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Indigenous Relations Manager


Surrey, BC, CA

Branch: Gas
Affiliation: Management & Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time Regular

We’re looking for new talent to join us as we reinvent the future of energy. Across BC, we have a diverse team of more than 2,400 employees we can’t do without, yet we’re growing as fast as ever.

You may think we’re your standard utility that delivers natural gas and electricity, but we’re also into cool, innovative energy solutions. Think carbon capture, renewable energies and lower-carbon transportation for a start. We believe in creating a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

If you like meaningful work, a dynamic environment and forward-thinking colleagues, build your career with us. You’ll get opportunities to grow, lead, solve, and create. So what are you waiting for? Let’s rethink energy together.

Position Overview

Do you strive to build relationships by being genuine, open and authentic?
Do you have superior listening skills with an ability to understand both sides of the coin?
Are you empathetic but also have the natural ability to negotiate and manage conflict?


If so, we want to hear from you! Our 2,400 employees come to work every day to meet the energy needs of our customers safely, reliably and affordably. Join the FortisBC family and be part of our Communications and External Relations team.


Together, the Indigenous Relations, Community Relations and Communications teams work to develop integrated strategies that are pivotal to the success of FortisBC’s Major Projects. Each team contributes a unique skillset, outlined below:

  • The Indigenous Relations team is guided by FortisBC’s Statement of Indigenous Principles. Team members work collaboratively to bridge perspectives between internal leaders, such as Project Managers and Executives, with external leaders, such as elected members of councils, and senior staff. Together, the team incorporates feedback and mitigates concerns to make sure our projects work to build mutually beneficial partnerships – ultimately resulting in the best projects possible. The team’s intent is known as be trusted, creative, solutions-oriented practitioners, with an ear and eye to needs of the Indigenous communities where we live and work.
  • The major projects’ Community Relations team works with municipalities, elected officials, businesses, residents, and stakeholder associations to represent FortisBC as recognizable and trusted faces in the community. The team aims to leave the communities where we work in better condition than we found them, and we take pride in being a good neighbor. This means building long-lasting relationships that ensure local feedback is considered and incorporated into project design where possible, and that community impacts are minimized. The team also seeks opportunities, such as community investment and partnerships, to benefit the local communities throughout the course of major projects.
  • The Communications team is the voice of the project in mass communications. The team is responsible for the media, advertising, and information materials related to projects. It is made up of creative story-tellers with a keen eye for messaging and issues management. The team works to make sure that the information we provide to the communities where projects take place is transparent, timely, and easy-to-understand.  
In this role, you will:
  • Develop strategic, stakeholder engagement plans.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to implement strategies to minimize impacts on Indigenous communities and their interests.
  • Brief senior management on issues and provide recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Indigenous community leaders and communities-at-large
  • Negotiate consultation and economic agreements while developing, managing and maintaining budgets.
In year 1, you will:
  • Understand the goals of our major projects and become an integral part of the team by building open, honest and respectful relationships
  • Set up our projects for success by developing strategic plans, gathering input on project plans from Indigenous communities, and building mutually beneficial partnerships.
In year 2, you will:
  • Continue to progress discussions/negotiations toward project approval
  • Inspire changes to the project (where necessary and practical) based on feedback received from communities
  • Solidify yourself as the trusted face of the project, and a known, collaborative, creative, problem-solver between FortisBC and our Indigenous community partners.
What it takes:
  • Ability to manage issue related conflicts and issue resolution capacity (negotiation skills).
  • Ability to meet firm deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Project management expertise and balancing competing priorities.
  • Comfortable delivering presentations and navigating challenging conversations.
  • Ability to assert interests with competing perspectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a panache for team-building
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships representatives from levels of government
  • Demonstrated Indigenous relations experience with communities in British Columbia
  • Demonstrated ability to complete applications and obtaining permits through British Columbia regulatory agencies, (e.g. BC Utilities Commission, BC Environmental Assessment Office, BC Oil and Gas Commission)

To see the full job description, click here.

Our engaging workplace offers a wide range of challenging opportunities, while being safe, inclusive and diverse. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, while supporting life-long career development. We also encourage volunteerism and nourish the need to give back to your community.


The safety of our customers and FortisBC family members is our number one priority. Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some employees continue to report to the office while others work remotely. To ensure the safety of our employees on our job sites, there is strict adherence to our worksite safety plans and social distancing practices. As an essential service provider, we’ll continue to follow the government COVID-19 guidelines and adjust our plans as necessary. As we welcome new employees, our commitment to safety remains for all of our FortisBC family.


To learn more about the recruitment process with FortisBC, please visit the You’re Applying. What now? page for additional information. 

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