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Senior Manager, Community & Indigenous Relations


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

You're a charismatic and inspiring leader who knows how to forge meaningful and prosperous relationships with communities and organizations. Pairing your strategic thinking and business acumen with your in-depth knowledge of regulatory and political processes, you've got the unique skillset to excel as our Senior Manager of Community and Indigenous Relations.


You'll be responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with municipal, Indigenous and community organizations that are strategic to our Company's success. You'll also lead the development and execution of strategic external relations to support the timely delivery of our major capital projects.


You're an experienced negotiator with exceptional listening skills, and your collaborative approach ensures you find common ground between the needs of communities and key leaders and your strategic objectives. You always keep one eye towards the future, constantly strategizing the way forward for your team and innovating how you build bonds with the communities you serve.


We've solidified our commitment to sustainability with our 30BY30 promise to reduce our customer's emissions by 30 per cent by the year 2030. Our Community and Indigenous Relations team plays a critical role in achieving our goal and realizing our future, and we know you can help us get there. Join us in rethinking our energy future.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the development and execution of our Community and Indigenous relations engagement strategies and plans to support business objectives.
  • Ensure our commitment to our Statement of Indigenous Principles, and provide leadership to building and maintaining effective relationships with Indigenous Peoples across our service territory.
  • Collaborate with our senior leadership team and others in the development of community relations plans and tactical approaches.
  • Negotiate agreements with designated municipalities and Indigenous communities in a timely, consistent manner with clearly defined terms and conditions.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Community and Indigenous Relations team; establish goals, manage performance expectations and support employee development.

What it takes:

  • A bachelor's degree in political science, commerce, communications, or a related discipline, plus eight to 12 years of recent, relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of the business structure and strategy of a regulated utility, the energy industry, and of political processes and cycles.
  • Outstanding leadership skills to drive high-performing teams.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking in leading the development of plans and delivering on goals that support business objectives.
  • Exceptional negotiation skills and the ability to facilitate and complete complex agreements.

Additional Information

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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. Depending on the responsibilities of the job, some employees work remotely and some in office. 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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