IJC Seeks Public Candidates to Join Great Lakes Advisory Boards
Posted on: February 15, 2019
Many of the Great Lakes are shared between Canada and the U.S.; The International Joint Commission (IJC) helps to ensure that governments on both sides have the Great Lakes’ best interest in mind when dealing with boundary water issues. (Photo: Public Domain)

Self-Nominate to Join the Great Lakes International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission (IJC), established in 1909 to resolve and prevent issues along the Canada-U.S. boundary area of the Great Lakes, is seeking interested candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and specialized fields to join multiple key advisory boards that engage Canada-U.S. cooperation on protecting and restoring Great Lakes ecosystems.

The IJC will be accepting self-nominations for their candidate pools of potential nongovernment members for the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board and the Health Professionals Advisory Board until March 1, 2019. The members of these boards usually serve two- to three-year terms and they participate in advising the IJC on the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The IJC states that although board members are not paid they may receive reimbursement for travel to board meetings, dependent on government policies.

The Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB)

  • charged with assessing progress in implementing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, identifying emerging issues and recommending approaches to address challenges facing the Great Lakes
  • principal adviser to the IJC with respect to Great Lakes Water Quality Issues
  • has provided valuable advice that was essential to many Great Lakes Water Quality Reports presented by the IJC to governments

For more details about the WQB click here

Great Lakes Science Advisory Board (SAB)

  • principal adviser to the IJC on scientific matters, research and environmental monitoring
  • composed of two standing committees: the Research Coordination Committee, which addresses research management issues and supports the IJC in identifying programs where binational and international efforts are essential; and the Science Priority Committee, which provides expertise in Great Lakes research, science, engineering and monitoring.

For more details about the SAB click here

Health Professionals Advisory Board (HPAB)

  • provides advice about clinical and public health issues in the area of environmental health across the U.S.-Canadian boundary
  • developes recommendations for effective communication of health knowledge and information across the U.S.-Canadian boundary

For more details about the HPAB click here

IJC website: Open Call for Public (Nongovernmental) Candidates to serve on the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Science Advisory Board and Health Professionals Advisory Board

In your self nomination you will need to provide the following items:

  •  a one to two page letter of interest — be sure to indicate which board(s) you are interested in and what makes you well-suited for that or those board(s)
  • your CV/resume
  • any other items you would like to submit to provide additional information on your areas of expertise (optional)

If you are employed, appointment as a board member will be dependant on your ability to occasionally work on board-related activities during regular business hours and as such, you will need to obtain a letter from your employer confirming that this is reasonable before being appointed as a board member.  

The IJC makes this statement of commitment to diversity in their open call on the IJC website, “The International Joint Commission is committed to building a diverse and skilled pool of candidates for our boards that is reflective of Canadian and US societies. We encourage candidates to indicate if they identify to a particular designated group. We thank all those who apply.”


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