Health Professionals Advisory Board

Open Call for Public (Nongovernmental) Candidates to serve on the International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Advisory Board

Are you a health expert interested in the link between water quality and public health? Do you want to help guide the future of Canada-United States cooperation on protecting and restoring the Great Lakes basin and transboundary ecosystems?

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking talented and dedicated individuals to help it develop advice to the governments on transboundary environmental health and the implementation of the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The IJC is accepting self-nominations for its Health Professionals Advisory Board. Board members are not paid but may receive reimbursement for travel to board meetings according to government policies.

The IJC established the Health Professionals Advisory Board in 2011 to provide advice to the Commission and its Boards about current and emergent clinical, public and environmental health issues in Canada-US transboundary waters. More information on the Health Professionals Advisory Board’s mandate and activities can be found at: ijc.org/hpab

Through this open call for nominations, the IJC seeks to establish a pool of potential nongovernment candidates to serve as members of the board and its work groups. This pool will be used to assist the Commission in addressing future openings. Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2022.

Candidates that improve the boards’ diversity are especially encouraged to apply. The IJC values diversity and the benefits it can bring to boards, committees, and work groups. To the extent practically achievable, gender diversity is sought by the IJC in all its boards. For purposes of board composition, diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, race, aboriginal status, sexual orientation, or disability.

To self-nominate, please forward a one–two-page letter of interest, CV/resume, and other items you would like to submit to provide additional information on your areas of expertise, as needed. Prior to appointment, employed applicants will need to obtain letters from their employers confirming their ability to occasionally work on board-related activities during regular business hours.

Please send self-nomination materials here: surveymonkey.com/r/HPABnominations by January 15, 2022. Applicants should indicate why their background, interests and/or training make them well suited for the board. Applicants are invited to send their letter of interest, resume and other materials (optional).

The International Joint Commission and its Advisory Boards

The IJC was established in 1909 to help resolve and prevent transboundary water issues along the Canada – United States border. The key responsibilities of the IJC in the Great Lakes region is to assess progress made by governments, facilitate collaboration, and provide governments with advice and recommendations to help protect and restore the Great Lakes. The IJC’s roles and responsibilities are described in Article VII of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The IJC relies on its advisory boards for advice and support on issues affecting the health of the Great Lakes.

Attributes of HPAB

The HPAB provides valuable advice to the Commission, which has factored prominently in reports to governments on transboundary and Great Lakes water quality and human health issues related to the protection of drinking water sources, recreational water use and fish consumption.

The boards are composed of an equal number of members from the Canada and the United States, appointed by the Commission. Co-chairs of boards are selected by the Commission and are responsible for managing the work of the boards. The boards usually meet twice a year in person and two to four additional times a year through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences or video conferences. Members also are expected to join one or two project-specific workgroups which meet several times a year, usually by teleconference.

Board members are usually appointed to serve a term of two or three years. Terms may be renewed by mutual agreement. Board members advise the Commission in their personal and professional capacity rather than as an official spokesperson for their respective organization.  

General Competency Guidelines for all board members include:

  • effective communicator
  • good networking skills
  • highly motivated
  • good interpersonal skills
  • team player
  • Medical practitioner or research expertise. Additional specific competencies are described separately in the next section.

Health Professionals Advisory Board

The Health Professionals Advisory Board (HPAB) was established in 2011 to provide advice to the International Joint Commission and its boards about current and emergent clinical and public health issues related to transboundary environmental health. The HPAB also is responsible for developing recommendations concerning the effective communication of transboundary environmental health knowledge and information. Details about the composition of membership, functions, and other information about the HPAB are available online at: ijc.org/hpab.

Health Professionals Advisory Board - Member Competencies

Knowledge:
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in addressing human, animal, or environmental health issues;
  • Significant specialized clinical or scientific knowledge of environmental and public health issues or significant experience working in relevant health research or research programs.
Expertise:
  • The membership will be made up of scientific experts from relevant disciplines such as, but not limited to, environmental health medicine, environmental epidemiology, toxicology, public health, drinking water quality, fish consumption safety, and recreational water use safety.

 

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.