For Interested Citizens: IPHC Commissioner Vacancy


The Opportunity:

International Pacific Halibut Commission’s Canadian delegation is looking for a new Commissioner to represent Indigenous interests. The purpose of the IPHC is to conduct research and implement management practices to develop stocks of Pacific Halibut to optimal yields within Convention waters.



Commissioners represent member countries to the IPHC, and work collaboratively to recommend regulatory measures to parties in accordance with scientific advice in order to effectively manage halibut resources in the North Pacific Ocean, including season duration and total harvest limits.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the organization’s Web site at:

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of Indigenous engagement in this organization and is committed to having marine-based First Nations participation on Canada’s delegation to the IPHC.



DFO has identified a number of key abilities and attributes that are considered essential to this role, including:

  • extensive fishing experience and/or technical and/or traditional ecological knowledge associated with the Pacific halibut fishery;
  • experience serving as a representative of a relevant organization and/or First Nations community;
  • the ability to represent, broadly, the interests of Canada with respect to the Pacific halibut fishery;
  • the ability to compromise to seek common solutions to complex issues required to fulfil the role of Commissioner in multilateral negotiations;
  • diplomacy and good judgement (e.g. respect for the interests and views of others); and,
  • experience in using a computer for communication, research and word processing (Microsoft Word).



Commissioners of the IPHC must be able to regularly attend virtual meetings and contribute to the work of the Commission, and they must be willing and able to travel to various locations in Western Canada and the United States to attend in person meetings when they resume, if public health circumstances allow.

Potential nominees should be aware that Canadian commissioners are appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office for a term of two to three years. Commissioners are eligible for a per diem of $250, plus travel and accommodation expenses in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines.



Please send us an email and specify how you meet the above noted, in addition to the following information:

1.       current resume;

2.       home address;

3.       telephone number;

4.       email address; and,

5.       place and date of birth.


Please direct your email indicating interest or any questions you may have to:


Tanya Clayton,

Administrative Assistant

Directorate of Fisheries & Oceans

Nisga’a Lisims Government

Tel: 250 633 2617




Please note, the COVID-19 vaccination policy for the core public administration also applies to Governor in Council appointees. As such, it is a requirement for all GIC appointees to be fully vaccinated, unless accommodation is warranted. Information in this regard will be gathered from candidates at a later date. Please consult section 2.4 of the Terms and conditions for more details:

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