Project

The Woodfibre LNG Project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. It involves the construction and operation of 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 would produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG.

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

Position

Reporting to the VP of External and Government Relations, the Manager of Indigenous Relations will develop and implement Woodfibre LNG’s Indigenous relations program and manage the implementation of the company’s Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with the Squamish Nation and pending IBA with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. In addition, you will manage, undertake, monitor, and report on engagements and consultations while developing strategies to maximize the project’s indigenous workforce and economic participation.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of Woodfibre LNG’s Indigenous Relations program;
  • Advance Indigenous cultural awareness within the company; and with contractors and subcontractors – utilizing tools such as the Squamish Nation cultural app, in-person training sessions and other approaches;
  • Build and enhance meaningful, long-term relationships with Indigenous communities, government, and staff;
  • Work across the company to deliver on, monitor, track and communicate the achievement of WLNG’s IBA commitments, to utilize outcome-based metrics and a scorecard approach;
  • Develop WLNG’s local content strategy; 
  • Lead the development and execution of Indigenous engagement and consultation plans, ensuring that WLNG meets regulatory commitments to First Nations consultation and effectively records, monitors and reports on the results of consultation;
  • Review, research where necessary and recommend approaches to address issues and opportunities raised by Indigenous groups;
  • Work with Human Resources, contractors, subcontractors and First Nations to develop and implement actionable strategies and approaches to deliver on IBA commitments to employment and training. Such a strategy would utilize Nation-held member information and be implemented in coordination with WLNG-supported resources, and utilize annual training funding in the IBA; 
  • Provide advice to senior leadership regarding Indigenous engagement, consultation and relationship building;
  • Plan, coordinate, participate and implement events, meetings, and workshops relating to Indigenous engagement and consultation, as required.

Required Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultural protocols, as well as Indigenous relations experience with communities in British Columbia;
  • Indigenous lived experience or a post-secondary diploma or degree in a field such as Business, Communications or Aboriginal studies is required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in managing consultations, negotiations and project-specific agreements with Indigenous governments;
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a business environment (public or private sector, preferably resource-based organization), including experience in managing projects in Indigenous cross-cultural settings with exposure to regulatory and policy standards, design and development;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships and work collaboratively with Indigenous governments and representatives;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presenting and speaking publicly;
  • Ability to tactfully manage conflicts and resolve issues through negotiation and consensus-building to build lasting relationships;
  • Exercises discretion and good judgment in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues; 
  • Ability to work as a team with other parts of the Government and External Relations groups.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience working with large multi-disciplinary teams and contractors in a multicultural environment is an asset. 
  • Communication/interpersonal skills – interacting with front-line workers through to management and all hierarchical levels. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to be Innovative and vision-oriented with demonstrated ability to undertake strategic planning and implementation.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and change priorities within tight time frames.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Expertise with a variety of computer programs (e.g. MS Office)
  • Motivated and willing to take ownership of tasks.
  • Energetic in pursuit of continuous improvement processes.
  • Shares knowledge readily and encourages personal development.
  • A valid driver’s licence and passport.
  • As required, the position is based in Vancouver, BC, with travel to the EPC contractor’s office in Houston, Squamish (site), Ottawa and others.

Application Guidelines

Please email your resume to [email protected] – with the subject header Manager, Indigenous Relations.

Woodfibre LNG employees based in, or working out of, the Vancouver office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with our COVID-19 Vaccination guideline as a condition of being eligible for the recruitment process. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. If you are not able to obtain COVID-19 vaccination for a reason related to a protected ground of discrimination under applicable human rights legislation, you can request an accommodation from Woodfibre LNG.

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

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Woodfibre LNG Ltd is an equal-opportunity employer.