N.B. invites farmers to apply for board seats

New Brunswick residents can now put their names forward to be considered to serve on agriculture-related provincial boards, commissions or agencies.

A pilot project, announced Wednesday, allows New Brunswickers to submit “expressions of interest” to serve with agencies, boards or commissions that deliver services on behalf of the province, advise the province on policy matters or “regulate key sectors of the economy.”

Such bodies function at arm’s length from their related government departments. For the pilot project, which is expected to run until the fall of 2009, the province has included bodies related to the provincial agriculture and aquaculture department, the public safety department and Business New Brunswick.

The ag department and the others were chosen “because of their unique blend of appointments,” the province said.

New Brunswickers who apply are asked to outline their experience and qualifications along with an expression of interest to serve.

The province has posted a listing of available opportunities for which New Brunswickers can apply. For example, a four-year term appointment to the provincial Fisheries Development Board is open for expressions of interest before a deadline of July 18.

In considering individuals and their skills for appointments, the province said, “key elements to the successful functioning of boards will be at the forefront of the decision-making process.” Those elements will include gender, linguistic profile, persons with disabilities, geographical location and merit.

Looking past the end of the pilot project, people can expect to see a “fully developed appointments process that works for all agencies, boards and commissions, and is open, accountable and accessible to all New Brunswickers,” the province said in its release Wednesday.

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