Project HSSE Manager


Squamish, BC


The Woodfibre LNG Project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. It involves constructing and operating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site, which would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG.

Woodfibre Management Ltd is a privately held Canadian company based in Vancouver and a subsidiary of Pacific Energy Corporation Limited.


Woodfibre LNG is seeking a candidate to manage the Owner HSSE effort for the project from construction through handover to Operations.  The EPC construction and commissioning phase is expected to be 3 to 4 years. This position can be a staff position or contract based terms and conditions.

This position is responsible for all aspects of the effective implementation of the WLNG HSSE Management System on the Project, the development of key health, safety, security and environmental related plans pertinent to the Project, and for providing leadership in the continuous improvement of the HSSE Management System, programs, procedures and requirements while ensuring compliance with all provincial and federal legislation.

The HSSE Manager establishes the HSSE Management Plan and System for the Project and verifies its implementation during construction and commissioning. The HSSE Manager is responsible for understanding the requirements of a Prime Contractor in British Columbia and ensuring those requirements are met by the Company. At the same time, the HSSE Manager will implement a program for monitoring the compliance of our primary site contractors in the execution of their HSSE responsibilities.

The successful candidate reports functionally to the HSSE Director, but as an essential member of the Project Management Team, will have direct reporting responsibilities to the Project Director.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will:

  • Lead the HSSE team by promoting collaboration, teamwork and a high-performance culture.
  • Provide HSSE leadership and guidance; establishing goals, objectives, and team vision while providing training and development opportunities for direct reports supporting their continuous growth and learning.
  • Ensure personnel are adequately trained in the HSSE programs, including emergency procedures.
  • Promote a “One Team” approach to HSSE that drives consistency and the commitment and ownership of everyone working on the Project of their role in managing HSSE risks towards the goal of a healthy work environment with lower injury frequency and severity ratings.
  • Foster a work environment which is safe by choice, not by accident.
  • Work with Senior Management to develop HSSE Goals and Objectives for the Project that incorporate the Company’s philosophies, values and strategies to form the foundation for HSSE performance and set standards for Contractors.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with different functions within the Company and with contractors to develop an enterprise framework for HSSE management for the Project.
  • Participate in the development and execution of the HSSE strategy. Communicate the strategy to the project organization and align the staff on the plan; energize and engage the team around the successful execution of the strategy; remove obstacles and provide support to team members as necessary.
  • Support communications on HSSE strategy and gain the commitment of other departments within the project.
  • Deliver results for HSSE performance as measured through established KPI’s as well as through a robust audit process, which demonstrates compliance with all laws and regulations, as well as the HSSE Management System.
  • Provide oversight and management of WLNG’s HSSE Management System and its application during construction,  including periodic review, updating and implementation of the Project system.
  • Work with the WLNG HSSE Team in the further development of the Company HSSE Management System, including procedure development, system selection and implementation, and training and roll-out.
  • Maintain the Project Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and ensure adherence to regulatory requirements.
  • Ensuring employees, contractors and subcontractors adhere to all WLNG, Federal, Provincial and Local HSSE requirements for compliance purposes.
  • Ensure WLNG’s compliance to WorkSafeBC requirements for both Owner and Prime Contractor responsibilities.
  • Drive consistency in procedures and practices and a continuous improvement mindset through the on-going identification and implementation of best practices.
  • Establish and provide oversight/technical support to the incident response process and ensure that incidents are investigated, corrective actions implemented and lessons learned carried forward.
  • Manage the corrective action register.
  • Maintain HSSE records, documentation, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, regulations, and codes.
  • Monitor, trend, and analyze project safety and environment performance and recommend / assist in implementing mitigating measures for the projects.
  • Implement a compliance monitoring program for all primary site contractors to ensure adherence to WLNG, contractual and contractor specific HSSE requirements.
  • Assist in the facilitation of Company HSSE audit program; participating in and conducting audits to ensure adherence to HSSE policies, plans and procedures; implement and close out all audit actions.
  • Verify and consolidate all contractor and subcontractor HSSE reporting into the project HSSE reporting tools and reports.
  • Capture HSSE lessons learned and conduct lessons learned workshops; present findings to project team including contractor and subcontractors.

Required Experience

  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Health and Safety combined with Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) or other applicable qualification/designation.
  • At least 10 years progressively senior experience in HSSE management in oil and gas and capital project construction.
  • Strong knowledge/experience in fabrication yard, field construction and commissioning of oil and gas facilities.
  • Familiar with current environmental, health and safety best practices related the oil and gas industry & OH&S legislation in Canada (BC preferred).
  • Experience and understanding of Owner HSSE roles, responsibilities and expectations and working with contractors in an EPC structure.
  • Superior leadership and excellent interpersonal and team building skills, including the abilities to provide meaningful mentorship and training and assist in the development of others.
  • Superior communication skills (written and verbal), both written and verbal with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including clients, subcontractors, employees, and managers.
  • Ability to make objective decisions.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Knowledge and experience in compliance monitoring and system audits (ISO auditor preferred).

Additional Requirements

  • Strong working knowledge of terminology related to petroleum industry and construction processes.
  • Strong ability to influence, coach and mentor others regarding HSSE responsibilities.
  • Ability to build relationships quickly in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and multi-company environments.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight time frames.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Expertise with a variety of computer programs (e.g. MS Office).
  • Expertise with incident investigation (RCA) and formal risk assessment processes.
  • A valid driver’s licence (with abstract).
  • Comply with Company’s Substance Abuse Policy requirements, including pre-access testing.
  • Meet the physical demands of an outdoor, construction work environment.

Application Guidelines

Please submit your application here.

Please note only qualified candidates with work authorization in Canada will be contacted.

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Woodfibre Management Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer.