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  • Job reference: RMS0222200

Aboriginal/Indigenous Relations (Senior)

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 31/01/2020
  • Duration: 12 months renewable
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The Role:
We are seeking a highly collaborative Engagement Lead who has knowledge and experience in leading efforts to establish and maintain relationships with Indigenous groups and organizations that enable major project development and approvals and for tasks relating to external commercial considerations. You will work with various internal stakeholder groups, such as Regulatory, Business Development, Facilities, Environment, Indigenous Relations Legal, and Land to ensure client meets regulatory and permitting requirements related to engagement. You will also contribute to the establishment of our corporate reputation and name recognition in green field areas of development for client.

Responsibilities:

* Provide corporate support in the Indigenous Relations Program areas in a rapidly evolving legal, regulatory and social context to deliver sustainable and responsible business results, including timely and effective project support and access to land
* Lead implementation of project engagement plans and assist in the development and refinement of project execution plans in alignment with the Indigenous Relations Policy and Indigenous Relations Strategy
* Ensure the evidentiary record of engagement with Indigenous groups, representatives and members is maintained and accurate to support regulatory filings and ongoing relationship building
* Establish relationships with Indigenous groups that facilitate the ongoing exchange of information and collaboration to support regulatory and permitting processes, impact assessment, capacity building, business engagement and community investment, throughout the asset lifecycle
* Support internal stakeholders, such as environment, working with Indigenous communities to develop mitigation measures to support project development, as required
* Identify local Indigenous community/business capacity to participate and match that with client's business needs while working collaboratively with business units/project teams
* Monitor, analyze and communicate emerging issues, risks and opportunities
* Maintain an understanding of legislative, regulatory and legal case developments as they relate to emerging issues and trends that could have a material impact on client's lines of business
* Participate in industry and Indigenous forums, as required, to enhance the sharing of best practices and lessons learned, and is viewed as a subject matter expert
* Support the implementation and continuous improvement of the Indigenous Relations Program
* Contribute to the ongoing building of a high performing team of technical experts and professionals to provide timely, coordinated and comprehensive support to business client groups
* Other duties as required

Qualifications and Education

Qualifications:

* Knowledge of the federal and provincial regulatory and Impact Assessment processes and consultation guidelines in Ontario and Canada
* Experience engaging with Indigenous groups in Ontario and working with representatives and community members to resolve complex and often contentious issues
* Proven ability to work with Indigenous groups to identify opportunities to support capacity building
* Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong respectful relationships with a variety of groups, from the grassroots to senior levels, both internally and externally
* Ability to be a team player and work independently to achieve project-driven deliverables in a continuously evolving context
* Excellent problem-solving abilities and the competencies to find creative solutions to complex challenges
* Strong business acumen, ideally from the energy, mining, or electricity sectors
* Experienced in using CRM computer software such as Higher Gear and/or StakeTracker
* Proven facilitation and influencing abilities
* Superior communication skills, both verbally and in writing, with the ability to effectively present to a variety of audiences and
* High energy and ability to work in a dynamic and diverse team environment.

Education:

* Post-secondary education, a degree or business diploma, coupled with 6+ years of experience in Indigenous Relations, Environment, Archaeology, Anthropology, Law, Community Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Land, or Government Relations;
* An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

*In the performance of this role, travel of up to 50% will be required.

*Successful completion of Security Clearance/Criminal Check may be required.

*Must have and maintain a valid driver's license.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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