 23, 2016

The following statement has been issued by the Public Service Commission at the request of the Honourable Clyde K. Wells, Chair of the Independent Appointments Commission:

Chair of Independent Appointments Commission Announces Launch of Application Portal and Provides Update on Activities

The Honourable Clyde K. Wells, Chair of the Independent Appointments Commission (IAC), announced today the launch of the website for appointments to Agencies, Boards and Commissions. It describes available opportunities and provides a portal for online applications at www.psc.gov.nl.ca/psc/abc/. The IAC strongly encourages individuals to visit the website and participate in creating one of the most open and transparent appointment processes in Canada.

Mr. Wells also described the important first steps taken towards implementing a new merit-based process for recommending persons best qualified for appointment to those provincial Agencies, Boards and Commissions for which the IAC is to make recommendations.

“The strong team put in place to initiate a merit-based appointment process includes Zita Cobb, Shannie Duff, Phillip R. Earle, and Derek Young. Since being approved by the House of Assembly in late May, the Commission has met twice and worked through e-mail and telephone to establish processes that will guide our activities, as well as how we will work with the Public Service Commission.

“Equality and diversity will be at the forefront of our work. To achieve this, we encourage men and women of different ages and backgrounds from all walks of life to participate in this process. Having appointments be reflective of communities throughout our province will be a key measure of our success.

“Within the mandate given to us under legislation, we will carefully review the qualifications of candidates to those Agencies, Boards and Commissions listed in the schedule to the Act. We look forward to providing our first recommendations to government under this new process over the coming weeks.”

The Independent Appointments Commission was created by a resolution of the House of Assembly on May 25, 2016.

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Media contact:

The Honourable Clyde K. Wells
709-729-5800

2016 06 23                              3:40 p.m.