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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 2,500 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!


As our Indigenous Relations Manager, you’ll use your excellent interpersonal skills to build, maintain and strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities. You’ll enact our Statement of Indigenous Principles to support the development and execution of FortisBC’s projects and initiatives. This work includes engagementthrough regulatory processes to listen, learn, and incorporate community knowledge, understanding and mitigating concerns, negotiating and developing agreements (between FortisBC and communities to seek out potential economic or community partnership opportunities.  

In this role, you will:

  • Develop strategic 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 projects and initiatives and become an integral part of the team by building open, honest and respectful relationships
  • Set up our projects and initiatives for success by developing strategic plans, gathering input on project plans from Indigenous communities, and building mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Walk-the-talk through implementiong existing environmental and economic agreements

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 projects, 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) 

What you need to know:

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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. 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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