Chairperson – Board of Directors

  • CENGN (Centre for Excellence in Next Generation Networks)
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Jul 11, 2018
Contractor Business Development Management / Project Management

Job Description

About CENGN:

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of large multinational companies, academic institutions, and research leaders that work with small and medium Canadian companies to accelerate the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN is a not-for-profit company funded by the Canadian Government’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) Program, as well as its industry members. The organization’s members include: Bell Canada, Cisco, EXFO, Huawei, Invest Ottawa, Juniper Networks, Mitel, Nokia, Ribbon Communications, Rogers, TELUS and Wind River. CENGN’s mission is to create a viable Canadian eco-system that facilitates commercialization in the next generation of networks by providing validation services to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Industry, Academia, and Government.

CENGN’s internationally recognized multi-vendor infrastructure is built on Opensource as well as commercially available Software and Hardware. CENGN’s technology areas of focus are: Data Centre and Cloud Infrastructure, Internet of things (IoT), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Software Defined Networks (SDN), among others. The organization is at the leading edge in the development and deployment of Wired and Wireless Technologies that are utilized by applications such as Cloud, Wireless 5G, Autonomous Vehicles, Broadband Internet, and Cyber Security.

We are located in the Kanata Research Park in Ottawa. The staff is comprised of senior leaders with significant experience in the ICT industry, and a broad mix of students and graduates including interns, coops, undergrads, Masters, PhDs, and new graduates.

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The Opportunity:

The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation. The Chairperson is accountable to the Board and acts as a direct liaison between the Board and the management of the Company, through the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). The Chairperson ensures that the management of the company functions properly, that there is full participation and quorum at meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and implemented.


Time Commitment and Specifics:

  • The role of Chairperson requires an estimated commitment of 10 hours/month
  • The role is voluntary, no compensation will be received. Travel expenses and general expenses will be reimbursed for chairperson required events


Key Responsibilities:

  • Hire and perform annual evaluations of CEO
  • Provide independent advice and counsel to the CEO
  • Keep generally abreast of the activities of the company and its management
  • Together with the CEO, develop and set the agendas for meetings of the Board and AGM
  • Act as a liaison between management and the Board
  • Act as Chair at meetings of the Board and ensure proper governance, establishing committees where needed
  • Ensure that Directors are properly informed, and that sufficient information is provided to enable the Directors to form appropriate judgments
  • Ensure that decisions, actions and deliberations are adequately recorded in the minutes, and the implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored
  • Coach Directors ensuring there is a process to evaluate the effectiveness of the Board including on-boarding procedures for new Directors
  • Keep apprised of meeting procedures, governance policies and by-laws of the Company
  • Review governance performance and skills of Directors
  • Plan for succession of the CEO role and key leadership team members
  • Ensure that Directors are well-aligned around their roles and responsibilities, which requires a combination of ongoing Director education and development and regular performance assessment
  • Develop on-boarding procedures for new Directors
  • Ensure that a successor independent Director(s) is(are) found before their term(s) of office terminates


Qualities and Skills Required:

  • Good leadership skills
  • Excellent networking within government
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • Facilitator of change and address conflict within the Board
  • Good time-keeping skills and striving to keep a balance between time and sufficient discussion
  • Tact and diplomacy and powers of persuasion
  • Experience of organisational and people management
  • Facilitate change and address conflicts


Interested and qualified candidates are invited to forward their resume in confidence by email to Please use "Chairperson Application" as the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged. CENGN and CENGN’s Board of Directors is an Equal Opportunity Employer.